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Tuesday
Nov152011

Cool Or Not Cool: Asking the Brooklyn Museum to Pull Crucifix Video?

An exhibition called “Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture,” opens later this week at the Brooklyn Museum, and includes a video by David Wojnarowicz that's got the Brooklyn Dioceses’s collars in a bunch.

The video includes a 12 second clip of ants crawling over a wooden crucifix. Last week Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio wrote a letter to the big wigs at the museum asking it not be included because it’s “offensive to many people of faith.” The Brooklyn Museum denied the request (unlike the pansies at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery last year). Though upset that the show will go on uncensored, the Catholic League has stated they will not protest the grand opening. How nice of them. 

 

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Tuesday
Nov152011

Meet Park Slope's very own plagiarist!

[Rachel Day, The NY Daily News]

Quentin Rowan is not a fan of Jonathan Safran Foer. As a writer himself trying to make it big, Rowan grew "disillusioned" watching "wunderkind writers" like Foer make it big. "Nothing would up happening with anything I'd done," he told The NY Daily News. "There was a bunch of books by people who were technically my peers that felt showy and one-note. Maybe I had to dumb it down."

So Rowan decided to switch it up. While working at The Community Bookstore of Park Slope, he started paying attention to the types of books that customers were snatching up. Like thriller novels. These were doing so well that Rowan started reading them pretty seriously. Eventually, he was writing his own thriller novel between shifts at the bookstore. On Tuesday, November 3, 2011, Quentin Rowan's dream came true: he published his very first spy novel. Written under Rowan's pseudonym, Q. R. Markham, Assassin of Secrets graced the very shelves that surrounded him throughout his research and writing process.

But not for long.

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Monday
Nov142011

Brooklyn Navy Yard - Then and Now 

The Brooklyn Navy Yard has been home to a military base, a massive ship manufacturing center, numerous factories and in the last five years, a world class movie and tv studio. But unless you worked at any of those places at some point in the last, oh, 200 years - you weren't able to get it. All that's changed now that the Yard has been openned to the public -- complete with a new visitors center. If you haven't been, I highly recommend a trip. The extent of the space in incredible -- repleat with grand homes that once houses naval admiralty, a network of roads and streets, and all manner of post-industial decay. To get you started, here's a great online gallery of some current pictures as well as images from the storied history of the Yard. Enjoy.

Monday
Nov142011

Brokelyn Provides List of Brooklyn Abortion Clinics

The subject of abortion will always. Be. Controversial. Whatever your thoughts are on the matter, it's important that women know where they can go should they choose this route after becoming pregnant. Our friends at Brokelyn put together a list of various medical centers in Brooklyn, along with what procedures are offered and for how much. 

 

 

Monday
Nov142011

Hey, Park Slope Parents: Bebes LURVE Satan

Park Slope Metalheads rejoice! This past Friday, Black Sabbath, the veritable fathers of heavy metal, announced that the original line-up is reuniting for their first tour in almost 15 years, which will be accompanied by their first album in 33 years --- an album to be helmed by super-producer Rick Rubin. Given that Ozzy Osbourne's ability to stand, let alone survive a world tour is questionable at best, it could either be the rockinist shit ever or an absolute train wreck.

Regardless of the eventual outcome, I was SUPER PSYCHED about the announcement. On Friday night I was at a friend's house & in charge of the music, and decided I was in the mood for a lil' Sabbath. Since "War Pigs" is my jam, I started up Spotify & searched for it. To my surprise, I couldn't find a straight-up version of the song. There was a "basement tape" version, a live version, an Ozzy-only version and the badass Faith No More cover. Black Sabbath's Paranoid, which leads off with "War Pigs," was curiously absent.

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