Kids Live In Brooklyn But Our Party Is In Manhattan (2008-05-23 14:57:58)

Wow, how banal is it that I keep talking about how old I am? I’m 40. But I used to be 30, and before that I was 20. The other night I went to see Ariana Reines, beloved 20-something, in the completely post-feminist context of the Poetry Brothel, at which she was the “new girl.” This in Bushwick, Brooklyn, where I had never been before though I grew up on 21st Street, in Chelsea. And the next day found me in deepest Greenpoint, at the East Coast Aliens venue for all-day poetry. I was really struck, over my whole weekend in Brooklyn, at how different things are nowadays in NYC; it’s not just that “everyone lives in Brooklyn,” as back in the days when I was starting Fence (when I was 30) and everyone lived in Brooklyn but parties and events still took place in Manhattan, with everyone trundling back to the boroughs afterward. Now it’s really like people LIVE in Brooklyn, and eat and drink and read and go out in Brooklyn. Maybe this happened five years ago and everyone knows it already. Also striking was how, at the Poetry Brothel event, everyone looked like a recent arrival from the Soviet Bloc, and danced with great earnestness and unselfconsciousness and freedom to the Jazz Age music served up by the band whose name I can’t find the name of but who featured two female lead singers who were channeling Bessie Smith with great success. Kids were literally jitterbugging and doing the Charleston.

But come one, come all to our party in Manhattan to celebrate the release of Jibade-Khalil Huffman‘s 19 Names For Our Band:

Tuesday, May 27, 2008


6:15pm – 9:10pm


Taxter and Spengemann Gallery


504 West 22nd Street (just off 10th ave.)


New York, NY

short readings
Free Booze
cheap books

plus old soul records played by Xaviera Simmons

3 thoughts on “Kids Live In Brooklyn But Our Party Is In Manhattan

  1. Yes. Fence does kind of seem like it’s run by 40-somethings, these days. What I mean by that is that I don’t really like Fence much anymore. It seems bland and watery. Good luck!

    -Micky Blodgett

  2. Thanks for your kind wishes. Being edited by members of the petite bourgeoisie it totally makes sense that the mag will reflect appropriate generational differences in taste/preoccupation/affect. I think a lot about what to plant in my yard.

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