@4 months ago with 59 notes
#charles bukowski #books #alcoholism #cigarettes #currently reading #currently drinking 

(Source: brainpickings.org)

@9 months ago with 5 notes
#heart of darkness #graphic canon #matt kish #joseph conrad #books #Illustration 
How I feel when I see an eReader
@1 year ago with 40 notes
#books #ereader #funny #nook #reading #via imgur #kindle #ipad 

Geeking Out With Junot Díaz

One of my favorite authors talking about comics. love this.

[via vol. 1 brooklyn]

@1 year ago with 4 notes
#junot diaz #Junot Díaz #the brief wonderous life of oscar wao #this is how you lose her #reading #comics #love and rockets #geeky #love this #books #two of my favorite things combined 
@1 year ago with 486 notes
#chuck palahniuk #fight club #sick of fight club blogs but this is good #movie posters #books #brad pitt #edward norton #first rule of fight club 

via goodreads, randomanthony

HOW TO WRITE A MEMOIR/PERSONAL COLLECTION OF ESSAYS LIKE SEDARIS, BURROUGHS, VOWELL, KLOSTERMAN, AND NOW SLOANE CROSLEY:

So you want to be a successful memoirist/personal essayist? Follow these ten steps and wait for the book deals to roll into your mailbox!

1. Write about your upbringing in ways that make it sound charming in its quirkiness (e.g. the Vowell/Klosterman strategy), charming in its weirdness (the Sedaris strategy) or terrifying (the Burroughs strategy). Under no circumstances should you have normal, perceptive parents who were socially adept with no strange habits whatsoever. No one wants to read about that.

2. Write about high school and college, but make sure you don’t make your experience sound too fun or interesting.. Make sure you write about your social and academic struggles and/or humiliations so your readers can either relate and/or feel superior. Do not be popular at college or high school! This is the kiss of death. Make sure you paint yourself as kind of a loser.

3. Write about the shitty jobs you’ve had. Remember, some of your readers may have shitty jobs and want to be successful writers themselves. You have to give them the glimmer of hope that they, too, will be someday interviewed by Terry Gross on “Fresh Air”.

4. Write about religion but only from a distant “my family wasn’t that into it” or “my family was into it but I’m not now” perspective. Stating “I still go to mass every Sunday, yep, sit in the back pew” will kill your book deal.

5. Write about your family, of course, but choose a strategy (see #1) and stick with it. Make sure you are alternately embarrassed in front of and embarrassed by your family. Loving parents are ok as long as they’re generally clueless.

6. Write at least one chapter/essay as a mash note to New York City. If this can be combined with the shitty job (see #3) all the better. Make sure you refer to New York in ways people who have never been to NY will not understand (e.g. “I lived in the seventies”) but would like to pretend they do. Describe your small and crappy apartment. Extra points if you can work in a 9/11 reference.

7. Be gay.

8. If you can’t be gay, then address both the fact you have chosen your dates/relationships badly (e.g. dated strange, almost psychotic partners) and behaved poorly in other situations (e.g. blown it with the potentially perfect partner). Do not admit to having a healthy romantic relationship unless you catalog your previous poor choices and frame your current relationship within a lens of redemption (e.g. the Jancee Dunn method). Describe at least one sexual encounter gone awry.

9. Reference slightly obscure pop culture as much as possible. Bands, television shows, etc. all work. Your readers will recognize these references and think that if they write about, say, the first time they saw “Twin Peaks” then they too can be successful memoirists/essayists.

10. Include a few drug/alcohol experiences but do not get into sad, “I’m a drug addict” territory. That’s a different type of book (exception: Burrough’s Dry). Don’t forget to frame these experiences as more or less harmless but connected to #s 2, 3, and 8 above when appropriate.


@2 years ago with 5 notes
#books #david sedaris #augusten burroughs #sarah vowell #chuck klosterman #david rakoff #sloane crosley #laurie notaro #essays #memiors 
This Is How You Lose Her (Deluxe Edition) by Junot Diaz, illustrated by Jaime Hernandez
@8 months ago with 38 notes
#junot diaz #love and rockets #jaime hernandez #xaime #comics #books #two of my favorite things combined #the brief wondrous life of oscar wao #junot díaz #this is how you lose her 
Lena Dunham’s Ideal Bookshelf
@1 year ago with 25 notes
#lena dunham #celebrity crush list #books #ghost world #lolita #steve martin #julie doucet #anne sexton #awesome #vulture #new york magazine 
Lustig
@1 year ago with 13 notes
#alvin lustig #sex and repression in savage society #awesome #books #i love the 50s #design 
Hopita
@1 year ago with 70 notes
#hopey #esparanza leticia glass #love and rockets #jaime hernandez #xaime #character crush list #zap comix #cute #books #glasses 
slapstick
@2 years ago with 28 notes
#currently reading #kurt vonnegut #slapstick #lonesome no more #made this today #books 
hello-zombie:

