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Papercut Press: 'There's Definitely a Literary <em>Something</em> Happening in Bushwick'

(Courtesy Papercut Press)<p>Papercut Press’ Fall showcase at Radio Bushwick last week was surprisingly well attended considering it was on Rosh …

Mediocrity Is the New Black: Penny Arcade On Making It in ‘The Big Cupcake’

The performance artist Penny Arcade called us back after getting out of a show that ran late. So, even in the midst of her own show <i>Longing Lasts</i> …

Chris Stein of Blondie: ‘Miley Cyrus at Her Craziest is Not Really Dangerous’

All images by Chris Stein from the book “Negative: Me, Blondie and The Advent of Punk,” and the exhibition of the same name at Somerset House in …

Williamsburg Will Have to Wait a Bit Longer For McNally Jackson

(Courtesy of McNally Jackson)<p>Since the story broke in the <i>Times</i>, Williamsburg has been waiting for its very own outpost of the Soho bookstore McNally …

Barbra Streisand: bikers and BDSM

Below, photos of Barbra Streisand doing biker BDSM from a shoot connected to the 1970 film The Owl and The Pussycat. Many more over at Dangerous …

Barbra Streisand

What The Greatest Self-Help Books Of The Last Decades Can Teach You In 7 Minutes

, Women@Forbes<p>As a writer, I’m fortunate to connect with authors and experts all over the globe who have vitally important messages to share. While each of these experts sees the world in his or her own very unique way, and shares a special filter or perspective on life, progress and success, when …

Self-improvement

How Crayola Crayons Are Made

There are 120 different colors of Crayola Crayons.<p>23 shades of red, 20 greens, 19 blues, 16 purples, 14 oranges, 11 browns, 8 yellows, 2 grays, 2 coppers, 2 blacks, 1 white, 1 gold and 1 silver. The Crayola factory in Easton, Pennsylvania makes 12 million crayons a day in a variety of the shades we …

Willpower as a rechargeable battery

In this episode of You Are Not So Smart <b>David McRaney</b> explores ego depletion and all the things that can cause it, from feeling rejection to holding …

Emotions

Translating a Novel of Sadism | The New Yorker

“A Sentimental Novel,” the final published work of the novelist and theorist Alain Robbe-Grillet, appeared in France four months before his death, in 2008, and in English translation last spring. The content of the novel contributed to the lag in its translation: “A Sentimental Novel” (reviewed …

Popular Fiction

The British Vlogger Invasion Is Vain and Inane

The vanilla teens are coming for us with their radio shows and book deals.<p><i>Vlogger Alfie Deyes (Image via)</i><p>Vloggers have been around almost as long as YouTube itself. However, if you leave aside <i>Wired</i> writers, 4Chan bullies and anyone getting ready for the SATs, most people are lucky enough that …

Celebrity Gossip

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The Brooklyn Prophesy

<i>by Will Kenton</i><p>I never thought I’d shake Questlove’s hand.<p>It was at the book release party for Bradley Spinelli’s novel <i>Killing Williamsburg</i> at Trash, …

This Type of Astral Opera Only Comes Along Once Every Several Years

“Space Opera” seems to have fallen out of favor since the ‘70s, which makes it a perfect target for reanimation and—let’s hope—popularization. This …

Hausfrau, a New Comedy Rag, Absorbs Grape Juice 95% Faster Than iPads

Stephen Kosloff in London for Issue 4. (Photo: Caroline Tobin)<p>Sometime last week, supposedly in the dead of night, a few hundred copies of a new free …

Thomas the Tank Engine quits show

Martin T Sherman voices Thomas the Tank Engine in the U.S., but he's leaving the show amid a dispute. In a post on his blog -- since taken town -- …

Entertainment

Paris Review - Hunter S. Thompson, The Art of Journalism No. 1

Interviewed by Douglas Brinkley, Terry McDonell<p>Issue 156, Fall 2000<p>In an October 1957 letter to a friend who had recommended he read Ayn Rand’s <i>The Fountainhead</i>, Hunter S. Thompson wrote, “Although I don’t feel that it’s at all necessary to tell you how I feel about the principle of individuality, I …

Literature

Killing Williamsburg by Bradley Spinelli

G’Day Bookworms,<p>It’s been well established that I love a good plague story. I saw a review of <i>Killing Williamsburg</i> by Bradley Spinelli a while ago on …

The Author of The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street Shopped On the LES Before It Was Cool

Susan Jane Gilman (Photo: François Bourru)<p><i>The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street</i> opens in 1913 on a spunky young girl fleeing Russia for New York with …

Writer Kim Addonizio Thinks Living on the Bowery is Like Having Her Brain Tattooed

(Photo: Elizabeth Sanderson)<p>Book Expo America, the annual trade show for the analog information-delivery devices known as “books,” is in town through …

Anthony Rapp Thinks If/Then Is Like a Grown-Up Version of Rent

Anthony Rapp in <i>If/Then</i>. (Photo: Joan Marcus)<p>Not long ago we joined Anthony Rapp for a post-Sunday-matinee snack in the Meatpacking District, and very …

Paris Review - Paul Bowles, The Art of Fiction No. 67

Interviewed by Jeffrey Bailey<p>Issue 81, Fall 1981<p>The Tangier that once greeted Bowles in 1931, promising “wisdom and ecstasy,” bears little resemblance to the Tangier of the 1970s. The frenetic medina, with its souks, its endless array of tourist boutiques, its perennial hawkers and hustlers is …

Literature

Tarantino's The Hateful Eight liveread: 'Reminiscent of Reservoir Dogs'

Director's new script, revealed during a liveread featuring Bruce Dern, Kurt Russell and Samuel L Jackson, harks back to his early work, says John Patterson<p>• Tarantino sues Gawker over Hateful Eight script leak • Blog: Gawker: Tarantino should blame himself for script leak<p>Director Quentin Tarantino …

Film (UK)

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New York x Austin: Rounding Up the Brooklyn Bands at SXSW

Habibi at Longbranch Inn (Photos: Ankita Mishra)<p>SXSW certainly isn’t for everyone– the crowds, the queues, the lack of available cabs, sure to leave …

Cultfever Likes to Get ‘A Little Manic’ On Stage

(Photo: Richard Kauffman)<p>At Baby’s All Right, Cultfever played an energetic set for an enthusiastic hometown crowd before setting off to SXSW. The …

Slothrust’s Frontwoman Was Into Sloths Before They Were Cool

At the Sailor Jerry Gypsy Lounge event in East Austin, Slothrust opened their set with the same song they always open with. Simply titled “Intro,” …