This year I’m being careful to call this post “The best books I read” as opposed to simply “the best books” because, as in any year, I didn’t read every major title that came out. I can’t say that the few titles on my list are the best books that came out this year, because there are so many that I didn’t read. And in fact many of those that I skipped were the most hyped, award-winning, ballyhooed books that […]
New York is home to far too many struggling musicians, but even within that world, far too many of them are white rappers just out of college. And sometimes it seems like they’re concentrated in Brooklyn, though it certainly isn’t hard to find struggling lyricists handing out CDs on the street corners of Midtown. They post flyers, create Facebook events for small-time gigs, and aspire to the fame of an Asher Roth, or Mac Miller, or Sammy Adams… the list […]
“Look how big it is… and it’s not a DVD store. And it’s not an Apple store!” That was Ken Calhoun, a writer and professor at nearby Lasalle College, remarking over the spacious new digs of Newtonville Books, which had its grand opening last Thursday night in Newton Centre (the name will stay the same).