1. Taylor talks about Marlon Brando. 2. Taylor looks through notes, with a Dewers nearby.   Every Monday night at Bowery Poetry Club, you can find Taylor Mead reading poetry. Taylor Mead marks the last of the Beat Generation and the few left of the Andy Warhol superstars. For many, Taylor represents a New York that doesn’t [...]

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1. Patti Smith shows Katherine Lanpher the black sheep Lenny Kaye had given her. 2. Patti and band take the stage.   Upstairs at the Square celebrated its sixth birthday on June 7 at the Union Square Barnes & Noble.  Katherine Lanpher hosted, with no other than punk poet, mother, musician, artist, and icon Patti Smith as special guest. [...]

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1. The Common Issue 01’s iconic red cover. 2. Sarah Greenblatt and George and Janeen Carabetta, friends of The Common.   I met Jennifer Acker, editor of literary journal The Common, at the One Story Literary Debutante Ball in 2011. Then, The Common had one issue to its name, a powerhouse with a fork on its red [...]

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1. The handsome crowd at LDM chillin’ hard. 2. Todd Zuniga and a NERF gun; Jon Freedman, The Rejection Show; Megan Neuringer, actor; and David Rees, Artisinal Pencil Sharpener and guy who made a cartoon called Get Your War On. Maybe you’ve heard of it.    Tuesday night saw the 42nd New York episode of the illustrious [...]

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1. Schulman telling us how very different the village was then from how it is now. 2. The crowd listening, rapt. I came for the inspiration and stayed for the revelations. Sound like church? Yes indeed! An East Village kind of church: the St. Mark’s Bookshop. The place was just as I remembered it from [...]

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Last night, we celebrated the launch of our most recent baby, Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, at Parlor New York in SoHo. In case you’re unaware, Recommended Reading is free, digital content that will come to subscribers weekly. For each week of the month, a new story is selected: the first, by our staff (the first issue features [...]

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1. Workshop Fellow Lizzie Harris with KABOOM author and workshopper, Matthew Gallagher. 2. Reading newcomers, Sonya and Keerthi.   It is appropriate that my last post as a writer for The Outlet covers a reading close to me and what I think is simply one of New York’s best readings to hear immediate, affective, and electric literature. This past [...]

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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. 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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