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For two decades, Ben Greenman has been in the game. He’s never done anything else other than write, and he’s pretty much done it all: fiction, non-fiction, magazine editing, reference books, and even worked for The New Yorker as a writer for almost 15 years. More recently, he’s worked on collaborations, writing books with the likes of Brian Wilson, George Clinton, and Questlove. He’s constantly got something on the backburner, and right now is no...
On the fourth of July, before two black men were murdered by police officers in Louisiana and Minnesota, and before a sniper murdered five police officers (and hit a total of fourteen people) in Texas, I was home again, looking at the backlit dome of the U.S. Capitol, glowing against an impenetrable bank of cloud. The fireworks I was there to see were almost entirely invisible on account of weather, but the Capitol was...
In a quiet Mexican bakery in Sunset Park called La Boulangerie Lopez, I sit with emerging soul singer Kendra Foster, who is on the cusp of releasing her self-titled album, a culmination of songs written and recorded over many years. She begins to tell me the whole story of her career. This year, Foster was featured on the track "Questions," off Domo Genesis's underrated new album Genesis. Last year, Foster earned accolades for working with D'Angelo...
People of Park Slope, feel free to disengage from your hyper-connected lives and to turn off your iPhones and tablets, for tonight is a night of listening in your neighborhood. That’s because there will be two lectures this evening, one with literary giants Amitava Kumar and Dani Shapiro at Community Bookstore, and another with supreme commander of the funk mothership George Clinton at Brooklyn Museum. If you’re feeling a bit more writerly and would like...

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