December, 2010

‘Zombie’ jamboree! Patton Oswalt at Warsaw on Jan. 8

Books: Patton Oswalt may be the least likely Renaissance man. Comment.

Spike does the ‘Right Thing’ in DUMBO

Books: The former Brooklynite signs copies of his commemorative book on his greatest movie. Comment.

When it comes to guidebooks, the ‘zine’s the thing

Books: Apps be damned! Comment.

November, 2010

Nadia Kalman has crafted a ‘Fiddler’ for these times

Books: Finally, “Fiddler on the Roof” gets a 21st-century reboot. Comments (1).

Paul Murray reads a funny book at Word on Sunday

Books: This writer is deadly funny. Comment.

Christian Lander’s ‘White’ stuff

Books: The “Stuff White People Like” blogger is back. Comments (2).

Comic book opens the vault

Books: One of the country’s biggest collections of comic books will be opened to the public for the first time ever this weekend. Comment.

Keeping up with the stuff hipsters hate

Checkin’ in with: Brooklyn bloggers Andrea Bartz and Brenna Ehrlich celebrate hipster eccentricities with an anthropologist’s intensity. Comments (10).

That Rushdie really is a legend

Books: And you can meet him on Tuesday at PowerHouse in DUMBO. Comments (1).

Glidden paints a picture of Israel through the eyes of a skeptic

Books: Sarah Glidden thought she was leaving her art studio in Greenpoint for a 10-day trip through Israel, but it turns out she was embarking on a deeply personal and spiritual journey. Comment.

Another chance to get ‘Baked’

Books: The dudes behind the beloved Red Hook bakery, Baked, are sharing their secrets — again — with “Baked Explorations: Classic American Desserts.” Comment.

War stories at the Old Stone House next Thursday

Books: Four vets share the hell of battle in the heart of a peacenik neighborhood. Comment.

October, 2010

Holy Greil! Marcus in Brooklyn to discuss Dylan!

Books: Since Robert Zimmerman changed his name to Bob Dylan, he’s transfixed, confused, annoyed and inspired generations of listeners. Chief among them Greil Marcus. Comments (1).

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Lit for tat! Two needle artists show off the best bookish tattoos

Books: This just inked: the ultimate in literary fandom. Comments (4).

‘Chaos’ theory — Fred Van Lente has a new comic book out

Books: As Fred Van Lente’s climbed the ladder at Marvel, he’s sent Spider-Man climbing up the side of buildings in Red Hook, put a supervillain lair in Gowanus, set up a vampire club in DUMBO and staged a battle between super heroes and the Olympus Gods on the waterfront. Comments (1).

Another ‘Great’ work from Nicole Krauss’s big desk

Books: The author will read from her new book on Saturday at the Brooklyn Public Library. Comments (1).

Two very different artists, two very different books, one subject: life

Books: Meet graphic memoirists Martin Lemelman and Julia Wertz at Word Bookshop next week. Comment.

‘City of Walls’ duo has a new installment for Comic Con

Books: It all starts this weekend. Comment.

Still ‘Rail’ing after all these years

Books: The Brooklyn Rail puts out a 10th anniversary anthology. Sure, they’re competitors, but, hey, we’re big enough to say, “Good job, guys.” Comments (1).

September, 2010

Remember this — Myla Goldberg is the ‘It’ girl of Brooklyn literature

Books: A new book keeps the “Bee Season” writer humming. Comment.

A few of her favorite things

Books: Myla Goldberg gives us a tour of her Kensington. Comment.

Now you can cook like the Brooklyn pros

Books: The borough’s restaurant scene has never been hotter — and now it finally has its own cookbook. Comment.

You can’t ‘Beet’ this salad

Books: A free recipe from “The New Brookly Cookbook.” Comment.

The Dean? No, the Godfather of Brooklyn’s comic scene

Books: A jackhammer cracks the road open, a car alarm blares and the F train brings a rumble of thunder from above every 10 minutes. Comments (1).

Brooklyn — In Dean Haspiel’s words

Books: Dean Haspiel can talk as much as a draws. Here are some of his insights into his work, career and, of course, Brooklyn. Comment.

Man says we should stop drinking coffee! What, is he nuts?!

Checkin’ in with: This guy says that caffeine makes us fatter and more stressed out. Yeah, and what’s the downside? Comments (15).

Comic book artist’s graphic view of Katrina

Books: Josh Neufeld was just another comic book artist until Hurricane Katrina put him on the bestseller list. Comment.

Words cascaded like raindrops at the Brooklyn Book Festival

Books: Talk about being brought down to earth! Comment.

Now this is a real ‘Stretch’: Neal Pollack, calm and collected?

Books: The famously grumpy author has found a new muse: Yoga. Comment.

Better bookmark the entire weekend for Marty’s literary festival

Books: This one is going to be better than ever. There’s Krugman! And Rushie! And Auster! And Goldberg! And Shteyngart! And even Sarah Silverman! Comments (1).

