3/22/2011 – Link Roundup

Michael Bourne discusses the 40th anniversary of the ride Hunter S. Thompson took with Oscar Zeta Acosta that inspired Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas over at The Millions:

Forty years ago today, on March 21, 1971, Hunter S. Thompson and a Chicano activist attorney named Oscar Zeta Acosta drove from Los Angeles to Las Vegas to talk over an article Thompson was writing about the barrios of East L.A. When the account of their journey appeared in Rolling Stone in November of that year, Thompson and Acosta had morphed into Raoul Duke and his 300-pound Samoan attorney and the trunk of their car, the Great Red Shark, had become a rolling drug dispensary.

Both Steve Earle and John Darnielle have written or are working on novels. What musicians have written novels that you’re a fan of? Answer in the comments!

AP Stylebook changes e-mail to email. I’m not a fan of how it looks, but I don’t use AP style any longer so I suppose it doesn’t matter.

Need some DFW to keep you occupied while you wait for The Pale King? Revisit Order and Flux in Northampton by David Foster Wallace.

Everyone is up in arms (in a good way) about Dwight Garner’s review of Geoff Dryer’s collection of stories Otherwise Known as the Human Condition. You can read “Sleeping Under Four Stars,” an essay on sex and hotels, over at Nerve.

Mr. Dyer’s new book, “Otherwise Known as the Human Condition,” is a collection of his occasional prose — reviews and essays culled from places like The Guardian, Esquire, The American Scholar and Granta. They’re “bits and bobs,” he writes, but he takes them more seriously than that, and so should anyone who cares about joyous, wriggling sentences composed in the English language. This is a book that, imperfect though it is, some of us have waited a long time for.

You should really check out Roxane Gay’s short story “Girls With Eating Disorders” over at fwriction : review.

Bracha Goykadosh reviews Other People We Married, a short story collection by Emma Straub, at The Rumpus.

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