• Hello, Beloved City Hello, dear city. Hello, dear coast. Ten years ago we were in New York, the city. Living & breathing the awesome. Going back with strollers & fussy kiddos during a rainy steamy summer day was a huge shot of reality, but it was soul food to be back none the less. We drove in late, got […] Literary Man 0 Comments July 26, 2018
  • Literary Home for Sale Cheever once wrote, “It was one of those midsummer Sundays when everyone sits around saying, “I drank too much last night.” If you happen to share a moment with Cheever’s characters and are in a Sunday Funday kind of mood needing to have a hair-of-the-dog-drink-to-kill-that-hangover, it might be worth your while to throw back a […] Verbal Vixen 0 Comments August 15, 2014
  • I Still Love You New York Last summer, we left the city of New York. Our Cherokee (the old boxy type, hurriedly but lovingly bought in a crowded lot in Long Island) was loaded down with precious cargo- things too special to load into the moving truck. A note from translator Gregory Rabassa inscribed into Cortazar’s HOPSCOTCH, my  grandmother’s demitasse cups. […] Verbal Vixen 0 Comments August 12, 2014
  • A Literary Map of Manhattan The New York Times Book Review has created A Literary Map of Manhattan: an interactive site where you can roam freely to discover where characters from your favorite New York City novels “lived, worked, played, drank, walked, and  looked at ducks.” Once you’ve discovered where exactly, from the northern tip of the island to the […] Verbal Vixen 0 Comments September 17, 2012
  • 1926 Great Gatsby Trailer: Only Surviving Footage In the tradition of past postings,  I offer you this remarkable trailer for the 1926 film rendition of The Literary Man’s favorite novel. Yours, ~ EP theepicpoet 0 Comments August 22, 2012
  • Art and Martinis: These Are the Prettiest Walls of New York Last night, after dining with legendary translator Gregory Rabassa and his most lovely wife Clementine in the heat of our New York Summer, we needed to find a place where we could process all that we had seen and heard. Professor Rabassa had been lively and  witty, full of praise for Proust, Thomas Mann, and of […] Verbal Vixen 0 Comments August 10, 2012
  • Inside Coney Island’s Decrepit Movie Palace Constantly Risking Absurdity (#15) In CONEY ISLAND OF THE MIND by Lawrence Ferlinghetti: Constantly risking absurdity/ and death/ whenever he performs/ above the heads/ of his audience/ the poet like an acrobat/ climbs on rime/ to a high wire of his own making/ and balancing on eyebeams/ above a sea of faces/ paces his way/ […] Verbal Vixen 0 Comments August 3, 2012
  • John Carpenter’s “Escape From New York” (1981) Reviewed 31 Years Later “There are two kinds of people in this world: Those who are attracted by the idea of a man named *Snake* going into the post-apocalyptic prison colony of New York to rescue the President from a neo-barbarian prison gang led by Issac Hayes, and those who are not. You know who you are.” I saw […] Literary Man 0 Comments July 25, 2012
  • Marilyn Monroe is Hot in the City It’s hot in the city, but Marilyn Monroe is hotter, and if you hurry you can catch Lawrence Schiller’s stunning and intimate photographs until June 30th. The exhibit, located at the Steven Kasher Gallery on West 23rd Street in New York, includes fifty prints, some newly discovered, of the iconic lady. We love the addition of contact […] Verbal Vixen 0 Comments June 20, 2012
  • Rockaway Taco: Seriously the BEST If you live in the great metropolis that is New York City, you are a lucky soul. In addition to the unending list of reasons we’ve discussed before, we have just discovered the most delicious, delectable, mind boggling fish taco in New York. It’s  accessible by subway! It’s super cheap! It’s in Rockaway Beach, Queens and you […] Verbal Vixen 0 Comments June 19, 2012