4. Hemingway’s “A Farewell to Porridge”
Goldilocks as rewritten in Hemingway’s clipped, muscular voice. A short read, and hilariously spot on.
9. Awkward Young Nietzsche
13. Tao Lin’s parody of Franzen’s Time cover story
Jonathan Franzen was the first novelist to grace the cover of Time in 11 years. To celebrate that, The Stranger invited Brooklyn cult novelist Tao Lin to do a stunt self-profile in the style of Frazen’s cover story. A side-by-side comparison of the articles here.
17. Martin Amis’ 1982 Arcade GameFAQ
The infamously manic, bruising British novelist worked briefly as an arcade game reviewer. He dispatched of games like Space Invaders in high lit diction and had Steven Spielberg write his forward. Later, he would assiduously avoid talking about the book to the press. Christopher Hitchens cameos in a brief rant about game voice effects:
“I was with a friend, a hard-drinking journalist, who had drunk roughly three times as much Calvados as I had drunk the night before. And I had drunk a lot of Calvados the night before. I called for coffee, croissants, juice; with a frown the barman also obeyed my friend’s croaked request for a glass of Calvados.
Then we heard, from nowhere, a deep, guttural, Dalek-like voice which seemed to say: ‘Heed! Gorgar! Heed! Gorgar … speaks!’
‘… Now what the hell was that?’ asked my friend.
‘I think it was one of the machines,’ I said, rising in wonder.
‘I’ve had it,’ said my friend with finality. ‘I can’t cope with this,’ he explained as he stumbled from the bar.”
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