Recent Posts in books
September 18, 2014
The Brooklyn Academy of Music has announced:
Bestsellers, trend-setters, celebrities, visual wizards, and story-tellers converge at BAM in three wide-ranging, one-night-only events in the winter of 2015. Filmmaker Miranda July discusses her debut novel with Lena Dunham; legendary cartoonists Matt Groening and Lynda Barry compare storyboard ideas; and authors Neil Gaiman and Daniel Handler present a no-holds-barred evening of camaraderie.The exact schedule is listed below:
Tickets go on sale September 29 (September 22 for Friends of BAM). For ticket information call BAM Ticket Services at 718.636.4100 or visit www.BAM.org.
September 12, 2014
Mountain Goats main man John Darnielle has always been a storyteller, it's a wonder he's never written a book before now. Yet Wolf In White Van is his first novel. It's out on Tuesday (9/16) via Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and here's the synopsis:
Isolated by a disfiguring injury since the age of seventeen, Sean Phillips crafts imaginary worlds for strangers to play in. From his small apartment in southern California, he orchestrates fantastic adventures where possibilities, both dark and bright, open in the boundaries between the real and the imagined. As the creator of Trace Italian--a text-based, role-playing game played through the mail--Sean guides players from around the world through his intricately imagined terrain, which they navigate and explore, turn by turn, seeking sanctuary in a ravaged, savage future America.You can listen to Darnielle read an excerpt from Wolf In White Van's audiobook below. You can also hear him read from it in person as Darnielle starts a book tour next week, starting in NYC on Monday (9/15) at Le Poisson Rouge with John Hodgman there to, presumably, coax anecdotes out of him. Doors are at 6:30 PM, it starts at 7:30 and it's free to attend. As for what to expect, here's John himself:
Lance and Carrie are high school students from Florida, explorers of the Trace. But when they take their play into the real world, disaster strikes, and Sean is called to account for it. In the process, he is pulled back through time, tunneling toward the moment of his own self-inflicted departure from the world in which most people live.
Dear anybody whose question "will there be a book tour?" I have seemed to ignore, please know that I was not ignoring you, but that there was a plan to tell people about the tour I'll be doing for Wolf In White Van. I am constitutionally predisposed to call this plan a dark and evil plan, but honestly I don't see how going places and reading from my book can really be thought of as dark and evil, though I will do my best...All John Darnielle book dates are listed, along with the audio excerpt stream, below...
...it seems probable that a number of people who like our music will also be interested in the book, but for purposes of clarity be advised that I am leaving my guitar at home for this one and will play no songs on this tour, though I can't promise that Mr. Hodgman and I won't do an a capella chorus or two of "Sing a Song About Love", or possibly "We Bite."
See you out there!
September 8, 2014
A new literary series called "Unbound" will bring "today's most renowned authors to Brooklyn for the exclusive national launch of their latest works" to BAM from September 21 - November 4. It consists of four events:
September 21: Daniel Kehlmann with Zadie SmithThe Lena Dunham event is already sold out but tickets to the Herbie Hancock and John Cleese events are on sale now for Friends of BAM, and will go on sale September 15 to the general public. Both have ticket options that include a copy of their new books. The Daniel Kellman event, which happens at Brooklyn Borough Hall Courtroom, is free.
October 21: Lena Dunham with Zadie Smith
October 29: Herbie Hancock with Sasha Frere-Jones
November 4: John Cleese with John Hodgman
John Cleese's new memoir is titled So, Anyway; Herbie Hancock's is titled Possibilities.
