Odds, ends, assorted jawns:

James Baldwin wrote this story – one of the best ever written

Baryshnikov – The dance piece that comprises an important plane in MHB’s brain.

Ilsa Brink Design – a graphic and web designer who specializes in designing web sites for authors.  You’re on one of her sites right now

Catapult Literary Magazine – gorgeous lit mag where MHB is Editor at Large

The Community Bookstore – indie bookstore in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood, protected by a well-read cat named Tiny the Usurper

Federico Fellini – an Italian film director and scriptwriter who was known to blend fantasy and baroque images

The Center for Fiction – a safe, caring space for writers to write, read, buy books, take classes, and generally recharge in Manhattan, NYC

Fishtown, Philadelphia – the setting for 2 A.M. at The Cat’s Pajamas

Franklin Park Reading Series – excellent reading series run by Penina Roth in Brooklyn, New York

Alfred Hitchcock – an English film director and producer who pioneered many techniques in the suspense and psychological thriller genres

The Invention of Morel — Borges described it as a “perfect novel.”

Greenlight Bookstore – charming indie bookstore in Brooklyn’s Ft. Greene section–ask for Angel Nafis, book slinger and poet.

Frank Larson — Water Street at Fletcher

Madeleine L’Engle– author of A Wrinkle in Time series and important literary hero, Meg Murry

(What is probably the) Most important children’s book of all time. Like the Velvet Underground, not everyone read this book, but whoever did started a band (became a writer).

Lapis Luna – vintage jazz and classic swing band that plays weddings and private parties and every year are voted “Best Jazz Band” by theknot.com

Films –

1. Master class in plot.

2. Master class in dialogue.

3. Couldn’t talk for two days.

4. Bread, bread, bread.

5. Romeo and Ethel, the pirate’s daughter. 

6. What’s the point?

7. If I have to pick just one.

8. Best last scene in film. 

9. A new way to talk about love.

10. O R You?

11. I guess it is kind of funny.

One Story – brooklyn-based literary magazine that publishes one story, every three weeks

In Palau, an island country in the Western Pacific Ocean – Jellyfish have made their home in a lake that used to be connected to the sea by a tunnel.

Django Reinhardt – a pioneering virtuoso jazz guitarist and composer

Sean Casey Animal Rescue – brooklyn-based non-profit, no-kill shelter dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and placing animals

This is all you ever wanted to know about the maestro Jim Shepard. Can you ever know all you want to about Jim Shepard? No.

Smak Parlour Boutique – a place to get your Bowie tees

Mary Austin Speaker – poet and book designer.  Mary designed the cover of Safe as Houses and the book of a fledgling emerging writer, Patti Smith.

The Spiral Bookcase – charming indie bookstore in Philly’s Manayunk section

Three Lives & Co. – Walking into this indie bookstore in the Village is like walking into a movie.

Deb Olin Unferth – short story master and good spirit

WORD bookstores (Brooklyn & Jersey City) – indie community bookstore and author champion in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint section