Books, Authors and Tote Bags at the Brooklyn Book Festival

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Sunday, September 22nd, 2013 | 1,861 views

The Brooklyn Book Festival filled downtown Brooklyn with the largest free literary event in New York City. In addition to the half dozen venues featuring readings, panels and author signings, Borough Hall Plaza was filled with vendors, presses, publishers, literary journals, and authors. The Main Stage of the book festival relied on the steps of […]

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Poets unfit for Flavorwire

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Thursday, August 8th, 2013 | 13,547 views

A response and counter-list to their post “23 people who will make you care about poetry in 2013” Inspired by Patricia Lockwood’s poem “Rape Joke,” Jason Diamond produced for Flavorwire the list “23 People who will make you care about poetry in 2013,” a list of poets that he believes dispels the notion that “poetry […]

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Jami Attenberg Reads The Middlesteins

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Thursday, October 25th, 2012 | 1,938 views

The internet had generated so much buzz over Jami Attenberg’s newest novel, The Middlesteins, that when I suggested to a friend we should meet up there to hear her read, he scoffed that the place would be overrun and too crowded. But I still wanted to go, not just because of the internet chatter but […]

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On Reading Junot Diaz’s This is How You Lose Her

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Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012 | 1,399 views

I began reading Diaz’s new book only to think, “haven’t I read this already.” And then it occurred to me, that really, I’ve read this book twice already. His short story collection, Drown, is more or less a rough draft for the narrative of his critically acclaimed, award winning The Brief and Wondrous Life of […]

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On Reading The Perks of Being A Wallflower

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Sunday, September 23rd, 2012 | 1,234 views

I accidentally read The Perks of Being a Wallflower a week before the theatrical release last Friday. A friend had recommended it, somewhat out of thin air, and not wanting to disappoint, dutifully read it within a week. I knew quickly why he connected to the text as the young characters explore their homosexuality and […]

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Chabon Gets a Handy from New York Mag

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Tuesday, September 18th, 2012 | 1,229 views

Michael Chabon’s latest book, Telegraph Avenue, is sitting in the queue on my desk alongside a half dozen other books. Its release date unfortunately coincided with the release of Junot Diaz’s newest book, and for no particularly reason (though Chabon’s novel was longer), I began reading This Is How You Lose Her first. In a […]

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