First published 19 January 2017 at Change Seven Magazine, with thanks to editor Sheryl Monks for the assignment. To jump to this feature on a New York City cafe that features readings of poets, writers and avant-garde performers of music and theater (notably, both singer Suzanne Vega and off-Broadway sensation The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler caught their break here), here’s a link.
As someone who enjoys and participates in literary readings, it’s great to hear that caring founders and owners of literary reading spaces are assembling plans to keep their institutions afloat.
I had the opportunity to interview one such founding owner, Robin Hirsch of The Cornelia Street Cafe, pictured to the right (photo courtesy of Cornelia Street Cafe). Mr. Hirsch is literate, articulate, and wonderful — and he advocates tirelessly for the Arts.
And, lovers of language, this gave me the opportunity to use the word rhoticity. Score!
There’s an old saying, that money doesn’t buy happiness. But the other side of that coin may be that money does make life a bit easier and perhaps a bit more enjoyable.
Through a new partnership with Fractured Atlas, The Cornelia Street Cafe is dividing its restaurant business from its cabaret business, thereby continuing to offer artsy entertainment in the juggernaut that is the New York City real estate market.
I hope you enjoy the feature. Mr. Hirsch is a very pleasant and enjoyable source of information and conversation. Thanks as well to Sam Mattingly of SM Communications. She provided photos that accompany the feature, as well as this lovely one of Mr. Hirsch sitting in his cafe.
And I don’t know about you, but there are some great readings coming up at Cornelia Street that I am planning on attending! At such a venue, you not only support the Arts, but also (according to Yelp! reviews) get great service, refreshing bevvies, and a delicious meal. What’s not to like?
Thank you for stopping by my blog. I appreciate your readership and support. Here’s a link to the article. And while you’re there, check out all the new writing at Change Seven Magazine. One of my favorite writers and editors, Sheldon Lee Compton, just launched a new column called “Split Screen” and it’s well worth a read!