Posts Tagged ‘literature’

The Protagonist: Local Poet Alexander Norelli Says Be a Shameless Entrepreneur

Written by Alissa Fleck on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive

Self-publishing is not a “low-brow thing,” but a “way to get your ideas into the world” In my last column, I featured a group of poets trying to kickstart their way to literary benevolence by way of crowd-funding platform Kickstarter. No sooner had I published my column than I heard of a local poet and [&hellip
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The Protagonist: Kickstart Your Literary Endeavor by Chancing on the Goodwill of Other Artsy Types

Written by Alissa Fleck on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive

Kickstarter is a pretty neat product of the crowd-funding-platform movement. It relies on people’s generosity, a collective undying love of one-of-a-kind craftiness and the simple prayer that an inclination toward Kickstarter fatigue will never prevail over the optimism of hopeful artists and niche art appreciators everywhere. Kickstarter is one of those truly unequivocally great things [&hellip
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The Protagonist: Life Lessons Gleaned From Learning to Read [Poetry]

Written by Alissa Fleck on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive

Don’t over think it if you don’t have to. Recently I’ve been thinking of something I’ve often heard people say when describing the process of engaging with particularly complex or esoteric poetry. “Let it wash over you.” What does this mean exactly? It means not trying to understand every word or phrase or how it [&hellip
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Dying Breeds: Upper West Side Book Store Holds Out

Written by Joanna Fantozzi on . Posted in News West Side Spirit, West Side Spirit

Customer Richard Cline browses the shelves at Westsider Books. Bibliophiles keep Westsider Books open for business in a changing retail climate Westsider Books has the musty smell and sense of disarray that a used book store should have. Books pile high in every corner, even crowding the narrow staircase to the second floor. For owner Dorian Thornley, his store is the only game in [&hellip
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The Rise of the Book Trailer

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Picture 2 Will trailers replace literary reviews any time soon? If the book and movie industries have their way, they just might. By Ben Crompton A gangster is shot down by his best friend, bullets fly, and liters of animated blood spill on the pavement. Movie trailer? Nope. Video game? Guess again. At the end of the [&hellip
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The Protagonist: What Happens When You Write Something You Regret?

Written by Alissa Fleck on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive

This week alone has been laced with the immense public fallout and regret of bad career moves. Lance Armstrong finally came clean to the nation about his snowballing history of doping, while it also came to light that not only did Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o’s girlfriend not die of leukemia, she never existed in [&hellip
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The Protagonist: DJ Fancy Mike’s Post-Graduate, Intercontinental, Pop Culture Fever Dream

Written by Alissa Fleck on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive

“How big of a f*** would I have to be to reference my own novella?” –DJ Fancy Mike After months of dedicated badgering, The Protagonist finally tracked down the elusive Mike Kleine, also known as DJ Fancy Mike, to discuss his 2012 novella Mastodon Farm. We began our conversation over Facebook chat, which is possibly [&hellip
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The Protagonist: Most Reasonable Resolution? Learn to Bounce Back from Failure

Written by Alissa Fleck on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive, Uncategorized

Mark Baumer’s resolution was 50 shades of absurd…or was it? Mark Baumer, of Providence, RI, is a literary inspiration of sorts. Baumer wrote 50 books this past year, which is an impressive feat if only for his steadfast dedication to the task. It didn’t start out so straightforward though. Indeed, it started out with a [&hellip
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The Protagonist: Very Important Predictions for the Literary World in 2013

Written by Alissa Fleck on . Posted in News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

This Is Your Story Ebook sales will continue to spike now that Digital Book World has officially changed the spelling from “e-book” to “ebook.” Self-publishing will be more of the norm and less about vanity as the proverbial literary pie continues to bloat. (Self-published books will even be seen on some major Top 10 lists.) We’ll burn out on [&hellip
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The Protagonist: Keara Driscoll Serves up Pork and Poetry in Brooklyn

Written by Alissa Fleck on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive

Occasionally The Protagonist briefly profiles the work and life of a local artist; this is one of those times.  Brooklynite Keara Driscoll waitresses by day and writes poetry…well, whenever she has a spare moment to jot down her thoughts on the scrap of paper she keeps in her pocket. Driscoll has been writing poetry in [&hellip
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