About This Is Between Us: Chronicling five years of a troubled romance, This Is Between Us offers an intimate view of one couple’s struggle—from the illicit beginnings of sexual obsession to the fragile architecture of a pieced-together family. Full of sweet moments, emotional time bombs, …
About This Is Between Us:
Chronicling five years of a troubled romance, This Is Between Us offers an intimate view of one couple’s struggle—from the illicit beginnings of sexual obsession to the fragile architecture of a pieced-together family. Full of sweet moments, emotional time bombs, unexpected humor, and blunt sexuality, the daily life of this man and woman, both recently divorced, with children and baggage in tow, emerges in all of its complexity. In this utterly engrossing debut novel, Kevin Sampsell delivers a confessional tale of love between two resilient people who have staked their hearts on each other.
Kevin Sampsell is the author of the memoir, A Common Pornography (2010 Harper Perennial), and the short story collection, Creamy Bullets (Chiasmus) and the editor of the anthology, Portland Noir (Akashic). Sampsell is the publisher of the micropress, Future Tense Books, which he started in 1990. He has worked at Powell's Books as an events coordinator and the head of the small press section for fifteen years. His essays have appeared recently in Salon, The Faster Times, Jewcy, and The Good Men Project. His fiction has been published in McSweeney’s, Nerve, Hobart, and in several anthologies. He lives in Portland, OR, with his wife and son.
About RECONSTRUCTING AMELIA: Spending several weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, Kimberly McCreight’s debut novel grabbed the attention of Gone Girl and Defending Jacob fans last spring with its well-struck balance between intrigue and heart. Releasing in paperback this winter, …
About RECONSTRUCTING AMELIA:
Spending several weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, Kimberly McCreight’s debut novel grabbed the attention of Gone Girl and Defending Jacob fans last spring with its well-struck balance between intrigue and heart. Releasing in paperback this winter, RECONSTRUCTING AMELIA is the story of secret first loves, old friendships and the cruelty of an all-girls club steeped in tradition, but most of all, it is the story of one mother’s love. At once poignant and suspenseful, McCreight explores the chilling reality of teen life in the age of social networking, asking just how much even the most dedicated mother can really know about her child’s life.
As a single mother, it has always been just Kate and Amelia, united against the world. So when Kate, a law firm partner, gets a phone call from Amelia’s exclusive private school summoning her to Brooklyn in the middle of an important meeting, she’s immediately skeptical. What could her over-achieving, well-behaved daughter possibly have done? But by the time Kate arrives, the answer no longer matters. Nothing does. Amelia has jumped to her death from the roof of the school. Clouded by guilt and grief, Kate accepts the school’s suspect explanation of events: that Amelia, distraught after being caught cheating, chose to end her own life. That is, until she receives an anonymous text: Amelia didn’t jump. Digging into Amelia’s emails, texts, and Facebook posts, Kate sets out to reconstruct the last troubled days of her daughter’s life until she discovers, finally, the heartbreaking truth about what really happened up on that roof.
RECONSTRUCTING AMELIA was inspired by McCreight’s own fears as a mother of two girls. “How on earth—in a world so filled with dangers, big and small—will I ever keep them safe?” she wondered. “Perhaps I worry because I’m especially fatalistic. But I don’t think so. I think I worry because, deep down, I know the truth: that there is only so much I can do to protect my girls. That’s what I thought a couple of years back when I read about the star student and athlete who committed suicide by jumping out a window at Dalton. It’s what I thought when I heard about Tyler Clementi’s tragic leap from the George Washington Bridge after he was surreptitiously videotaped with another man. And it was brought back to me again last spring when a New Jersey teenager named Lennon Baldwin hung himself allegedly in response to cyber-bullying.”
Bullying makes headlines whenever another tortured teen takes his or her life. This appalling pandemic—Huffington Post recently reported that as many as 53% of teens are targets of cyber-bullying—is at the troubled heart of Kimberly McCreight’s stunning debut novel, RECONSTRUCTING AMELIA.
