Last night, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz hosted a "mingle" at Brooklyn Borough Hall in honor of the upcoming Brooklyn Book Festival, which will take place on September 18. Participants will include Kurt Andersen, Brooke Gladstone, John Hodgman, Phillip Lopate, Sigrid Nunez, Christian Parenti, Adrian Tomine, Touré, Dorothy Allison, Russell Banks,Nuruddin Farah, Jonathan Safran Foer, Diana Gabaldon, Amitav Ghosh, Jessica Hagedorn, Pete Hamill, A.M. Homes, Nicole Krauss, Jhumpa Lahiri, Terry McMillan, Larry McMurtry, Walter Mosley, Joyce Carol Oates, Téa Obreht, Karen Russell, John Sayles, Colson Whitehead, Mary Jo Bang, Timothy Donnelly, and others. The festival will also host a panel featuring Pulitzer Prize recipients from Brooklyn, including Jennifer Egan, Jesse Eisinger, and Jake Bernstein. “Now in its sixth amazing year, the Brooklyn Book Festival is, without question, one of the premier literary destinations in the world,” said Johnny Temple, editor of Akashic Books and the chair of the Brooklyn Literary Council.
At Salon, Andrew O’Hehir reviews Andrew Rossi’s new documentary film, Page One: Inside the New York Times. The film follows the New York Times’ tribulations against the changing world of media and O’Hehir concludes: “Rossi's film makes a compelling case on behalf of the traditional values of journalism.” Page One opens tomorrow in New York City.
At the Paris Review Daily, How to Win author and Harper’s contributing editor Clancy Martin details how playing Cee-Lo’s “Fuck You” on repeat in a New Orleans hotel left him pantsless on the corner of Saint Charles street, and why the obvious thing to do was call fellow novelist-essayist Nathaniel Rich.
The Guardian has listed its favorite 100 nonfiction books. They have Joan Didion. But no Ryszard Kapuscinski? No David Foster Wallace? Discuss.
On a 2006 trip to Russia to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace sat down for a radio interview with journalist Ostap Karmodi to discuss the Cold War, animal rights, and the idea that “the main character of much of modern cinema and pop-literature… is a black briefcase full of money.” An abbreviated version of the interview—which ran nearly two hours over schedule—is available for the first time in English at the New York Review of Books blog, and is guaranteed to clear up any doubts about DFW’s views on contemporary fiction and American imperialism.