Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Check Out the Trailer for Rev. Billy's WHAT WOULD JESUS BUY

What Would Jesus Buy? follows Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir as they go on a cross-country mission to save Christmas from the Shopocalypse: the end of mankind from consumerism, over-consumption and the fires of eternal debt!

From producer Morgan Spurlock (SUPER SIZE ME) and director Rob VanAlkemade comes a serious docu-comedy about the commercialization of Christmas. Bill Talen (aka Reverend Billy) was a lost idealist who hitchhiked to New York City only to find that Times Square was becoming a mall. Spurred on by the loss of his neighborhood and inspired by the sidewalk preachers around him, Bill bought a collar to match his white caterer's jacket, bleached his hair and became the Reverend Billy of the Church of Stop Shopping. Since 1999, Reverend Billy has gone from being a lone preacher with a portable pulpit preaching on subways, to the leader of a congregation and a movement whose numbers are well into the thousands.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Spin Excerpts Autumn De Wilde's ELLIOTT SMITH book

Photographer and close Smith friend Autumn de Wilde chats with about the ins and outs of forthcoming photo book and live CD.

Friday, July 27, 2007

NPR's Talk of the Nation Speaks to Stephen Murdoch, author of IQ: A Smart History of a Failed Idea

Despite its critics, the IQ test remains a widely used tool for assessing intelligence. Stephen Murdoch, author of a new book about the IQ test, argues that IQ scores are a flawed measurement of intellectual ability.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Review -- RADICALS FOR CAPITALISM by Brian Doherty -- Chicago Sun-Times

"By deftly sorting out the various competing strains of thought, the rise and fall of organizations and movements, and the complicated relationships between libertarians and their ideological rivals, Doherty helps explain why libertarianism is the biggest political movement nobody ever heard of, and why even well-informed people sometimes confuse it with its polar opposite, the Lyndon LaRouche cult."

Friday, June 1, 2007

Rev. Billy Brings It Home on the Today Show 6/1

The Rev. answers the question "Is brainless consumerism killing our culture."

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Review -- THE PERFECT SUMMER by Juliet Nicolson -- NY Times Book Review 5/27/07

Thomas Mallon appreciates a first book by the granddaughter of Vita Sackville-West, which we represent on behalf of Ed Victor Ltd.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Provence Review in the NY Observer: "South of France, South of Houston"

"I liked the new Provence so much that my husband took me and a couple of friends to dinner here for my birthday. We sat at a banquette at the front, looking out onto the street, drinking red Sancerre....

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Pitchfork picks up on the Elliott Smith book by Autumn De Wilde

The book is tentatively scheduled for a November release by Chronicle Books, and gathers over 200 pages of De Wilde's many photos of Elliott, as well as handwritten lyrics and interviews with Smith's sister Ashley Welch and friends Ben Gibbard, Sam Coomes (of Quasi and Smith's old band Heatmiser), Matthew Caws (Nada Surf), and Jon Brion. Proceeds from the book will be donated to the SIMS Foundation, which provides affordable mental health care to musicians, and Portland-based homeless youth advocacy group Outside In.

The book will also include a five-song CD featuring previously unreleased live acoustic tracks recorded by Smith at L.A.'s Largo club. The CD features a trio of Smith fan favorites-- Either/Or's "Angeles" and "Between the Bars", and "Clementine" from his self-titled LP-- as well as covers of Quasi's "Clouds" and Hank Williams Jr.'s "All My Rowdy Friends Have Settled Down".

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

REV. BILLY reads at Housing Works - Thursday, May 10th

Reverend Billy reads from What Would Jesus Buy
Housing Works, 26 Crosby Street, New York, NY
26 Crosby Street, NYC 10012

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Ed Levine likes Provence

"Some restaurateurs just know how to make their customers feel good, and Vicki Freeman, new co-owner (along with her chef-husband Marc Meyer) of an old Greenwich Village standby, Provence, is one of those people. ..."

Sunday, April 22, 2007

EXCERPT -- With God on Our Side by Mikey Weinstein and Davin Seay -- Alternet

Birth of the Christian Soldier: How Evangelicals Infiltrated the American Military
By Michael L. Weinstein and David Seay, Thomas Dunne Books.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

OF INTEREST -- "Who Owns What in the Digital Age" -- John Lanchester in the The Guardian 4/7/07

"...The idea of copyright began as an argument over books; and it is over books, both as intellectual property and as physical entities, that change and contention now looms. The revolutionary impact of the internet on the music and film business is plain to see. Now it's the turn of the printed word. The question is simple, and far-reaching: what's going to happen to books and to the people who write them? And if it was books that first caused the whole idea of intellectual property to be raised, might it not be through books that we can see some promising ways through the murk, towards a future that is not dominated by corporate interests?"

