Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Absolute Must Read




To be released on March 25th 2008. The press release states: "Lately someone has been laying waste to Brooklyn's uber-hipsters, dispatching them in gruesome fashion. Before the week is over, they'll be up to their skinny-jean waists in mayhem, manipulation, contract killers, raw sewage, and murderous monkeys. Something is rotten in the state of Billyburg, and the last hipsters standing will discover just how rotten it really is." Sweet perfection, can't wait.

Here is an excerpt of an interview by The Gothamist with the author:

What Williamsburg bars and restaurants are in the book?
While I didn't name check any bars, restaurants outright, I did base all of the locales in my book on real places. There is a very Barcade-like bar in the novel called Arcadia. Another bar I called Bossy's is modeled on Enid's, among others. "Royal Delhi" (in Park Slope in the book) is based on Williamsburg's Taj Mahal (North 5th). The Getty gas station on Union makes an appearance (though I spruced it up a bit). Some places I just made up.
Are the characters based on anyone you know?
Yeah. They all are. Though most of the characters in the book are amalgamations of people I've met. I took some of the wilder aspects of people I know and added fictional layers - saddled the lab rat with a career as a pornographer, the feminist knitter with macular degeneration. Interestingly enough, a character in the book that some readers have found the least believable is the one most closely based on a real person. Funny.

How did you research for the book?
Honestly, I didn't do much. Most of the research I did do was for terminology - primarily the paleontology stuff. I read a lot. Devour books and magazines. Much
of what ends up on the page is born of random experience. When I lived in New York ('93-'97, '98-01) I really dug the East Village scene, read Vice religiously, went to DJ Franc O's Vampyros Lesbos parties -- it all sank in. I don't think anyone who knows me considers me a hipster. But then again I think that's one of the real questions in the book - What is a hipster?

Read the blog here.


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