Originally published in the Bushwick Daily. Photos by Claire Worsley and Ambria Michelle A new speakeasy bonanza on the border of Ridgewood and Bushwick (Bushwood, as the owners think of it -- don’t ever call it “Ridgewick”) features everything from your wildest trip: unspeakably good pastries, intelligent chit-chats over film, one bathroom lacquered in Golden…Read more Anything Goes at Mama D’s
Her powerhouse anthem from the album is “To Be Human.” The song becomes the cornerstone of not only the album but MARINA’s career, which has grown from selfish impulses (are you satisfied?) to more universal knowledge (how to thrive within the uncertainty of being human). Along with being the most layered track, “To Be Human” is informed by politics without a stifling dogmatism. “All our cracks as a society were beginning to show,” Diamandis said of her impetus to write the song, “I’ve just wanted to create this feeling of bringing people together.”
I ordered The Cosmopolitans after hearing Sarah Schulman at an AWP panel with the gloriously strong and trenchant Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore. I was proud of myself for finally getting around to the work that launched Schulman's career as a novelist and public intellectual in 1990. But about 100 pages into The Cosmopolitans, the sort of insight and anxiety around race, marketing,…Read more The Cosmopolitans by Sarah Schulman
For my Columbia Publishing Course peeps, here's a list in progress: JAVA The Chipped Cup (Hamilton Heights/ Harlem) 🙂 friendly environment get there early enough and you'll find a seat amazing coffee 🙁 can get crowded near 148th/broadway--not an unsafe era (I lived there for a year) but needs some aesthetic tlc; you may want…Read more Best cafes/museums to write at in NYC
Swam through Joan Didion's "South and West," scattered notes and essays (mostly about visiting the south) and came across this gem. For me basically confirms why she's the best:
Personal narrative vs memoir This goes out to my writing students who scratch their head over my presumptuous ass throwing “personal narrative” and “memoir” around like they should automatically know the differences. In my understanding, personal narrative is using your life’s story to illume some larger issue: mental health, intersectional, feminism, racism, nature, border walls.…Read more What’s the difference between personal narrative and memoir?