December, 2008

Death by chocolate

Books: Gourmet Brooklynites with a sweet tooth are getting ringside seats to a saccharine smackdown as two competing cookbooks battle for a place on their shelves, their pantries and, more important, their (cream-filled) hearts. Comment.

Aim high! Author takes flight with jet pack

Books: Jetpacks are cool. Jetpacks are fast. Jetpacks may not exist. But that didn’t stop one Windsor Terrace author from writing a fun book about them. Comments (1).

Ultimate brownie showdown

Books: There are lots of recipes for lots of cakes, pies and cookies — but the true benchmark of a baker is his brownies. So while Jacques Torres and the guys from Baked offer two different visions for a sweeter world (see GO Brooklyn’s cover story), those visions collide in a chocolate-, butter- and flour-drenched battleground. Pick your own winner from the two recipes below. Comment.

November, 2008

Obama’s mirror: Park Slope photographer followed Barack for two years

Books: Park Slope photojournalist Scout Tufankjian spent two years on the bus with Barack Obama. Now she’s $32,000 in debt, but has a priceless book coming out next week. Comment.

Barack: He’s just like US!

Books: Taking a page from US Weekly, we asked Scout Tufankjian to look back on her two years on the road with Sen. Barack Obama and reveal the real man behind all her stunning pictures. It turns out, this star really is just like us! Comment.

Simcha speaks!

Books: Simcha Weinstein has done it again. The hippest, coolest Hasidic rabbi in the city — he has his own Web site, even! — has come out with another book about pop culture. Comment.

Whitman vs. Lethem

Books: This week, author Jonathan Lethem kicked off the “Walt Whitman Writers Series” at St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights. That’s a pretty lofty gig — but does today’s literary golden boy hold his own against the father of free verse? Find out in The Brooklyn Paper’s first ever borough literary smackdown! Comment.

October, 2008

Hedge Hodgman

Books: Author John Hodgman, whose new book, “More Information than You Require,” is out this week, sits down with The Brooklyn Paper to talk about being on TV, his Apple ads and his ascension to minor celebrity status. Comment.

Hodgman’s real fake Brooklyn

Books: Here are some Brooklyn-centric excepts from Park Slope author and not-so-minor TV celebrity John Hodgman’s new compendium of human knowledge, “More Information Than You Require” (Dutton Books). Comment.

Holy Moses! Rabbi and CEO have Wall Street fix

Books: A Brooklyn Heights rabbi has obviously learned a lesson from his faith’s comedians — his new book about the economy (of all things!) certainly has great timing. Comment.

Dishing it out to revive a classic

Books: A new cookbook is a tribute to the casserole. Comment.

September, 2008

Very good Ames

Books: Author Jonathan Ames is back — this time with a racy, randy, raucous new graphic novel, “The Alcoholic.” Is it about him? What do you think? Comment.

New Orlean

Books: Susan Orlean’s first children’s book started out as a joke. Comment.

Between the covers

Books: Rick Moody has a new book — plus a complete oral history of Brooklyn. Comments (1).

‘Crime’ pays

DUMBO: “Trainspotting” author Irvine Welsh to read from his new book, “Crime,” in DUMBO. Comment.

‘Matrimony’ author wed to Slope

Books: Park Slopers may feel like they’re married to Park Slope author Joshua Henkin over the next two weeks. Comment.

August, 2008

Back to school

Books: Growing up, Liza Monroy traveled the globe with her diplomat mother, yet the author of the gripping coming-of-age story “Mexican High” now revels in the suburban feel of Prospect Heights. Comment.

July, 2008

‘Best Painting’

Books: When art writers Deanna MacDonald and Geoff Smith set out to write their book, “100 Best paintings in New York,” they knew from the get-go that our borough would be a great place to visit. Comment.

June, 2008

Get lit

Books: Get out your hardcovers and smudge-proof autograph pens, because the celebrity riddled Brooklyn Book Festival will show its spine on Sept. 14. Comment.

Punk drunk

Books: Perhaps you know him as the fez-wearing man on, smoking the ChronicCaster — a working bong-guitar lifted from the set of the film, “High Times Potluck.” Or maybe his name is familiar because of his stint as publisher of “High Times” magazine. Really, Mike Edison is a legend — if you’re to believe his spectacularly gripping memoir, “I Have Fun Everywhere I Go: Savage Tales of Pot, Porn, Punk Rock, Pro Wrestling, Talking Apes, Evil Bosses, Dirty Blues, American Heroes, and the Most Notorious Magazines in the World.” Comment.

