HWBC Weekly Roundup
- five books by Brooklyn authors you can look forward to
- people are still burning books :’( and it’s not just this Kickstarter guy :’(
- an essay about Wes Anderson’s new movie and the texts on which it’s based
- three essays on punctuation
To interact with:
- The Smiths’ Website has this cool timeline thing now
- Daylight Saving Time!!!
- hey that means it’s ~spring which means it’s ~warm
As the old saying goes, World Book Day: Keep watching X-Files on Netflix, that pile of unread books are your night stand is certainly judging you.
That’s a thing people say, right?
It is indeed a thing people say — and now I’m going to be slightly afraid to go to bed tonight.
Happy World Book Day, indeed!
Happy World Book Day, bookternet people!
"A good critic is trying to tell you what she has learned about herself from the reading of a particular piece of literature. A bad reviewer is often trying to tell you how smart he is by declaring whether or not he liked a particular book."
Kevin Guilfoile in the commentary on our first day of judgment at The Morning News Tournament of Books - Presented by Field Notes
Join us for a ToB celebration here on March 24!
This Week at HWBC:
Tomorrow we have a staged reading of the highly acclaimed play WOMEN written by Housing Works’ frequent guest Chiara Atik. The play is a mashup of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women and the hit HBO show Girls. Tickets are only $5, and it’s going to sell out so be sure to grab one now! More info and tickets available here.
On Wednesday night, DISH, our monthly food event is back, this time with The Way We Ate, Owney’s Rum, Luke Barr, and Charles Blackstone. They’ll all share readings and stories with hosts Kimberly Wetherell of Spirited and David Gutowski of Largehearted Boy.
Finally, Thursday, Seth Fishman, author of the brand new YA novel The Well’s End, and Téa Obreht, author of The Tiger’s Wife, will read fan fiction for each other. The event is named The Well’s Wife and The Tiger’s End, which is great and overall just representative of how the night’s going to go, so be sure to come out!
HWBC Weekly Roundup:
- An interview with Lorrie Moore (whose new book is now out!)
- LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy wants to make the subway beep sound nice. You can listen to what his idea here.
- Emily Gould’s essay on writing and debt (which she read parts of here on Monday night)
- Also, here’s a poem made from email subject lines from Tumblr (it gets its own bullet point because this is #relevant for everyone reading this, duh)
- Corpus Libris: because I love when people do this sort of thing
To Listen to/Watch:
- New Lykke Li song/video, "I Never Learn"
Very Important News:
- I love meat but I’m still allowed to be as excited as I am for Chipotle’s new item (!!!)
"You should read the book that you hear two booksellers arguing about at the registers while you’re browsing in a bookstore.
You should read the book that you see someone on the train reading and trying to hide that they’re laughing.
You should read the book that you see someone on the train reading and trying to hide that they’re crying.
You should read the book that you find left behind in the airplane seat pocket, on a park bench, on the bus, at a restaurant, or in a hotel room."
This week at HWBC:
It’s Geek Week! For the next two weeks, all of our geekiest items (sci fi, fantasy, comics, vintage vinyl, science, and math books) are 30% off!
On Wednesday, the newly relaunched Story Magazine will be here with a Special “B-Side” Launch! Ryan Britt, Allegra Frazier, and James Hannahm will be chatting about the intersection of genre fiction and literary fiction.
The Moth is back on Thursday with StorySLAM: Escape! It always sells out. If you’re coming, get here early, wait in line, make a new friend. Also, the store will be closing at 6PM so that we can set up.
Are you a geek? Are you a nerd? Are you unsure if they’re the same? On Friday we’ve got Geeks vs. Nerds Trivia Happy Hour with hosts Kevin Harrington of Boston’s Geek Week Comedy and Geek Comedy Night and Jen Dziura of the Williamsburg Spelling Bee!
Finally, on Saturday morning, the History and Pop Culture book group will be discussing Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr.’s Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune.
This week at HWBC:
Tonight Sergio De La Pava (A Naked Singularity and Personae) and David Gordon (The Serialist and Mystery Girl) will be here with Russian lit scholar Michael Kunichika to discuss how Russian writers, though deceased, continue to influence us today at Dead Russian Writers: Still Haunting Us.
The Moth StorySLAM is back tomorrow with a Valentine’s edition called Love Hurts. The store closes at 6PM so we can set up, and the event always sells out so come early!
Wednesday night, we’re closing at 6PM to set up for I Like Your Glasses: Literary Speed Dating with CoverSpy. If you’re a man who wants to come, but hasn’t gotten a ticket yet hurry! There’s only a couple left.
On Thursday night, we’re also closing at 6PM to set up for Love Bites: A Valentine’s Dinner Celebrating Classic Literary Lovers. If you like lovers in books, you should convince someone you know to come to this fantastic four-course meal inspired by literary lovers. There are very few tickets left, so get yours now!