Monday, February 27th, 2012
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Laundry Dirty

Lulu Eightball and New Yorker cartoonist Emily Flake is keeping a (cartoon) diary of her workweek over at The Comics Journal.  Cartooning seems about as glamorous as blogging, to wit, "my underwear situation has become untenable."

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Two Ways Of Looking At 'Tiny Furniture'

"Who among us is noble enough not to envy Lena Dunham?" Elizabeth Gumport begins her analysis of Tiny Furniture in the n+1 film review supplement. (Disclosure: I'm a contributor.)  Dunham's born-on-third-baseness, and the fact that her autobiographical film addressed it directly, was one of the factors that made it nearly impossible for a lot of critics to treat TF fairly when it was first released.  In retrospect, this seems like an embarrassing mistake on their part. Worse, they also screwed up, per Gumport, by assuming that by turning the camera on herself, Dunham was making a movie about her appearance: "if a young woman wants to talk about [...]

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"How We Do Not Kill Each Other": Two Business Partners Explain

The first in a short series about sharing, caring and not going it alone. Up first: Ruth Curry and Emily Gould learn how to turn a friendship into a business partnership.

Emily: Hey, remember back in the day when I came to you with the idea of a store that would sell ebook versions of our very favorite books of all time, like an independent bookstore but online, one that would give people an alternative to buying ebooks from megacorporations?

Ruth: Oh, yes, like it was a few months ago!

Emily: I'm just reminiscing about that time!

Ruth: Neither of us I think have been people who [...]

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Jon-Jon Goulian and Emily Gould Make Rugelach

The very sweet and a little bit shy Jon-Jon Goulian, the author of the memoir The Man in the Gray Flannel Skirt, is the guest in Emily Gould's home kitchen. SPOILER: There are outfit changes! (Like a Cher concert!)

Cooking the Books is directed by Valerie Temple and shot and edited by Andrew Gauthier. You can see all the Cooking the Books episodes here or even subscribe via iTunes. Previously: Bryan Charles Makes Spicy Chicken; Sigrid Nunez Makes Szechuan Green Beans; Emma Rathbone Makes Strawberry Wafer Cookies; Doogie Horner Makes "Gettin' Laid Lemonade"; Tao Lin Makes [...]

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Bryan Charles and Emily Gould Make Spicy Szechuan Chicken

In this new episode of Cooking the Books: Bryan Charles, the fantastically tall author of There's a Road to Everywhere Except Where You Came From: A Memoir, comes to Emily Gould's home-studio kitchen to make chicken. Oh, but not just any chicken! Plus, you can read an excerpt.

Cooking the Books is directed by Valerie Temple and shot and edited by Andrew Gauthier. You can see all the Cooking the Books episodes here or even subscribe via iTunes. Previously: Juicing with Jon Cotner and Andy Fitch; Sigrid Nunez Makes Szechuan Green Beans; Emma Rathbone Makes Strawberry Wafer [...]

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Juicing with Jon Cotner and Andy Fitch

In the latest installment of the Internet's only cooking and book chat show, Emily Gould chats with Jon Cotner and Andy Fitch, who have written a very unusual book, Ten Walks/Two Talks. (The organizing principle: "Sixty mornings of sixty-minute walks in Manhattan, documented in 60-sentence essays. 30 days of 45-minute public conversations, transcribed, also in New York.") They have gone on with dialogue-based work in Conversations Over Stolen Food. (Spoiler: the food was stolen.)

Cooking the Books is directed by Valerie Temple and shot and edited by Andrew Gauthier. You can see all the Cooking the Books episodes here [...]

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Emily Gould and Sigrid Nunez Make Szechuan Green Beans

In the latest installment of what is somehow the Internet's only cooking and book chat show, Emily Gould chats with author Sigrid Nunez about her new book, Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag, which is brand new, out this week, so get it right now, it's short and terrific!

Cooking the Books is directed by Valerie Temple and shot and edited by Andrew Gauthier. You can see all the Cooking the Books episodes here or even subscribe via iTunes. Previously: Emma Rathbone Makes Strawberry Wafer Cookies; Doogie Horner Makes "Gettin' Laid Lemonade," Emily Gould and Tao [...]

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Emily Gould & Emma Rathbone Make Strawberry Wafer Cookies

In the latest installment of what is somehow the Internet's only cooking and book chat show, Emily Gould chats with author Emma Rathbone about her new book, The Patterns of Paper Monsters as they bake cookies reminiscent of supermarket strawberry wafer cookies.

Cooking the Books is directed by Valerie Temple and shot and edited by Andrew Gauthier. You can see all the Cooking the Books episodes here or even subscribe via iTunes. Previously: Doogie Horner Makes "Gettin' Laid Lemonade," Emily Gould and Tao Lin Make Raw Salad, Jennifer Egan makes macaroons.

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Doogie Horner Makes "Gettin' Laid Lemonade"

In this episode of Cooking the Books: Doogie Horner, the author of Everything Explained Through Flowcharts, teaches Emily Gould how to make "Gettin' Laid Lemonade." And then they get wasted. Cooking the Books is directed by Valerie Temple and shot and edited by Andrew Gauthier. You can see all the Cooking the Books episodes here or even subscribe via iTunes. Previously: Marcy Dermansky literally reinvents pudding; Tao Lin makes raw salad; Jennifer Egan makes macaroons. Plus! Veggie Burgers Every Which Way.

