Michael Kimball, author of the deeply sad novel, Dear Everybody, and a master of the micro-biography, has sold his new novel, Big Ray, to Bloomsbury.
In The Believer’s music issue, historian Paul Collins recounts the golden era of cars equipped with record players, including this description of Chrysler’s harrowing road-test: “Horn-rimmed execs swapped records in and out of the player as the auto giant’s president wildly drove a car over a torture-track of cobblestone, speed bumps, and washboard test strips . . . . [The] player performed perfectly, and the car swung into the test garage with music swelling from its windows.” Meanwhile, to promote his debut novel, How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive, Christopher Boucher is going on tour, driving (or attempting to) a 1972 Volkswagen Beetle from Boston to Los Angeles.
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