Great writer.

Neal Cassady & Jack Kerouac.

So it´s out, Bret Easton Ellis sequel to his classic 1985 novel “Less Than Zero”. Mixed reviews so it seems. Nothing new I reckon. I am still looking forward to reading it. Don´t like the book cover though.

Nick Drake deserves a proper tribute.

“A Nick Drake tribute project that will feature a documentary, album and book is underway. Directed by Emmett Malloy – who worked on The White Stripes tour documentary Under Great White Northern Lights – the filmmaker is planning “a nice, multilayered piece”. “Tribute projects, they’re a dime a dozen,” Malloy told “I’m sure there’s been 50 attempts at this, from every angle. It’s so complicated to get them started and to let people know it’s the real one.” So far the album is set to include Jack Johnson, Andrew Bird and Matt Costa, with more artists yet to be added. “I know that with that [Drake] name, we’ll get some great ones,” he explained. “I’m just fighting my way through to get the artists I feel will do it justice. I’m excited to get going on it, because there’s so many great songs.” Nick Drake died in 1974 at the age of 26 after releasing three albums, 1969’s “Five Leaves Left”, 1970’s “Bryter Layter” and 1972’s “Pink Moon”.” (via NME)

Donna Tartt (born December 23, 1963) is an American writer and author of the novels The Secret History (1992) and The Little Friend (2002). She won the WH Smith Literary Award for The Little Friend in 2003.

The daughter of Don and Taylor Tartt, she was born in Greenwood, Mississippi and raised in the nearby town of Grenada. At age five, she wrote her first poem, and she was first published in a Mississippi literary review when she was 13. Enrolling in the University of Mississippi in 1981, she pledged to the sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma. Her writing caught the attention of Willie Morris while she was a freshman. Following a recommendation from Morris, Barry Hannah, then an Ole Miss Writer-in-Residence, admitted Tartt into his graduate short story course. Following the suggestion of Morris and others, she transferred to Bennington College in 1982, meeting then-students Bret Easton Ellis and Jill Eisenstadt.

Tartt began writing her first novel, originally titled “The God of Illusions” and later published as The Secret History, during her second year at Bennington. She graduated from Bennington in 1986. After Ellis recommended her work to literary agent Amanda Urban, The Secret History was published in 1992, overwhelming the 75,000 copies in the first printing to become a bestseller. It was later translated into 24 languages. The Secret History is set at a fictional college that closely resembles Tartt’s alma mater. The plot concerns a close-knit group of six students and their professor of classics. The students embark upon a secretive plan to stage a bacchanal. The first-person narrative is flavored heavily by the differences within the group. These include: social class, privilege, intellect and sexual orientation. The narrator reflects on a variety of circumstances that lead ultimately to a murder within the group.The fact of the murder, the location and the perpetrators are revealed in the opening pages, usurping the familiar framework and accepted conventions of the murder mystery genre. Critic A.O. Scott labeled it “a murder mystery in reverse.”The book was wrapped in a transparent acetate book jacket, a retro design by Barbara De Wilde and Chip Kidd. According to Kidd, “The following season acetate jackets sprang up in bookstores like mushrooms on a murdered tree.”

The Little Friend, Tartt’s second novel, was published in October 2002. It is a mystery centered on a young girl living in the American South in the late 20th century. Her implicit anxieties about the long-unexplained death of her brother and the dynamics of her extended family are a strong focus, as are the contrasting lifestyles and customs of small-town Southerners.

In 2002, it was reported that Tartt was working on a retelling of the myth of Daedalus and Icarus for the Canongate Myth Series, a series of novellas in which ancient myths are reimagined and rewritten by contemporary authors. In September 2008, it was announced that Tartt would publish her third novel with Little, Brown and Company. The new novel, as yet untitled, is a story of loss and obsession about a young man, guilt-stricken and damaged after the death of his mother, and the growing power that a stolen piece of art exercises over him, drawing him into an underworld of theft and corruption where nothing is as it seems. Publication is scheduled for 2012. (via Wikipedia)

Here´s a fresh and interesting interview with Chuck Palahniuk from the Suicidegirls website. It´s about his latest book “Tell-All” and some other intriguing thoughts.

Just want to push for Cormac McCarthy´s novel “The Road”. A truly gripping story and a hard to put down kind of book. As Entertainment Weekly said “With its spare prose, McCarthy’s postapocalyptic odyssey from 2006 managed to be both harrowing and heartbreaking”. I was completely immersed in it when I red it. Saw John Hillcoat´s movie version, which is a good adaptation, but I rather recommend the book. Read it if you haven´t.

Chuck is already talking about his next novel “Damned” which will come out in 2011 . EXCITED!

Chuck is back… can´t wait.

Revealed on May 4, 2010

Boy Meets Girl.  Boy Gets Girl.  Boy Kills Girl.

“The hyperactive love child of Page Six and Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? caught in a tawdry love triangle with The Fan. Even Kitty Kelly will blush. Soaked, nay, marinated in the world of vintage Hollywood, Tell-All is a Sunset Boulevard –inflected homage to Old Hollywood when Bette Davis and Joan Crawford ruled the roost; a veritable Tourette’s syndrome of rat-tat-tat  name-dropping, from the A-list to the Z-list; and a merciless  send-up of Lillian Hellman’s habit of butchering the truth that will have Mary McCarthy cheering from the beyond. Our Thelma Ritter–ish narrator is Hazie Coogan, who for decades has tended to the outsized needs of Katherine “Miss Kathie” Kenton—veteran of multiple marriages, career comebacks, and cosmetic surgeries. But danger arrives with gentleman caller Webster Carlton Westward III, who worms his way into Miss Kathie’s heart (and boudoir). Hazie discovers that this bounder has already written a celebrity tell-all memoir foretelling Miss Kathie’s death in a forthcoming Lillian Hellman–penned musical extravaganza; as the body count mounts, Hazie must execute a plan to save Katherine Kenton for her fans—and for posterity.”

Tell-All is funny, subversive, and fascinatingly clever. It’s wild, it’s wicked, it’s  bold-faced—it’s vintage Chuck. – Random House