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Barbara Comyns Is Not Anyone on Acid

Barbara Comyns is always being compared to writers X, Y or Z “on acid.” The acid part is a cop-out; her voice is clear and direct, even when describing surreal or hyperreal situations, and her crisp descriptions are not kaleidoscopic or druggy in the least. The comparisons to other writers, apt or not, are never a list of her formative influences; she didn’t have any.

Comyns was born in 1909 in a big house on the Avon, fourth of the six children of a drunk father and an indifferent mother. The family managed to be aristocratic and poor at once, but like many aristocrats they [...]

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Clearly I Would Offer to Produce Elisa Albert's Baby

The final story in Elisa Albert’s debut collection How This Night Is Different is in the form of a letter to Philip Roth from “Elisa Albert.” In it, the author—or her alter-ego, or whatever—offers to bear the aging, famously childless author a son or daughter. It’s a joke, and it isn’t. It’s hilarious either way. And for (h/t Julie Klausner) Jewish Girls who have considered suicide when Zuckerman Unbound was enuf, reading it produces the uncanny sensation of having had the top of one’s head unscrewed and one’s brain contents poured directly onto a page, which one is somehow then reading. I mean, [...]

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An Open Letter to Tavi Gevinson and Jane Pratt

Dear Tavi and Jane,

First I just wanted to say the same thing that I imagine hundreds if not thousands of people have already said, which is that I am a big fan of both of yours. I've admired the way that Tavi has gracefully handled a lot of flak from jealous haters, and I've admired Jane since I was younger than Tavi is now. Sassy and, later, Jane got into my brain when it was at its most malleable; these magazines were such a profound influence on the way my tastes in books, magazines, bands, cute boys, and first-person writing developed that I hear their editorial voice [...]

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Cooking the Books: Emily Gould & Marcy Dermansky Reinvent Pudding

In today's episode, the intrepid Emily Gould meets Marcy Dermansky, the author of Bad Marie, which is about a woman who gets out of prison who is not so good at child care! So of course, here in our glamorous test kitchen, they make mac and cheese and instant pudding. Cooking the Books is directed by Valerie Temple and shot and edited by Andrew Gauthier. You can see all the Cooking the Books episodes here or even subscribe via iTunes. Previously: Tao Lin makes raw salad; Jennifer Egan makes macaroons. Plus! Veggie Burgers Every Which Way.

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Emily Gould and Lukas Volger Invent a Whole New Veggie Burger!

In the latest installment of what is somehow the Internet's only cooking and book chat show, Emily Gould interviews Lukas Volger and they create a whole new food paradigm. Lukas is the author of Veggie Burgers Every Which Way. And he does mean EVERY! Cooking the Books is directed by Valerie Temple and shot and edited by Andrew Gauthier. You can see all the Cooking the Books episodes here or even subscribe via iTunes. Previously: Emily Gould and Tao Lin Make Raw Salad, Jennifer Egan makes macaroons.

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Cooking the Books: Emily Gould and Tao Lin Make Raw Salad

Today on Cooking the Books… Emily Gould learns how to make salad with Tao Lin, author of Richard Yates. And… well. Wow. Cooking the Books is directed by Valerie Temple and shot and edited by Andrew Gauthier. You can see all the Cooking the Books episodes here or even subscribe via iTunes. Previously: Jennifer Egan makes macaroons.

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Cooking the Books: Jennifer Egan and Emily Gould Make Macaroons

Emily Gould invites Jennifer Egan, author of A Visit from the Goon Squad, into her home kitchen to make macaroons. Jennifer Egan! Cooking the Books is directed by Valerie Temple and shot and edited by Andrew Gauthier. You can see all the Cooking the Books episodes here or even subscribe via iTunes.

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Cooking the Books: How to Make Spicy Tuna Salad Sushi, with Malena Watrous

This time on Cooking the Books: Malena Watrous, author of If You Follow Me, a novel about young people teaching English in rural Japan, helps Emily Gould make sushi. Cooking the Books is directed by Valerie Temple and shot and edited by Andrew Gauthier.

Previously: Will Leitch, Julie Klausner, Joanna Smith Rakoff.

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Cooking the Books: Julie Klausner & Emily Gould Make Kugel

Our brave host Emily Gould brings Julie Klausner into her home kitchen-very daring!-for a talk about boys, memoirs and how to make kugel. Julie's book: I Don't Care About Your Band. And: kugel! It's not just for Jews any more. Cooking the Books is directed by Valerie Temple and shot and edited by Andrew Gauthier.

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12 Stevie Nicks Lyrics in Order of Their Profundity

12. The clouds never expect it when it rains, But the sea changes colors, but the sea does not change. -"Edge of Seventeen"

11. The loneliness of a one night stand is hard to take We all chase something and maybe this is a dream The timeless face of a rock and roll woman while her heart breaks Oh you know the dream keeps coming even when you forget to feel. -"After The Glitter Fades"

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Cooking the Books: Joanna Smith Rakoff & Emily Gould Conjure Up Bygone Williamsburg

Joanna Smith Rakoff, author of A Fortunate Age, helps our host Emily Gould recreate the late 90s by cooking up the infamous harissa egg scramble once found at long-lost Williamsburg institution Oznot's. (It is an exceptional hangover helper.) Cooking the Books-the Internet's only cooking and book chat show!?-is directed by Valerie Temple and shot and edited by Andrew Gauthier. (PS Our in-house harissa recipe is here!)

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