One of the highlights of yesterday’s overall excellent Brooklyn Book Festival had to be the panel featuring Borough Prez Marty Markowitz and Brooklyn-born star Tony Danza having a Brooklyn-accent-off on the stage at Borough Hall. Danza, who was born in East New York, was there to talk about his new book, I’d Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had, but he opened the session by dropping this two-minute long rap about lots of famous people who were born in Brooklyn. “I don’t have your name in it,” Danza told the BP, “cause Markowitz is tough to rhyme.”
One of the other highlights of the day, btw, had to be during the Dan Savage/Kate Bolick/Manhattan Madam/et. al panel held in St. Ann’s Church where, after panelists talked much about sex and semen, made copious use of the word “fuck” and cracked several altar boy jokes, the pastor of the church stood up to thank everyone for an honest discussion about sex and relationships; and then even went on to say that he is openly gay and thanked Savage for his “It Gets Better” Campaign.
[PS – I took the video, so apologies for feeble shaky writer hands.]