Loved this book. #theflamethrowers #rachelkushner
MONDAY: Memoirist Ishmael Beah (RADIANCE OF TOMORROW) in convo with Dinaw Mengestu (THE BEAUTIFUL THINGS THAT HEAVEN BEARS). [Greenlight]
TUESDAY: Satirical/critical lit series Animal Farm, featuring Gawker editor Tom Scocca, novelist Julia Fierro (CUTTING TEETH), critic and fiction writer Rahawa Haile, and poet Bruno Davey. [Over the Eight]
WEDNESDAY: Book launch for Joyce Carol Oates’s CARTHAGE. [Powerhouse]
ALSO: Wrap-up party for the Organist (the Believer’s podcast). [Warby Parker, Soho]
THURSDAY: Memoirist Sean Straub (BODY COUNTS: A MEMOIR OF POLITICS, SEX, AIDS AND SURVIVAL) in convo with Walter Armstrong. [The Strand]
FRIDAY: First meeting of book group on J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst’s S. [WORD]
Stylish and inventive, sure. But the more I think about Spike Jonze’s “Her,” the more disturbed I become. And it’s not just the content—it’s also the endlessly fawning reviews and accolades (Golden Globe!) that shy away from the deeper gender issues the movie raises. Sady Doyle and others have done a good job of going into this, but I thought I’d add my annoyances here.
(Warning: Spoilers ahead.)
MONDAY: The Franklin Park Reading Series’s fifth annual Short Fiction Night will include Ben Marcus (LEAVING THE SEA), Chinelo Okparanta (HAPPINESS, LIKE WATER), Luke B. Goebel (FOURTEEEN STORIES l NONE OF THEM ARE YOURS), Ann Dewitt (NOON, BOMB), and Ryan Chang (Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Everyday Genius). [Franklin Park]
TUESDAY: Graphic novelist Julia Gfrörer (BLACK IS THE COLOR). [Strand]
WEDNESDAY: Debut novelist Rachel Cantor (A HIGHLY UNLIKELY SCENARIO) in convo with Hannah Tinti (THE GOOD THIEF). [Greenlight]
THURSDAY: NYTM culture editor Adam Sternbergh (SHOVEL READY: A NOVEL). [Bookcourt]
FRIDAY: Cartoonist Pablo Zequeria (JAMES IN HIGH-SCHOOL: A GRAPHIC-STRIP WITH WORDS] with Nicholas Birns. [BookCourt]
Thought-provoking profile on @jenniferweiner in the @newyorker this week. On a related note, the NYer had only 26% female bylines at last @VIDA_lit count (2012).
My first book at Bedford has pubbed! I’m so proud!
@andibartz reading at Niagara for Oxhart!
Over the holidaze, many a friend asked me for book recs. Since I’ve been remiss in my “Book I’m Into” posts (or…haven’t really started them…but I will! 2014!), I thought this would be a good chance to do an awesome book roundup. Most of these are from 2013, but a few older ones made the list.
From book on the National Archives: George Washington’s line edits on the Constitution. #editing #khyf (Also, @katedietrick, just learned there’s an Acting Archivist of the US and think you should go for it!)
Got Mom “S” by J.J. Abrams (complete with faux notes and postcards)…can’t wait to borrow it!