HOW TO READ A NOVELIST and GOODBYE TO ALL THAT at Powerhouse

Two terrific events coming up at Powerhouse arena focusing on writing, living, and interacting as a writer in New York and the world….

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GOODBYE TO ALL THAT edited by Sari Botton
Tuesday Oct 08, 2013

In Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York, edited by Sari Botton, 28 women writers take up Didion’s literary legacy by sharing their own stories about New York. With stellar contributions from some of today’s most beloved female authors of memoir and literary fiction—Cheryl Strayed, Dani Shapiro, Emma Straub, Emily Gould, Emily St. John Mandel, Hope Edelman, and more—Goodbye to All That tells the stories of their own love/hate relationships with New York, as well as the city’s gravitational pull on them—even at the worst of times.

HOW TO READ A NOVELIST by John Freeman
Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Between 2000 and 2013 John Freeman put interviews to tape with just about every major writer who published a book: he spoke with such departed legends as Norman Mailer and David Foster Wallace; the Nobel laureates Doris Lessing, Mo Yan, and Günter Grass; bestsellers such as Amy Tan and John Irving; American greats from Toni Morrison to Philip Roth; and a younger generation of novelists that includes Dave Eggers, David Mitchell, Kiran Desai, and Jonathan Safran Foer. How to Read a Novelist rounds up 55 of Freeman’s very best profiles and interviews, but it is not simply a collection of discrete dialogues between interviewer and interviewee; these authors are also in conversation with one another, with Freeman serving as a deft moderator connecting the dots of a global literary culture. And in the poignant introduction about Freeman’s experiences interviewing John Updike, he gets to the heart of his enterprise: what it means to love a writer, to attempt to live up to his or her achievements—and then to come face to face with him or her in less-than-ideal circumstances.

Please Stand By, Readymade777 and Stacia Yeapanis@Baang & Burne.


This past Tuesday, I met an artist. At an undisclosed location. Without knowing the artist’s name, what they looked like, or even what gender this artist was.

This was readymade777,

….I think.

Known as readymade, readymade777, readymade7777 or sometimes “Dani” (more about that later), readymade remains an anonymous artist in a sea of viral videos. YouTube is littered with these stars. Singers, dancers, exhibitionists and…otherwise…in the hopes of obtaining some amount of internet fame or “fandom”.

And it isn’t to say that readymade is all that different, but we should consider form before function, method before mode.

Readymade has channels everywhere, but you’ll never know it. Utilizing a system that thrives on mass interaction, the tactics readymade insists are the motive behind the work are a collective recognition and a pushing of the boundaries in acceptable “social media,” followed by a lobbing of content out into the world-sometimes just to see how far it will go. Readymade is a convert for Mcluhan’s “cool” media techniques and be it through nostalgia, psychological reaction, consumer recognition, or just pure pleasure, it makes perfect sense that readymade quickly found themselves unwilling to deal with the mainstream slog (via film school) and turned to manipulation and unrestricted input.

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The Literary Debutante Ball.

The Literary Debutante Ball: April 29, 2011

A Celebration of Emerging Writers

When: Friday, April 29, 2011, 7pm – 11pm
Where: The Invisible Dog Art Center
51 Bergen St. (between Smith St. & Court St.)
Brooklyn, NY 11201

The Literary Debutante Ball is a benefit that celebrates One Story magazine, the publication of our debutantes, and honors one writer who has been an exceptional mentor to others. The ball will feature specialty cocktails, music, dancing, and a silent art auction.

The highlight of the benefit will be the formal “presentation” of One Story authors who have published their debut books in the past year:

Robin Black, If I Loved You I Would Tell You This (Random House)
Susanna Daniel, Stiltsville (HarperCollins)
Seth Fried, The Great Frustration (Soft Skull Press)
Jerry Gabriel, Drowned Boy (Sarabande Books)
Jim Hanas, Why They Cried (ECW Press)

Each writer will be escorted by an established author and/or editor who has been a mentor to them. This year, One Story will also honor the novelist and memoirist Dani Shapiro, for her years of extraordinary support of emerging writers.

All proceeds will benefit One Story, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and aid it in its mission to support the art form of the short story and the authors who write them. Tickets for the ball start at $50 each. Higher level individual, corporate, and in-kind sponsorships are available and most welcome. For complete details and benefits of donating to One Story, contact Maribeth Batcha at maribeth@one-story.com. No one under 21 years old will be admitted.

Benefit Committee:
T Cooper | Jamie Lee Curtis | Mark Hage | Amy Hempel
A.M. Homes | Virginia Lawrence | Andrew McCarthy & Dolores Rice | Paul Morris
Leigh Newman | Maud Newton | George Saunders | Jim & Karen Shepard