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Map: Moby’s Downtown NYC, as Recalled in His New Memoir, Porcelain

Now that Lady Gaga’s Lower East Side has been mythologized just a handful of years after she tramped around St. Jerome’s and Motor City, why not Moby’s? Sure, the space that used to house his vegan restaurant Teany is empty and fallow on Rivington Street and the bald, beady-eyed electronica artist has moved on to greener pastures in Los Angeles. But, love him or hate him, the man behind club hits like “South Side” and “Natural Blues” was such a fixture during his time as a downtown denizen that pretty much everybody had a Moby story. Now Mobes is telling his Moby story in a new memoir, Porcelain, which recounts his transition from a virginal, straight-edge Christian to an internationally renowned musician who clocked stripper digits at the Baby Doll Lounge.

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Patti Smith Announces New Memoir, Did ‘People Have the Power’ For East Village

Last time we saw Patti Smith do “People Have the Power,” she was on stage with Miley Cyrus, Laurie Anderson, Debbie Harry and pretty much every other New York City music legend — and before that she was belting it out with Michael Stipe and James Franco. But she and Lenny Kaye kept it lean and mean at last night’s benefit at Theatre 80 for the victims of the East Village explosion. Check out the above footage posted to YouTube by Sandy Bachon.

Today it was announced that Smith will release a sequel to her memoir, Just Kids, on October 6. Here’s the publisher Knopf’s description, via the Amazon page.

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Kim Gordon Talks Lana Del Rey, Sonic Youth Reunion, and Her Dream ‘Louie’ Gig

Gordon (left) with Schappel.

Gordon (left) with Schappell.

Kim Gordon managed to avoid talk of the whole Lana Del Rey fiasco when she appeared at BAM earlier this week, but during a talk at Strand last night, moderator Elissa Schappell wasn’t about to let her off easy. Their conversation started with some softballs (Kim has an astrologist and she wrote Girl in a Band because she has “a fear of having to get a 9-to-5 job,” heh). But eventually Schappell cut to the chase and asked her about the passage removed from the memoir, in which Gordon opines that Ms. Summertime Sadness “doesn’t even know what feminism is” and says that if she’s serious about the beauty of self-destruction, “why doesn’t she just off herself?”
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Read an Excerpt From Kim Gordon’s Memoir, Then See Her at Strand

UnknownIf you’re still kind of devastated that you weren’t there to see Broad City chat with Sleater Kinney, relax: the whole thing is online plus you’ve got another couple of chances to recoup your riot grrrl cred. First off, in an equally epic meeting of the minds, Lena Dunham is going to be chatting with Miranda July tomorrow, and somehow there are still tickets left (BAM just announced that July will be singing copies of her new novel after the event). And also: the Strand just announced that none other than Kim Gordon is coming to chat about her memoir, out in about a month.
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Brando Skyhorse, Who Was Not an Armed Robber at Age 3, Reads Tonight

Brando_Skyhorse_thumbnailSince we spoke to him last month, our buddy Brando Skyhorse hit the LA Times bestseller list and picked up a nice plug in the New York Times Book Review. But it’s the Washington Post review you should go read — because it originally described him as a three-year-old bandit.
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Novelist Brando Skyhorse Wrote a Memoir That’s Truly Stranger Than Fiction

(Photo: Kirsten O'Regan)

Brando Skyhorse at home. (Photo: Kirsten O’Regan)

If you’re always complaining about your messed-up childhood and your wacko family, then you might want to read Brando Skyhorse’s memoir, Take this Manfor some perspective. Skyhorse, whose novel The Madonnas of Echo Park earned him the 2011 PEN/Hemingway Award, grew up in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. Although entirely Mexican-American by descent, he was raised by his compulsively colorful mother (assisted by his grandmother and five successive eccentric stepfathers) to believe that he was a Native American.
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A Guide to North Brooklyn For Aspiring Twentysomething Female Memoirists

Now that you’ve read the with Ashley Cardiff, you’re probably thinking, “Hey, I’m in my 20s and all about North Brooklyn, too! How can I write a memoir. Ashley’s here to show you how.

Note: those kittens are more than just cute.

Note: those kittens are more than just cute.

So you’ve just graduated from a small liberal arts college — English major, art history minor — and the only way you can realize your ambitions of being a successful writer is paying some outlandish Brooklyn rents. Granted, you’re all of 22, have lived in no discernibly interesting way and haven’t even gained enough distance from your adult relationships to analyze them with any clarity. Most offensive of all, you’re a lady (people don’t really get outraged at dudes for writing about themselves).

…Lucky for you, though, you’re young, look great in selfies, and you’re more than willing to churn out 3,000 words about your first threesome. For those ladies who relish confessional writing as much as they love spending $12 on a jar of pickles — here’s a helpful guide from one twentysomething female writer to another.
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Ashley Cardiff On Writing About Sex, Dating, Puberty and Other Alarming Things

Ashley at her native drinking hole, Shayz Lounge (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Ashley at her native drinking hole, Shayz Lounge (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Ashley Cardiff — incisive, often hilarious voice from The Gloss — released a book this month called Night Terrors: Sex, Dating, Puberty and Other Alarming Things. As you might guess from the title, the 27-year-old Williamsburger’s essay collection recounts her experiences with sexual development and peripheral subjects like pick-up artists, pubic hair and masturbation. The stories span her time from a precocious yungun’ in California to a disillusioned editorial assistant in New York City.
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