About the Author:
Kimberly McCreight, named one of Entertainment Weekly’s “13 to Watch in 2013,” attended Vassar and the University of Pennsylvania Law School from which she graduated cum laude. After several years as a litigation associate at one of New York City’s biggest law firms, she left the practice of law to write full-time. Her work has appeared in such publications as Antietam Review, Oxford Magazine, and Babble. She lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters.
About The Wes Anderson Collection: Wes Anderson is one of the most influential voices from the past two decades of American cinema. A true auteur, Anderson is known for the visual artistry, inimitable tone, and idiosyncratic characterizations that make each of his films—Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, …
About The Wes Anderson Collection:
Wes Anderson is one of the most influential voices from the past two decades of American cinema. A true auteur, Anderson is known for the visual artistry, inimitable tone, and idiosyncratic characterizations that make each of his films—Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Moonrise Kingdom—instantly recognizable as “Andersonian.” The Wes Anderson Collection is the first in-depth overview of Anderson’s filmography, guiding readers through his life and career. Previously unpublished photos, artwork, and ephemera complement a book-length conversation between Anderson and award-winning critic Matt Zoller Seitz. The interview and images are woven together in a meticulously designed book that captures the spirit of his films: melancholy and playful, wise and childish—and thoroughly original.
Praise for The Wes Anderson Collection:
“In The Wes Anderson Collection, Seitz expands a series of video essays on Anderson’s influences, illuminating as much of Anderson’s process as possible in a massive, beautifully rendered volume. Although it looks (and sometimes reads) like a coffee table book, The Wes Anderson Collection brings together style and substance to provide a loving homage to Anderson’s films and moviemaking in general.” —The A.V. Club
"Cultural critic Seitz tours the quirky career of movie director Wes Anderson in this upbeat coffee-table book. Featuring a plethora of behind the scene photos, production artifacts, the author successfully conveys Anderson's creativity especially through the use of the director's original artwork. Every Anderson movie—from Bottle Rocket to the most recently Moonrise Kingdom—gets the royal treatment: a short essay from Seitz, an interview with the director, scrapbook's worth of photos. Anderson reveals the importance of his college library for aiding his interest in film, discusses his attraction to "old-fashioned special effects," and shares his favorite directors including Alfred Hitchcock and Francois Truffaut, along with how he attempts to evoke their style in his own movies. Seitz shows detailed knowledge of his subject's work, and Anderson is open about his creative process, making this tour especially worth taking. An introduction by author Michael Chabon is an added bonus." - Publishers Weekly
Matt Zoller Seitz, a Pulitzer Prize finalist for criticism, currently writes for New York magazine. He lives in Brooklyn.
Gladwell reads and discusses "David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants", a surprising journey through the hidden dynamics that shape the balance of power between the small and the mighty. From the conflicts in Northern Ireland, through the tactics of civil rights leaders…
Gladwell reads and discusses "David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants", a surprising journey through the hidden dynamics that shape the balance of power between the small and the mighty. From the conflicts in Northern Ireland, through the tactics of civil rights leaders and the problem of privilege, Gladwell demonstrates how we misunderstand the true meaning of advantage and disadvantage. Produced in association with Brooklyn Public Library.
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Kevin Sampsell, author of several acclaimed works of fiction and nonfiction, publisher of Future Tense Books, and an advocate for small presses at Portland's storied Powell's City of Books, presents his new novel This Is Between Us. Julia Fierro, Chelsea Hodson, and Joseph Riippi will also read, …
Kevin Sampsell, author of several acclaimed works of fiction and nonfiction, publisher of Future Tense Books, and an advocate for small presses at Portland's storied Powell's City of Books, presents his new novel This Is Between Us. Julia Fierro, Chelsea Hodson, and Joseph Riippi will also read, followed by a short Q & A with Vol.1 Brooklyn managing editor Tobias Carroll.
Ohio Edit's Global Holiday Extravaganza features some of the sparkliest writers from across the globe, including Jessa Crispin (Bookslut, Spolia) from Berlin; Natalie Eve Garrett (Hairpin) from Washington, DC; Zoe Ruiz (The Rumpus) from Los Angeles; Jim Behrle (Hairpin, Awl) as Santa; and Amy Fusselman…
Ohio Edit's Global Holiday Extravaganza features some of the sparkliest writers from across the globe, including Jessa Crispin (Bookslut, Spolia) from Berlin; Natalie Eve Garrett (Hairpin) from Washington, DC; Zoe Ruiz (The Rumpus) from Los Angeles; Jim Behrle (Hairpin, Awl) as Santa; and Amy Fusselman (The Pharmacist's Mate/8). Plus free wine and candy canes!
