Melissa Broder is one of those bright spots on the publishing scene—she’s really sweet and well-dressed and smart and funny, and is involved in a ton of cool stuff. Example #1 of said cool stuff: She runs Polestar Poetry Series, which is monthly and usually at Cake Shop. Example #2: She co-edits La Petite Zine, [...]

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Each month in the Literary Artifacts space, writer Kristopher Jansma writes about his encounters with rare books, writerly memorabilia, and other treasures in New York City and around the world, hoping to discover how the internet age is changing the face of literature as we know it. Spring! When a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of g-string [...]

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1. Dudes, I really like chalk signs! 2. Ryan Britt, really serious about trying to get people to publish his story. 3. Chloe McConnell, who works at the New Yorker in the production department, and is Vines’ roommate!    Ave. A, between 1st and 6th streets, is a dangerous place for me. Its amenities seem ominously situated solely [...]

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1. Entrance to the Invisible Dog Art Center, home of this last Friday’s Literary Debutante Ball. 2. Jai Chakrabarti and Eliza Hornig weren’t debutantes, but were charming nonetheless. One Story‘s Literary Debutante Ball may have been inspired by southern traditions, but the evening was more like a fundraising fairy tale. Elegantly dressed guests arrived early—looking [...]

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1. David Lipsky and his Macbook, trying to find something bad to say about Saunders. Conclusion: impossible. 2. George Saunders: he do the police in different voices.   On Thursday, I went to the Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House around six-thirty and met my friend Useless MacNastus. Most evening readings start at seven, so we figured [...]

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1. The only other dude I know who’s named Jean-Claude is this guy. He should make a wine. 2. Maud Newton, y’all!   What happens when it’s 70 degrees outside in New York City at 7 PM? Obviously, you get 60+ nerds to go to SoHo’s McNally Jackson’s air-conditioned basement to participate in the much-loved, always-drunk [...]

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1. Diego Ongaro, Filmmaker, Roasted Pig Delivery Dude, and Hubby to Courtney Maum, fiction writer, humourist and Outlet contributor, with Michelle Legro, Online Editor to Lapham’s Quarterly. Kielbasa Dogs not named. 2. Penina Roth, Founder and Curator of the Franklin Park Reading Series and professional podium raver. We have the same Smiths cassette. Yay!   It [...]

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MUSIC TO AVOID A POETRY READING There was to be a poetry reading, a gathering of the poets, but as night crept on I couldn’t get my hair together I couldn’t get my hair. 1. Soul of Fire / Witch I’ve seen the serpent, I’ve seen the spirit, and they both said: Never read longer than [...]

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When I was in high school, I tried to collaborate on a novel with two of my friends, Jack and JJ. I can’t remember how it started—probably we were bored at lunch and one of us had an unused spiral notebook—but this project would become not only the first sustained (in both time and length) [...]

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1. Watching along with Will Boast (in front) as Gabe Levine plays. 2. Brian and Andrea here for some Electric Literature. 3. Eleanor Henderson closes the night with a trip to 1988.    This weekend WORD, Greenpoint’s independent book store (who just celebrated their 5th anniversary! congrats!), hosted Largehearted Lit, featuring readers Will Boast, Eleanor Henderson, and musician Gabe [...]

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