Brooklyn Bugle Book Club: “The Woman Upstairs,” A Novel by Claire Messud

Women’s anger is an uncertain thing. It’s deserved, but sometimes we hold back from expressing it. Nora Eldridge, the narrator of Claire Messud’s gripping 2013 novel “The Woman Upstairs” has certainly earned her anger. Nora is a school teacher – she teaches third graders – a career she came to after her first career, as [...]

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Tell the Bartender Episode 32: A Series Of Firsts

Listen to Episode 32: A Series Of Firsts Download From iTunes Here In this Episode: Evan Davis recalls the first time he did comedy, had sex, and got drunk. This did not all happen in one night. Coree Spencer tells us about the first time she moved out of her house due to impossible circumstances, and found […]
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Brooklyn Bugle Book Club: “Vernon Downs” a novel by Jaime Clarke

Pity poor Charlie Martens. Since his parents died without making adequate provision for him, Charlie bounced from relative to relative until he wound up at Glendale Community College, in Arizona, studying creative writing. He has never learned to plan; he just improvises until he’s out of moves. Every few years he reinvents himself in a [...]

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REMARKABLE INFORMATION! Baseball is Back, Staples an’ all!

Recently, a rather stunning headline in the sports pages caught my eye: “Aroldis Chapman Has a Head Full of Staples!” cried the scribe.  What a gorgeous sentence (though I will confess I have added the exclamation point, because it adds a certain visual beauty and aural panache to an already splendid phrase). Ah, such true [...]

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Brooklyn Heights Cinema Owner: We’re Not Moving Until We Have To

The New York Daily News covers the Brooklyn Heights Cinema’s successful Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for digital projection. Owner Kenn Lowy addresses the question on everyone’s mind – will the theater have to move soon as its landlord is looking to sell (for $7.5 million) or lease (for $30K/month) the building. NYDN: The theater [...]
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With Apologies to Walt Whitman, an Opening Day Poem for Derek Jeter [VIDEO]

Just in time for Opening Day, Yankee fans from Brooklyn Heights and beyond wax poetic about Captain Derek Jeter in a revamped version of Walt Whitman’s “O Captain! My Captain!” directed by BHB’s Heather Quinlan. (Who would like it to be known that she is a Mets fan.) Featuring scenes from Brooklyn Bridge Park, Grace [...]
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Brooklyn Bugle Book Club: “Flyover Lives: A Memoir” by Diane Johnson

With “Flyover Lives” Diane Johnson, author of “Le Divorce” and many other books and articles, has added a distinctive memoir to her collection. Johnson has lived in London, Paris and California, so it comes as a surprise to learn that she grew up in Moline, Illinois, on the banks of the Mississippi a few hours [...]

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REMARKABLE INFORMATION! Facts, facts, facts!!!

Hello, Princesses and Princes in this, the most Kingly of Counties! Ah, yes, if you were kind enough to visit me in this space last week you may have noticed that, ah, um, I went a little Margot Kidder on you all!  And if you were in the vicinity of Henry and Joralemon Streets last [...]

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