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Jason Diamond is a fixture of literary Brooklyn. Founder of Vol. 1 Brooklyn, sports editor for Rolling Stone (with stints at Men’s Journal and Flavorwire before that), and owner of a spectacular beard, Diamond is instantly recognizably and widely loved—as a writer, as an editor, as a literary citizen, as a mensch. His debut book, Searching for John Hughes, comes out today, and so Diamond and I talked via email about his memoir, about...
When Sunny Balzano died in March of this year, Red Hook—and the entire city of New York—mourned the loss of a man who, to many, embodied a kind of quicksilver Brooklyn magic. He was the charming proprietor of a lost bar on a lonely, harborside street where intimacy and spectacle and serendipity intermingled. He was captain of the kind of place that New Yorkers tell themselves can only exist here, and perhaps even then...