Fiona Maazel and Peter Trachtenberg
Pete's Candy Store
Thursday, May 16, 7:30 p.m., free
In reality we've already got G-, Facebook-, Skype-, and every other type of non-synchronous chat option imaginable, but Fiona Maazel's new novel explores a more extreme quick-fix remedy for feeling alone. The pr ... More >>
Ah, the Brooklyn Book Festival, a five-year-old, free, all-day blowout of panels, readings, and extraordinary quasi-literary happenings, where you might see, say, Ian MacKaye complaining about people who say "just type it in" when they mean "Google it." (On a panel with Thurston Moore and Lup ... More >>
Pic by Lina Lecaro.Ordinarily we here at SOTC have no great love for or interest in Coachella, given its considerable distance from... us. But monitoring the web chatter throughout the weekend was somewhat enjoyable anyway -- Sunday night's news that Phoenix's set was way, way better attended ... More >>
So the Beasties aren't playing All Points West, and in their place Jay-Z is playing All Points West, and if that's not an even trade, musically speaking, then who knows what an even trade is, really. But parotid cancer is a grim diagnosis, and the Beastie Boys are the home team, and so it seems li ... More >>
Those seeking free cultural stimulation this fine evening are advised to consider Galapagos' launch party for New Yorker big-shot/rock-criticism enthusiast/freewheeling humorist Ben Greenman's first novel, Please Step Back, which I discuss in a great deal more detail here. Ben will chat with New Yor ... More >>
In this week's Village Voice Music Section, Rob Harvilla takes a trip to the r&b salt mines with Ciara and Chrisette Michelle.
Edd Hurt on Bob Dylan's Together Through Life, during most of which Dylan apparently carries a gun.
Justin Farrar laments the end of USA Is a Monster.
Brad Cohan anticipa ... More >>
Is it Trekalicious? Or Trek Jerky? Robert Wilonsky weighs in on the Star Trek movie, in which Spock is a "tormented youth in revolt." Ward Sutton does the funny cartoon version.
We're accustomed to think of William Thompson as Mr. Clean. But he's a friend of William Howell, and as city comptrol ... More >>
New Yorker writer Ben Greenman's new novel Please Step Back is, in the tradition of Jonathan Lethem's You Don't Love Me Yet or DeLillo's Great Jones Street, a rock n' roll fantasy about a "funk rock" star plausibly named Rock Foxx. In the book, which is due out next week, Greenman bravely ventured s ... More >>