Posts Tagged ‘Literature’

UPinion: How Small is the World – How Fleeting is Time….

UPinion: How Small is the World - How Fleeting is Time….

BY AJ Sidransky (@AJSidransky) In May and June of 1944 approximately 424,000 Hungarian Jews were deported to Auschwitz. Most of them were murdered upon arrival. Among them were my great uncle, Zoltan Grunfeld, his wife Pepi Rusznak and their sons, Siju and Piki, both under the age of 15. Writing their names makes them seem […]


Bistro 209 – Comfort with a Classy, Classic Touch

Bistro 209 - Comfort with a Classy, Classic Touch

BY AJ Sidransky (@AJSidransky) Bistro 209 which opened this past June in the space formerly occupied by the Rusty Mackerel is a welcome addition to the Washington Heights dining scene. The kitchen, though small, covers a lot of ground under the capable leadership of chef Steven Giambrone. In a well-executed approach he and his kitchen […]


Freedom of Expression vs. Inciting Violence – An Open Letter to Pamela Geller

Freedom of Expression vs. Inciting Violence – An Open Letter to Pamela Geller

BY A J Sidransky (@AJSidransky) First of all let me say that as a writer, citizen and human being I support Freedom of Expression and Speech unquestionably. No one has the right to tell me or anyone else for that matter what to say, write, draw or publish. Je suis Charlie? Obviously. With that said, […]


A Kurchenko and Gonzalvez Mystery: Mother Knows Best

A Kurchenko and Gonzalvez Mystery: Mother Knows Best

BY A J Sidransky (@AJSidransky) Tolya Kurchenko shifted his legs under his desk. His large, bulky frame made it difficult to sit in one position at the old desk for very long. He had little choice though as he and his partner, Pete Gonzalvez had started on the NYPD’s CATU, the new citywide anti-terror unit […]


Black History Month In Brief: Power Lunch

Black History Month In Brief: Power Lunch

BY A J Sidransky (@AJSidransky) In 1967 NYC schools were desegregated. In those years that meant black kids were bussed to an all white school, not the other way around. One of these kids was assigned to my fourth grade class. My last name is Sidransky and his Tate so we sat next to each […]


Black History Month In Brief: The Meaning of Freedom

Black History Month In Brief: The Meaning of Freedom

BY A J Sidransky (@AJSidransky) I have had the distinct pleasure to meet and speak with Athelstein Sullivan Parrish known to her friends and family as “Mama T” who will be 100 years old this month and who was in Selma during the historic events of 1965. I am forever grateful to her for sharing […]


Black History Month In Brief: The Absence of Color

Black History Month In Brief: The Absence of Color

BY A J Sidransky (@AJSidransky) I was raised not to see color. That’s easy when you live in world where your skin is the same color as the flesh colored crayon in a box of Crayolas. A few years ago I moved uptown. I was raised not to see color. I never thought about it. […]


BLVD Bistro – A Taste of Down South, Uptown

BLVD Bistro – A Taste of Down South, Uptown

BY AJ Sidransky (@AJSidransky) We are not sure where the NYT reviewer ate but here’s our take on BLVD Bistro. Though famous for their world-renowned haute cuisine many French people will tell you that it’s “le cuisine gran-mere,” the cooking of their grandmothers that warms their heart. That is true of many a chef and […]


Excerpt: Stealing A Summer’s Afternoon

Excerpt: Stealing A Summer’s Afternoon

BY AJ Sidransky (@AJSidransky) One thing has become painfully obvious from the Amarlys episode: Manuel and I aren’t equipped to do this without professional help. Romo is that help. We’re meeting him to cut a deal tonight. The meeting is set for 11 p.m. at a Latin dance club in the Bronx called Purgatorio. The […]


7/24/14: The Led Black Book Club Ft. AJ Sidransky

7/24/14: The Led Black Book Club Ft. AJ Sidransky

The next installment of the Led Black Book Club goes down on Thursday, July 24th at Word Up Books. Our featured author is AJ Sidransky who recently released his 2nd novel, Stealing A Summer’s Afternoon. The book is a great sophomore effort from an author who really knows how to tell a story. Come out […]


Stealing A Summer’s Afternoon – The Review

Stealing A Summer's Afternoon – The Review

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Stealing A Summer’s Afternoon is the story of how Elliot got his groove back. Elliot Serlin has been a stand-up guy his whole life. A good Jewish boy from the Bronx, Elliot has reached middle age without having ever diverted from the path of the straight and narrow. A devoted, hard-working […]


