It's Banned Books Week--the time of year to think of censored classics like J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye ("obscene"), Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer ("a cesspool") and Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita ("one of the filthiest books I've ever read"), and chuckle at the puritanical sensibilities of ... More >>
Score one for the phonies
What happens when F. Scott Fitzgerald meets Wes Anderson? Welcome to Kristopher Jansma's debut novel, The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards, a literary fun house that follows an unreliable narrator on his quest to write the next Great American Novel. The opening lines warn "I've lost every book I've ev ... More >>
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via New YorkerThe Hipster Lit shelf at Bookhampton. Just when you thought the possibilities for talking about, classifying, and analyzing the ambiguous cultural movement known as "hipsterdom" were over, here comes a new one out of the Hamptons, of all places. This item in the New Yorker's Book Be ... More >>
We're celebrating the 50th anniversary of Bob Dylan's arrival in New York City with videos, artist tributes, and old Voice stories. Yesterday we encountered a stage-crashing, fruit-throwing Mods vs. Rockers brawl at one of Dylan's early electric shows; today it's Richard Goldstein's glowing r ... More >>
Jean SimmonsAnd there were a lot of them, all with a legacy of astounding achievements well worth reflecting on! Rue McClanahan? Elizabeth Edwards? Teena Marie?
Mark Ibold, still happier about the Pavement reunion than you areSo Chavez is reuniting, or whatever you want to call it. A Pavement reunion just dominated most of last week in New York City. Before that, it was a never-dissolved-but-certainly-largely-inactive Superchunk. In the past few year ... More >>
Celebrity interviews exist on a strange spectrum of self-awareness. From enigmatic to overshare-y, it's all for publicity, leaving it as the readers' job -- should they care at all about something as trivial as celebrity journalism -- to deduce where the subject's quest to create a character ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. May 1, 1969, Vol. XIV, No. 29 Obvious Believers by Robert Christgau I think people are missing the point of "Nashville Skyline," which is as it should be, since they were probably supposed to. The beauty of the album is that it is tota ... More >>
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No phonies allowed at this Salinger exhibit
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. November 3, 1966, Vol. XII, No. 3 The Sound of J.D. Salinger Clapping By Richard Goldstein We know about the sound of two hands clapping. We're pretty sure these days what one hand clapping sounds like. But what is the sound of J.D. ... More >>
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Dance troupe, Governor's Island. Boy, what a week. Gay Pride was effulgent as ever with three D.A. candidates voguing for the cameras, but marred by a gay-bashing on the Upper East Side. The authorities got involved and the cops went to work, and now it looks like there have been more such incide ... More >>
Fredrik Colting, the 33-year-old author of The Macho Man's Drinkbook: Because Nude Girls and Alcohol Go Great Together and, most recently, 60 Years Later Coming Through the Rye, an unauthorized sequel to J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye, has now had his book banned indefinitely in America. A feder ... More >>
The news that obliterated the week that was: MJ. Our remembrance here, plus the complete Michael Jackson Voice archives, as written by the dream team of Robert Christgau, Chuck Eddy, Greg Tate, Vince Aletti, Stanley Crouch, Guy Trebay, Nelson George, Elvis Mitchell, Simon Frith, and Scott Poulson-Br ... More >>
"In many ways I believe 60 Years Later is as original and creative as Catcher in the Rye." John David California, real name Fredrik Colting, is the Swedish author of 60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye. The book, which has been published in Sweden by Colting's own company Nicotext and in Engla ... More >>
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