Smart Reads: Charlie Kaufman, Gene Kelly, and Odd Future


Smart Reads: Charlie Kaufman, Gene Kelly, and Odd Future


Today in culture: the boys of Odd Future kidnap a child whilst skateboarding, Gene Kelly influences everything, Charlie Kaufman is the (meta) subject of someone else’s (meta?) film.

-Happy-making clip of the day: Odd Future boarding, Tyler kidnapping a child.

-Check out the Gutenberg Bible, why don’t you!

-Oh look! The first few paragraphs of the hotly-anticipated Every Love Story is a Ghost Story, D.T. Max’s David Foster Wallace biography due out on Thursday.

-Victor Serge’s Memoirs of a Revolutionary gets its due: When I first read these memoirs…the paragraph that struck me most poignantly and remained imprinted was Serge’s confession that ‘the feeling of having so many dead men at my back, many of them my betters in energy, talent, and historical character, has often overwhelmed me, and that this feeling has been for me the source of a certain courage, if that is the right word for it.’

-The Brooklyn Book Festival is soon upon us (September 17-23!) There will be a panel called “Who Gives a Sh*t About Literary Magazines?”

“Twice as good” and “half as black”: Ta-Nehisi Coates on the upcoming elections, Obama’s first term, and America’s original sin.

What I have to Offer from Eliot Rausch on Vimeo.

-Spliced snippets from Charlie Kaufman’s 2011 BFI BAFTA Screenwriter’s lecture.

Kay Nielsen illustrates Scandinavian fairy tales.

-An interview with artist Ryan Gander in the White Review where he discusses new work inspired by Oscar Wilde’s The Happy Prince.

-Why Gene Kelly is still kind of running shit.