Trailer for Matt Zoller Seitz’s “The Wes Anderson Collection”

Abrams Books has released a trailer (yes, a book trailer) for the great Matt Zoller Seitz’s forthcoming The Wes Anderson Collection, which will be released into fine bookstores near you on October 8th. We heartily recommend you buy it. Did we mention it’s by, for our money, the foremost critical voice on Wes’ work? Did we mention it has an introduction by certified Important Author Michael Chabon? Did we mention it has a brand spanking new interview with Wes that encompasses his entire career to date? We didn’t, did we. Well it does, so be like Margot and sit in your zebra adorned room reading like a Tenenbaum. Pre-order from Amazon (by doing so you help support the site, and ensure we post at least three to four times a year).

Speaking of fine bookstores, Seitz will be appearing at the Word Bookstore in Brooklyn on October 8th, at New York’s legendary Strand Bookstore on October 10th, discussing the book and Wes’ work along with Lisa Rosman and the New Yorker’s Richard Brody, and Seitz will host a special screening of Bottle Rocket October 19th at Videology in Brooklyn.

Bravo, Matt!

Michael Chabon’s “The Amateur Family”

Michael Chabon has been making the rounds for his new book Manhood for Amateurs. He read a piece, “The Amateur Family,” at the Union Square (N.Y.C.) Barnes and Noble:

Perhaps there is no perfect word for the kind of people I have raised my children to be: a word that encompasses obsessive scholarship, passionate curiosity, curatorial tenderness, and an irrepressible desire to join in the game, to inhabit in some manner—through writing, drawing, dressing up, or endless conversational riffing and Talmudic debate—the world of the endlessly inviting, endlessly inhabitable work of popular art. The closest I have ever come for myself is amateur, in all the best senses of the word: a lover; a devotee; a person driven by passion and obsession to do it—to explore the imaginary world—oneself. And if we must accept the inevitable connotation of hopeless ineptitude that amateur carries, then at least let us stipulate that we shall be hopeless and inept like Max Fischer, the hero of Wes Anderson’s Rushmore: in the most passionate, heedless, and whole-hearted way.