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Review -- FAKING IT by Hugh Barker and Yuval Taylor -- Washington Post 4/11/07

"From Mississippi John Hurt to John Lennon's primal-therapy-inspired songs to the Replacements' "cult of failure" and Kurt Cobain's cover of an old Leadbelly tune, Barker and Taylor tackle the many-headed Hydra of the authenticity question: the chasm between public persona and private reality; the triumphs and debacles that occur when artists attempt to reinvent themselves; the shaping of myths to fit audience conceptions..."

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Client Marc Meyers and partners open the doors to a renovated Soho classic -- Provence

From Eater:

"When the history books are written on Provence, there will be stories of period of decline, followed by a great rebirth. And the rebirth will said be at the hands of Vicki Freeman, Marc Meyer, Lynn McNeely and Aibhinn Wilson O'Keefe, who have spent the last six months first acquiring, then renovating and restoring the aging Soho destination. Just re-opened yesterday, the new Provence, despite what Vicki Freeman calls a near gut renovation, feels reassuringly like the old Provence, but reinvigorated— the color palette of the restaurant is unchanged, as is the wood paneling and bar (minus a new marble surface). The rest is new, from the kitchen to a completely redone middle room..."

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Appearance -- HANNAH KEELEY -- Rachael Ray 4/12/07

Hannah will have her second appearance on The Rachael Ray Show on Thursday, April 12. She will be sharing tips about motherhood, family, and pure fun at home...

10th Anniversary -- BALTHAZAR -- 4/23/07

Keith, Riad, and Lee's leather shop-turned-dining masterpiece turns 10 years old. Here's the release:

"Balthazar Celebrates its 10th Year with Complimentary Champagne

When Balthazar Restaurant, the SoHo institution, opened, it brought the bustle of New York City downtown to what was once a quiet industrial neighborhood comprised of artists and galleries.

Balthazar serves traditional bistro meals from breakfast through late-night supper in a setting, which evokes a feeling of a Paris brasserie. Opened by Keith McNally in the spring of 1997, Balthazar offers a French menu prepared by Chefs de Cuisine Riad Nasr and Lee Hanson. Diners can also choose from an extensive wine list, a raw seafood bar, and breads & pastries from Balthazar Bakery.

Most people don't even know what a Balthazar is. . .

Pour 16 bottles of Champagne in one bottle and you've got yourself a Balthazar (think, Magnum...). So to celebrate the success of the past 10 years, Balthazar will be offering diners lots of complimentary Champagne.

The Champagne served will be: Champagne Gardet Premier Cru, Balthazar 10-year Anniversary Cuvée Brut NV which is imported exclusively for Balthazar and is available in the US only at the restaurant. This richly flavored, complex and lively Champagne is made from grapes picked from some of the best vineyards in Champagne. It is handcrafted in limited quantity by the House of Gardet, continually family-run since its founding in 1895.

How it Works:
Monday, April 23, 2007 - all day.

Breakfast - Complimentary glass of champagne or a Mimosa, with a meal.

Lunch, Late Lunch, Dinner and Supper - Complimentary bottle of champagne for parties up to 5 people, with a meal. Parties of 6 or more will be offered two bottles.

Hours of Operation:
Mon to Fri: 7:30 AM - 11:30 AM Mon to Fri: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sat & Sun: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
BRUNCH Mon to Thu: 5:45 PM - 1:00 AM
Sat & Sun: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Fri & Sat: 5:45 PM - 2:00 AM
Sun: 5:30 PM - 12:00 AM

Keith McNally additionally owns and operates:
Morandi, Schiller's Liquor Bar, Pastis, Balthazar Bakery, Pravda and Lucky Strike.

Riad Nasr and Lee Hanson are also Chefs de Cuisine at Pastis and Schiller's Liquor Bar.

In addition to operating his restaurants, Keith wrote The Balthazar Cookbook (Clarkson Potter 2003), along with co-chefs Riad Nasr and Lee Hanson, with a foreword by cultural critic, Robert Hughes.

Balthazar Restaurant
80 Spring Street
(between Broadway and Crosby)
New York, NY 10012"

Sunday, April 8, 2007

Podcast -- FAKING IT by Hugh Barker and Yuval Taylor -- NPR - The Sound of Young America

A podcast with Yuval Taylor, co-author with Hugh Barker of "Faking It: The Quest for Authenticity in Popular Music." "The Public Radio Show about Things that are Awesome" discusses what Taylor and Barker see as the three forms of musical authenticity: cultural, personal and representational, accompanied by music from artists including Leadbelly, Nirvana, Neil Young, Woodie Guthrie, the Rolling Stones, Jimmie Rodgers, Donna Summer, Billy Joel and even Jennifer Lopez.

