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


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.

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.

How to Help (Hurricane Sandy.)

If you didn’t catch this in our newsletter, please take a look.  There is still a whole lot of help needed.

As many of you already know, New York was hit by Hurricane Sandy over Halloween weekend. While the resolve and community of New Yorker’s during hard times is a stunning thing to behold, there is a lot of work that is going into sustaining New York right now and the destruction is great. Below is a compiled list of ways you can help the effort. During times of trouble in NY local media outlets can be integral for getting out information quickly. It would be impossible to credit them all but an enormous thanks to my local outlets:
GreenpointersGothamistBrokelynBrooklyn-basedNYTThe AtlanticBon Appetit, Hyperallergic as well as HOYYoko Ono and the many many others who provided information on how to help or on understanding the storm:

Jen Bekman is donating profits from 2 pieces to Sandy
New Amsterdam Building
EatSleepDraw is donating profits from Mini Sketch Books
Bell House Open Mic on Sunday
Greenpointers Raffle
Temporary Residence Ltd is donating 20% of the profits to Sandy
Coney Island Aquarium
L angoliers Jewelry Auction (100% of bid on chandelier goes to Sandy relief efforts) 

Helping in NY(and surrounding):
Volunteering at shelters
Donating Blood
Direct Relief
NY Food Banks
New York Cares
Jersey Cares
CAAAV (Chinatown)
Rockaway Help


Donating Goods (Local) :


WNYC (Donations by borough):

House of Yes will be acting as a hub donation drop off point for Sandy victims in Far Rockaway 10am-10pm Sunday through Thursday
****NO CLOTHING ACCEPTED*** ACCEPTING: Water, Food, Flashlights, Batteries, Candles, Work Gloves, Bleach, Brooms, Shovels, Blankets, Coats, Etc. Please check relief group websites for updated and ongoing lists of what is needed!

The American Legion (519 Leonard @ Driggs) is accepting donations until 4pm (Sunday 11/4) today. NO CLOTHES. They really need over the counter meds such as aspirin, throat spray and personal hygiene items.

The NYCC Downtown Brooklyn office will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day and is in urgent need of donated supplies, which can be dropped off at their conveniently-located office. They’re also accepting volunteers—especially those with vehicles who can help deliver aid. Have questions? or call (347) 410-6919 extension 286. Their address is 2-4 Nevins St, 2nd Fl Brooklyn, NY 11217.

In an effort to help New York neighborhoods in need, SculptureCenter will be serving as a depot for donated supplies through this weekend. We’ll have hot coffee and tea on hand, and we will be waiving our suggested admission.

Two Boots Hurricane Relief Effort

EPA Regulations 

Disaster Assistance
Disaster Unemployment 

NY has toll-free number for voters with questions about voting, poll site changes and absentee ballots: 1-855-NYS-SANDY (1-855-697-7263) #nyc #votingDispelling myths:
Fake Photos
Teaching Sandy




ON RECOVERING ART: A free public presentation on recovering wet art and cultural materials on Sunday, Nov 4, 12 – 2 p.m. MoMA The Museum of Modern Art Know how to safely handle and dry wet materials such as paintings, drawings, books, sculpture, and other artistic and cultural works.

Help Needed:

Eyebeam suffered significant water damage (water up to 3 ft high during surge), cleaning out the space and salvaging valuables and works this week. We need volunteers to help save archive, all formats (VHS, CD, Mini-Disc, etc). Experts needed to help restore. Call Marko: (646) 284-4187

Gowanus Ballroom needs cleaning and rebuilding help. 55 9th street #61BrooklynNY. (347) 460-2687

If your creative organization or business was affected and needs volunteers or will be seeking rebuilding funds and would like to be listed in upcoming weekly listings, or newsletters/recaps please contact at the22magazine (at) gmail (dot) com with a link or more information.

How to Break at HERE.

