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

Brando Skyhorse, Who Was Not an Armed Robber at Age 3, Reads Tonight

Since 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.

Novelist Brando Skyhorse Wrote a Memoir That’s Truly Stranger Than Fiction

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 Man, for 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 … Continue reading Novelist Brando Skyhorse Wrote a Memoir That’s Truly Stranger Than Fiction

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. So you’ve just graduated from a small liberal arts college — English major, art history minor — and the only way … Continue reading A Guide to North Brooklyn For Aspiring Twentysomething Female Memoirists

Ashley Cardiff On Writing About Sex, Dating, Puberty and Other Alarming Things

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 … Continue reading Ashley Cardiff On Writing About Sex, Dating, Puberty and Other Alarming Things