Friday, April 6, 2007

Feature - REV. BILLY - Independent (UK)

Shopocalypse Now: Rise of an anti-retail campaigner

He's stormed everywhere from Starbucks to the Capitol preaching his gospel of Stop Shopping. As Morgan Spurlock brings the unorthodox anti-capitalist's message to the world, David Usborne is granted an audience with the Reverend Billy

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Appearance - HANNAH KEELEY - Rachael Ray 3/29 - NBC

Hannah Keeley appears on Rachael Ray at 11AM for the second time today. HANNAH KEELEY'S TOTAL MOM MAKEOVER was just published by Little, Brown and Company.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Reading -- REVEREND BILLY -- Bluestockings, NYC 4/9/07

The Reverend will read at Bluestockings, a radical bookstore, fair trade cafe, and activist center in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The address is 172 Allen Street and the reading is on Monday April 9, at 7 PM. Parts of the book recount the 2005 bus trip with the Stop Shopping Gospel Choir, crusading from mall to mall, singing straight into the sinning shopping Christmas frenzy. The reading will conclude with the book's final chapter, "Letter From Disneyland Jail."

Published - WHAT WOULD JESUS BUY? Fabulous Prayers in the Face of the Shopocalypse by Reverend Billy (PublicAffairs)

The companion book to What Would Jesus Buy?, the forthcoming feature-length documentary produced by Morgan Spurlock, creator of Super Size Me!

"Rev and his choir now enrapture large audiences, sometimes including me, with sermons such as those in this collection, and ones to which, I dare say, Jesus Himself would have said, ‘Amen.'"
--Kurt Vonnegut

"Jesus would buy this book, wave his hand, turn it into a best-seller, and say ‘Thank you, Me!' for sending the world Reverend Billy!"
--Morgan Spurlock

"Elmer Gantry crossed with Lord Buckley. The Right Reverend Billy and his holy entourage sing out and street jam and heckle us out of our obscene over-consumption."
--Joan Baez

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Review -- BROTHER ONE CELL by Cullen Thomas (Viking) -- Books of the Times 3/28/07

On the Road to Self-Discovery, Korean Jail Was a Pothole

... "“Brother One Cell” is Mr. Thomas’s affecting account of his prison experience. It’s an offbeat coming-of-age story, the tale of a wide-eyed, innocent, middle-class American thrust into a world of deprivation and daily trials that speed his passage into adulthood and a deeper understanding of himself and the fallen creatures around him. Told simply, and with extraordinary good humor, it reads like a cross between “What I Did on My Summer Vacation” and “One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich.”"

Friday, March 23, 2007

Rolling Stone's MARK BINELLI Rates Olbermann the Most Honest Man in News

The agency optioned motion picture rights to Mark's October 2005 story "Kid Cannabis" to HBO/Picturehouse several months ago. John Stockwell will adapt and direct. Mark's astonishing first novel SACCO AND VANZETTI MUST DIE! was published to wide acclaim last summer.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Rev. Billy Gives a Peace-a-lujah to Congress!

Reading - CULLEN THOMAS - Half King, NYC - 3/26/07

Cullen Thomas reads from BROTHER ONE CELL at the Half King in New York City on Monday, March 26th at 7PM. He's terrific and you should buy him a drink afterwards.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Review - RADICALS FOR CAPITALISM by Brian Doherty - Fortune 3/19/07

Dan Okrent finds it "delightful."

Review - RADICALS FOR CAPITALISM by Brian Doherty - Radar

Maer Roshan's magazine finds the missing link.

Review - BROTHER ONE CELL by Cullen Thomas - Outside 3/07

Jason Daley's review is titled "Innocents Abroad: Finding Yourself--the Hard Way.

Interview - BRIAN DOHERTY - Book-TV C-SPAN2

Brian discusses his book with Doug Bandow, former senior fellow at the Cato Institute and current vice president of policy at Citizen Outreach, a limited-government public policy organization ( Mr. Bandow's latest book is "Foreign Follies: America's New Global Empire."

Nomination - KEITH McNALLY - James Beard Award

Keith has been nominated for the 2007 James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards category of OUTSTANDING RESTAURATEUR AWARD.

Press - ZAK PELACCIO - NY Times

Zak gets not one, but two mentions in Florence Fabricant's Off the Menu in today's Dining In section, for his consulting on Borough Food and Drink in New York and Suka in London.

Interview - CULLEN THOMAS - Diane Rehm 3/20 - NPR

Listen to Cullen Thomas's stellar interview on NPR: Diane Rehm Show

Appearance - HANNAH KEELEY - Rachael Ray 3/22 - NBC

Hannah Keeley appears on Rachael Ray at 11AM for the first time this Thursday, March 22nd.