Archive for the ‘Literature’ Category

Nyc Magnet gets a Facelift!!!

In Literature, Music on April 7, 2009 at 5:44 pm


fend magazineWe are proud to announce NYC Magnet’s transition to a new design and name is now complete.  Check it out!  Fend Magazine


On The Road

In Literature on February 10, 2009 at 9:04 am

Jack Kerouac (on the right) with Neal Cassady

One of the most influential American writers from the 20th century is Jack Kerouac, a fore-father to the Beat Generation of the 50’s where jazz, poetry, and substance experimentation were key inspirations. These components, along with friends and the cities and towns of the US of A, form Kerouac’s ever famous work.  Semi-autobiographical in nature, On The Road was written in just three weeks and upon publication in 1957 was raved and exulted as one of the clearest and most important novels of Kerouac’s generation.  

The journey begins when Dean Moriarty (said to be Neal Cassady) comes to New York City to visit Sal Paradise (Jack Kerouac) and the two venture off on what is described as “life on the road”.  Though some of the slang may be dated the story is timeless in the search for meaning of life, humanity and the trials of a passionate friendship. 

Besides inspiring countless novels and movies, On The Road serves as a flame to the inner adventurer in all of us.

Beautiful Boy

In Literature on February 4, 2009 at 2:41 pm

beautiful_boyThis is the kind of book I want to read all the time.  It’s real life at your finger tips, people striving to find meaning and truth in their lives, scraping to overcome hurdles and love that overcomes.  

“I rage against his struggle and pain and how his addiction has caused so much pain in our lives -ours,his- and I am also filled with boundless love for him, the miracle of Nic…”

Drugs have been a part of Nic’s life since he was 12, but its not until he is 18 that it becomes very obvious he has a problem.  David Scheff, Nic’s father and the author of Beautiful Boy, tells Nic’s story.  Beautiful Boy is raw and the hope and love that Scheff express for Nic is heartbreaking.  Nic’s journey takes the reader in and out of rehab, on the streets, on the run, and leaves us with a feeling of desperation to know what happens next.  From the east coast to the west coast Nic’s addiction leaves its mark on everyone in his life.  Anyone who has ever loved an addict, is an addict (recovering or using) or knows about addiction will find this book twisting and pulling at their heart over and over again.

The Know It All

In Literature on January 21, 2009 at 9:31 am

Know-It-AllTake the Ecyclopedia Britannica and condense it’s useful knowledge into a single memoir and you have The Know It All.   A.J. Jacobs decided to sit down and read Ecyclopedia’s 33,000 pages when he felt like all that he had learned throughout his educational career was being lost in every day life.  The book is cleverly written and full of knowledge not limited to the Britannica’s 32 volumes.  A.J. records how this adventure effects his relationships, seeks refuge in clubs and organizations where his new knowledge doesn’t ostracize him, and participates in Who Wants to be A Millionaire.

I Was Told There’d be Cake

In Literature on January 15, 2009 at 9:22 am

i-was-told-thered-be-cakeEssays from a local New Yorker who has the quirkiest and strangest life experiences to have ever hit a page find themselves collected and bound in I Was Told There’d be Cake.  Sloane Crosley has written essays for New York Times, Village Voice, and Salon.  Released last April 2008, I Was Told There’d be Cake is a lovable compilation of stories ranging from Sloane’s odd collection of  plastic pony’s to baking a cake in the shape of her boss’ face.  Her voice in the book is said to feel a little like David Sedaris, Carrie Bradshaw, and Dorothy Parker, but the best part about this little piece of literary brilliance is its Sloane Crosley’s.  Keep your eye out for this woman, with a debut book this good I can hardly wait for what the future brings.  Grab I was Told there’d be Cake at your nearest bookshop because your collection won’t be complete without it.