Category Archives: Monkeys

Back in the Saddle

I know it’s been about a billion years since I’ve posted anything on this blog.  But I’m back in the saddle again.

I have a few items of news.  First of all, I had the tremendous honor of interviewing Frans de Waal, a brilliant guy and sort of a personal hero of mine, for Religion Dispatches.  He discusses veneer theory, social/moral behavior in animals, and other stuff that I’m obsessed with.

Also, I wrote a short essay about Psalm 8 for Harper’s Magazine (the cover piece in the June issue, which just came out!).  It’s about the 400 year anniversary of the King James Bible: a round robin of sorts of essays and poems about various parts of the KJV.  The other pieces are by John Banville, Charles Baxter, Dan Chiasson, Paul Guest, Howard Jacobson and Marilynne Robinson, which is a whale of a lineup.

And that ain’t all!   I have a longish short story in Volume 56 of the spectacular literary journal Conjunctions, which also just hit the stands.  Also in the issue is an amazing story by my good friend Alexandra Kleeman, who also recently published a story in the Paris Review, and who I challenge you to not a little fall in love with while watching her cover Prince on her ukelele:

Alexandra’s story is The Brief History of Weather.  Mine is titled The Minus World, which you may recognize is a Super Mario Bros. reference:

Not only have I known Alexandra for about nine years (we both hail from Boulder, Colorado), but we are both reading from Conjunctions:56: Terra Incognita: The Voyage Issue at its release party at Book Court in Brooklyn this Friday evening at 7, along with Peter Straub and Tim Horvath, with Susan Daitch emceeing.  I insist you come.  Plus I think there’ll be booze, if you’re into that.

And finally, everyone should immediately go out and buy Anna North’s book, America Pacifica, which comes out today, I believe.  It’s fucking awesome.

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An ape like me

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Huzzah!

Last night was the first official public event for The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore, at Book Court in Brooklyn.  It was a hell of a lot of fun.  Meanwhile, check out Christopher R. Beha’s fantastic review that will be appearing in this weekend’s New York Times Sunday Book Review.

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Also, reviews!

Bruno has been reviewed by:

 

San Francisco Chronicle

Entertainment Weekly

Barnes & Noble

2theadvocate

Also, Entertainment Weekly chose Bruno for its “Must List” for this week, and Amazon selected Bruno for its “Best Books of the Month” feature for February.

Good news!

And please look for the review this weekend in The New York Times Review of Books.

And please go check out the piece I wrote for the “When We First Fell in Love” feature on Jonathan “West of Here” Evison’s blog, Three Guys One Book.

 

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Ring the bells

The official publication date of The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore is today, February 2, 2011.  Please go immediately to the bookstore nearest you and buy ten copies.  Or here, here, here, here, here, or here.

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de Waal on Morality

First, the usual apologies for not posting anything on this blog for a while:  Sorry!  Now that that’s over with, I strongly suggest reading Frans de Waal’s piece for the New York Times, Morals Without God? It’s a characteristically measured, humane and absolutely brilliant take on why we don’t need religion to give us morality, and a good antidote to all the infuriating crap that’s been written about the Marc Hauser folderol recently.

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Douglas Adams: Parrots, the Universe and Everything

Thinking about apes and monkeys made me remember this talk by the late Douglas Adams, who is, I can say with absolute honesty, one of the main people who made me want to be a writer (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was very, very important to the twelve-year-old me).  Anyway, later on in his unfortunately short life, Douglas Adams became a great conservationist and environmental activist.  Enjoy.  There’s a great part in the beginning about the return of the lemur’s old enemy: the monkey.

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