You may have heard of Stephen King. I think he sold a book or two”¦ or 350 million. The world-famous author and his son, fellow author Owen King, packed the St. Ann’s & the Holy Trinity Church in Brooklyn, NY on Tuesday, September 26, as part of an event put on by Books Are Magic, a bookstore in Cobble Hill. We got there for the 8:00 PM event at 4:30 PM, and the line was already wrapped around the block. I asked the group sitting in folding chairs in the front when they got there and the casually responded, 9:30 AM. Introduced by Emma Straub, owner of the bookstore and daughter of King collaborator Peter Straub, the Kings took the stage to raucous applause. The two were there to introduce their latest project, the 700-page novel Sleeping Beauties, as well as take part in a self-led Q&A.
The impending Blizzard of 2015 shut down schools, subways, highways, and businesses in New York City today. But most importantly, Winter Storm Juno has shut down Louis C.K. and Madison Square Garden.
Geeks Of Doom reviewed recently reviewed the comedian’s live performance last week at the historic venue (read that review here) and reported that he was the first comedian to have three sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden, with a fourth show added for Tuesday, January 27, 2015. But, alas, there will be no fourth. Around 12:30pm today, C.K. sent out an email complete with his trademark humor to his subscriber fans explaining the show’s unavoidable cancellation. The email is posted here below in its entirety, so enjoy and be sure to catch him on Late Night with David Letterman tonight!
It was 35 years ago today of the release of Saturday Night Fever, a film that introduced the masses to the pulsating beat of disco music and all the attitudinal and fashion accoutrements that went with it, made a superstar out of John Travolta, and spawned a soundtrack which became one of the biggest selling records of all time.
Contemporarily, in its consistent airings on channels like VH1 Classic and TBS since the original release in the theaters, Saturday Night Fever is quite a different film than the one seen by many generations who discovered it for the first time on those cable circuits. To them mostly, they have seen a somewhat watered down version of a film that in its uncut state, remains almost brutal and unapologetic, underneath its fluffy, musical surface levels.
Saturday Night Fever is actually a film about a confused youth, one Tony Manero, (expertly portrayed by Travolta, who was nominated for Best Actor at the Oscars for his characterization), who is on a directionless path in his young teenage life (he’s only 19), experiencing growing pains at every turn, working a dead-end job in a paint store which he still handles with grace, charm and effortless congeniality, who finds solace and an emotional outlet at the local discotheque in his hometown of Bay Ridge in Brooklyn, New York. At this disco, he is literally treated as King due to his dancing, which electrifies the large crowds that congregate there every Saturday night. Manero (in the original R-Rated version) is one part charismatic, enigmatic, magnetic, and gorgeous in his physicality and two parts naÃ¯ve, misogynistic, egotistical, brash, crude, and even racist. His friends are of no help to him, only enabling his bad misspent youth behavior. Upon meeting Stephanie (played by Karen Lynn Gorney), who although not that far from Tony in age, but light years ahead in terms of direction, Manero starts to slowly question the repetition of his existence and finds himself at a crossroad.
When I saw the NYC Collection from our friends at 2520 Clothing a few weeks ago, it became immediately necessary for me to get my hands on one of the ‘Brooklyn’ shirts. I picked it up and am currently in the process of wearing it the fcuk out.
You know I’m not one to keep cool stuff to myself, so I spoke to the peep at 2520 and worked out a deal for our readers. For the next three days, if you enter the code ‘Geeky‘ you’ll get free shipping on all orders placed for any shirt in their NYC Collection when you check out your order.
The NYC Collection features five different shirt designs with landmarks from each of the five Boroughs of New York City.