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Behind the Longreads

Last night at Housing Works Bookstore, a dear dear dear writerly friend¹ and I went to the New York magazine Behind the Longreads panel. I usually turn into a pesky toddler squirming in their seat waiting for the moment of the final applause. However, this panel was fantastic.

The moderator was NYmag’s editor-in-chief and the panel consisted of 3 writers who published articles in the magazine in the past year. Because I had already read the articles, I found it particularly interesting to hear from the writers themselves about how much work and time goes into researching and writing the pieces. One of the writers said that his original draft was 50, 000 words! But it had to be trimmed to 10, 000 for the magazine.

Below are the writers and the articles they discussed:


¹FRIEND PLUG ALERT! My dear dear dear writerly friend is amazing. Her works has appeared in various publications including The Believer, Symphony, Forward. All of her articles for the New Yorker’s Book Bench are available in their archives.

Housing Works Bookstore

courtesy of NYU Local

Whenever my Brooklyn Mamma visits Manhattan, we always make a trip to her old stomping grounds in Soho. Somehow my mother has never made it to one of my favorite bookstores in the city, Housing Works. As part of a larger non-profit organization to assist those living with HIV/AIDS, all of the proceeds of the bookstore go to this noble cause.

The used bookstore itself is beautiful. It has high ceilings with a second level and was most likely a former industrial space. In the back is a small cafe with tasty coffee and wine. All of the employees are volunteers and a pleasure to chat with. Once a month, they take 30% off store-wide and for the month of December, every day is 10% off.

Seriously, this bookstore has so many great finds. They have a HUGE literature section and have wonderfully organized their other sections like, history, psychology, horror, etc.

I made out with a couple of great finds (both paperbacks): Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson [$3]  and a novel I’ve never heard of but stuck out to me because of the subject matter which I will gift to a friend, Orpheus Lost by Janette Turner Hospital [$7.50]. Also, as a congratulatory gift, my mother bought me an old book of German poetry from the 19th and early 20th Centuries for a $1 in honor of recent news about  the translation project I am working on. My project sponsor has decided to send me back to Germany next year!

Housing Works is great to stroll around in for an hour or to meet a friend for coffee and a fresh knish. Once a year, they also have a marathon reading of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

126 Crosby Street, New York, NY