Above: Dan Domingues as Aden and Amber Williams as Ana

         How to Break, HERE’s most recent production, centers on the revolving story of a doctor, 2 patients (one with leukemia, the other with sickle-cell anemia) and a well-meaning artist in residence at a hospital. The show, while focusing on hip-hop, freestyle culture, more complexly focuses on the decision facing a person, particularly a young person, with a fatal disease and a moment of “breaking” for both strength and freedoms sake.
         The show itself is incredibly well suited for adolescents (highly recommend for high school classes,) slightly dull at times for the older crowd, but Jafferis writing is fast paced, funny, if never completely emotionally raw. Part of this may be the nature of utilizing freestyle throughout the piece. While this is definitely a central component in understanding a big part of the “break” of the piece, at times it makes difficult moments funny or more lighthearted than necessary. For anyone who has had, or known someone with cancer, you can’t help but wonder when the true “break” is going to happen and think that when it does…it’s probably not going to rhyme. That being said, grain of salt included, we all cope in our own ways and Christopher V. Edwards says in the director’s note “Everyone involved in the initial collaborative process has been inspired by hip-hop. Some of us breathe it and eat it for breakfast….” so it’s hard to fault her for utilizing freestyle throughout the piece that is based on it. Likewise, the age of the patients also make the flirtatious insult on the playground behavior more realistic and the piece itself, written in part by actual hospital patients through the Mixing Texts Collective project, does speak to Jafferis claim to portray “breaking” as “inspiration, courage, and possibility.”
         The standout actors included Dan Domingues and Amber Williams who portray both the over involved doctor (a bit of a fantasy no doubt) and leukemia ridden Ana, popper, design student, and love interest of Joel played by Perdro Morillo, a professional break dancer who is admirably comfortable in his first acting role.
         The set, a series of medical curtains that range from translucent to opaque were used to highlight the beatboxer Yako 440, playing a nurse character who provided beatbox accompaniment (written by Adam Matta) and sometimes comic relief, as well as the canvas for graffitiesque sketches. Yako 440 definitely could have been utilized more fluidly with the other characters on stage. One of the most interesting moments comes at the start of the play when he tells Ana to “breathe” into the microphone and creates a series of loops from it. And while the setup was interesting and the cast navigated the curtains flawlessly, the opening and closing did at times get distracting. Likewise one wanted to see more physical moments to accompany the soundtrack which was often lost behind the curtains.
         Overall this piece feels like a very dynamic moment set within the context of a beautiful but sometimes misunderstood artistic culture, as well as the experience of facing mortality head on. What is lacking is visceral emotion, is often made up for in surprising moments of writing and acting, and it’s this combination that speaks to the strength of the creators and the cast.


The Where, The Why, and The How: 75 Artists Illustrate Wondrous Mysteries of Science.

A rather beautiful art object (and read) from Chronicle books, The Where, Why and How: 75 Artists Illustrate Wondrous Mysteries of Science  brings together 75 artists with 75 academics and scientists to contribute short synopses of the mysteries of science including things like, “Are there more than 3 dimensions?” “Why don’t animals atrophy during hibernation?” “Do rogue waves exist?” and more socially prevalent questions like “What Causes Autism?” and “Is Sexual Orientation Innate?”  Each image is paired with an illustration or artwork by professional and emerging artists. Though not much variety in artistic styles, the penchant towards illustration was interesting and the design itself, done by ALSO (the designers of  The Exquisite Book and Drawn In) is truly impressive. Some of the standout pieces include John Hendrix, Lauren Nassef, Ben Finer, Dave Zackin, and Edie Fake.

Check out some photos below and pick up a copy HERE.

THE WEEK/WEEKEND: October 11-17.

LISA 2012 from Blind Escrow Productions on Vimeo.

LISA Conference 2012
Peter B Lewis Theater: The Guggenheim Museum

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 from 8:00 AM to 11:45 PM

LISA 2012 is the Leaders in Software and Art conference at the Guggenheim in New York City, Tuesday October 16th, 2012.  We’ll have keynote speeches from Laurie Anderson, pioneering electronic artist, and Scott Snibbe, creator of Bjork’s Biophilia App, and panels on crowdsourced and social media art and the popular generative art toolkits openFrameworks, Processing, Cinder and Max/MSP. If you work with or care about new media, technology and interactive art, there’s still time to buy a ticket. Come meet and get inspired by some of the top artists and art experts in the field.

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