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QueenieBy Candice Carty-Williams(Gallery/Scout Press) A necessary addition to the literary canon, Candice Carty-Williams’ fiction debut Queenie widens the lens of the Black woman’s experience to include an international perspective. The novel tells the story of the titular character, Queenie, a Jamaican-Brit writer in her mid 20s, who completely disregards the notion “when you know better, you do better.” Speaking to the hearts of quirky-yet-messy women everywhere who are trying to find themselves, Queenie is recovering from a “break” from a long-term relationship in the only direction...
  Doxology: A NovelBy Nell Zink(Ecco) Spanning three decades and two generations, Nell Zink’s latest novel opens on New York’s Lower East Side with Pam, Daniel, and Joe, a trio of bandmates struggling to make it in the punk scene circa 1990. As the decade progresses, the band’s dynamic does, too: Pam and Daniel have a baby, and Joe finds success as a solo musician. Then tragedy hits New York on September 11, 2001. Post 9/11, the bulk of Doxology follows Pam and Daniel’s daughter, Flora, as...
Lara Prior-Palmer was surfing the internet when she discovered the Mongol Derby: “a 1,000-kilometer race on twenty-five wild ponies…that mimicked Chinggis Khan’s postal system but seemed from afar more like a perfect hodgepodge of Snakes and Ladders and the Tour de France on unknown bicycles.” A year out of high school and straining for something lifelike to sink her teeth into, she’d been dreaming of going to Kyrgyszstan, anyway—“…long-maned ponies streaming over green steppes, space poured wide and free…”—and here was a way to get...

Now that we’re right in the middle of August, it’s the perfect time to celebrate the end of summer with a nice cool drink and a great book—or maybe a great new song, too. Here are some of our recommendations this week. MOVIES/TV  Where’d You Go, Bernadette Based on Maria Semple’s bestselling novel, Where’d You Go, Bernadette is a mystery/comedy/drama film about a mother who disappears—and her daughter’s quest to find her. In theaters August 16. This Way Up Irish comedian Aisling Bea is coming to Hulu (and America!) with her new...
The best one-sentence description of The Art of Self-Defense I have managed to conjure up is “Fight Club, but directed by Yorgos Lanthimos.” It takes place in a completely generic 1990s-era town, where the dog food in the grocery store is literally labeled a brandless “Dog Food,” where the protagonist’s home answering machine informs him that he has “only” one new message, while a news anchor blithely recommends protecting oneself with a gun or large knife while out in public. The Art of Self-Defense pulls no punches. (There’s the...
  Lulu Wang’s second feature The Farewell is also the second version of the story that Wang deems as “based on a true lie.’ The plotline of The Farewell brings Wang’s real life to the silver screen where she is faced with keeping quiet about her grandmother Nai Nai’s terminal illness diagnosis. Wang initially told this story on NPR’s “This American Life” podcast, the episode was titled “What You Don’t Know” where Wang and her family members help narrate and share their feelings about the lie....
  Actor, performance artist, feminist, and activist, Penny Arcade, will be reprising "Longing Lasts Longer" every Tuesday evening in August at Joe's Pub. This funny, poignant, and thought provoking piece speaks to the reality of the gentrification of New York City and the new political correctness which has taken over what was once a thriving Bohemian enclave. Penny explains it all with a unique and heartfelt take on what's gone down in the big apple in the last 50 plus years. If you're in the NYC...

This weekend, Simone Biles made history—twice. When Biles arrived in Kansas City, MO for the 2019 US Gymnastics Championships, she already had 5 all-around title medals at home. And arguably, even before she took a step inside the stadium, she’d already established herself as the most talented competitor in all of gymnastics. At this year’s national championship, Biles reminded us why that designation is so fitting. In a history-making moment on Friday, Biles stuck a double-double dismount (two twists and two flips) to finish off her beam...
  With her first lead role in the all-Asian dramatic film, The Farewell, Awkwafina is showcasing a different side of her talents after years as a comedic rapper and actor. Here, she discusses her alter ego, her favorite cat videos, and why her grandma is her best friend  TUCKED AWAY IN the historic L.A. neighborhood of Echo Park, next door to Don Draper’s fictional childhood home on Mad Men and blocks away from the Charmed set, Awkwafina and I chat on the top level of a Victorian...

 As if you didn’t need another reason to throw your money at the ACLU, Dylan Hundley and Diane Gentile (of Lulu Lewis and Diane and the Gentle Men respectively) got together to give you one. This Thursday (August 15th), Bowery Electric and a plethora of awesome performers are teaming up to help support the ACLU’s fight for abortion rights (aka women’s rights!!) and debut Diane's newest release. Appropriately titled Season of the Witch, the night will feature Alexis Krauss (Sleigh Bells), Cristina Martinez (Boss Hog/Pussy Galore),...