Drop in and out (and in) as Ruen reads his new book from beginning to end, along with a smattering of very special guest readers.
Plus, Small Black Door gallery will be projecting curated artworks by emerging local artists that include: Andrea Bergart, Jon Bocksel, Matthew Fisher, Matthew Mahler, Jonathan Terranova, and Aaron Williams.
Greenpointers.com is very excited to be an online affiliate of our favorite local bookstore WORD. I am a major blog and online marketing nerd and read a ton of books on the subject. In an effort to monetize the website, I learned about affiliate marketing. After interviewing author Robert Anasi, I asked myself, if I write a great book review about a book I love, why not get a commission from the sale of the book?
I looked into it and via Amazon.com we can do this, but I want to keep it local! After some research I discovered that WORD has an affiliate program, so I put together a Books We Love page, where you can browse through titles we love that inspire this website. This page will grow as we review more books, but in the meantime, we have a few categories: Brooklyn & Beyond, Food (obviously!) and Blog/Social Media.
The idea is that “outbound marketing” is for people with a lot of money and no brains. A great example is commercials during the Superbowl. While these ads are well done, they are extremely costly and the method for reaching out to potential customers is in the form on an interruption. Inbound Marketing on the other hand is for the people like you and me: people with not a lot of money and a lot of smarts. With Inbound Marketing, using blogs (hey hey – you’re reading a blog!) and Social Media, you can cleverly get customers to come to you.
For some reason this is cocktail week on Greenpointers. Just go with it. Tomorrow, author Peter Joseph will be presenting his new book Boozy Brunch at Word (126 Franklin St) from 2-3:30pm, Meet the author, buy the book, sample food and of course COCKTAILS! FREE! Don’t miss it.
You know the old expression - there goes the neighborhood. Nowadays in North Brooklyn, that sentiment is in the air when new high rise condominiums go up or when the hipsters move in. Robert Anasi’s latest book, The Last Bohemia: Scenes From The Life of Williamsburg, describes a time in our neighborhood’s recent past when North Brooklyn wasn’t a destination for artisanal restaurants and a good investment for foreign millionaires, but a long and sometimes scary ride on the L train to a place filled with drugs, prostitution, affordable housing and for Anasi, freedom: “a city you didn’t have to be rich to live in.”
Robert Anasi will be giving a reading at Word (126 Franklin St) tonight Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 7pm.
This week I’ve spent my morning commute time on the B62 reading Michael Ian Black’s new memoir You’re Not Doing It Right and laughing out loud with impunity. You see, Black’s new book inspires this kind of public behavior. Thoughtful, incredibly honest, and hilarious all at the same time, you will most likely see yourself in many of the chapters with titles like “I Love You Two” (about taking the dive into your first big time committed relationship) and “F*** You, Alan Alda” (about questionable 1970s parenting practices). This sketch comedy artist, actor, pop culture commentator, and writer known for his deadpan delivery actually does have emotions, conflicting ones he explores with great humor.
I stopped in at Word Brooklyn this past Wednesday night where Black sat down with conservative blogger/Twitterer Meghan McCain (not a typo) to talk about this book and the one they are currently writing together, America, You Sexy Bitch. I asked Black a few questions before the event.
HWF: This is the kickoff for your book tour, right? MIB: Essentially, yes. I did a small thing last night in New Jersey, but I’m not counting it.
HWF: Why choose Word? MIB: My publicist picked it, I had nothing to do with it [Note to self: Writers with publicists don't organize their own book tours]. But I wish I could take credit for it, it’s a lovely bookstore. I think she picked it because it’s just a good, indie bookstore.
HWF: Do you have a connection to Brooklyn? MIB: I’ve shot a lot in Greenpoint. I shot my series Stella here so I’ve spent a fair amount of time here.
Heidi: You’ve pulled off so many different things in your career — sketch comedy, acting, you’ve written books. Why title your newest book You’re Not Doing It Right? MIB: The book is less about my career, it has nothing to do with my career, and everything to do with my marriage, and being a father and feeling somewhat incompetent in those pursuits, and I don’t often recognize the person who is living the suburban life that I am living. I sort of envisioned myself living in some place like Greenpoint, and you know, having sex with hipster girls well into middle age, possibly until I’m elderly. In which case I would have sex with my caregiver. I did not imagine that I would be married now thirteen years, two kids, living in the suburbs, driving a BMW, and moreover, loving it. Loving that sort of yuppie
lifestyle that I despised so when I was growing up.
Heidi: So in writing your book, what did you learn about how you ended up there? MIB: I learned that all the steps I’ve taken in my life in the personal realm have belied the image I had for myself as this bohemian nomad. I never was that even though I desperately wanted to be that. I envisioned myself as something other than what I really am, which is a kind of monogamous homebody. This process brought this to the fore, that I am the most conventional conservative domesticated person that I know. And it’s sort of nice to embrace that.