La Libreta

La Libreta

BY A.J. Sidransky (@AJSidransky) Adela stared out the window fascinated by the frost and the pattern it made on the glass. She touched the surface of the pane. The pattern reminded her of the lace that edged the neckline of her wedding dress, tiny, perfect, and delicate. That was only a few months ago yet […]


The Led Black Book Club ft A.J. Sidransky on Thursday, September 26th @ Word Up Books

The Led Black Book Club ft A.J. Sidransky on Thursday, September 26th @ Word Up Books

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) The next installment of the Led Black Book Club will take place at Word Up Books (2113 Amsterdam Ave @ 165th) on Thursday, September 26th and will feature Forgiving Máximo Rothman by local author A.J. Sidransky. Forgiving Máximo Rothman is about history, religion, oppression and ultimately about fatherhood. The author, A J […]


Junot Díaz Grabs Ramen, Pizza, and ‘Fight-Worthy’ Chicken While He’s in New York | Grub Street New York

Junot Díaz Grabs Ramen, Pizza, and ‘Fight-Worthy’ Chicken While He’s in New York | Grub Street New York

Junot Díaz, the celebrated author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and This Is How You Lose Her (which is out in paperback next week), took a different approach to tracking his diet for us. Instead of a week of consecutive days, Díaz, who spends half his time in Boston, chose to recount […]


Uptown Reads: Forgiving Maximó Rothman

Uptown Reads: Forgiving Maximó Rothman

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) I think it is only fitting that I just started reading the gripping debut novel, Forgiving Maximó Rothman, from local writer, A J Sidransky, being that it is Father’s Day this Sunday, or as my dad like to say as “el día de los perros” (The Day of the Dogs) because fathers, […]


Junot Diaz Talks Citizenship, Education & Immigration On The Colbert Report

Junot Diaz Talks Citizenship, Education & Immigration On The Colbert Report


Junot Diaz Spreads A Little Literary Love Uptown

Junot Diaz Spreads A Little Literary Love Uptown

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Pulitzer Prize winning Author, Junot Diaz, was in the neighborhood yesterday to spread a little literary love. Junot Diaz teamed up with the office of Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez and Dr. Eduardo Pignanelli of the Amsterdam Medical Practice for the book signing and giveaway of 200 copies of his work. The […]


Cafecito: Junot Diaz on finding your voice | NBC Latino

Cafecito: Junot Diaz on finding your voice | NBC Latino

by Feliciano Garcia and Martin Garcia Flores


My New York: Junot Diaz | NBC

My New York: Junot Diaz | NBC

Junot recently showed NBC around some of his favorite haunts Uptown. He made stops at La Casa Azul Bookstore, Patsy’s Pizza and La Marina.


The Platano Index: A Q&A With Junot Diaz

The Platano Index: A Q&A With Junot Diaz

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Junot Díaz is one of my heroes. Until I read Drown, I didn’t even really believe that I could be a writer. After consuming that book whole, I was irrevocably changed. More than just relatable, for me, the book was a revelation with it’s intelligent use of the Dominican vernacular and […]


Junot Díaz Wins Prestigous MacArthur Genius Grant

Junot Díaz Wins Prestigous MacArthur Genius Grant

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) I remember thinking when I first read Drown, damn Junot Díaz is a genius. Well, he is now officially a genius. Earlier this week, the MacArthur Foundation announced their 2012 MacArthur Fellows and the immensely talented Mr. Díaz was one of the recipients. On top of joining a select group of […]


Save the Date: Junot Díaz @ the 92Y On December 17th

Save the Date: Junot Díaz @ the 92Y On December 17th

Junot Diaz and Julie Otsuka Monday, December 17th, 8 pm Kaufman Hall Lexington Avenue at 92nd St Ok, we really don’t need to say much. Pulitzer Award-winning author Author Junot Díaz is a literary rock-star. He will be at the 92 Y with Julie Otsuka on Monday, December 17th. While that seems like a long […]


Led Black: Un Pie Aqui y Uno Alla | Huffington Post

Led Black: Un Pie Aqui y Uno Alla | Huffington Post

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) The term “un pie aqui y uno alla” (one foot here and one foot there) succinctly describes the bi-national existences led by many of the Dominicans and Dominican-Americans in the United States. Living and working in this country but maintaining close ties to the Dominican Republic, its people, customs and culture […]


Barhopping with Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Diaz | Grantland

Barhopping with Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Diaz | Grantland

We tag along with the Pulitzer Prize winner on a tour of his favorite NY watering holes By Amos Barshad In 2007, after winning the Pulitizer Prize for his novel The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao, Junot Díaz was asked how it felt to be the first Dominican writer to nab one of literature’s […]

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