August, 2010

Fort Greener’s book follows Holocaust survivors in America

Books: Ghita Schwarz’s debut is an impressive one with “Displaced Persons.” Comment.

Ka-POW! A look at Brooklyn’s best comic book stores 

Books: Last week, Brooklyn fanboys lost one of their stomping grounds, when Rocketship closed up shop after five years in Cobble Hill. Comments (9).

‘Hellcity’ is a graphic novel with explosive results

Books: Writer Macon Blair loves his apartment in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, and artist Joe Flood says he’s inspired by living in the borough after moving to Crown Heights from New Jersey nine years ago. So you‘ll have to forgive them for blowing up the Brooklyn Bridge. Comment.

July, 2010

Another ‘Super’ reading from Shteyngart this Friday

Books: Gary Shteyngart has the unique capability to leave you wincing and laughing at the same time, as any satirist worth his salt should do. Comment.

Typewriter is key to Carey Wallace’s new romance

Books: A beautiful and recently married Italian dame is going blind, but nobody believes her except a nutty inventor. In order to help her overcome her disability, he devises a novel machine: the typewriter. Comments (7).

Food smarts for the finicky locavore

Books: From milking goats and hunting monkfish to working at an organic restaurant, Melanie Rehak gets down and dirty with her food. Comment.

June, 2010

Brooklyn comic book duo collabores on ‘Box 13’

Books: David Gallaher’s three-bedroom apartment in Ditmas Park and Steve Ellis’s two-family row house in Kensington are separated by only a few blocks. But sometimes the comic book creators are worlds apart. Comment.

Lobster shift! Waterfront Book Festival celebrates maritime literature

Books: The waterfront has long been a source of inspiration for Brooklyn writers, from Walt Whitman to Budd Schulberg. Comment.

New page for Dyker Heights thanks to 13th Ave. bookstore

Books: It’s such a big deal that even Marty showed up at the opening. Comment.

Great lineup at the next Franklin Park reading on June 14

Books: Get your week started with some booze and books. Comment.

Marty’s book fest lineup is released — and it’s Oates of fun

Books: Joyce Carol Oates, Rosanne Cash, Paul Krugman and Melvin Van Peebles — plus a long list of usual suspects — are the literary luminaries that will fill Borough Hall with their talent at the Brooklyn Book Festival on Sept. 12. Comment.

Grab a book, hit the beach!

Books: It’s summer — time to hit the beach. You’ll need your bathing suit, sunblock and a good book. Comment.

May, 2010

Lev Grossman is still the ‘Magic’ man

Books: Lev Grossman does not do magic tricks. Comment.

Drawn from life — and fantasy — in Park Slope

Books: A doorway here. A building there. Around every corner in the new graphic novel “Foiled,” Park Slope artist Mike Cavallaro has penciled in glimpses of his neighborhood into the story. Comment.

Red Hook author brings world of the projects to life

Books: Growing up in the gritty world of the Red Hook projects, the last thing on Torrey Maldonado’s mind was becoming an author and becoming a role model. Comment.

April, 2010

Eat local? How about farm local? This guy did it

Books: Manny Howard has been raising chickens in his Ditmas Park backyard farm since 2007. But he’s not only doing it for the meat. Comments (2).

Red diaper baby! Catch Said Sayrafiezadeh at powerHouse on April 15

Books: Saïd Sayrafiezadeh’s debut memoir, “When Skateboards Will Be Free,” has garnered considerable acclaim for its grace and humor as he detailed a not-so-common childhood — being raised by ardent Socialists in Pennsylvania. Comment.

When the zombies come, you’ll want to be prepared

Books: An exclusive interview with a man who knows how to kill the undead! Comments (2).

March, 2010

Toni Morrison leads a true ‘write’ of passage for black authors

Books: The reining queen of American literature, Toni Morrison, is coming to the borough of writers in yet another Brooklyn celebration of the arts and letters. Comments (1).

Rabbi Harvey rides again!

Awesome: Steve Sheinkin’s fictional Wild West spiritual leader tackles his toughest fight ever — the Wisdom Kid — in the latest chapter in the Yiddish-themed saga. Comments (1).

Celebrating a Sloper’s ‘Genius’

Books: The literati of Park Slope turned out to toast author David Shenk on the publication of his latest groundbreaking work, “The Genius in All of Us — Why Everything You’ve Been Told About Genetics, Talent and IQ is Wrong.” Comment.

February, 2010

The best sex you ever had! (Details inside)

Books: Lock up your daughters! The women from the sex toy shop Babeland have written a “How to” book! Comments (11).

Nick Flynn loses himself and his country in new memoir

Books: The Cobble Hill poet tortures himself over torture in the scintillating book, “The Ticking is the Bomb.” Comments (2).

It’s a wild ride on this ‘Ferris’ wheel

Books: Author Josh Ferris is back with a new book about a guy with a disease that makes him walk and walk and walk. It’s a metaphor, silly. Comments (1).

An excerpt from ‘The Unnamed’

Books: Read for yourself! Comment.