July 7, 2014
Edward St. Aubyn /// Mother’s Milk
Somewhat alarmed that the Patrick Melrose I most identify with is the fortysomething, father-of-two, alcoholic relapse edition.

Edward St. Aubyn /// Mother’s Milk

Somewhat alarmed that the Patrick Melrose I most identify with is the fortysomething, father-of-two, alcoholic relapse edition.

July 7, 2014
Enrique Vila-Matas /// Bartleby & Co.
OK, blurbs, I’ll give you “seductive” this once.

Enrique Vila-Matas /// Bartleby & Co.

OK, blurbs, I’ll give you “seductive” this once.

July 7, 2014

"It’s not so funny," he said. "It was a narrow escape. I’ll show you pictures of it sometime. The humdrum glum carried to its sub-human level. Sunday night in the Methodist church. You won’t feel like laughing. You’ll cry your eyes out."

He tried to flip a cigarette nonchalantly into his mouth like what’s-his-name in the movies, but he missed. I didn’t feel like laughing. A shadow had fallen across us, like suddenly coming upon a hunchback in a hopefully colored tie or an unsuccessful actor with dyed bright hair in the middle of a sunny day.

"I feel like crying now," I said.

"Do you? Do you? Oh my darling!” He took my hand and kissed it. We looked at each other for a long, long time. “I know what,” he said. “I’ll give you two dollars if you can cry now. Two dollars if you can cry in one minute flat.”

"Fifteen seconds," he said, looking at his watch fifteen seconds later. "Not bad."

"Now you," I said.

"Look at me." He had tears in his eyes already.

Elaine Dundy, The Dud Avocado

July 7, 2014

"I was going to come into the office today but I’ve managed to lock myself in the apartment. Not even the first time."

"Not the last."

"Certainly not." 

June 29, 2014

'Have a great one!' said Pete, a heavy-jawed blond beast in an apron, sliding the coffee across the counter.

Old enough to remember the arrival of ‘Have a nice day,’ Patrick could only look with alarm on the hyperinflation of ‘Have a great one.’ Where would this Weimar of bullying cheerfulness end? ‘You have a profound and meaningful day now,’ he simpered under his breath as he tottered across the room with his giant mug. ‘Have a blissful one,’ he snapped as he sat at a table. ‘You all make sure you have an all-body orgasm,’ he whispered in a Southern accent, ‘and make it last.’ Because you deserve it. Because you owe it to yourself. Because you’re a unique and special person. In the end, there was only so much you could expect from a cup of coffee and an uneatable muffin. If only Pete had confined himself to realistic achievements. ‘Have a cold shower,’ or ‘Try not to crash your car.’

Edward St. Aubyn, Mother’s Milk

June 28, 2014
Enrique Vila-Matas, Bartleby & Co.

Enrique Vila-Matas, Bartleby & Co.

June 26, 2014

"What even is rhubarb."

"It’s a root! It’s red …"

"…"

"You know, for a grown man, you’re pretty ignorant about food."

June 26, 2014
For real though let’s talk about this dude’s Gumby messenger bag.

For real though let’s talk about this dude’s Gumby messenger bag.

June 26, 2014

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