Posts Tagged: New York City
A scathing indictment from Jim Dwyer at the New York Times this week accuses city leaders of depriving funding from the library system, and its mayors of holding the NYPL hostage for leverage in budget negotiations. As Dwyer points out, city libraries draw more annual visitors than the museums, sports stadiums, and performing arts institutions combined—and the funding just doesn’t add up....more
Yet the idea of New York as a walker’s paradise—a city best, and only authentically, grasped by sauntering through it—has persisted. Much of the great literature of New York has been written from the perspective of the sidewalk: the deafening street clatter and humming rattle of the L train that roar through John Dos Passos’s “Manhattan Transfer”; Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man eating yams on a Harlem street corner and tasting freedom; the author Quinn in Paul Auster’s “City of Glass” realizing that the peregrinations taken around the city by his quarry spell out the words “Tower of Babel.”…You never need to ask New Yorkers where they’re going.
Sara Fetherolf, John Reid Currie, Zakia Henderson-Brown, and Carrie Meyers join the Oh, Bernice! reading series. Astoria Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.
Leslie Allison, Filip Marinovich, and Lewis Warsh celebrate the launch of their books from Ugly Duckling Presse....more
Lola Calise, Ian McLellan Davis, Lilya Davis, Morgan Forbes, and Hannah McMurray launch Issue 6 of harlequin creatures....more
Electric Literature and Catapult.co recently announced a new series of writing workshops and classes:
Our goal is to connect emerging and unpublished writers with some of the most dynamic and interesting literary writers in NYC, and create the kind of writing classes we wish we could take ourselves.
Saturday 3/28: Monica McClure, Alexander Nemser, and Lewis Warsh read poetry. Steven Harvey Fine Arts Project, 2 p.m., free.
Sunday 3/29: Anna Moschovakis, D. Marcus Johnson, Zahra “Raw Fiction” Patterson, Kim Prosa, Ken Wohlrob, and Akeema Dash Zane read Raw Fiction, hosted by Serena Lin and Shawnta Smith-Cruz....more
Rob Crawford, Sabra Embury, Hannah Assadi, Genna Rivieccio, Amanda Killian, Armando Jaramillo Garcia, Stu Watson, and Daniel Adler celebrate opiates....more
The Talking Heads were among a crop of epochal, genre-bending artists that emerged from New York City in the mid-70s. The music scene centered around the famous punk club CBGB, where David Byrne and company opened for The Ramones in 1975....more
…what makes “The Doomsman” fascinating is its vision of an abandoned New York City as “a wilderness of brick and mortar”—a land where the Financial District is ruled by owls, and where the Flatiron Building is prized primarily by archers for its fine sight lines.
Multi-talented artist and writer Patti Smith has influenced groups disparate as Sonic Youth, R.E.M., and Madonna. Her seminal 1975 album Horses helped to spur the early punk movement in New York City. Smith was an important member of the scene which spawned punk heroes The Ramones, Television, and The Sex Pistols....more
Saturday 2/28: Tom McCarthy reads Satin Island, a novel about writing the Great Report. 192 Books, 7 p.m., free.
Sunday 3/1: Joanna Fuhrman, Shelley Marlow, and Elissa Ball celebrate new books by Fuhrman and Marlow....more
Saturday 1/10: Aaron Winslow and Samuel Delany join the Segue Series. Winslow’s post-apocalyptic novel Jobs of the Great Misery is forthcoming in 2015. Zinc Bar, 4:30 p.m., $5.
Matt Nelson turns 28. Mellow Pages Library, 8 p.m., free.
Monday 1/12: Phil Klay, Sara Lippmann, Kevin Fortuna, Morgan Parker, and Malerie Willens join the Franklin Park Reading Series for a night of short fiction....more
Saturday 12/27: Frank Garcia and Jon Bershad stage a live reading of The Interview, based on the motion picture censored by Sony Pictures. Treehouse 154, 7 p.m., free.
Thursday 1/1: Adam Fitzgerald, Adeena Karasick, Alan Felsenthal, Alan Gilbert, Alex Cuff, and a whole lot more poets read at the 41st Annual New Year’s Day Marathon Benefit....more
Saturday 12/20: Adam Gopnik, Mike Albo, Jami Attenberg, Charles Bock, Alexander Chee, Scott Cheshire, Ashley Ford, Lev Grossman, Rahawa Haile, Jazmine Hughes, Leslie Jamison, Bennett Madison, Ayana Mathis, Eileen Myles, Rosie Schaap, Elissa Schappell, Parul Sehgal, Rob Spillman, Emma Straub, J....more