Peter Matthiessen was born on this day in 1927. His Art of Fiction interview is well worth revisiting.

Victor LaValle interviewed Mat Johnson at Gawker.

Hamilton Leithauser covered a pair of Nation of Ulysses songs.

Boris Kachka looks at why we’re seeing so many large novels nowadays.

“For one, despite everything New York is still my favorite small town.” At Vice, new writing from Zachary Lipez.

Jody Stephens of Big Star has a new band.

Notes on the New Orleans bookstore Faubourg Marigny Art and Books.

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