Smart Reads: Michelle Tea, Alfred Eisenstadt, and César Aira


Smart Reads: Michelle Tea, Alfred Eisenstadt, and César Aira


Today in culture: Maurice De Kobra, Michelle Tea, and Candwiches.

-While staring into the abyss of the Candwich, try and remember what it is that allows us to define “sandwich” anyway.

Michelle Tea on the irresponsibility of reproduction and the joy of coffee: “[I] went to a cafe and got a regular coffee and you know what? I’d forgotten my wallet (by which I mean the Moleskine I keep stuffed with money and cards) and couldn’t pay for my coffee, but the cafe guy gave it to me for free because I was pushing a stroller with a baby in it! The baby isn’t mine—it’s my nephew Jude—but I really think it makes the world want to give me things when I’m pushing him around.”

-Proving that a hike through Dickens is a hike like no other: “Has any film of squealing cars or screaming fighter planes surpassed the excitement of the pursuit in which, past “solitary farms, ruinous buildings, dye-works, tanneries,” the Manette family race across the northern face of blood-mad France toward sane, cozy England?”

-You may be asking yourself, “Who is Maurice DeKobra and why should I give a shit?”  Well they’ll tell you.

Cool daguerreotypes!

-The self-portraits of Alfred Eisenstaedt.

-Bomb has published the first chapter of César Aira’s The Miracle Cures of Dr. Aira: “Dr. Aira equated every act that was morally, intellectually, or socially wrong with an act of violence, one that left a scar on the eminently smooth skin of his ideal behavior. He was one of those men who could not conceive of violence.”

-How to be a female reporter.