Fear And Rambling: The Musings Of A Writer Weeks Before His First Book’s Release

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Monday, April 6th, 2015 | 1,808 views

I always wanted to be a writer. I loved writing stories and poems about things I knew (mostly) nothing about. Writing was an escape from the shitty life I could have had. Growing up in the South Bronx, I didn’t have many outlets. There was riding my bike up and down the Concourse, graffiti, dodging gang recruitment, bottle rockets, and police, the latest installment of Mortal Kombat, and watching the fathers on the block play dominoes until the their wives stopped feigning interest in the click-slam of palms on folding tables.

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Paul Beatty Reads The Sellout

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Monday, March 16th, 2015 | 2,822 views

Paul Beatty Reads at Greenlight Bookstore

Paul Beatty read from his newest novel, The Sellout at Greenlight Bookstore in Brooklyn. He was joined in conversation by Sam Lipsyte. When Beatty took the podium, he seemed temporarily overcome with emotion for a moment. He explained that he felt similarly overwhelmed recently at a reading in Detroit. The reason, he explains, was the feeling of satisfaction from completing the book: “I realized I was really close to getting what was in my head on the page.”

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Peter Carey, Laura van den Berg, Atticus Lish, Mark Doten and Kashana Cauley Read at Franklin Park

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Monday, February 23rd, 2015 | 2,106 views

Kashana Cauley reads at Franklin Park Read Series for Novel Night

The Franklin Park Reading Series “Novel Night” featured five readers from Peter Carey, the two-time Booker Prize-winning Australian novelist and the executive director of the Hunter College MFA program, to Kashana Cauley, a writer with stories in Tin House and Esquire whose debut novel has yet to be released.

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Irvine Welsh Talks The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins

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Wednesday, February 11th, 2015 | 2,201 views

Irvine Welsh and Nathan Larson talk about The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins and Scottish Politics at WORD Bookstore in Jersey City

Scottish author Irvine Welsh found himself in Jersey City at WORD Bookstores to talk about his latest novel, The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins. The book is his first American story featuring young women in their twenties in Miami. He was joined for conversation by Nathan Larson, author of The Dewey Decimal System.

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Adam Sternbergh Launches Near Enemy

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Thursday, January 15th, 2015 | 1,608 views

Adam Sternbergh reads from Near Enemy, his latest novel featuring a trash collecting hit man

A year ago, two important things happened to Adam Sternbergh. His daughter was born and eight days later, his debut novel, Shovel Ready was launched at BookCourt. He returned to the Brooklyn bookstore to celebrate the launch of the sequel, Near Enemy.

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Nell Zink Reads Debut The Wallcreeper with Jonathan Franzen

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Monday, October 20th, 2014 | 4,413 views

Nell Zink reads from her new book The Wallcreepr

Four years ago, Nell Zink wrote an email to Jonathan Franzen. Franzen responded, and soon they found themselves enthralled with a long distance email correspondence. Franzen is the reason Nell Zink is at McNally Jackson Books releasing her debut novel. He convinced her to turn her writings into a manuscript, The Wallcreepers, and to try and have it published.

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Dolan Morgan Launches That’s When the Knives Come Down with B.C. Edwards and Chelsea Hodson

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Thursday, September 4th, 2014 | 2,816 views

Dolan Morgan launched his debut collection of short stories That’s When the Knives Come Down at WORD bookstore in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Joining him were B.C. Edwards and Chelsea Hodson. He gave out plastic knives to the crowd–a nod to the title of the collection–and brought with him vodka infused with the pages of his novel.

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A Poet on Bombing Or Pretending to be a Comic

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Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 | 2,326 views

People aren’t often taught how to deal with failure. Even watching interviews with famous people chat about missteps doesn’t seem to hit home because we never saw that part. Their disappointments seem cute as opposed to career questioning. For writers, failure is most evident on stage. Unlike piles of rejection slips one can stuff in a draw, light on fire, or scrapbook, in front of a crowd, a person has to respond. They must get comfortable with silence or deal with too much noise. This too is true of comedians and is why I sometimes pretend I’m a standup comic rather than a poet. Although maybe it’s because comics are the more socially acceptable of the low-paid artists. If you tell someone you’re a poet, they look confused; say you’re a comic, they fervently discuss Louis CK. Of course, a poet bombing looks rather different than a comic, but that image is fun to examine, and it still explores ideas of failure and heckling that are necessary for any artist.

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