A Longreads Member Pick, a first-time-ever memoir by the great Lucinda Williams.
I sat down with The New Yorker editor David Remnick to discuss the career of one of his favorite artists: Bob Dylan. Here's the first installment of the Radio Silence podcast series, complete with historical audio and plenty of music.
An interview with literary critic James Wood, author of The Broken Estate, The Irresponsible Self, How Fiction Works, and other books.
THE BOB DYLAN READER
THE BOB DYLAN READER
"The most absorbing, wide-ranging and stimulating body of writing about the mighty Bob that's ever been assembled."
— Salman Rushdie
Hailed by Publishers Weekly as "not only the best writing on the ever-changing folk singer, but also some of the best writing about any musician around," Studio A presents Bob Dylan's unique literary legacy in a collection that is quintessentially Dylan: mosaic, offbeat, poetic. This "astutely chosen and intelligently annotated" collection (Time Out London) gathers over fifty articles, poems, essays, speeches, literary criticisms, and interviews; many previously unpublished. Individually, these pieces offer insight into the man and his time, but collectively they reveal the coming-of-age of American cultural criticism in their "sweeping view of both Dylan and the changing times he so eloquently captured in his music" (Publishers Weekly). With Sam Shepard, Bruce Springsteen, Allen Ginsberg, Johnny Cash, Greil Marcus, Joyce Carol Oates, Gary Giddins, Rick Moody, Camille Paglia, Tom Piazza, Barry Hannah, and Dylan himself among the contributors, Studio A is truly "a vital document" (New York Times) for all fans.
My production company, Avalon Films, is named after the town in Mississippi where John Hurt lived. Please visit the Two Trains Runnin' tab for more information about that film. Other Avalon projects in the works include a short about the boxer Joe Louis and a feature exploring the surveillance and harassment Martin Luther King Jr. suffered at the hands of the FBI.