Bushwick Asks: What’s Your Apocalypse Plan?

Tonight Bushwick artists will take the Annex Theater stage and perform songs inspired by Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven. The book takes place in a post-apocalyptic America. The subject matter started me thinking about what I would do when shit goes down. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that I would not survive to see The Traveling Symphony. I’m not well stocked. There aren’t gallons of water stored in a special survival closet. I don’t have any weapons. I don’t even have cigarettes to use for currency. Do other people know what to do in the face of the end of society as we know it? I checked in with tonight’s artists to find out and asked, “What’s your apocalypse survival plan? How do you plan to start a new life that includes your art after life as we know it ends?” Here is what they have to say.

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Bushwick Asks: What’s Your Favorite Children’s

After reading The Little Prince once again, this time in preparation for tonight’s show I started thinking about how the book’s meaning and importance has changed for me over time. I liked it when I was young and yet it wasn’t until I was an adult that it took a permanent place in my heart. It’s one of my favorite books of all time and is comforting in times of loss, grief or heartache. When I was a kid, I loved the Berenstain Bears, books I now find heavy-handed and preachy. This got me thinking about how children’s books can change meaning to the reader as they age. I asked the Bushwick performers “what was your favorite children’s book when you were a kid and what is your favorite children’s book now? How has your thoughts on your favorite kid’s book changed as you grew up?” Take a look at what they said.

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Bookshelf Report: Amanda Winterhalter and the Giant Fist

The Bookshelf Report is an ongoing series where a Bushwick reader or artist shares a little bit about the books that occupy their shelves.

 

Amanda Winterhalter, Bushwick performer and program volunteer, takes the stage this Saturday at The Bushwick Book Club Presents: Original Music Inspired by The Little Prince. Before we see her then, let’s take a look around her home to see where all her books live.

 

How do you organize your books?

Generally, I order my books by genre (British Lit, American Lit, Poetry, World Lit, Nonfiction/Textbooks, Memoir and Essay, etc.), and then alphabetically by author name within genre. I was an English major, which basically means I joined a very expensive book club for four years and collected a lot of cool novels and anthologies. And I like order and systems. However, I don’t always put books back where they belong.

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