"An event that you can still only refer to as The Great Friendster Debacle of ‘05. It’s like reverse fingering all over again."
Spotlight on DLF Events - Slaughterhouse 90210: Downtown Edition
3:30pm @ HWBC: Join Maris Kreizman of TV & lit tumblr Slaughterhouse 90210 for an NYC-themed slide presentation followed by authors Carlene Bauer, Austin Ratner, Jason Diamond, and Jessica Soffer talking about their favorite New York-based TV shows.
Spotlight on DLF Events - The Recital: The City
This Sunday is the inaugural Downtown Literary Festival hosted by Housing Works and our neighbors McNally Jackson. Check out this page from now until then for previews of some of the exciting events!
12:30pm @ HWBC: Maris Kreizman and Rachel Syme host the second edition of their series The Recital, which harkens to the one room schoolhouse days when people used to memorize texts for school. This time the theme is “The City,” and Simon Van Booy, Justin Taylor, Rosie Schaap, Adam Rathe, Jenn Northington, Eric Nelson, and Ryan Chapman each will recite a text they know by heart.
Check out the first episode of our podcast for a clip from February’s Recital of Rachel Fershleiser reciting the opening of Judy Blume’s Forever. Rachel’s clip starts around 3:30.
“That ‘writers write’ is meant to be self-evident. People like to say it. I find it is hardly ever true. Writers drink. Writers rant. Writers phone. Writers sleep. I have met very few writers who write at all.”
—Renata Adler, Speedboat
Maris continues to be a perfect genius.
Pics from last night, courtesy of Jesse! A handsome crowd, if I do say so myself.
This was so much fun, y’all. Thanks to Jesse for capturing the magic!
This week at HWBC:
Join us tonight as rock writer Marc Spitz and novelist, essayist, and critic Chuck Klosterman discuss Spitz’s new book Poseur: A Memoir of Downtown New York City in the 90s.
Tomorrow, come learn about what it means to be an American expat in Eastern Europe with Keeping Bedlam at Bay in the Prague Cafe with author M. Henderson Ellis and Arthur Phillips and jazz musician Karel Ruzicka.
Then on Wednesday join us for the Slaughterhouse 90210 4th Birthday Party! Hosted by Maris Kreizman and featuring readings from Jami Attenberg, Ron Currie Jr., and Emma Straub.
Thursday night the Moth StorySLAM! returns with the theme Busted. Tickets are $8 at the door.
Finally, on Friday, we are pleased to present with WORD I Would Die 4 U: A Prince Dance Party with Touré and DJ Ali Shaheed Muhammad of A Tribe Called Quest! Tickets are $5 and available at the event page.
“I’ve always been a voracious reader and a TV addict and I never thought those passions had to be mutually exclusive, so creating the blog was a way to celebrate both. A big buzzword in the book world is discoverability—how people find the books they want to read—and I guess I wanted Slaughterhouse 90210 to be a brand new venue where I could promote the crap out of the books I love and maybe bring a new audience to my favorite writers.” (via Slaughterhouse 90210: Best Tumblr Evr | Brooklyn Abridged)
Join Maris, Emma Straub, Ron Currie Jr. and Jami Attenberg at the Slaughterhouse 90210 Fourth Anniversary Party on March 20! Info here.
This week at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, our events look at Valentine’s Day from every angle! And then teach you how to be funny while writing, which is maybe something you need after Valentine’s Day week.
Tonight is the first night of The Recital, a new series in which writers and performers turn the bookstore into an old-fashioned red schoolhouse so they can recite by heart 1-3 minutes of poetry or prose they have memorized. Hosted by writer Rachel Syme and Slaughterhouse 90210’s Maris Kreizman. The theme for this week is Swoon!
Tomorrow join us for The Moth StorySLAM! This time the theme is Love Hurts. Tickets are $8.
Wednesday Coverspy helps you find your bookish mate with I Like Your Glasses: Literary Speed Dating. This event is sold out, but if you missed it this time be sure to sign up for the waitlist so you can hear about the next one!
On Friday, double the events and also fun as our weekly Slush Pile Happy Hour (4-8pm) is joined by funny lady country trio Ménage à Twang’s return to the bookstore for My Country Valentine: an Alt-Valentine Mixer at 7pm!(Notice: This event was previously ticketed but is now FREE.)
How can literature save your life? When a drunk man approached Maris Kreizman in a bar, she introduced herself, “I’m Lorrie. Lorrie Moore.” Conversation over. Lesson Thirteen: If literature can’t save you, Lorrie Moore can. (via Vol. 1 Brooklyn’s 3-Minute Greatest Book Stories Ever! | The Outlet: the Blog of Electric Literature)
Maris for president of my heart.
"8 p.m. Housing Works Used Book Café for Dan Wilbur’s party and comedy show celebrating his new book, How Not to Read. Came in during Elna Baker’s hilarious Mormon coming-out story (coming out to her parents as a twentysomething non-virgin), stayed for Chris Gethard’s terrible–wonderful story about being newly single and having panic attacks and getting his second Smiths-themed tattoo."
We are delighted to have been a part of Emma’s week in culture! Click through for basically a guide to living your cultural life. And get a ticket to the Emma Straub Hollywood Variety Hour this Saturday. I’ll be there; but more importantly, so will Emma, Stephen Merritt, Maris Kreizman, Ira Glass, and Andrew McCarthy. YEAH. Do it.
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