Hysterical fiction

Books: Despite sipping Earl Grey tea, like one of the characters in her debut novel might do, Ann Herendeen isn’t your average romance novelist. “Phyllida and the Brotherhood of Philander,” Herendeen’s first novel, takes place in England in 1812, but the characters aren’t unrecognizable to Brooklynites today. Comment.

May, 2008

Boro pages

Books: If you have a hard time telling the difference between the Brick Theater and BRICStudio, we’ve got the book for you. On April 28, the Brooklyn Arts Council released its “Directory of Brooklyn Arts Organizations,” a tell-all guide to 539 cultural institutions borough-wide, with a party at the Dweck Center. Comment.


Books: Lock up your history books! On Tuesday, May 6, author, Park Sloper and “Daily Show” contributor John Hodgman will read from his new book, “More Information Than You Require,” a collection of fake trivia, at a benefit for PS 107. Comment.

Kinder plates

Books: While most foodies have been made aware of the inhumane techniques used to keep calves — which are turned into veal — and geese, whose livers are fattened up for foie gras, author Gene Baur exposes even more unappetizing ways our meat and dairy products come to the table in his new book, “Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds about Animals and Food.” Comment.

April, 2008

Dear Billyburg

Books: When author Jami Attenberg decided to write a "love letter" to Williamsburg, she didn't prattle on about its hipster denizens. She wrote about a little known segment of its population: It's "kept men." Comment.

Seeing ‘Red’

Books: In the decade that she lived in Red Hook, Maureen McNeil collected plenty of stories about the neighborhood — it was the mid 1980s, after all — and on Saturday, April 12, she celebrated the release of “Red Hook Stories,” a book comprised of them. Comment.

March, 2008

Meat the press

Books: When you write a book called “The Shameless Carnivore,” you had better serve something meatier than cheese and crackers at the launch party. So when Greenpoint author Scott Gold celebrated the release of his book at the Brooklyn Brewery earlier this month, he served foie gras, duck and a variety of other specialty meats. Comment.

Joke book

Books: ”I don’t do comedy,” said Richard Zoglin, author of “Comedy at the Edge: How Stand-up in the 1970s Changed America.” “I can talk, but I don’t know how funny I am.” Comment.

Music notes

Books: ”People are getting bored of rock shows,” Paul Maziar, author of the new book “What It Is: What It Is,” told GO Brooklyn. “I’m excited by the idea of having a show be someplace where different mediums are represented. A variety show is what I’ve envisioned.” Comment.

February, 2008

‘Fan’ empowerment

Books: editor and Cobble Hill resident Will Leitch cheers on the fans in his new book, “God Save the Fan.” Comment.

January, 2008

Sister act

Books: While the country titters over the downward spirals of pop stars and mom-strosities, those scandals pale in comparison to the maelstrom of publicity that surrounded Brooklyn Heights preacher Henry Ward Beecher 130 years ago. In her new book, “Harriet and Isabella,” author Patricia O’Brien uses the scandal as the backdrop for her historical fiction. Comment.

‘Luxe’ be a lady

Books: Greenpoint author Anna Godbersen hits pay dirt with her Young Adult sensation “The Luxe,” which debuted at number six on the New York Times Children’s Books Best Seller list. The historical fiction novel puts “Gossip Girl”-type teenage antics against a Gilded Age backdrop.     Comments (1).

Boro as muse

Books: Ever wondered what it is about Brooklyn that spawns so many talented authors or entices scribes to come from far and wide to set up their homes here? Sheepshead Bay native Bill Goldstein, a New York Times books editor, promises to get to the bottom of that question with his star-studded panel discussion, “Literary Brooklyn.” Comment.

Writing on the wall

Books: Subway readers, prepare for a new accessory. Last week, “Brooklyn Was Mine,” a collection of essays by local literati — including Jonathan Lethem, Phillip Lopate, Emily Barton and Jennifer Egan — was released and, from what we can tell, it will soon replace paperback copies of “Everything is Illuminated” and rumpled Dawn Powell novels as prime F train literature. Comment.

Scribes attempt to write a wrong

Atlantic Yards: Twenty Brooklyn scribblers and opponents of the Atlantic Yards 16-skyscraper-and-arena development are putting their money where their pens are, not only contributing to a collection of essays and short stories about life in Brooklyn — but allowing the proceeds to benefit the mega-development’s biggest opponent. Comment.