January 18th, 2008

moscot, : eye glasses, zeiss

Latest Apple of My Eye Review

Here's the latest Apple of My Eye Review from Joe Howe. Overall, he enjoyed the book but felt some of the stories ended too abruptly; several other reviews have said the same thing.  Some of the stories in Apple of My Eye were written 11 years ago, when I just started to develop my voice, but the story I'm working on know is over 4,00 words long, so I'm growing more and more each day!
moscot, : eye glasses, zeiss

Word Books in Greenpoint Brooklyn

The other night after work I ventured out to my old 'hood, Greenpoint, Brooklyn to hear Sarah Langan read from her novel, The Missing, which is a very powerful book!  After taking three trains:  the E train Uptown to 14th Street, the L Train to Brooklyn, where I transferred to the G train, which took me to Greenpoint Avenue, where I lived from 1996 - 2002. 

The only appealing thing about Greenpoint back then was the dirt cheap rent I paid.  125 Greenpoint Avenue was rent controlled because my Grandmother had lived in the building for over 34 years.  We split the rent, so I paid $76.10 a month!  Pretty sweet, huh?  Not really.  Granny didn't understand that she was supposed to treat me like a roommate, not like a child.  Because I was her Granddaughter, she had trouble distinguishing between the two...We didn't get along.  She'd put the chain on the door, so even though I had keys to the building and the apt., I had to wait for her to shuffle over and remove the chain.  When I'd sit at my computer writing, she'd start talking to me.  I'd politely tell her I was writing, but she just didn't get it.   Sigh. 

The G train is the only train in the entire MTA Subway System that does not travel though Manhattan--it's the Brooklyn/Queens Local--so it used to take me an hour to get to work. 

The building itself was old and decrepit; the radiators rarely worked during the Winter--we had to bleed them to let the water out.  The apartment was on the top floor and the building wasn't wired for air conditioning...Looking back, I don't know how I survived...

Word Books is a really cool store, with bright pastel colors and an eclectic array of books to choose from.  I gave the owner, Christine Onorati a copy of my collection.  We got to talking and it turns out she and her husband owned a bookstore in Northport on Long Island where I grew up for six years.  Sometimes the world is so small!

The basement, also bright and comfy serves as the reading space; Sarah packed them in--I enjoyed her reading and the Q&A.

Greenpoint isn't as desolate as it once was--there are several trendy bars on Greenpoint Avenue, The Black Rabbit, and The Pencil Factory.  The McDonald's is still there, but the Burger King that used to be next door--I don't know what genius though that up--has been replaced by a Starbucks...