Posts Tagged: Brooklyn

This Week in Short Fiction

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Playing off of Jerry Seinfeld’s video series, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” The Morning News introduced a new column earlier this month called “Novelists in Restaurants Eating Food.” Roxane Gay offered up the first samplingand this Wednesday, Jami Attenburg contributed the second, “Café de la Esquina.” Should there be doubts as to the genre of the review/not review, the editors left a hashtag-fiction indicator at the bottom for us.

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Popsickle Literary Arts Festival Returns

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Popsickle, Brooklyn’s literary arts festival, returns for its fifth iteration this weekend. Organized by Rumpus contributor Niina Pollari and JD Scott, Popsickle brings together many of the borough’s best publications and reading series including Brooklyn Poets, The Bushwick Review, Mellow Pages Library, Mental Marginalia, Vol.

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The Tale of Two Community Bookstores

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Brooklyn has two independent Community bookstores—Park Slope’s Community Bookstore and Cobble Hill’s The Community Bookstore. John Scioli, owner of the latter, tells MobyLives that he founded the original with his ex-wife before they split. Scioli goes on to talk about life as a bookstore owner:

These days, The Community Bookstore is open when Scioli decides it will be—usually opening its doors in the afternoon and closing around 11pm.

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Notable NYC: 11/9–11/15

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Saturday 11/9: The Comic Arts Festival features guest speakers, indie publishers, and self-published comic zines. Mt. Carmel Church -and- The Knitting Factory, 11am to 7pm, free.

Colum McCann reads from his novel Transatlantic (June 2013), presented by Community Bookstore. Brooklyn Public LIbrary, 4pm, free.

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Goodbye to All That: A Reading

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On Wednesday, October 23rd, long-time Rumpus contributor and editor of the recent collection Goodbye to All that: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York, Sari Botton will host an event in Brooklyn featuring reading and stories by contributors to the anthology and fellow New Yorkers with love/hate relationships of their own with the city.

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On Loving and Leaving New York: Home

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Driving down Second Avenue, we saw the usuals: skater kids and college students, queens and models and junkies. My heart hurt more and more. The landmarks of my most troubled memories now filled my heart with longing. I even missed my ghosts.

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Notable New York: 9/4-9/8

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Of special note this week: The venue formerly known as The Bowery Poetry Club has reopened their doors after some serious renovations. Now going by the name Bowery Arts and Science — which makes more sense since poetry was a small fraction of the programming there — they are back and have a full schedule up on the site.

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New Library in Brooklyn Vaguely Resembles Literary Wet Dream

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Mellow Pages Library, a library and reading room in Brooklyn consisting primarily of publications from small publishing houses, opened its doors earlier this year.

Founded by Matt Nelson and Jacob Perkins, the library prides itself in supporting lesser-known authors and publishing houses, containing publications from Magic Helicopter Press, Factory Hollow Press, Jaded Ibis Press, and Ugly Duckling Presse, among others.

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Henry Miller’s Disgust for Brooklyn

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Henry Miller hated Brooklyn almost as passionately as he loved Big Sur and dirty sex. In “Henry Miller, Brooklyn Hater,” Alexander Nazaryan takes a look at Miller’s lifelong contempt for the borough.

In a 1975 documentary, Miller refers to Brooklyn as:

a place where I knew nothing but starvation, humiliation, despair, frustration, every god damn thing—nothing but misery.

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Notable New York: 5/13-5/19

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Monday 05/13:
Emily Books presents “What is the Queer Novel?” featuring a reading and discussion with Sarah Schulman and Barbara Browning. Housing Works Bookstore, 7pm, free.

The Franklin Park Reading Series welcomes a killer line-up featuring The Rumpus’ Roxane Gay, Karen Russell, Elissa Schappell, Leigh Newman, and Michael Heald.

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