Brooklyn Magazine

Er, This is Embarrassing, But Could You Maybe Re-Follow Us In a Minute?

Folks, 

So, I did a dumb thing: When setting up this whole thing today, I stupidly made the Brooklyn Magazine tumblr a secondary blog under my personal account, which I later found out would preclude us from being able to interact with anyone, thus defeating the whole purpose of being on here in the first place. And then to make matters worse, I found out there’s no way to correct it. So I’m just going to rip the band-aid off and start over completely. We should be up and running again in a little while… I hope you’ll come find us again. I’ll be tweeting out reminders all weekend, probably, and if anyone happens to see this tonight, it’d be awesome if you could give it a reblog so people know what’s up. 

Thank you, sorry, et cetera. 

Mike Conklin
Editor-in-Chief
Brooklyn Magazine

How To Eat a Fucking Slice of Pizza
Mayor Bill de Blasio went to Staten Island today, as we have never done one does, and ate some pizza. The above photo was taken during a press lunch at the restaurant Goodfellas (what’s up, SI), and clearly shows de Blasio eating pizza with a fork. As Colin Campbell perfectly put it on Politicker, “Stick a fork in him.” De Blasio’s done, you guys. But just in case his impeachment isn’t a sure thing, we thought we’d go over the rules of how to eat a fucking slice, so that none of you will fall prey to the same trap that has felled our new mayor and other notable New Yorkers, like, uh, Donald Trump. Here’s how to eat a fucking slice.
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How To Eat a Fucking Slice of Pizza

Mayor Bill de Blasio went to Staten Island today, as we have never done one does, and ate some pizza. The above photo was taken during a press lunch at the restaurant Goodfellas (what’s up, SI), and clearly shows de Blasio eating pizza with a fork. As Colin Campbell perfectly put it on Politicker, “Stick a fork in him.” De Blasio’s done, you guys. But just in case his impeachment isn’t a sure thing, we thought we’d go over the rules of how to eat a fucking slice, so that none of you will fall prey to the same trap that has felled our new mayor and other notable New Yorkers, like, uh, Donald Trump. Here’s how to eat a fucking slice.

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In Remembrance of Poet and Playwright Amiri Baraka… Or, Rather, Leroi Jones
The poet, playwright, and pugnacious political agitator Amiri Baraka died yesterday in Newark. He was 79. Born Leroy Jones, later tweaked to LeRoi Jones (with an emphasis on the Roi), he again changed his name in the late 60s after a conversion to Islam to Imamu Ameer Baraka, later shortened to Amiri Baraka, which translates roughly from Bantuized Arabic as Blessed Prince. He was a polarizing figure, as the Times obit is sure to stress in its opening paragraphs, moving through different schools of unpopular-to-odious thought like anti-Semitism and separatist black nationalism. (My colleague Kristin Iversen’s father took an African Studies class at Columbia in the early 70s, which was once visited by Baraka, who spent his entire lecture laying into the White Devil.) But in his early days, Baraka, then still Jones, was a Beat poet, palling around with people like Allen Ginsberg, Frank O’Hara, and Gilbert Sorrentino, editing a literary magazine and eventually starting his own small press, Totem, which published a Who’s Who of the generation’s writers. 
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In Remembrance of Poet and Playwright Amiri Baraka… Or, Rather, Leroi Jones

The poet, playwright, and pugnacious political agitator Amiri Baraka died yesterday in Newark. He was 79. Born Leroy Jones, later tweaked to LeRoi Jones (with an emphasis on the Roi), he again changed his name in the late 60s after a conversion to Islam to Imamu Ameer Baraka, later shortened to Amiri Baraka, which translates roughly from Bantuized Arabic as Blessed Prince. He was a polarizing figure, as the Times obit is sure to stress in its opening paragraphs, moving through different schools of unpopular-to-odious thought like anti-Semitism and separatist black nationalism. (My colleague Kristin Iversen’s father took an African Studies class at Columbia in the early 70s, which was once visited by Baraka, who spent his entire lecture laying into the White Devil.) But in his early days, Baraka, then still Jones, was a Beat poet, palling around with people like Allen Ginsberg, Frank O’Hara, and Gilbert Sorrentino, editing a literary magazine and eventually starting his own small press, Totem, which published a Who’s Who of the generation’s writers. 

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What’s the Purpose of Nudity? Or, Stupid, Sexist Questions Are Still Being Asked About Lena Dunham’s Naked Body on Girls
Yesterday, during a panel for the Television Critics Association (TCA), Tim Molloy of the Wrap spoke with the executive producers of HBO’s Girls, and commented on the prevalence of nudity by star (and show creator, and EP) Lena Dunham. Molloy said, “I don’t get the purpose of all the nudity on the show. By you [Dunham] particularly. I feel like I’m walking into a trap where you say no one complains about the nudity on Game of Thrones, but I get why they’re doing it. They’re doing it to be salacious. To titillate people. And your character is often naked at random times for no reason.” Dunham quickly responded, “It’s because it’s a realistic expression of what it’s like to be alive, I think, and I totally get it. If you are not into me, that’s your problem.” Which proved to be a much more measured response than the one given by fellow executive producer Judd Apatow, who said, “Do you have a girlfriend? Does she like you? Let’s see how she likes you when you quote that with your question and just write the whole question … and tell me how it goes tonight.” Ouch. 
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What’s the Purpose of Nudity? Or, Stupid, Sexist Questions Are Still Being Asked About Lena Dunham’s Naked Body on Girls

Yesterday, during a panel for the Television Critics Association (TCA), Tim Molloy of the Wrap spoke with the executive producers of HBO’s Girlsand commented on the prevalence of nudity by star (and show creator, and EP) Lena Dunham. Molloy said, “I don’t get the purpose of all the nudity on the show. By you [Dunham] particularly. I feel like I’m walking into a trap where you say no one complains about the nudity on Game of Thrones, but I get why they’re doing it. They’re doing it to be salacious. To titillate people. And your character is often naked at random times for no reason.” Dunham quickly responded, “It’s because it’s a realistic expression of what it’s like to be alive, I think, and I totally get it. If you are not into me, that’s your problem.” Which proved to be a much more measured response than the one given by fellow executive producer Judd Apatow, who said, “Do you have a girlfriend? Does she like you? Let’s see how she likes you when you quote that with your question and just write the whole question … and tell me how it goes tonight.” Ouch. 

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