Arthur Bradford: Hey Kevin, I like your new book (This is Between Us)! It’s a very sincere and raw look at a relationship, and love. Did you have any kind of statement in mind when you set out to write this, like were you trying to show some aspect of love and relationships that might not…
It’s commonly tossed about that book publishing remains an apprenticeship industry, and I suppose it’s generally true. Most all of us working in the field owe a debt of knowledge and guidance to peers and predecessors who showed us the ropes, gave us space to try and fail and try again, with…
A big hello to our new follower, Mr. Jeffrey Yamaguchi of 52 Projects! When I was teaching bookbinding/notebook-keeping classes at the SFCB, I used 52 Projects as one of my classroom aids. It’s an honor to be on your radar, Mr. Yamaguchi.
MONDAY: Vol. 1 Brooklyn and Sari Botton Present: Should I Stay or Should I Go? Mike Albo, Emily Gould, Alexander Chee, Chloe Caldwell, Anna Holmes, Choire Sicha, Jon-Jon Goulian, Michelle Dean, Elissa Bassist, and Isaac Fitzgerald on their love/hate relationships with NYC. [Housing Works]
Kevin Sampsell is also reading at Bookcourt this Tuesday!
After hearing about Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving NY, the new anthology I edited, more than a few New Yorkers got their hackles up, thinking I was dissing NY. Truth is, most of the 28 essays are love letters. But who doesn’t have a love-hate relationship with New York? Even the most deeply entrenched sometimes give thought pulling up stakes.
To keep the conversation going, Jason Diamond/ Volume 1 Brooklyn and I have put together a fun “Should I Stay or Should I Go” NYC storytelling night Mon., 12/2 at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe. Featuring: Mike Albo, Alexander Chee, Emily Gould, Choire Sicha, Anna Holmes, Isaac Fitzgerald, Elissa Bassist, Jon-Jon Goulian, Michelle Dean and Chloe Caldwell.
They’ll be telling stories about the things that keep them in the city, and/or the things that make them want to high-tail it on the next flight out.
“Think of a book special to you, and how much bleaker and poorer your life would be if that one writer had not existed—if that one writer had not, a hundred times or a thousand, made the choice to write.
“My childhood friend Matt S. would tell me elaborate stories during sleepovers about a bear that he was friends with at his family cabin. Matt S. and this bear had some crazy adventures together. I believed this bear existed. This was storytelling at its finest, at just the right time in our lives. We had been read to enough to be influenced in the art of the tale, and I was still young enough to believe in the fantastical. The bear stories were not from any book, but in a way they were from all the books we knew (or at least liked). Thinking on it now, those bear stories should be a book! It would be a work of nonfiction, of course.”—@52projects (via gladsomeonereadtome)