Books On the Barstool

Where Lit meets Grit, and Truth Vermouth.
"It needs gentle treatment, much the same as a machine needs lubricating."

"It needs gentle treatment, much the same as a machine needs lubricating."

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The ever stylish Gay Talese highlights the differences between fiction and nonfiction, and the importance found in each. Though the novel-on-high is considered ‘the beast’ by Norman Mailer, one can counter the limitations of nonfiction by spending more time with your subjects. “I’m not making it up, but I sound like I’m making it up, which is what I want to achieve.”

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Who would we like to dine with for our proverbial last supper, you ask? Why, this picture takes the thousand-words right out of our mouths. Author and TV personality Anthony Bourdain kicking it back with the epicly awesome rock duo The Black Keys. 

Who would we like to dine with for our proverbial last supper, you ask? Why, this picture takes the thousand-words right out of our mouths. Author and TV personality Anthony Bourdain kicking it back with the epicly awesome rock duo The Black Keys. 

The quote may not be attributable to Mark Twain, but if he lived a second life I think he’d have gotten around to saying it. 

The quote may not be attributable to Mark Twain, but if he lived a second life I think he’d have gotten around to saying it. 

(Source: bookriot)

"Write drunk, edit sober." That is, overcome the fear of caring so much, the heart of writing is in the rewriting. 

"Write drunk, edit sober." That is, overcome the fear of caring so much, the heart of writing is in the rewriting. 

The folks over at Believer Magazine have a fine “micro” interview with Jonathan Lethem. You’ll discover the author of Motherless Brooklyn and Chronic City has a fondness for fish-and-chips, Philip K. Dick, bookstores and the quality of an un-stickered, unblemished book. 

The folks over at Believer Magazine have a fine “micro” interview with Jonathan Lethem. You’ll discover the author of Motherless Brooklyn and Chronic City has a fondness for fish-and-chips, Philip K. Dick, bookstores and the quality of an un-stickered, unblemished book. 

Pay heed, young chaps. The more complicated the argument you’re trying to make, the simpler the language one must use. Kerouac knows best.

Pay heed, young chaps. The more complicated the argument you’re trying to make, the simpler the language one must use. Kerouac knows best.

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