September 5, 2014
Author George RR Martin is releasing a new Game of Thones book on October 28. No, it's not The Winds of Winter, the next chapter in his extremely popular fantasy saga, but a compendium titled The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones. Here's back of the book synopsis:
This lavishly illustrated volume is a comprehensive history of the Seven Kingdoms, providing vividly constructed accounts of the epic battles, bitter rivalries, and daring rebellions that lead to the events of A Song of Ice and Fire and HBO's Game of Thrones. In a collaboration that's been years in the making, Martin has teamed with Elio M. García, Jr., and Linda Antonsson, the founders of the renowned fan site Westeros.org--perhaps the only people who know this world almost as well as its visionary creator.GRRM will be in NYC to discuss the new book, appearing at 92Y on October 26. Tickets include a signed copy of the book and go on sale today (9/5) at noon.
In other news, Martin seems to be seriously trying to crank out The Winds of Winter now that Game of Thrones is actually catching up to the books. He's not going to write an episode for the upcoming fifth season, like he usually does, so he can devote time to the novel. It is apparently already affecting things on the show -- SPOILER ALERT (kind of) -- as it's been announced that Bran and Hodor won't be in Season 5 at all (their storyline in S4 was largely pulled from A Dance with Dragons, the most recent book in Martin's series). Kristian Nairn, who plays Hodor, has said he'll use the time off to continue his DJ tour. Nairn will also be in NYC next month for NY Comic Con.
September 2, 2014
New Order & Mute's Daniel Miller clink glasses, sign contract...
Mute Records have signed New Order and will release the band's next album. Says label head Daniel Miller:
This is an exciting new chapter for both Mute and New Order and I feel privileged to be working with artists with such a long, creative and successful history. When the possibility of us working together first came up, I was invited to hear some of the new material and immediately had no doubts whatsoever that Mute would be the right home for New Order. We've already had a number of creative conversations, and I am looking towards an exciting futureNew Order are now labelmates with Depeche Mode, Erasure, Liars, and more. As for what to expect: in an interview with Consequence of Sound, singer Bernard Sumner has hinted that a James Murphy collaboration could be in their future. (DFA denies it, though.) Stay tuned.
In other news, Bernard Sumner will release an autobiography, titled Chapter And Verse, on September 25 via Transworld. And former bassist Peter Hook will soon be touring North America, playing New Order's Low-Life and Brotherhood in full.
August 20, 2014
Musician, performance artist and crowdfunding genius Amanda Palmer has announced she'll be releasing a book she wrote called "The Art of Asking or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help". Today she released the cover photo (above), as well as a series of completely uncensored naked photos from the same photo shoot.
Amanda has no live shows booked at the moment, but says to stay tuned for a book signing tour to be announced soon.
August 5, 2014
by Ian Chainey
Agnostic Front at Power of the Riff, 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
After saving This is Hardcore Fest by filling in, Agnostic Front sit atop the first round of announced bands at East Coast Tsunami Fest 2014. The initial lineup posted on Stereokiller not only includes the NYHCers, but bands such as Ignite, Sick of it All, Cro-Mags, and. . . Obituary. Makes sense when you think about it. Anyway, the fest takes place on September 26 through September 28 at Reverb in Reading, Pennsylvania. Ticket information will be announced soon. Full lineup below.
Agnostic Front and many other hardcore bands, including Bad Brains, Gorilla Biscuits, Bold, Born Against, Judge, Misfits, Murphy's Law, Quicksand, Rorschach, Sheer Terror, Sick of It All, Youth of Today and still more, have also been interviewed for the new book NYHC: New York Hardcore 1980-1990 that's coming out on Bazillion Points in November. The Tony Rettman-authored oral history takes on the formative decade and apparently goes pretty deep. According to Bazillion:
Tony Rettman's ambitious oral history captures ten years of struggle, including the scene's regional rivalries with D.C. and Boston, the birth of moshing, the clash and coming to terms of hardcore and heavy metal, the straightedge movement, and the unlikely influence of Krishna consciousness.That thing must be longer than John Joseph's resume.
Full East Coast Tsunami Fest lineup, along with classic Agnostic Front (plus Sick of it All and Gorilla Biscuits) live footage, below...
