05/19/16 1:42pm
The cat's out of the mag: 10 indie Brooklyn literary magazines, and how to submit your work to them

Whether you’re writing or reading, these lit mags are here for you. via @wordsonstrings on Instagram

You wake up. You go to work. You come back, or you shack up in a late night café. You type into the wee hours of the night, laboring your masterpieces of poetry and prose, and after a day or week or month, you’ve finally got something you think other people should see. Now what do you do? Well sure, you could spend hours on the internet, researching the coolest literary magazines and online journals in Brooklyn, but that’s a pain in the ass. After all, you’ve abandoned sleep and substituted most of your meals with whiskey. Who has the time?

That’s why we’ve compiled our brief, but important list of Brooklyn literary magazines, complete with details on how submit to each one and where to find their publications (whether in stores or online). Be sure to familiarize yourself with the work of each one before submitting! Some mags are small seedlings in the literary scene, and others are big contenders that have reached all the way to the New Yorker. Either way, you’ve got to start somewhere, so why not here? (more…)

05/18/16 2:42pm
Hey, instead of Cards against Humanity, play this New York-specific alternative at your next party

Soothe your ‘only in New York’ woes with this creative new card game.

Early last year, Brokelyn editor Tim Donnelly said that it was finally time to declare Cards Against Humanity a “basic” party game, and that we ought to renounce it in favor of slightly more evolved entertainment. And we haven’t laid a finger on it since then, because we really were holding out hope for a better alternative.

Now there’s a Punderdome home card game, but that’s mostly for word nerds and happy people. Brooklyn’s mass population of gripers and grousers (who drink) still need to be entertained with a game that feels less twee and more “Why me?”

Naturally, a 20-year-old kid at Pratt has the solution: enter WTF, NY?, a party game created by Pratt undergraduate Krysta Parisi. Like most of Brokelyn’s favorite things, the concept is straightforward and the legality is questionable! It’s just a Cards Against Humanity spinoff where cards have New York-specific questions and answers, so lewd sexual acts are replaced by… well, lewd sexual acts. This is New York, after all.

Parisi, a communications design major with a focus in illustration, explained that the game started as a class homework assignment.

“They told us to reinvent a game for millennials and make it modern, take a twist on it,” she told Brokelyn. “And I decided to go with Cards Against Humanity and make it more specifically New York. I felt like it was something that needed to be done.” (more…)

05/17/16 2:55pm
This could be in your hands sooner than June 21.

This could be in your hands sooner than June 21.

It’s been a few months since we first announced the arrival of a take-home Punderdome card game for friends and family, but few have laid their eyes (or hands) on the game since then. It’s currently only available for pre-sale through Amazon, and won’t be released to the public until June 21. That’s a whole month from now. What’s an eager party punster to do?

Brokelyn’s got you covered. We happen to love puns a lot, too — so much, in fact, that we’ve partnered up with folks at Penguin Random House to host a an exclusive sneak preview of the Punderdome home card game! In party form, of course. (more…)