This is meta: the Los Angeles Review Of Books is celebrating the New York Review Of Books’ fiftieth anniversary with an interview with founder Robert Silvers. Check it out, bookies!
Book Stand has a lot of new releases out that you should check out. Among them? Introducing The LIves Of Others, a book about places people live from around New York and Paris and more. Please to have this on my eyes.
Writer and cartoonist and generally funny person Lisa Hanawalt will be at Skylight Books on June 3 to read and sign her book My Dirty Dumb Eyes. The book sounds fabulous and hysterical so you should all try to see this.
The great thing about a downturn, recession or La Crise (nomenclature dependant on your country of origin, mindset or state of denial) is the freedom to do what you’ve always wanted to do. There is no stability left. No career paths (unless you’re intent on medicine or the law, two pretty-recession-resistant areas even in a global meltdown). Yes, you might have to suck it up and get a nasty day job. But for the rest of your waking hours, the horizon is yours, so go and get a (creative) Life.
Of course it helps to have a plan. And this is where Eleanor Whitney’s book, GROW, out this month, proves both instructive and deeply inspiring. It is full of lists to get you started, practical tips from proven entrepreneurs and helpful notes on legalities, funding, getting a good relationship with money and how to break up (gently) with your business partners if it all goes pear-shaped. Because DIY is actually a sensible way to live when all the societal structures that underpinned Corporations are now crumbling.
There is a fantastic article on the Los Angeles Review Of Books by Alex Jung that dissects and analyzes RuPaul’s Drag Race. It is an excellent high/low, intellectual/accessible piece that any fan of the show–and any queer–should read.