“Dirty Magic”: Charles McNulty riffs on Patti Smith

Charles McNulty has hit some strong points in his LA Times discussion of rocker-writer-performer Patti Smith’s memoir Just Kids, published by Ecco/Harper Collins this past January (New York Times review here; Patti talks about the book on NPR’s Fresh Air here). As a critic in today’s cultural climate, Yale M.F.A. in hand, McNulty’s reading of … Continue reading

Nell Taylor and the Science of Obscurity

Culturebot contributor Calamity West talks to Nell Taylor, founder of The Chicago Underground Library about alternative libraries and Chicago’s upcoming second annual Science Fair + Book Launch event – The Science of Obscurity.

Five Questions for Sarah Kilby

Five Questions for Sarah Kilby Name: Sarah Kilby Title/Occupation: poet URL: http://sarahkilby.com 1. Where did you grow up and how did you end up where you are now? Well, I grew up in western North Carolina, in a town called Mt. Airy, and it is at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which are … Continue reading


Dixon Place presents EXPERIMENTS and DISORDERS curated by Tom Cole and Christen Clifford featuring Stephen Elliot, Lucy Sexton and Lia Gangitano Tues, January 19 7:30 pm $6 161A Chrystie Street (212) 219-0736 (F,V to 2nd Ave) In Dixon Place’s long running experimental reading series, novelist and memoirist Stephen Elliot (The Adderall Diaries -called “Genius” by … Continue reading

Everywhere and All At Once

“The Performa biennial is the most visible feature of a museum without walls,” writes RoseLee Goldberg in the introduction to her new book, EVERYWHERE AND ALL AT ONCE: AN ANTHOLOGY OF WRITINGS ON PERFORMA 07 (JRP|Ringier; January 2010; $45/Paperback). “For three weeks, every other year, it fans out across New York City, linking dozens of … Continue reading

Chuck Klosterman Is A Friend Of Mine: A Review of One Chapter In “Eating The Dinosaur”

I’ve had a love/hate relationship with Chuck Klosterman since 2003 when his book Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifest erupted. I bought this book in the New York City subway and read it in a week worth of A train rides. I felt his comments on “fake love”, The Sims, and the … Continue reading

Outrageous Fortune

Outrageous Fortune: The Life And Times Of The New American Play by Todd London, with Ben Pesner, and Zannie Giraud Voss, examines the “collaboration in crisis” between the contemporary American playwright and the varied people who fund and produce new work. Published this month by Theatre Development Fund, the study draws on six years of … Continue reading

McSweeney’s Night of the Emerging Novelists

McSweeney’s Night of the Emerging Novelists Jessica Anthony Bill Cotter James Hannaham Friday, December 4, 2009 7:00pm – 9:40pm Housing Works Cafe & Bookstore 126 Crosby Street New York, NY “…if you ever needed any proof that literature is the new rock’n’roll then these three authors provide it.” —The Examiner Fresh from their highly acclaimed … Continue reading

Sickness: A Night of Sick Stories

CHECK THIS OUT: Sickness: A Night of Sick Stories with readings and other offerings by Joe Westmoreland Lucy Sexton CD Clifford Lori E. Seid Ishmael Houston-Jones Nora Burns Issue Project Room Thursday October 8 8 pm ISSUE PROJECT ROOM At the Old American Can Factory 232 3rd Street, 3rd Floor Brooklyn Subway F Line, Subway … Continue reading

Five Questions With Nova Ren Suma

Name: Nova Ren Suma Title/Occupation: fiction writer, author of DANI NOIR (http://daninoir.com) Organization/Company: self URL: http://novaren.com 1. Where did you grow up and how did you end up where you are now? When I was a kid, we flung ourselves between the states of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, but I mostly grew up … Continue reading

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