Local fiction enthusiasts and Anglophiles alike—not to mention those of us who fall into both camps—were thrilled when Martin Amis made Brooklyn his home last summer, and now we are getting a chance to reap the benefits. Amis, the celebrated writer who the New York Times Book Review called “his generation’s top literary dog” (and who gained one devoted follower over a decade ago when I read London Fields in an undergrad Modern British Lit class), will appear at BAM tonight for a reading and conversation with Deborah Treisman, The New Yorker’s fiction editor. The event kicks off this season of Eat, Drink & Be Literary, a series that brings superstar novelists to BAMCafé between now and June to read and discuss their work over dinner and wine. The Amis event is nearly sold out–though you may be lucky to snag a pair if you call 718-636-4100 stat–as are other fantastic evenings with the likes of Junot Díaz and Jamaica Kincaid. You will have better luck seeing Colson Whitehead, Nell Freudenberger, and Keith and Masha Gessen, however–just get tickets now. They are $55 each, which is a bargain when you consider it includes intellectual enlightenment, dinner, and free-flowing wine. – K.H.
Sometimes you’re in the mood for a drink, but not in the mood for a bar. Bar Velo is a vegetarian restaurant where you can cozy up to an excellent cocktail.
Someone once told me that if I were to look skyward more often, into the haze above Manhattan, I would come to see more, feel more grounded.
It’s awfully warm for the last week of February, so get outside and soak up some Vitamin D and then make your Oscars watching plans for Sunday.
Meet the 5th Brooklyn Scouts, a group of children and parents who love the outdoors and whose motto is “traditional scouting for everyone.”
A clear picture of the Trump administration’s stance toward immigration of all kinds is beginning to emerge and it’s not pretty.