I may be mommy-ing it up down in Park Slope day-to-day, but I think the G train owes me a special caboose or something due to the time I spend commuting for friendship to the upper and northeasterly limits of this borough. One of the more special ways I falsely claim residency on the North Side has been to participate in my pal Kristen’s collaboration-fueled mini-magazine The Bushwick Review. It’s a really wonderful mash-up of visuals and words, created by people within Bushwick and far without, that Kristen has thoughtfully compiled into three editions so far. Issue #2 has just come out; the third drops this summer! I’m so happy and honored to have been part of each one.
The spiffy wraparound cover Kristen designed for Issue #2, which has geographical tendencies
For the first Bushwick Review I wrote a weirdo three-letter-words-only story about a dead mouse. This time I thought I’d be a little more traditional and write in normal English about the time my llama farmer mom befriended a turkey. I decided the best way to illustrate this simple personal tale would be to pick up a pencil and actually draw a turkey by hand (OK, referencing shutterstock) using all those skills I thought I’d forgotten from high school art class. It was nice to massage some rusty brain muscles and I’m happy with how it came out.
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But enough about me – please do check out the other 70-some-odd pages if you can by buying a copy. It’s filled with creative pursuits of all sorts from the minds of some of my very best friends plus friendly strangers. I’m told it’s currently occupying shelves at the St. Mark’s Bookshop in the East Village and Desert Island in Williamsburg, and on its way to more fine booksellers quite soon. If you’re outside of the NYC area, you can always order one online!