A Year of Favorites: Jason Diamond

It was cold the morning after it was announced David Bowie had died. Not surprising since I live in New York City and it happened in January. Yet I found myself standing outside my apartment around six in the morning, gym clothes on, not really dressed to be idling around. I put on The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, which I’ve listened to countless times since I was about 13, and simply referred to […]

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Encountering “The Violence of Living”: A Review of Mira Ptacin’s “Poor Your Soul”

Poor Your Soul, the debut effort from author Mira Ptacin, sets its sight on telling untold stories of women. The title, a delicious phrase taken from the idiosyncratic immigrant English of her powerful mother, signifies a complex, overlapping story of the bonds between two generations of powerful women dealing with death and the creation of life, using pain and suffering as the connective tissue. Ptacin, a native of the smaller Battle Creek, Michigan, finds herself beguiled by the glittering illusions […]

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CANCELLED EVENT: Mira Ptacin and “Poor Your Soul” at WORD Brooklyn

UPDATE: Due to circumstances beyond our control, this event has been cancelled. In their review of Mira Ptacin’s new memoir Poor Your Soul, Kirkus called it “[b]eautifully written, at just the right emotional pitch.” We’re happy to be co-hosting a Brooklyn event for Ptacin and her book at WORD in Greenpoint next month. The evening will feature readings from Mira Ptacin, Ashley C. Ford, and Alexis Coe. Afterwards, Vol.1 Brooklyn founder Jason Diamond will interview Ptacin about Poor Your Soul. […]

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