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Artists & Musicians Host Benefit Rebuild Red Hook, Brooklyn

Authors and musicians are coming together for a benefit that will raise money to rebuild Red Hook, a water-front community in Brooklyn that was badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

Novelist/journalist Kurt Andersen will host the event, which is called “Defiance: A Literary Benefit to Rebuild Red Hook,” and will take place on November 14th at Littlefield at 7pm. Musicians Steve Earle and Stew will perform and novelists Joseph O’Neill, Sam Lipsyte, and Rivka Galchen will do readings, as will non-fiction writers Phillip Lopate, Chuck Klosterman, Philip Gourevitch, Meghan O’Rourke, Deborah Baker, and Robert Sullivan will also participate.

Tickets for the event cost $50, and can be purchased at this link. All proceeds from the event will be split between two charities who are helping to rebuild Red Hook post-Sandy — Red Hook Initiative and Restore Red Hook.

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NY Times to End Stand-Alone City Section; Writers Mourn

5101TH8JJTL._SL500_AA240_.jpgThe NY Times will soon close the stand-alone City Section–home to quirky, elegant essays about different corners of the city. In a NY Observer article, writers around the country mourned the passing including Thomas Beller, Sloane Crosley, and David Hajdu.

While the stand-alone section is gone, some of the reporting will be included in the paper’s Metro section. Many of these great stories were collected in “New York Stories: The Best of the City Section of the New York Times,” which can be found here.

Author Phillip Lopate had strong feelings about the section: “The prose style was on a higher level than that kind of excessively casual, ‘We’re all fascinated with rap stars’ kind of writing …. Part of the problem is, looking at it from a larger perspective, that The Times has so much talent in these slightly older editors. They’re just so scared of a graying demographic that they keep wanting to get younger and hipper.”