Thursday, December 1, 2011

*Everyday Chatter

Tony Bourdain officially endorses St. Mark's Bookshop--for the "oddball, off-the-wall hipster obscure"? [TC]



Celebrate the victory to save St. Mark's Books tonight, 5:30 - 7:30, at the shop. [FB]

Good to see 20-somethings caring about books and literature--and not just using it to get laid (like some). [NYT]

Auster and Delillo at Union Square: "an iPod-studded kid asked Delillo what he thought was 'the most mundane situation' he could think of... Paul Auster, with rolling eyes, flipped another copy on to its title page, readied his pen and answered, 'Signing books at Barnes & Noble.'" [EL]

"Any poet in New York has to write found poetry because there’s so much of it around on the street." --Harvey Shapiro [Bomb]

Marty stops in at the embattled Bill's Gay 90s. [MAD]

60-year-old Sherman's BBQ of Harlem may be shuttering. [Eater]

General Bloomberg: "I have my own army in the NYPD, which is the seventh biggest army in the world." [NYO]

Where are the ruins of the Smallpox Hospital in the renderings of wahoo-new construction Bloombie wants to bring to Roosevelt Island? [Gothamist]

Fun pictures of Bloomberg looking like a megalomaniac who has lost his mind (or Joel Grey). [EVG]

Someone in the Village wasn't happy with Obama's visit:

13 comments:

Little Earthquake said...

Everything is used to get laid. The sexual marketplace governs all, whether we choose to believe this truth or not.

Brendan said...

What on earth gives you the idea that those Wilde Boys are "using" literature to get laid? The article doesn't support that at all.

Jeremiah Moss said...

really? i thought the article was infused with getting laid. almost all the organizer talks about is forming cliques and inviting cute boys he wants to sleep with. writing seemed quite secondary.

Jeremiah Moss said...

Brendan, i think of you as The Contrarian. is that accurate?

Jeremiah Moss said...

...not that there's anything wrong with that.

Brendan said...

It's probably accurate. I'll try to be a little more positive in the future.

I'm given to understand, by gay male friends, that a lot of gay male spaces, whatever their ostensible purpose, end up being pretty sexually charged. Sounds like what's going on there. It doesn't mean they don't actually care about literature.

Besides, who says talking about books is such a bad way to decide whom to take home?

Jeremiah Moss said...

i think what irked me was the shallowness i heard in the first article. so i was heartened to have the second example as an alternative, where the people seemed to really care about books and writing--maybe if they get laid, as a side effect, then great.

makes me hopeful about books. sex, i am sure, will persist long into the future.

Crazy Eddie said...

“many dressed in untucked oxford shirts”. I know, I’m old, but here’s hoping that this trend ends ASAP because it is so Frat Boy mainstream right now. And looks like shit. Unless you are a fat, middle age guy. Which I’m not. At least for now. Middle aged but not fat.

esquared said...

"There is no way anyone who participated in that conversation was not there to get laid."

Jeremiah Moss said...

ha--nice find.

Anonymous said...

If that schlockster Auster thinks of Barnes and Noble as mundane, he should put his money where his mouth is and not do any signings there if he had any balls. But, he doesn't, and neither does his predictable writing.

Anonymous said...

Bourdain was much better when he knew he was dumb--now he's taken with himself and is not as charming.

onemorefoldedsunset said...

I was very disappointed by Auster's novel. There's barely any Sunset Park to be found in its pages - just a kind of generic backdrop.