Jackson Pollock’s Passport

Secrets of the Creative (Life in Hell)

hell

RIP Comix Legend Spain Rodriguez

RIP Spain.

“What I Know About Gordon Lish” (1986 Spy Magazine Feature)

From a 1986 Spy magazine feature on editor/writer/hero Gordon Lish:

Chris Ware on DFW’s Novel The Pale King

Crippled Robot painting by Chris Ware

Cartoonist/graphic novelist/chronicler of shame and despair Chris Ware wrote about his favorite books for Foyles bookstore. The list includes UlyssesMoby-Dick, and works by cartoonists like Lynda Barry and Ivan Brunetti. Here’s what Ware wrote about David Foster Wallace’s posthumous novel The Pale King:

The first great novel of the 21st century uses the sinister beauty of the American Tax Code as a springboard from which to launch into a genuinely serious discussion of the origins and importance of civic responsibility amidst the hazy, blurred stupidity of a country in quick decline. Contrary to many reviews, I don’t think it’s about boredom, and it’s certainly not boring. Another posthumous editor-to-manuscript resuscitation, the book hangs heavy with the clotted spectre of Wallace’s suicide, which makes the writing glow all the more painfully through it.

Portrait of William Gaddis — Julian Schnabel

Bill Gaddis by Julian Schnabel, oil, plates and bondo on wood (1987)

Francis Bacon Documentary

I will be trick or treating as a Francis Bacon painting this Halloween. (Via).