Before my debut novel GUESTLIST was actually a tangible object that people could purchase and read, I told everyone that it would be available at all the usual online book retailers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powell’s. (Hey, Powell’s, what the hell?)
But people asked, “Well, will it be available at [insert local bookstore]?”
“Oh, sure,” I said. “I’ve spoken with them, they pretty much said they’ll be ready when I’m ready.”
Turns out that hasn’t been the case.
You see, despite my being a local Brooklyn author and the claims of my neighborhood bookstores’ desires to support and showcase the work of local authors, I’ve been getting the run-around from damn near everyone.
Posted in Books, Cool Story Bro, Life, New York City, Op-Ed, Politics, Publishing, writing, WTF
Tagged Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Bed Stuy, Book Court, Brooklyn, Clinton Hill, Fort Greene, Greenlight Bookstore, GUESTLIST by Jay Fingers, Hanson Dry, Hue-Man Bookstore, Jay Fingers, Powell's, Word Brooklyn, You've Got Mail
First, I need y’all to udnerstand something. I am currently blogging from a bar. From a motherfucking bar. And not that cute, mobile-style blogging via the WordPress app (which is pretty fucking boss, btw). I’ve got my MacBook Air out on a dirty table, hammering shit out while sipping on a Blue Point and surrounded by Fort Greene’s finest barflies. I love my life.
Anyway, in an effort to vlog more, I decided to to post this short video I filmed earlier today. It truly serves no purpose. It’s aimless, it’s random, but at least you get to hear my mellifluous voice. Enjoy.
Posted in Cool Story Bro, humor, Life, New York City, Random, Video, Writers
Tagged Brooklyn, Clinton Hill, Fort Greene, Jay Fingers, MacBook Air, The Alibi, video, Wordpress, Wordpress for iOS, youtube
Yesterday, a small gathering of friends convened at an undisclosed location in Brooklyn for The First & Only Mac & Cheese Throwdown, or what I’ve decided to call The Fort Green Smack & Cheese Competition. The competition arose due to “a lot of smack talkin’ by a lot of folks” and the winner would walk away with bragging rights.
There were three entrants: my friends Cynthia, Jonathan, and Sean. Each person prepared unique and delicious takes on the dish. Dishes were judged on three official criteria (taste, presentation, innovation) and one unofficial (comfort). So, who won? Hell, if you ask me, since those in attendance were fortunate enough to taste each offering, we were all winners.
Oh, but you want to know who won the competition? Well, just check out the video above. Then hit the jump for additional photos. Continue reading
Posted in Cool Story Bro, Drink, Event, food, humor, Life, New York City, Party, Pics, Random Cool, Ratchet, Video
Tagged Brooklyn, Fort Greene, Moe's Bar Family, The First & Only Mac & Cheese Throwdown, The Fort Green Smack & Cheese Competition
Last night, a gaggle of friends and I converged on Fort Greene resto Olea to drink, dine, and have a good time. Thanks to the innumerable vodka tonics I’d been sipping on, I have no recollection of what time I left.
I do, however, recall the delicious tapas we indulged in, especially the sangria marinated hanger steak. I’m talking four to six pieces of grilled-to-perfection meat topped with sherry vinegar-picked red onions, extra virgin olive oil, and parsley. Nomtastic! Kudos to the kitchen staff.
Nothing to see here, just a couple of recent shots of me, having fun with the Family at Olea Mediterranean Taverna in Fort Greene.
Saw this piece on the side of a stoop on Lafayette Avenue earlier today. Don’t know why but it made me stop and really study it for a while. It’s pretty dope if you ask me.
There’s a reason I chose I Don’t Want To Think About It Right Now by Livingroom Johnston as Most Underrated Book. The author is a close personal friend of mine, and he is undeniably talented. Not only is he a brilliant weaver of words, the man is a spectacular artist. His Dali-esque paintings have the power to pull you into a world both surreal and expressionistic.
We’re not here to discuss Johnston’s paintings, but I bring them up because I want you to understand how ridiculously gifted this young man is. He’s one of the very few Black writers who’ve actually taken the time to sit and speak with me and offer some type of guidance and support in my own career. (That’s a topic for later discussion.) Yet for some reason, I don’t think that many people know or recognize his literary talent.
When I was first introduced to Johnston, we talked about I Don’t Want To Think About It Right Now as well as five previous books he’d written and created—by hand. Yes, that’s right. This industrious brother wrote five books—reprinting and binding copies by himself, by hand, at Kinko’s—and sold them out of his briefcase. When approached with a publishing deal, he wrote I Don’t Want To Think … in just three days. Continue reading
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Tagged 30 Day Book Challenge, Books, Brooklyn, Complex, Fort Greene, I Don't Want To Think About It Right Now, Kinko's, Livingroom Johnston, Mass Appeal, Mos Def, Salvador Dali, writers