–> A wonderful paragraph by the legendary downtown poet Steve Dalachinsky in his long-running column, Outtakes, in the Brooklyn Rail: “Spinelli’s use of natural and unnatural sounds of the city to create what he refers to as a soundscape of rain, traffic, ‘cigarette butts flicked to the pavement…’” How many of us get summed up by a poet legend?
–> Greenpointers published a list of 8 books to read that are set on my home turf, and it’s exciting to be listed along with Julia Wertz’s legendary Drinking at the Movies, as well as Roof Alexander’s To Be Heard (his book sits next to mine at Spoonbill). It’s also crazy/surreal/wonderful to see my book’s cover right next to Betty Smith’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn! Brooklynites, go read all these books!
—> If you didn’t get your FREE copy via Twitter, Facebook, or my email list, you can still pick up a Kindle copy of CHUCHOS — a short story about dogs in rural Guatemala.
–> For the Naked Girls Reading Literary Honors, Ampersand Review has published the winning excerpt from Killing Williamsburg.
–> And what it all means to me. With commentary on Questlove’s “Suicide Set” from last year.
–> Absolutely amazing, breathtaking essay on Killing Williamsburg in The Awl—I am humbled and awed by this, a spectacular piece of writing by William Kenton.
–> A great review from Words for Worms!
Because it was good. Because it was different. Because not everyone was doing it. Because true cool can never be popular.