You’ve read everything by Jennifer Egan, Colson Whitehead (you call him “Cole”) and the Jonathans, and you’re even Facebook friends with Jonathan Ames. If you secretly believe you’re the +1 in n +1, we’ve got the next read for your McCarren Park beach towel. Literary Brooklyn is Evan Hughes’ new chronicle of the borough’s bookish icons, from rapscallions like Walt Whitman (the borough’s “first literary hipster”) and Henry Miller to Jhumpa Lahiri and her contemporaries. Unlike dutiful history books that guilt you from the shelf, this one really zips along. And we have three copies to give away to randomly chosen commenters on this post. Tell us your favorite Brooklyn book ever and why in the comments and you could win one of them. Also, Mr Hughes is being feted Tuesday night (August 16) from 7 to 9 at PowerHouse Arena, and everyone’s invited to hear him read and have a drink or two. (Go easy Brokertons). By the way, here’s a completely unrelated but nevertheless fun map of literary Brooklyn from the BPL.
One of the more commonly held themes (maybe even beliefs) about New York is that it is a pit of loneliness, where you can never feel more isolated while surrounded by millions of people. 30 Rock encapsulated New York’s uncanny ability to grind you down perfectly here. This can feel like a shitty city, especially during […]
Hot take: Halloween isn’t for everybody. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great holiday. It just favors creatives and DIY experts to a fault. Many people are Hallo-wise enough to start planning their costume for the following year on Nov. 1. — and if you’re one of those people, more power to you! — but that leaves the rest […]
Loitering has been a problem for coffee shop owners for so long that we’ve gone through several cycles of addressing it in New York City. First came limiting laptop hours and eliminating outlets, then things like timed wifi. Britcom hit Fleabag skewered the annoying laptop camper in its inaugural season this summer, which means it’s far from just an American […]