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Posts by: LaToya Jordan

Rejected Guinness World Records

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Shortest or tallest person in the world, longest hair or longest nails, oldest person—these are world records I can understand. Perhaps even setting a record for baking the biggest cupcake. But there are those world records that leave me scratching my head in confusion, such as the most balloons inflated by the nose, fastest time […]

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No Rent Reduction for St. Mark’s

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Apparently, Cooper Union is broke, which means St. Mark’s Bookshop owners Bob Constant and Terry McCoy’s request for a rent deduction was denied. From the Daily News: “…their bid for a $5,000 rent cut was nixed by landlord Cooper Union in a meeting with T.C. Westcott, a vice president for finance and administration at the […]

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Notable New York, This Week 10/24-10/30

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This week in New York, Poets & Writers at Housing Works Bookstore Café; Rita Dove and others at Poets House; Writing Dublin, Writing New York; How I Learned to Say I’m Sorry; Helen Oyeyemi reads from Mr. Fox; Steve Almond at Greenlight Bookstore; Pageturner, the Third Annual Asian American Literary Festival; and The Bellevue Literary […]

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Restroom Reading

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Do you read in the bathroom? Of course you do, who doesn’t? For those of you who take the newspaper, magazines, or a paperback, there should be nothing hazardous about your habits. But… “Microbes don’t fare too well on absorbent surfaces, and might survive only minutes on newspaper. But plastic book covers and those shiny, […]

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Miss Representation

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“‘When girls look to the media for models they can achieve in the real world, they see newspapers and TV anchors talking about female politicians’ haircuts and fashion choices,’ says Jennifer L. Pozner, the founder of Women in Media and News and the author of Reality Bites Back. ‘And then they turn to reality TV, […]

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Small Fates with Teju Cole

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While doing research for a book set in his hometown, Lagos, Nigeria, author Teju Cole (Open City) kept coming across these incidents in the newspapers of Lagos. Known in the French as fait divers, Cole describes the stories as “an event, usually of a grim nature, animated sometimes, but not always, by a certain irony.” […]

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Free Books: Public Bookshelves in Germany

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You know those “leave a penny, take a penny” trays that are sometimes at delis, grocery stores, and as stations? It’s a small but kind gesture that can inspire a pay-it-forward mentality in people. In Germany, they’ve taken this gesture and made it even better with books; take a book, leave a book. Public bookshelves […]

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Awesome Stacks

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Want to know what type of books are lying around the offices of The Village Voice or Flavorpill? BuzzFeed has a great collection of the books found in various media companies. I especially liked the selection found at COED Magazine’s office.

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Notable New York, This Week 10/03-10/09

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This week in New York, The Big Read: Utopia/Dystopia at the Center for Fiction; Largehearted Lit presents readings on fatherhood; Michael Ondaatje reads from his new novel; the Center for Book Arts Annual Chapbook Reading; The Inspired Word’s Big Apple BAP/Fall Edition: NYC’s Best American Poetry Poets; Storybook Burlesque does Through the Looking-Glass; and Blake […]

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The Library at Occupy Wall Street

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“A few days ago, Betsy, a trained librarian who lives in Brooklyn, came to the protest for the first time and found a short stack of books lying on the ground where everyone was camped out. She decided to go to one of the organizational meetings for the protests and ask if anyone else thought […]

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The Rumpus Sunday Book Blog Roundup

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Have you ever had a fantasy involving a sexy male librarian? Yes? Check out Men of the Stacks. Library book thief nabbed by bookseller (and former high-school wrestler). The Millions has a reading list for pessimists. The Smithsonian has a list of the top 10 books for which there are no existing copies. (via)

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Sunday Afternoon Links

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I thought I’d mix in some serious reading with the humorous for you: Interesting read in The Stranger on white people, Seattle, racism, and something called the Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites. The Hairpin imagines product placement in the publishing industry. Remember the “Ground Zero Mosque” and all the controversy surrounding the plans? Well, Park51 opened […]

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Has Technology Made Writers “Unoriginal”?

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“Who hasn’t been moved by a great memoir? But I’m sensing that literature—infinite in its potential of ranges and expressions—is in a rut, tending to hit the same note again and again, confining itself to the narrowest of spectrums, resulting in a practice that has fallen out of step and is unable to take part […]

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Notable New York, This Week 9/19-9/25

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This week in New York, Kick Assonance poetry reading at KGB Bar; Damion Searls talks Proust and Ruskin; Center for Book Arts opens fall exhibitions; Page Meets Stage with Suheir Hammad and Beau Sia; The Soundtrack Series; the Asian American Writers’ Workshop’s Mom Mic; Word, Rock, & Sword: A Musical Celebration of Women; and the […]

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Tweetathon for the Short Story

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The Brits, more specifically, a UK organization called the Society of Authors, will be highlighting the importance of the short story with a special Tweetathon. The tweetathon features a well-known author tweeting the first line of a story; the next four sentences of the story are written by tweeters to create a 670-character short story […]

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Best Romance Novel Typo Ever

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One of my guilty pleasures is reading trashy romance novels. The majority of these novels stick to the same format, with sex scenes that range from tepid to the written version of simulated porn from Skinemax–nothing too raunchy or taboo. But thanks to an editorial oversight, Susan Andersen’s new ebook, Baby, I’m Yours, has a […]

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Drawing Inspiration From Your Insides

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“I quit smoking on Halloween 1988. In December 1988 I was walking to work in a snowstorm when I had the biggest sneeze of my life and afterwards found in my hand a clump of living tissue the size, shape, and colour of a Thompson seedless green grape…Of course this freaked me out, and I […]

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Save St. Mark’s

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St. Mark’s Bookshop has lived in New York City since before I was born. And I hope it, and bookstores like it, are around long after I’m gone. It’s a story we seem to be hearing a lot lately, bookstores and other small businesses closing because they are unable to afford the rent. But St. […]

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Notable New York, This Week 9/05-9/11

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This week in New York, the West Indian American Day Parade in Brooklyn, Red Lemonade Launch Party with Kio Stark, Melville House Poetry After 9/11, Red Hen Press authors at Bowery Poetry Club, Mike Geffner’s Inspired Word with Rachel Eliza Griffiths and Paulie Lipman, the 4th Annual Nerd Nite Nerdtacular, Poets House and Trinity Wall […]

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Coming Out in OutServe Magazine

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About a hundred gay, lesbian, and bisexual members of the military will come out to their fellow service members on U.S. Army and Air Force bases in the pages of OutServe Magazine on September 20, 2011. That is the day that “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is officially over and done with. It’s also the day […]

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Notable New York, This Week 8/22-8/28

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This week in New York Amy Waldman reads from The Submission; a book party for Jennifer Close’s Girls in White Dresses; CALYX poetry reading at Bluestockings; a night of prose at KGB Bar; Central Park Film Festival shows Shine a Light, documentary on The Stones; the Warm Up at MoMA PS1; the Inkwell journal 15th […]

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Getting Boys to Read

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How can we interest boys in reading when the majority of YA bestsellers are targeted to girls, who are more into books about “mean girls, gossip girls, frenemies and vampires”? Sports journalist Robert Lipsyte, whose most recent books include a memoir, An Accidental Sportswriter, and YA novel, Center Field, has an essay in The New […]

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