About the Contributors:
Amy Fusselman is the author of 8 and The Pharmacist's Mate and is the editor of Ohio Edit. Her forthcoming book is Savage Park.
Jessa Crispin is the editor and founder of the literary magazines Bookslut and Spolia. Her Sun is conjoined Dark Moon Lilith. Sometimes she resides in Berlin, sometimes not.
Zoe Ruiz is the managing editor of The Rumpus. Her work has appeared in The Weeklings, Salon, and Two Serious Ladies and she has a bi-monthly column on Ohio Edit. She studied creative writing at UC Santa Cruz and now lives in LA.
Jim Behrle is Santa. He writes for The Awl, The Hairpin, The Poetry Foundation, and the good boys and girls everywhere.
Natalie Eve Garrett is an artist, writer, sea creature and chickpea. She lives with her husband and two children near the place where she grew up, in a town just outside DC, along the Potomac River. Her work can often be seen on The Hairpin, where she has several regularly featured columns, including a popular food column called Disgustingly Good. She is currently working on a cookbook anthology called The Artists' and Writers' Cookbook.
Josh Lefkowitz has had poems published in Court Green, The Hairpin, and elsewhere. He has recorded humorous essays for NPR's All Things Considered and BBC's Americana, and previously performed a pair of autobiographical monologues in theaters and spaces across the country. Josh won the 2013 Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry contest. He lives in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.
Kathy Giuffre is the author of An Afternoon in Summer: My Year in the South Seas and lives in Colorado with her husband and two sons. Her NPR radio show is called “Off Topic” and can be heard every Saturday morning on KRCC 91.5 FM or anytime at offtopicradio.org
Molly MacDermot is a noted expert on teens and has served as Editor in Chief of the teen magazines M, QuizFest, AstroGirl, and J-14.
Todd Wernstrom is a wine distributor in New York City where he lives with his wife, three children and a crazy (but cute) little dog. Prior to forming his own distribution company, he wrote about wine for a number of national and regional publications. To his great surprise, he recently discovered that not being paid to write about sports-related topics is far more satisfying than being paid to write about grapes.
Jillian Chaitin was born and raised in San Diego, California. She had a natural love of making art from very early on, which was fostered by her mother, an art teacher. Jillian went on to study fine art at U.C. Berkeley, before moving to the New York to continue her studies of painting, illustration, and screen printing, at SVA and FIT. In addition to being an illustrator and artist, she and her husband, Jeremy Hollingworth, are co founders and partners of Cabin Modern, a boutique interior design and lifestyle studio. Jillian lives with her husband on the lower east side, and loves traveling, hearts, and taking polaroids.
Jen May is a Scorpio and artist living in Brooklyn, NY with 3 cats.
Light Industry hosts a rare double bill of Nathaniel Dorsky and Jerome Hiler—two major figures in contemporary experimental cinema—featuring Dorsky’s portrait of Hiler, the pivotal Hours for Jerome, and a new print of Hiler’s In the Stone House. Seen together, these films reveal the deeply …
Light Industry hosts a rare double bill of Nathaniel Dorsky and Jerome Hiler—two major figures in contemporary experimental cinema—featuring Dorsky’s portrait of Hiler, the pivotal Hours for Jerome, and a new print of Hiler’s In the Stone House. Seen together, these films reveal the deeply reciprocal nature of Dorsky and Hiler’s art. “Hours for Jerome was photographed from 1966 to 1970 both in New York City and in the countryside in New Jersey,” Dorsky recalls. “During the exact same period of time, Jerome was shooting footage which would eventually become In the Stone House. These two works are a personal mirror of one another, but have never been shown together. Most of the footage from both films was shot at the house we were renting on Lake Owassa near the Delaware River, about two hours from Manhattan. It was known by the neighbors as the stone house. We were both about 25 years old.”
