Visitation Street By Ivy Pochoda
It is partly because of Dennis Lehane that I wrote my first book, Sharp Objects. After reading his book Mystic River, I was like, Oh—that’s how that’s done. I really admire his whole body of work. That’s why I’m excited about Ivy Pochoda, whom he picked for his new book imprint. You know that if he’s given her his stamp of approval, the book is going to be good, and with the setting of Red Hook, Brooklyn, that it’s going to have a true, strong sense of place.
Listen - if Gillian Flynn, Dennis Lehane, Oprah, and I all say you should read a book, you should read it. This is a perfect smart summer suspense novel.
Happy Graduation, Class of 2013
We’re proud of you all. The world is your oyster, go get ‘em!
Me this morning during rush hour on the uptown 4/5/6 platform at Union Square, to every NYU student going to Yankee Stadium for commencement: “LOOK I’M REALLY HAPPY FOR YOU BUT PLEASE GET OUT OF MY WAY, I HAVE TO GO TO MY JOB. YOU KNOW, THAT THING YOU HAVE TO GET NOW.”
A gay man was gunned down in Greenwich Village early today by an armed bigot who hurled homophobic slurs at him — and claimed to be the Newtown, Conn. killer before the murder, police said today.
The 32-year-old Brooklyn victim, whose name has not been released, was walking with a pal on Sixth Avenue near West Eighth Street about midnight when they were approached by three Hispanic males, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said.
One man snarled homophobic slurs at the men and asked them if they were “gay wrestlers,” Kelly said.
The men continued moving and made a right onto West Eighth Street.
One of the Hispanic men left and the other two continued to follow the victim and another man.
Both the victim and another man with him were wearing tank tops, cutoff shorts and boots.
“Do you want to die here?” the shooter asked the victim.
He pulled out a .38-caliber revolver and shot him once in the cheek.
“It was a quickie. He shot him and he went straight to the ground,” said a bouncer at a nearby club. “Half his body was lying on the sidewalk and half was on the street.”
The man died shortly after at Beth Israel Hospital.
I am incredibly saddened by this story. This is the fourth hate crime committed against a gay man this month, the second just steps from Stonewall. There will be a candlelight vigil tonight in front of the Gray’s Papaya on 6th Ave and 8th St where the shooting took place. Please come if you can; reblog this even if you can’t make it. We should refuse to live in a place where we can’t walk down the street without being afraid of this happening to us. It’s disgusting and unbelievable.
This is completely disgusting, and nigh unthinkable in this city and in that neighborhood. What I find really remarkable, though, is that the NY Post thought it was worth noting what the victim and his friend were wearing. It smacks of sexual assault victim-blaming - what, did the fact that they were both wearing cut-off shorts mean they were asking for it? Come the fuck on.
Miknic Lounge, 200 Columbia St, Brooklyn. Former Mpls punk rocker Miki Mosman is the owner.I just looked this place up and I have never seen that many rave reviews on Yelp. Definitely going on my summer bar list. Thank you!
Q:The NY Bloody Mary re-blog brought a tear to my thinking about Bloody Mary breakfasts at the Uptown Bar. I haven't had one since they closed the place down.
I never made it there, sadly! I am on the hunt for the best Bloody in NYC, though, so if you have any recommendations I’m all ears.
Alana had an extra ticket to The National’s secret Artists Den show/taping at the Park Ave Armory tonight and we were right up at the front and they played a ton of songs from the new album and holy shit guys, what an amazing band playing amazing music in an amazing space.