At the Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn Thursday night, during a party for the paperback release of Teddy Wayne’s The Love Song of Jonny Valentine, which featured a gaggle of comic readers—Jesse Eisenberg, the Moth’s Dan Kennedy, Simon Rich—in addition to Mr. Wayne, the conversation turned briefly to the PEN party at the bookstore the previous evening. Comedian and newly minted author B.J. Novak had made an appearance then, puffing out the Brooklyn literati’s plumage enough that this evening’s celebrity cameo, the McSweeney’s author and recently announced Lex Luthor, Mr. Eisenberg, was treated as par for the course.
Want to read Larry David’s first-ever Shouts and Murmurs? Of course you do. It’s ostensibly about golf, which is something everybody hates, but is more about Larry David, something everybody loves. “I felt liberated, not unlike the way I felt when my wife left me, except this time I didn’t take up skipping.” [The New Yorker]
Another Simon Says
As the authors Sloane Crosley, Larry Doyle, Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Simon Rich sat perched on tall green chairs in front of a full audience in Bryant Park Wednesday afternoon, the host of the event, comedian Tom Shillue, laid down some ground rules.
After each of the authors read from their respective books there would be Read More
When I interviewed novelist and SNL writer for each of them, and Mr. Rich attributes the success of the episode to the 88-year-old’s surprising liveliness.
“We were nervous on Monday because the show is exhausting for anybody,” Mr. Rich said of his first day working with Ms. White. “We Read More
When Simon Rich was growing up and walking around the streets of New York he was always afraid of an air conditioner falling on his head.
“I still walk closer to the curb because I’m sure that’s going to happen,” the 26-year-old novelist SNL writer said over iced coffee last week.
For Mr. Rich, whose Read More
It’s not bad being Simon Rich–son of Frank Rich, SNL writer, novelist, and now screenwriter.
The Hollywood Reporter says that Up in the Air director Jason Reitman has purchased the movie writes to Elliot Allagash, the comic novel of high school misadventures that Rich published this spring. Rich will adapt the book; Read More
People certainly seem very excited about this Lost finale this weekend, don’t they? Very well. However, we are more excited about sitting around outside, and hoping that AccuWeather’s unreliability works in our favor where Sunday showers are concerned. Did you know that the Hudson River Park is Manhattan’s largest park after Central Park? It is! Read More
THE PLACES: 1. Tea Lounge 2. Press 195 3. Perch Café 4. Ozzie’s 5. Brooklyn Public Library 6. Brooklyn Writers Space 7. 826NYC 8. Brooklyn Reading Works/ Old Stone House 9. Brooklyn Lyceum 10. Prospect Park 11. Pete’s Candy Store 12. Sunny’s 13. Pacific Standard 14. Moe’s 15. Community Bookstore 16. BookCourt 17. Heights Read More
On Jan. 26, at the Congress Centre in Davos, Switzerland, New York Times publisher Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr. is scheduled to make his debut among the international power elite of the annual World Economic Forum.
This year’s Davos gathering, the 25th since the forum was founded in 1971, has the theme “The Creative Imperative.” It’s Read More