Partners for almost fifty years, Dorsky and Hiler first met in New York City in the 1960s, where they were both mentored by Gregory Markopoulos, whose ultimate influence can be seen in their precise, idiomatic, and expressive approach to montage. After relocating for a few years to rural New Jersey, the pair moved to San Francisco in 1971, where they have lived ever since. There, the two continued to shoot film, but for many years chose to screen footage only privately, to small groups of friends.
Dorsky broke from this habit in 1980, when he began editing what would become Hours for Jerome; with its completion, Dorsky returned to public exhibition, and the film came to be celebrated as one of the key works marking a new direction for American avant-garde cinema. “Hours for Jerome is simply the most beautifully photographed film that I’ve ever seen,” Warren Sonbert wrote upon the film’s release. “Here cinema enters the realm of the compassionate; capturing the eye and the mind, in ways unlike the predictable arena of the structural film.” Hours can now be seen as the beginning of certain formal practices of Dorsky’s that reach into the present day, particularly the exclusive use of silent 16mm projected at 18 frames per second. Like films such as Compline (2009), Aubade (2010) or August and After (2012), it too investigates the play of light through different seasons, but with a greater emotional immediacy, achieved through a design closer to the diary films of Jonas Mekas. And if Dorsky’s recent films have given nods to specific musical genres, Hours for Jerome is undoubtedly a love ballad.
Hiler took much longer to bring his work back into the public eye, but did so most notably with Words of Mercury, which premiered to great acclaim at the New York Film Festival in 2011, and was later included in the 2012 Whitney Biennial. Since then, Hiler’s annual presentation of new work has cemented his reputation. His films display a careful and subtle power all their own, pushing everyday events into a richly subjective realm. In the case of In the Stone House, Hiler documents the intimacies of the couple’s social life—visits from artist and poet friends, exploratory treks into the wilderness, a gathering for an eclipse—intercut with stretches of inky black leader that punctuate these images’ distance from the present day. “Viewers familiar with Dorsky’s films who see Hiler’s work for the first time might conclude that his greatest influence has been Dorsky’s mature cinema,” P. Adams Sitney recently observed. “Yet one might, with equal justification, claim that Hiler has been the primary influence on Dorsky.”
In the Stone House, Jerome Hiler, 16mm, 1967-70/2012, 35 mins
“In the Stone House records and recollects a period of life of four years in rural New Jersey. In the latter 1960s, two young guys with monastic leanings leave the clatter of Manhattan’s art and film scene to catch the wave of higher consciousness that was about to change the world forever to find themselves washed ashore in a place only slightly updated from Way Down East. The monastic retreat quickly turned into the weekend getaway for a host of extravagant Manhattanites seeking films and fun.” - JH
Hours for Jerome, Part One, Nathaniel Dorsky, 16mm, 1982, 21 mins
Hours for Jerome, Part Two, Nathaniel Dorsky, 16mm, 1982, 24 mins
“Hours for Jerome is an arrangement of images, energies, and illuminations from daily life. These fragments of light revolve around the four seasons and are very much a part of the youthful energy and poignant joy of my mid-twenties. Part One is spring through summer; Part Two is fall and winter. The title of the film refers to a ‘Book of Hours’ which, in medieval European Catholicism, was a series of prayers presented eight times every 24 hours. Each ‘hour’ had its own qualities from pre-dawn till very late at night and these qualities also changed through the progressing seasons of the year. They were traditionally illustrated by luminous miniature paintings, and were often titled ‘Hours for…’. Saint Jerome was a favorite subject of these illuminations and he is often depicted at his studies accompanied by a lion. The Jerome in Hours for Jerome is a close friend and filmmaker who is seen at his work or studies often with his cats. He is first seen reading the newspaper, then putting sugar in his coffee, contemplating a book of Mozart’s letters in a ‘rain and lightening’ storm, swimming, and writing a letter in blue; and in Part Two picking an apple, editing film, standing under a tree, reading, watching television during a snowstorm, and driving a car at twilight. So the title is a somewhat humorous reference to the medieval form, as this film is also a series of illuminations from different times of day and night progressing through the seasons. There is also the pun that so much of the film has to do with various kinds of time.” - ND
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About INGENIOUS: America is a nation of inventors—or so said Mark Twain. But these days it seems American innovation is in the hands of engineers in Silicon Valley, Detroit manufacturers, or Houston rocket scientists. So when journalist Jason Fagone heard about a contest offering $10 million to …
America is a nation of inventors—or so said Mark Twain. But these days it seems American innovation is in the hands of engineers in Silicon Valley, Detroit manufacturers, or Houston rocket scientists. So when journalist Jason Fagone heard about a contest offering $10 million to anyone who could build a safe, energy-efficient car of the future, he knew he was in for the ride of his life. INGENIOUS: A True Story of Invention, Automotive Daring, and the Race to Revive America is the story of four teams vying for that prize, and their fervor reminds us we are still living in Twain’s America, a place where ingenuity springs from the most unexpected places.
