Blake Nelson has a knack for writing from a teenage girl's perspective, which has made his young adult fiction some of the most fun and realistic on the market. His first novel, Girl, was published as a serial in Sassy before becoming a book and, eventually, a movie. His much-longed-for follow-up novel, Dream School, came out in December — fittingly enough, also as a serial, although it's now in book form, too. Blake stopped by Turntable.fm to spin tunes and chat about Kathleen Hanna, teenage girls, and why the Plain White Ts are the best band in America.
Melissa Locker started playing "Hold The Line Feat. Mr. [...]
Back in the '90s, Jessica Abel wrote a series of graphic novels called Artbabe. The short stories told tales of quintessential twentysomethings living in Chicago, going to shows, dating, etc., and they were perfect. (If you haven't read any, I'd start with Mirror, Window (An Artbabe Collection).) With all the '90s nostalgia floating around these days, I pulled out my copies of Artbabe and Jessica's later graphic work, including La Perdida, Radio (with Ira Glass), and Life Sucks, which follows vampires working in an all-night convenience store. The stories immediately drew me back, so I did the only logical thing and pestered Jessica to do an interview. Jessica, [...]
As the editor of The Best American Travel Writing 2011 (out today), Sloane Crosley is an incidental authority on traveling tunes. So we hopped on to Turntable.fm to talk to the author of New York Times bestsellers I Was Told There'd Be Cake and How Did You Get This Number about music, traveling, and what you should listen to when you're running from the police.
Sloane Crosley started playing "Starry Eyed" by Ellie Goulding
Melissa Locker: Is this song on your road trip driving mix? Sloane Crosley: Actually, it's not. I just put a bunch of stuff up in here, some of which was played on [...]