A trip to Hempfest with pioneering cannabis breeder DJ Short.
On December 12, journalist Jason Fagone will be here to discuss the future of cars and his latest book, Ingenious. We’ve posted some great Fagone-penned pieces here, but here’s a non-vehicular-related one he wrote for Grantland.
“Bookstores hold a place in the hearts and times of our community. They are places to discover an author, a story, a life. Nothing affords the conversation and interaction among books and book lovers that a bookstore does. In the future, whether you download your story or pluck a volume off a shelf, a bookstore will be able to accommodate. But in order for bookstores to flourish and thrive, we must expose future generations to the unique pleasures they offer. On December 7th, 2013, take a child in your life to a bookstore. Watch his face light up as you give him free access, not just to a new book, but to tomorrow.”—
Ernest Hemingway once took home the urinal from his favorite bar, arguing he’d ‘pissed away’ so much of his money into it that he owned it. Not much to add to this one, except to note that it’s a great story.
Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451, was a descendant of one of the Salem witches. Bradbury was descended from Mary Perkins Bradbury, who was sentenced to be hanged in 1692 but managed to escape before her execution could take place.
In 1910, Virginia Woolf and her friends dressed up in costumes and donned fake beards in order to convince the Royal Navy they were a group of Abyssinian princes. And thus they pulled off what became known in newspapers as the ‘Dreadnought Hoax,’ earning a 40-minute guided tour of the ship. More information can be found in this Guardian article.
POWERHOUSE favorite (and event alum) Dani Shapiro shares her “Year in Reading” list with The Millions, and it has some great selections. Special shout out for the Ruth Ozeki mention - Ruth will launch the paperback for A Tale forThe Time Being with O, The Oprah Magazine editor Abbe Wright at the Arena next month.
Make sure to check out the rest of Shapiro’s list!
“The girl at the laundry is getting married next week. She says she found him at the marriage bureau – he fits her much better than those boys she used to pick up at the Palais. She tried out seven applicants before she found one to suit. But marriage bureaux work in more devious ways than perhaps they know.”—Doris Lessing in The New Statesman (via The Millions)
While we were celebrating Small Business Saturday here at the Arena and POWERHOUSE on 8th over the holiday weekend, President Obama did his part in stimulating the local economy. He took his daughters to Politics & Prose, one of our favorite indie bookstores in the nation’s capitol. Here’s a partial list of what he picked up:
“Flora and Ulysses” by Kate DiCamillo “Lulu and the Brontosaurus” by Judith Viorst and Lane Smith “Ottoline and the Yellow Cat” by Chris Riddell “Moonday” by Adam Rex “The Lowland” by Jhumpa Lahiri “Harold and the Purple Crayon” by Crockett Johnson “A Constellation of Vital Phenomena” by Anthony Marra “The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance” by David Epstein “Collision Low Crossers: A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL Football” by Nicholas Dawidoff “Ballad of the Sad Cafe: And Other Stories” by Carson McCullers “My Antonia” by Willa Cather “Ragtime” By E.L. Doctorow “All That Is” by James Salter “Wild: From Lost to Found On the Pacific Crest Trail” by Cheryl Strayed
“Out came my 12-gauge, and I loosed off a shot that at some 100 feet did no discernible damage, and after a brief bout of what-the-hell-was-that the turkeys continued to forage. A fusillade of two more shots finally brought down a 14-pounder. I hung him for four days, plucked him and by Thanksgiving’s end he was history.”—Alexander Cockburn (via The Millions)
“I write abundantly. And then my next step is to struggle to reduce the ornament, to reduce the abundance—to prune the book, in other words, the way one prunes a tree—so it can grow. This is my idea of a book.”—James Wright (via theparisreview)
As Obama touts our economic recovery, a new book by Laura Gottesdiener exposes the tragedy of our housing crisis.
A fascinating article by Laura Gottesdiener, freelance journalist and author. Laura will be in person at the powerHouse Arena next Thursday to launch her new book, A Dream Foreclosed: Black America and the Fight for a Place to Call Home.
“The times you lived through, the people you shared those times with — nothing brings it all to life like an old mix tape. It does a better job of storing up memories than actual brain tissue can do. Every mix tape tells a story. Put them together, and they can add up to the story of a life.”—Rob Sheffield, Love is a Mix Tape
“The impulse to write things down is a peculiarly compulsive one, inexplicable to those who do not share it, useful only accidentally, only secondarily, in the way that any compulsion tries to justify itself. I suppose that it begins or does not begin in the cradle. Although I have felt compelled to write things down since I was five years old, I doubt that my daughter ever will, for she is a singularly blessed and accepting child, delighted with life exactly as life presents itself to her, unafraid to go to sleep and unafraid to wake up. Keepers of private notebooks are a different breed altogether, lonely and resistant rearrangers of things, anxious malcontents, children afflicted apparently at birth with some presentiment of loss.”
—Joan Didion, from Slouching Towards Bethlehem (Modern Library, 2000)
The New York Photo Festival Presents:MY STORY, an international photography invitational
The art platform of photography consistently poses the question: “What’s MY STORY?” Photographing personal surroundings, documenting other lives and cultures in faraway lands, capturing story lines on assignment, shooting wonderful culinary experiences, or taking masterful self portraits…The New York Photo Festival Summer Invitational 2013 is pleased to announce the MY STORY winners:
Christopher Capozziello - “The Distance Between Us”
Supranav Dash - “Marginal Trades”
Alexandros Demetriades - “Intemporality”
Wayne Schoenfeld - “The Circus of the Past”
“The view that Muslims can’t speak of Jesus is of a piece with the view that it is actually a diminishment of liberty to ask people to buy health insurance, or that the more guns there are in the more hands the less gun violence there will somehow be.”—Adam Gopnik on Fox News’s don’t-come-to-Jesus moment with Reza Aslan, and the book that sparked the controversy: http://nyr.kr/145kCcN (via newyorker)