The Automotive X Prize was announced in 2007 by American entrepreneur Peter Diamandis. The contest attracted interest from more than three hundred teams around the world, including dozens of amateur inventors. Many of them threw out the rulebook on how a car should look, feel, and drive, choosing instead to start from scratch. The finished product needed to be safe, mass- producible, and able to travel 100 miles on the energy equivalent of one gallon of gas—the inventors could take it from there.
The first team Fagone heard about was a group of local Philadelphia high-schoolers who had beaten out a team from MIT in a previous competition. When he went to the school to investigate, he was amazed: This was 2010, and the country was in a recession. General Motors had gone bankrupt. America, everyone kept saying, didn’t make things anymore. Yet here, Fagone found a hive of energy, ingenuity, and hope. He was hooked.
As more than a hundred teams battled it out for the Automotive X Prize, Fagone spent the next several years focused on four teams in particular, getting to know the inventors—many of them amateurs—who were investing their sweat, tears, time, and money in America’s energy future. In INGENIOUS we meet:
Kevin and Jen, high school sweethearts and garage tinkerers. They’re sinking their life savings into cobbling together a battery-powered dream machine in an Illinois barn.
Oliver Kuttner, German immigrant, realestate developer, and big-idea man whose Virginia team is building what they call the Very Light Car. Forget reinventing the wheel —Oliver reinvents the lug nut, recalibrating every part of the machine to make it featherweight, a car so light you could push it across the floor with your thumb.
California start-up Aptera Motors, working on a pod-shaped, aerodynamic vehicle resembling the wingless bird the company is named for. They’re the early favorite, but false starts and management restructuring have left the company’s future hinging on Diamandis’s prize.
The West Philly school kids, who are building two hybrid cars: one that looks sexier than the Prius, another meant to be within the budget of families in their lower-income neighborhood.
INGENIOUS is the story of ordinary people striving for the extraordinary. It offers a fascinating window into the creative process, and it celebrates the return of an older, more democratic notion of invention, one not reserved for huge corporations with deep pockets and hundreds of engineers. These four teams risk failure, ridicule, and financial ruin in a pursuit of a dream bigger than themselves. As the Illinois team writes in chalk on their barn wall: SOMEBODY HAS TO DO SOMETHING. THAT SOMEBODY IS US!
Moonlighter Presents is an occasional lecture series that features speakers who something but are not experts or professionals on their subjects. The event is three short twenty-minute talks on subjects as diverse as airport carpets and literary hay fever. On Friday, Dec 13th at 8pm, Cathouse …
Moonlighter Presents is an occasional lecture series that features speakers who something but are not experts or professionals on their subjects. The event is three short twenty-minute talks on subjects as diverse as airport carpets and literary hay fever.
On Friday, Dec 13th at 8pm, Cathouse FUNeral in Williamsburg will host the 12th installment of Moonlighter Presents, a nomadic lecture series organized by Stephanie DeGooyer and Justin Martin. Three speakers will lecture briefly on topics that extend beyond their “official” qualifications: artist Tyler Colburn will lecture on autonomous city states known as "charter cities"; architect Leslie Gills will give a history of typology and fonts; and painter Evan Daniel Smith will discuss the aesthetics of Pi and his effort to memorize a series of meaningless random numbers. Dan Fox of Frieze will DJ.
