“There Sat Down, Once, a Thing on Henry’s Heart” — John Berryman

“Weather Vane” — Sam Prekop

The Thurston Moore Apartment Tour, 1988

 

I don’t know.

Jeez.

All of this made me laugh. Thurston Moore avoids being interviewed by riffing on the objects of the apartment he shared with (his then-spouse) Kim Gordon. He talks about his label Ecstatic Peace. He shares the old zines he made. He refers to the Beastie Boys as “legendary jerks.” He praises Michael Gira of the Swans. He showcases his files. He tries to give the director or cameraperson (?) a Sly Stone record. He grips an SST coffee mug, which hey why don’t I own that? He frequently praises Raymond Pettibon. He frequently worries that Ms. Gordon wouldn’t want him to be showing all this shit off. He frequently gets facts wrong. (Nick Cave is well known to be Australian). He discusses his bookshelf. He literally shows his dirty laundry. He plays a little piano. His tongue is always in his cheek. He eats shoe grapes. He fibs drolly. He is charismatic. He calls a suspicious Lee Renaldo about “Sonic business.” (Mr. Renaldo is watching Spinal Tap; both agree it’s a “very sad film”). He makes a case for Sonic Youth as a kind of pre-internet curatorial force. He makes me laugh.

Donald Barthelme interviewed by George Plimpton (Video)

From The University of Houston and via Jessamyn West.

Italo Calvino Profiled on the BBC TV Show Book Mark in 1985

Grace Paley Reading Stories, Taking Questions, Chewing Gum, Etc. (Video)

William T. Vollmann and Bernard Radfar Discuss Failure, Prostitution, Hypocrisy, Making the World Better for Others, Etc.

Ben Marcus Riffs on Ovid’s Metamorphoses

Film of Max Ernst Working in His Studio

W.G. Sebald Reads from His Novel Austerlitz at the 92nd Street Y (Video)

W. G. Sebald reading from his novel Austerlitz at 92nd Street Y. October 15, 2001, just two months before his death.

He later takes questions (beginning at the 28 minute mark), including a discussion of how he uses photography in his work. Susan Sontag then takes a question in which she addresses “cowboy rhetoric” after 9/11. They then discuss which of their books might be their “favorite.”

(Via prefer-not-to on Twitter).

Lydia Davis Reads “The Cows”