July 21, 2014
As discussed, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page is releasing his autobiography, Jimmy Page, this year. Like we said, it's due out October 14 and features his first-hand account, along with 650 hand-picked pictures. In celebration of that, Page will come to NYC to discuss the book on November 3 at 92Y's Kaufmann Concert Hall. Tickets for that are on sale now.
July 10, 2014
Dick Cavett and Dave Hill (via Dave's instagram)
You may know Dave Hill from his stand up, his band, or his book, or from sometimes shirtless concert reviews on this website. Today, however, Dave takes on another role -- "Vice President of Fulfillment" at Amazon.com. In case you haven't been following the dispute between Amazon and the French publishing group Hachette, this new video should shed some humorous light on the issue. The video features author Malcolm Gladwell (Outliers, Blink), who has been personally affected by the dispute, and legendary talk show host Dick Cavett. This isn't the first time Dave and Dick have gotten together, either.
If that's not enough Dave Hill for you, you can catch him live, like at "Choice Cuts" which happens at Brooklyn's Littlefield on July 31 with Michelle Wolf, Colin Nissan, Mark Normand, Jen Kwok and more. (Ticktes). as part of , listen to his WFMU show, The Goddamn Dave Hill Show, or listen in on his newest stint on Pete Holmes' podcast, You Made It Weird.
Upcoming Dave Hill tour dates are listed, along with that video, below...
June 6, 2014
from the Morbid Anatomy Museum's collection...
Brooklyn Bridge Park's "Books Beneath the Bridge" series is back for a third year, offering literary readings on Mondays from July 7 - August 11 at Pier 1's Granite Prospect, with each event curated by a different NYC independent bookstore. (You may have gone last year to hear Patti Smith read.) This is the 2014 lineup:
July 7: Freebird BookstoreOf particular interest to us is the July 28 reading which is a "Night with the Morbid Anatomy Museum." The museum just opened in Gowanus and offers "a collection of books and catalogs, photographs, fine art, taxidermy, ephemera, and artifacts relating to medical museums, anatomical art, collectors and collecting, cabinets of curiosity, the history of medicine, death and society, natural history, arcane media, and curiosity and curiosities broadly considered." The first exhibit at MAM will be "The Art of Mourning" which runs June 28 - December 4, 2014:
Liberty's Torch: The Great Adventure to Build the Statue of Liberty by Elizabeth Mitchell
July 14: Greenlight Bookstore
Poetry Salon hosted by Angel Nafis featuring Shira Erlichman, Aracelis Girmay Saeed Jones, and Patricia Smith
July 21: Powerhouse Arena
My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff
The Vacationers by Emma Straub
July 28: Community Bookstore Park Slope
A Night with the Morbid Anatomy Museum: Readings from the Morbid Anatomy Anthology featuring Michelle Legro, Colin Dickey, and Evan Michelson.
August 4: WORD Brooklyn
Retelling Tales with Kate Bernheimer and Genevieve Valentine
August 11: Bookcourt
Sackett Street Writers' Workshop: Marie-Helene Bertino, Scott Cheshire, Robin Elizabeth Black, Courtney Elizabeth Mauk, Julia Fierro
Featuring never before exhibited pieces from the astounding private collections of Stanley B. Burns MD (author of Sleeping Beauty), Evan Michelson and Mike Zohn (of Obscura Antiques and TV's Oddities), Karen Bachmann, Jennifer Butkevich, Tracy Hurley Martin and more, this exhibition will showcase decorative arts relating to mourning culture from the 18th to the 20th century. Pieces will include post-mortem photography; hair art shadowboxes and jewelry; coffin plates; memorial cards; mourning paraphernalia; death masks; and spirit photography.The opening party for The Art of Mourning" happens June 27 with curators Joanna Ebenstein and Evan Michelson and many collectors on hand to answer questions. Drinks and hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be served (if you can eat), and "thematic music will be played." Tickets are on sale now. There are lots more events happening, too, for the curious.