Our Tragic Universe By Scarlett Thomas, out now
this novel, a struggling writer gets by, penning Ya thrillers, book
reviews and science fiction while never able to put together her “real”
work, a literary novel. add a dash of lazy boyfriend and screwy family
and you’ve got a meta-romp through the life of a writer. To Sound in the
Know: Thomas quit smoking while writing OTU, and missed it so much she couldn’t even write about one of her characters smoking.
Bob Dylan in America By Sean Wilentz, out Sept. 7
A leading american historian looks back
from his explosion on the scene in 1961 to his current role in the
pantheon of american artists. To Sound in the Know: Wilentz grew up in
Greenwich Village, where he first discovered Dylan as a teenager. He was
Richard Yates By Tao Lin, out Sept. 7
local poet and writer’s new novel is about a relationship between a
22-yearold named Haley Joel Osment and a 16-year-old named Dakota
Fanning. They GChat, they shoplift from Whole Foods and american
apparel, they hang out in new Jersey and new York, they have sex. It’s
weird. It’s Tao Lin. To Sound in the Know: The 26-year-old Lin’s
minimalist style has put him at the forefront of the hipster literary
crowd. You should have an opinion about him.
The Art of Drew Struzan By Drew Struzan, out Sept. 14
George Lucas, this collection brings together seminal work from such movie posters as E.T., Blade Runner and Jurassic Park. To
Sound in the Know: Struzan’s precinema career involved making posters
for the Bee Gees and Black Sabbath… which is the first time the Bee
Gees and Black Sabbath have ever had anything in common.
Earth: A Vistor’s Guide to the Human Race By Jon Stewart, out Sept. 21
An absurd, 256-page “comprehensive” look at the history of our planet from the writers of The Daily Show. To Sound in the Know: America, the first book from The Daily Show, sold
over 2.5 million copies. and since the Earth is like a 100 times bigger
than america, this will probably sell over 250 million copies.
Tattoos and Tequila By Vince Neil and Mike Sager, out Sept. 23
The story of the good (bad?) old days, singer of Mötley Crüe. For those who read the Crüe bio The Dirt, and
didn’t get enough sex, drugs, drugs and sex, here’s some more drugs and
sex. To Sound in the Know: neil owns a tattoo parlor in Vegas and has a
tequila line, so the title isn’t just a marketing gimmick. The man
knows his stuff.
Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk By David Sedaris, out Sept. 28
In a pivot from his usual essay style, Sedaris pens a series of tales
starring animals interacting in distinctly familiar human situations.
To Sound in the Know: a cynical cat sitting through an aa meeting. What else do you need to know?