Friday Whatnot: October 24

Fans of the BBC series Doctor Who might be interested in this in-depth look into the hidden lives and mysteries of the monsters from the series. The fully illustrated color compendium packaged with removable artwork commissioned exclusively for the book goes on sale next Tuesday, October 28, 2014.


In his interview with David Daley in SalonStephin Merritt explains that when he wrote the poems accompanying each of the 101 two-letter words from his new book, he did not have musical lyrics in his head. Instead, the Magnetic Fields singer-songwriter had Lizzie Borden took an ax and gave her mother 40 whacks in his head. “That was the rhythm I used for the whole book, pretty much,” he says. “Not quite. But that was the template.”

101 Two-Letter Words by Stephin Merritt, illustrated by Roz Chast has been out since September 29, 2014.


We Tell Ourselves Stories In Order to Live is a documentary about Joan Didion. “Made with Joan, using Joan’s words,” explains Griffin Dunne on Kickstarter. Dunne is Joan Didion’s nephew, and the Kickstarter campaign he created to fund the project was launched on Wednesday, and surpassed the goal on Thursday.

Beth Golay

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