Photographer Baldomero Fernandez discusses the legacy of the Lower East Side deli with Katz’s fifth-generation owner Jake Dell. About KATZ’S: A great visual record of how a restaurant runs. This first-ever book about Katz’s Delicatessen indelibly captures the unique spirit and appeal of the…
Photographer Baldomero Fernandez discusses the legacy of the Lower East Side deli with Katz’s fifth-generation owner Jake Dell.
A great visual record of how a restaurant runs. This first-ever book about Katz’s Delicatessen indelibly captures the unique spirit and appeal of the Lower East Side classic. Timed to coincide with Katz’s 125th anniversary, this special edition brings a bit of Katz’s right into your own home.
A New York City institution since 1888, Katz’s Deli on the corner of Ludlow and East Houston Streets is the oldest and most beloved delicatessen in America. Famous for its mouth-watering pastrami and mouth-puckering pickles—as well as its traditional Friday evening hot dogs—Katz’s has been serving Jewish comfort food to literally generations of hungry customers, from locals dropping in for their “usual” and tourists from around the world, to a veritable who’s-who of celebrities and politicians, their visits immortalized in hundreds of photographs along the walls.
The 384 pages of this elegant and hefty tome contain hundreds of striking photographs by Baldomero Fernandez: the people on both sides of the counter; the storied cutting stations; the distinctive signage; the remarkably small kitchen; and more. Part-owner Jake Dell reveals the deli’s rich and compelling 125-year history, as well as the characteristics of the traditional Jewish foods that are at the core of Katz’s culinary offerings—the difference between pastrami and corned beef, the deli’s pickling process, and more—while Travel Channel star Adam Richman provides a very personal and evocative foreword.
No need to be a New Yorker. This book will prove equally irresistible to the regulars (whose grandfather took them at age 5 for their first taste of Katz’s pastrami), and to the uninitiated who have yet to walk on the famous sawdust- covered terrazzo floor, ticket in hand.
This event will be held in the Trustees' Room. This epic literary achievement broadly focuses on Napoleon’s invasion of Russia in 1812 and follows three of the most well-known characters in literature: Pierre Bezukhov, the illegitimate son of a count who is fighting for his inheritance and yearning…
This event will be held in the Trustees' Room.
This epic literary achievement broadly focuses on Napoleon’s invasion of Russia in 1812 and follows three of the most well-known characters in literature: Pierre Bezukhov, the illegitimate son of a count who is fighting for his inheritance and yearning for spiritual fulfillment; Prince Andrei Bolkonsky, who leaves his family behind to fight in the war against Napoleon; and Natasha Rostov, the beautiful young daughter of a nobleman who intrigues both men. As Napoleon’s army invades, Tolstoy follows peasants and nobility, civilians and soldiers, as they struggle with the problems unique to their era.
Discussions will be led by Inessa Medzhibovskaya, the author of "Tolstoy and the Religious Culture of His Time: A Biography of a Long Conversion, 1845-1887". She is working on the completion of two new monographs: "Tolstoy and the Fates of the Twentieth Century" and a philosophical-literary study titled "Writing and Confinement".
This series is made possible through Brooklyn Public Library’s Fund for the Humanities, established through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional funding was provided by The Hearst Foundation, Inc.; the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; The Starr Foundation; the Leon and Muriel Gilbert Charitable Trust; the Henry and Lucy Moses Fund, Inc., and a gift in memory of Samuel and Pauline Wine.
As Walter Benjamin once said, there is no document of civilization that is not also a document of barbarism. Join Nicholas Birns as he reads from his new book Barbarian Memory, which explores how some of the monuments of European high culture—the works of Chaucer and Shakespeare; Renaissance epic…
As Walter Benjamin once said, there is no document of civilization that is not also a document of barbarism. Join Nicholas Birns as he reads from his new book Barbarian Memory, which explores how some of the monuments of European high culture—the works of Chaucer and Shakespeare; Renaissance epic and classical French drama—were influenced by memory of the warring trends and uncouth names of the early Middle Ages. We will explore what is 'the past of the past', and how it might figure into our future.