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Low-Lit Pleasure: PEN Speakeasy’s Erotic Reading at Le Bain

Michael H. Miller | April 28, 2011

Le Bain, the sleek club atop The Standard Hotel that’s popular with fashion industry types and socialites, is a strange place to host a book reading; it’s a bit glitzy for the predominately jeans and tennis shoe-clad literary scene. But a little after 11pm on Monday night, any incongruities — including a guy wearing circa-’98…

A Tornadic Discussion of The Pale King

Michael H. Miller | April 21, 2011

“You might have noticed there’s four of us and there’s no moderator,” said Lev Grossman, sitting at a slightly elevated table with Charles Bock, Laura Miller and Glenn Kenny at the Strand last Friday. The writers were present for a panel on David Foster Wallace’s post-humous The Pale King, which was pieced together by Wallace’s editor…

Rolling Stone Writers Talk Long-Form Journalism at Housing Works

Jessanne Collins | April 14, 2011

Midway through an epic question and answer session at last night’s Rolling Stone/Long Reads panel on long-form journalism, Jeff Goodell, author of last year’s How to Cool the Planet: Geoengineering and the Audacious Quest to Fix Earth’s Climate, shared an anecdote about his reporting technique. While covering an AIDS convention in Montreal as a novice…

The Undeserved Anonymity of Jaimy Gordon

Michael H. Miller | April 7, 2011

Jaimy Gordon won the 2010 National Book Award for her masterpiece Lord of Misrule, and, despite the obligatory New York Times review and profile after the fact, she is still hardly known. In a bit of good timing, the novel, which takes place in a crumbling West Virginia horseracing track, Indian Mound Downs, was nominated…

Revolution, L.E.S.-Style: Mischief + Mayhem Descends on Cake Shop

Jessanne Collins | March 31, 2011

It was a crisp, sunny spring afternoon in New York — worrisome weather for anyone hoping to gather a crowd in a dark and dingy bar basement. But as it turned out, a blue sky was no deterrent for the several dozen who collected on bar stools and ottomans in the candle-lit bowels of the…

Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes: Introducing Our New Book Bloggers

staff | March 25, 2011

After months of delivering piece after stellar piece for Bookish, the amazing Gillian Reagan is leaving the blog to concentrate on her full-time job as editor at Capital New York. We’re very sad to see her go, of course, but we wish her the best! We’re also excited to announce that Bookish will continue to cover books with…

Mental Athlete Joshua Foer on Memory and Moonwalking

Gillian Reagan | March 17, 2011

Freelance science journalist Joshua Foer’s book, Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything, is the kind of non-fiction work that gets people talking. It certainly did back in November 2005, when Foer, the youngest of the literary clan of Foer brothers, got a book contract for $1.2 million and a subsequent film…

Sold! Gary Shteyngart Pitches the Role of Books

Gillian Reagan | March 10, 2011

“I feel like a salesman,” said novelist Gary Shteyngart on stage at the 92Y’s Kaufman Concert Hall Monday night. “Don’t stop reading!” Shteyngart, dressed in a black suitjacket, light blue-button down shirt and fading back jeans, was pitching to an audience of bespectacled late-20 somethings and graying 92Y regulars, some of whom brought small notebooks…

On Justin Taylor’s Gospel of Anarchy

Gillian Reagan | March 2, 2011

Read Justin Taylor’s words and you might feel them. In the vivid opening chapter of his first novel, The Gospel of Anarchy (Harper Perennial, $13.99), it’s the summer of 1999 and we’re introduced to David, a young Gainesville, Fla. dropout who sits in a phone survey office, among the “green depths” of computer screens in…

The Split Personality of Joyce Carol Oates

Gillian Reagan | February 24, 2011

Joyce Carol Oates the writer dressed the part. On Feb. 21, she appeared on stage at the 92Y’s Kaufman Center Hall on Lexington Avenue and 92nd Street in a black Issey Miyake turtleneck, with long, lacy sleeves, black pants and simple black boots. She wore turquoise and earth-toned gems around her neck, red rose lipstick…