This book is an absolute blast, particularly if you’re into gritty, satirical comic-thrillers. Check out my review, here.
I worked for Wayne Barrett at The Village Voice for a short while in grad school, and I couldn’t help but hear his voice whenever the protagonist, Henry Kalabander, spoke.
Author Jim Knipfel is quite a character as well. Check out this 2007 interview with Knipfel on WNYC’s Leonard Lopate show.
I had the chance to cover a luncheon thrown by the Hay-Adams Author Series on Friday afternoon in honor of Toni Morrison’s receipt of the National Book Festival Award for Creative Acheivement. I’ve only read “Beloved,” but it’s a favorite of mine, and it was a treat to see her – she’s got a razor-sharp sense of humor. Marie Arana, who led a Q&A with Morrison, was also brilliant.
See my piece for Washingtonian here.
Here’s another short piece I wrote for The New Yorker’s Book Bench about Amber C. Jones’s forthcoming “New York, Phew York,” a scratch-n’-sniff children’s book featuring the good, bad, and ugly smells of the city.
I mostly talked to Jones about the way she’s getting that New York smell onto the page, but it was also cool to hear about how she’s self-publishing with funding via Kickstarter.
(p.s. That image is a screen shot from The New Yorker’s homepage, where my story was featured front and center for like 12 hours. Coolest thing ever.)
My photos from the weekend are in this cool piece from the always brilliant Sophie Gilbert at Washingtonian.com’s After Hours blog. As Sophie says, Kyp Malone (above) and TV on the Radio absolutely killed.
In addition to the book stuff, I’m a sometime rock photographer. I’ll post stuff worth looking at here every once in awhile. Like this shot of The Black Keys’ drummer Patrick Carney, a.k.a Animal.