“Bunnicula”
Robert Bowen

hello-zombie:

“Bunnicula”

Robert Bowen

@3 years ago with 174 notes
#books #the celery stalks at midnight #howliday inn 
4 months ago
#charles bukowski #books #alcoholism #cigarettes #currently reading #currently drinking 
This Is How You Lose Her (Deluxe Edition) by Junot Diaz, illustrated by Jaime Hernandez
8 months ago
#junot diaz #love and rockets #jaime hernandez #xaime #comics #books #two of my favorite things combined #the brief wondrous life of oscar wao #junot díaz #this is how you lose her 
9 months ago
#heart of darkness #graphic canon #matt kish #joseph conrad #books #Illustration 
Lena Dunham’s Ideal Bookshelf
1 year ago
#lena dunham #celebrity crush list #books #ghost world #lolita #steve martin #julie doucet #anne sexton #awesome #vulture #new york magazine 
How I feel when I see an eReader
1 year ago
#books #ereader #funny #nook #reading #via imgur #kindle #ipad 
Lustig
1 year ago
#alvin lustig #sex and repression in savage society #awesome #books #i love the 50s #design 
1 year ago
#junot diaz #Junot Díaz #the brief wonderous life of oscar wao #this is how you lose her #reading #comics #love and rockets #geeky #love this #books #two of my favorite things combined 
Hopita
1 year ago
#hopey #esparanza leticia glass #love and rockets #jaime hernandez #xaime #character crush list #zap comix #cute #books #glasses 
1 year ago
#chuck palahniuk #fight club #sick of fight club blogs but this is good #movie posters #books #brad pitt #edward norton #first rule of fight club 
slapstick
2 years ago
#currently reading #kurt vonnegut #slapstick #lonesome no more #made this today #books 

via goodreads, randomanthony

HOW TO WRITE A MEMOIR/PERSONAL COLLECTION OF ESSAYS LIKE SEDARIS, BURROUGHS, VOWELL, KLOSTERMAN, AND NOW SLOANE CROSLEY:

So you want to be a successful memoirist/personal essayist? Follow these ten steps and wait for the book deals to roll into your mailbox!

1. Write about your upbringing in ways that make it sound charming in its quirkiness (e.g. the Vowell/Klosterman strategy), charming in its weirdness (the Sedaris strategy) or terrifying (the Burroughs strategy). Under no circumstances should you have normal, perceptive parents who were socially adept with no strange habits whatsoever. No one wants to read about that.

2. Write about high school and college, but make sure you don’t make your experience sound too fun or interesting.. Make sure you write about your social and academic struggles and/or humiliations so your readers can either relate and/or feel superior. Do not be popular at college or high school! This is the kiss of death. Make sure you paint yourself as kind of a loser.

3. Write about the shitty jobs you’ve had. Remember, some of your readers may have shitty jobs and want to be successful writers themselves. You have to give them the glimmer of hope that they, too, will be someday interviewed by Terry Gross on “Fresh Air”.

4. Write about religion but only from a distant “my family wasn’t that into it” or “my family was into it but I’m not now” perspective. Stating “I still go to mass every Sunday, yep, sit in the back pew” will kill your book deal.

5. Write about your family, of course, but choose a strategy (see #1) and stick with it. Make sure you are alternately embarrassed in front of and embarrassed by your family. Loving parents are ok as long as they’re generally clueless.

6. Write at least one chapter/essay as a mash note to New York City. If this can be combined with the shitty job (see #3) all the better. Make sure you refer to New York in ways people who have never been to NY will not understand (e.g. “I lived in the seventies”) but would like to pretend they do. Describe your small and crappy apartment. Extra points if you can work in a 9/11 reference.

7. Be gay.

8. If you can’t be gay, then address both the fact you have chosen your dates/relationships badly (e.g. dated strange, almost psychotic partners) and behaved poorly in other situations (e.g. blown it with the potentially perfect partner). Do not admit to having a healthy romantic relationship unless you catalog your previous poor choices and frame your current relationship within a lens of redemption (e.g. the Jancee Dunn method). Describe at least one sexual encounter gone awry.

9. Reference slightly obscure pop culture as much as possible. Bands, television shows, etc. all work. Your readers will recognize these references and think that if they write about, say, the first time they saw “Twin Peaks” then they too can be successful memoirists/essayists.

10. Include a few drug/alcohol experiences but do not get into sad, “I’m a drug addict” territory. That’s a different type of book (exception: Burrough’s Dry). Don’t forget to frame these experiences as more or less harmless but connected to #s 2, 3, and 8 above when appropriate.


2 years ago
#books #david sedaris #augusten burroughs #sarah vowell #chuck klosterman #david rakoff #sloane crosley #laurie notaro #essays #memiors 
hello-zombie:

“Bunnicula”
Robert Bowen
3 years ago
#books #the celery stalks at midnight #howliday inn