I look at you and you look at me and deep in our hearts we know it
That you weren’t much of a muse, but then I weren’t much of a poet

Nick Cave, “There She Goes, My Beautiful World”

My friend Gerard Elson wonderfully dissects the writing of Nick Cave here.

Pen & Ink from Run Riot Films on Vimeo.

Pen & Ink Book Trailer

My wonderful colleague and friend Isaac Fitzgerald has a book coming out, Pen & Ink, in which writers tell the stories behind their tattoos, all charmingly illustrated by the talented Wendy MacNaughton. 

You can pre-order the book hereherehere, or here. Make sure to follow Isaac & Wendy while you’re at it. They are both brilliant.

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Go Book Yourself: Dan’s All-Time Top 5 Books

To celebrate hitting 100,000 followers on Tumblr, each of us are posting our five favourite books. Here are Dan’s picks:

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger for the oft-imitated, never bettered story of a teenager fighting against the hypocrisy of adulthood.

A Visit From The Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan for a deeply affecting, interweaving collection of stories that show how time catches us all.

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt for the tragicomic tale of hitmen on the trail of a bounty. Cormac McCarthy meets the Coen Brothers. 

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson for one of the great voices of 20th century literature in his prime.

Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill for a profound, hilarious, and heartbreaking series of dispatches from the front line of a marriage.

Dan is the Editor of Go Book Yourself. He writes fiction, and is a Staff Writer at BuzzFeed. You can find him on Twitter here.

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My current Top 5 books.