Gina Angelotti

Arcade Fire concert review, Barclays Center, Brooklyn, Aug. 22

Arcade Fire are pictured here performing on the Reflektor tour earlier this summer.CREDIT: Ian Gavan/Getty ImagesMoving Past the Feeling (Or, A personal account why I was — and still am — so moved by Arcade Fire)When I moved to Prospect Heights, Brooklyn nearly a decade ago, I soon became aware...

Sunday, August 24, 2014, 4:11 PM

The summer of Sedaris

While Sedaris is on tour, he keeps his packing compact. "I would never travel without a wooden hanger that folds in half," he says. "I have some nice folding cutlery, too. I tend to eat dinner while I'm signing books, but sometimes they feed you a steak and give you a plastic knife; it's just not...

Monday, June 2, 2014, 4:30 PM

Liza Monroy married her gay best friend and found love

For Liza Monroy, marrying her gay best friend was the best preparation for finding her true love. / ProvidedAuthor Liza Monroy, a self-proclaimed lovefool, gleefully admits her appreciation for the romantic comedy genre in her new memoir, “The Marriage Act.” While she isn’t deluded by fantasy, she...

Thursday, March 6, 2014, 1:28 AM

Review: Moon Palace Golf and Spa Resort, Cancun

Moon Palace Cancun is a sprawling all-inclusive waterfront resort minutes from Cancun International Airport. Divided into three sections — Sunrise, Nizuc and Grand — each has its own character, landscape, demographic, restaurants and amenities. Once you put on a guest bracelet at check-in, you’re...

Monday, December 2, 2013, 8:38 PM

Make the most of your layover at these cool airport hubs

Sure, it was a cheaper airline ticket, but negotiating your own price often means taking roundabout flight routes with multiple stops and carriers. You can't often control the length of your layover, but you can make the most of your wait time with our roundup of airport hub activities. This pair...

Monday, November 25, 2013, 5:54 PM

Sam Lipsyte on his story collection ‘The Fun Parts’

[caption id="attachment_117946" align="alignnone" width="614"] Sam Lipsyte reads Tuesday, March 5th at Book Court, 163 Court St. in Brooklyn. [Credit: Ceridwen Morris][/caption]To the chagrin of your peers, have you ever cracked up at the most malapropos moments: grim, vulgar or absurd? Like the...

Monday, March 4, 2013, 6:25 PM

Anne Lamott: It’s the most wonderful time for a self-help tome

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening? Most likely, the answer is no. Rather, your iPod's at peak volume as you're racing through aisles, trying to ignore the clanking of shopping carts, the feedback of intercom announcements and the throngs of consumers deliberating over which shades of Ikea table...

Sunday, November 25, 2012, 9:53 PM

Jacob Tomsky's gratuitous advice for a great hotel stay

After the party, it’s the hotel lobby…. and that’s where things get real. Jacob Tomsky’s hilariously irreverent memoir “Heads in Beds” chronicles the all-work, no-sleep, but never dull lifestyle of the young hotelier and the innermost workings of high-end hotels. “I hope to train people,” Tomsky...

Monday, November 19, 2012, 10:00 PM

Eve's Cidery's Autumn Stoscheck: This cider house rules

From carving into pumpkin flesh to quartering Cornish game hen, cutting into hearty foods is a revered autumn ritual. Likewise, we often figuratively cut into the heft of this fall fare by pairing it with wines rich in tannins, organic compounds that largely make up a fermented beverage's body and...

Thursday, October 18, 2012, 11:52 PM

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Diaz muses on modern love

As tales of relationship redemption go, each of the nine relatable short stories in Junot Diaz's consummate collection "This Is How You Lose Her" triumphs. In nonlinear vignettes of brotherly, paternal and romantic love, his characters -- who dig themselves into holes and then must grin through the...

Monday, September 17, 2012, 10:01 PM

‘Monkey Mind’: A book to calm your nerves

Following basic introductions during a phone interview, whether or not the person on the other end of the line can detect your voice quivering, it's not becoming to admit that you're nervously pulling your hair out. That is, unless you're talking to Daniel Smith.Reassuringly, the author recalls a...

Monday, July 9, 2012, 1:00 AM

No guts, no grace, no glory: An interview with author Chris Cleave

Chris Cleave pits woman against woman, but not in the petty way that sells tabloids or spikes reality TV ratings. In his novel "Gold," two venerable Olympic track cyclists vie for one spot to compete on the international stage. Outside of the velodrome, they race to survive. While Kate saddles up...

Monday, July 2, 2012, 9:30 PM

Lawrence-Lightfoot closes a book about closing the book

During recent public and radio appearances, audiences haven't interrogated Sarah Lawrence-Lightfoot about her latest book, "Exit: The Endings That Set Us Free," so much as offer their confessions to the Harvard sociology professor. The author's latest is a collection of intimate interviews with...

Monday, June 11, 2012, 11:26 PM

Tracie McMillan's changing the eating habits of America's youth

Our nation's childhood obesity problem is really an epidemic: One in three American children are overweight or obese, according to the American Heart Association. We spoke with Tracie McMillan, the author of "The American Way of Eating," about how healthy habits start at home.How do you change bad...

Monday, June 11, 2012, 10:25 PM

Accompanying oneself on the journey of life: An interview with Laura Moriarty

Flapper-era film actress Louise Brooks infamously couldn't be controlled, even at 15. But don't expect "The Chaperone" -- in part based on Brooks' biographies -- to be a "Taming of the Shrew" adaptation. Author Laura Moriarty's fictional account of Cora -- a middle-aged housewife who accompanies...

Monday, June 4, 2012, 10:14 PM

Relatively speaking: An interview with author Rosie Dastgir

In her debut novel "A Small Fortune," British author Rosie Dastgir asks: How do you distinguish between obligation, indebtedness and responsibility?Harris, a middle-aged divorcee living north of London, is a lapsed everything -- Muslim, Pakistani, father, uncle, boyfriend. After his marriage fails...

Monday, May 28, 2012, 9:06 PM

Get to know Nicaragua

Although Nicaraguans seem to not like their country being compared to Costa Rica, the potential for Nicaragua to level the playing field in Central American tourism is growing. Both destinations boast rich biodiversity, adventure excursions and stunning coastlines. But unlike its more popular...

Monday, May 14, 2012, 9:43 PM

Scratching the seven-year itch: An interview with Jon Raymond

Acclaimed author and screenwriter Jon Raymond reminds us that the end is always in the beginning. In his sophomore novel "Rain Dragon," a young couple impetuously embarks on a journey of discovery together, trading Los Angeles for a dairy farm outside of Portland, Oregon. But, their paths diverge...

Monday, April 30, 2012, 9:43 PM

Get moved by the light at The Moth Ball

Back in 1997, poet-novelist George Dawes Green sought enlightenment from a unlikely place. Convinced we had stopped listening to each other, he decided that the best way to reach people was through the oldest but most universal mode of all communication: the story. So, on a porch deck down in...

Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 9:19 PM

If 'Suddenly, a Knock on the Door,' answer: A profile of Etgar Keret

Great things come in small packages in Israeli writer Etgar Keret's short fiction collection "Suddenly, a Knock on the Door." These slices of contemporary life -- unceremonious, candid, raw and affecting -- pack a punch in as few as one to two pages, one so complete that it leaves a mark on your...

Monday, April 23, 2012, 11:04 PM