Heidi:There’s a chapter of your book called “I Hate My Baby”. Can you tell me about it? MIB: So yeah I hated my baby because he was colicky, and miserable, and consequently I was colicky and miserable as a result of his existence. I don’t know that I was emotionally prepared for fatherhood. I don’t know that anybody is emotionally prepared for parenthood. Particularly when it is so unpleasant right out of the gate. There are people who talk about their angelic babies and we didn’t have one of those. We had a nightmarish hellion. So for months it was just sleepless night after sleepless night, as he would just wail and bemoan his fate, and there was nothing we could do to alleviate that, and that thought “I hate my baby” was in my head ninety percent of the time.
Heidi: You reveal a lot in this book. Do you think it will change people’s perceptions of you going forward? MIB: I don’t know how other people will see me. It certainly will and has affected the work I’m interested in producing. At least right now. I find that mining my own shit is helpful creatively and it’s interesting to me not so much because I’m interested in myself, but because I think the lessons that are applicable to me are applicable to everybody. I think I can be illustrative of how to do that. Who knows. I still feel like most of the time, I’m not doing it right.
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Read more about him here.
Ecologías Correlativas @ 319 Scholes (319 Scholes, Bushwick) Opening 7pm, Curated by chimera+, projects and research from a trans-disciplinary group of artists, architects and scientists navigating interrelated environmental/socio-political ecologies RSVP
The Pinch @ Fowler Arts (67 West) Opening 6-9pm, Local artists Kurt Freyer, Elizabeth Hoy & Emilie Selden share their attempts to articulate the value of art during hard economic times. RVSP
COME AS YOU ARE: Songs That Made Your Parents Worry @ Veronica People’s Club (105 Franklin) 10pm, DJs Fucci & Sirlinda
Launch of Brooklyn Wind Symphony @ Brooklyn Fire Proof (19 Ingraham St, Bushwick) 7pm, $10/$12 @ door, fundraiser, jazz combos, classical ensembles, drink specials, dancing, DJ. RSVP
Occupy Brooklyn @ Grand Army Plaza, 11am, in support of “anti-greed” movement, follow #OccupyBrooklyn
East River State Park Fall Harvest Festival, 11-4pm, family-friendly activities for all ages, east river water testing, Zumba, bluegrass
Where’s My Park Day? @ (March from soccer fields at North 9th St., up Kent Ave. to Quay St.) Noon, ”Where’s Our Park?” is a campaign coalition of No. BK’s local elected officials & civic organizations, created to secure the 33 acres of new parkland promised by Mayor Bloomberg during the 2005 rezoning of Greenpoint and Williamsburg. More info.
Harvest Festival Hoedown @ Meeker Ave Market (75 Frost) – ALL DAY, ALL WEEKEND, City Life Wellness brings together community of yogis, dancers, martial artists, local food purveyors and craftspeople for 2-day Fall Harvest Festival More info.
Hope for Agoldensummer @ Pete’s Candy Store (709 Lorimer) From Athens, GA, the band plays a tantalizing and humorous sound that includes guitar, banjo, singing saw, glockenspiel, piano, and percussion.
Boats, Crinkles & Weird Children @ Matchless(557 Manhattan) 8pm
Brooklyn Vintage Crawl @ (Williamsburg/Greenpoint), Noon, a self-guided shop and bar hop through WB & GP, Afterparty 6pm @ Union Pool More info
Rooftop Rockaway! Rockaway Taco @ Rooftop Farm (44 Eagle) 3-6pm, $15, 2 tacos, beverage, priceless view, & pleasure of helping good farmers grow. ONLINE RSVP ONLY
Enid’s 9th Annual Apple Pie Contest @ Enid’s (560 Manhattan) 5-5:45 pies accepted, 6pm judging, drink specials, apple fritters, sloppy joes & corndogs. Greenpointers’ friends Brooklynauts will be judging, because they were last year’s champs! More Info
CIDER WEEK 10/16-10/23 @ Brouwerij Lane (78 Greenpoint Ave) & all over city
Real and Scary Historical Halloween @ Pete’s Candy Store (709 Lorimer) 7-10pm, Presented by Society for the Advancement of Social Studies (SASS), get ready to be creeped out by things that aren’t just in your imagination. RSVP
• Oct. North Brooklyn Compost Project Meeting @ Urban Rustic (236 N. 12th) 6:30pm More info
• Launch Party for Sophie Blackall – MISSED CONNECTIONS @ WORD (126 Franklin) 7pm
• Comedy Night @ TBD (224 Franklin) 9pm
• Closing (PIE) PARTY for Round Robin’s LIVE / WORK SPACE @ Camel Art Space (722 Metropolitan) Bring a pie & discuss living & working conditions of NYC artists. RSVP.
• Oktoberfest @ Berry Park (4 Berry St), 9pm Ja Ja Ja’s, Live Oompah Band, FREE
• Banditas, Bunny’s a Swine, Mail the Horse & Shepard’s Pie @ Pentagon (251 N. Henry) 8:30pm, DIY music venue, RSVP SATURDAY 10/8
• Pumpkin Day @ McCarren Park Lawn, 11am-1pm, arts & crafts, live music. • Community Stewardship Day @ American Playground (81 Franklin) Human Impacts Institute host with Greenpoint Y students. Open-to-the-public, volunteers do street tree care techniques. • Yard Sale @ Greenpoint Reformed Church (136 Milton) 10-4pm, Church lawn, benefits Soup Kitchen • 2 Nights of TRANS AM @ Union Pool (484 Union) 9pm, $15, playing Futureworld with psychic paramount
• Mario the Magician @ Word (126 Franklin) 1:30-2:30pm FREE, An uplifting, inventive, and highly interactive magical performance for the young and young-at-heart! Part retro, part rock and roll, Mario is an artist and inventor who creates his own props. RSVP
• Get To The Point 5K Run @ St. Stan’s (189 Driggs) 10:30-2pm, More info
• BYOB Community Bookswap @ Public Assembly (70 No. 6th) 12-6pm, $2, Benefits Housing Works
• ROTH-TOBERFEST @ The Diamond (43 Franklin) 3-9pm, backyard bash in honor of David Lee Roth. Free draft beer for anyone wearing a blond wig or lederhosen, Bratwurst & German Potato Salad, DJ Frau Baby Mama (Mary from Kill Devil Hill) spinning German drinking tunes, alternating with DJ Whatdoyouthinktheteachersgonnalooklikethisyear & Bring Your Own Pumpkin Van Halen themed pumpkin carving contest!
• A Potpourri of Song Not Bach @ St. Cecelia’s (80 Henry) 4pm $15, Performances: Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate & Fantasy; organ works by Buxtehude and Mendelssohn; Schubert’s The Shepherd on the Rock. Reception to follow.
• Brooklyn Night Bazaar @ Dekalb Market (138 Willoughby Street) 5pm-12am, Co-produced by Greenpointers’ Joann Kim. Inspired by night markets of Asia, showcasing local artists, vendors and musicians. Music from YACHT, Monogold, Trouble Andrew and DJ Sets, over 50 merchants & food vendors, beer & wine garden. More info.
• Open City Dialogues Queen Bee @ Pete’s Candy Store (709 Lorimer) 7:30 FREE, Learn about bees, humankind’s smallest domesticated species, with Big Apple Apiculture and Meg Paska
• Star Fucking Hipsters (Record Release) / (A) Truth / Skelptarsis (formerly Death Mold) @ Europa (98 Meserole) 7pm, $8
The Astral is a huge, rose-colored old pile of an apartment building in the gentrifying neighborhood of Greenpoint, Brooklyn. For decades it has been the happy home (or so he thought) of the poet Harry Quirk and his wife, Luz, a nurse; and their two children, Karina, now a fervant freegan, and Hector, who has fallen into the clutches of a cultish Christian community. But when Luz finds (and destroys) some poems of Harry’s that ignite her long-simmering suspicions of infidelity, she summarily kicks him out. Suddenly he must reckon with the consequence of his literary, marital, financial, and parental failures and find his way forward—and back to Luz’s good graces.
You can check her out her book launch party (and buy the book!) tonight at Word.
2. ”Good at basketball” is an incredibly relative term;
3. Everyone ends a night at the Palace Cafe sooner or later.
The rest I’m still figuring out. In the meantime, hi, I’m Peter, and I’m going to be (over)sharing with you here on a regular basis. A quick interview with myself:
How’d you end up here? I moved to Greenpoint about three or so years ago after a short and “interesting” stint living in Cobble Hill, which began after a sublet was negotiated over a cheese counter and ended with me making the excellent choice to pack up and head north. I found a great apartment on Leonard & Calyer, which, having looked at Craigslist prices the other day, I am never, ever leaving, so hands off.
What’s your most triumphant Greenpoint moment?
My best Greenpoint moment to date was definitely winning last year’s Word bookstore basketball league championship. It was the highest* achievement of my storied** athletic career. Seriously though, big thanks to the girls and boys of the Red Herring for getting us there.
What do you do with yourself when you’re not winning things? On those rare occasions, I work out in Flushing for the Parks department, making maps mostly related to street tree planting. I have a beautiful reverse-peak commute out to a less beautiful giant parking lot in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Locally, I like to read in the backyard of the Diamond, people-watch off my stoop, and poorly play a wide variety of instruments.
What can we expect out of you? I over-think the hell out of every meal, musical event, and passing car I come across, so expect overly detailed reviews of local spots and goings-on combined with the occasional note on civics and, if you’re lucky, a map or two.
Greenpoint’s been a great home to me and I’m looking forward to writing out my opinions on its comings and goings for your amusement.