[Book Nerd Links] Portraits from Brooklyn’s DIY Music and Art Space, the Market Hotel

This is not really a bookish link, but creativity is creativity: this space is truly awe-inspiring.

Portraits from Brooklyn’s DIY Music and Art Space, the Marker Hotel [courtesy Flavorwire]


12 thoughts on “[Book Nerd Links] Portraits from Brooklyn’s DIY Music and Art Space, the Market Hotel

    • You have to be young to think it’s cool to dress like that, too. LOL. I’m a bit of a cynic when I see artsy New Yorkers dressing to be different and edgy, but it’s just another uniform–they all look the same. Grunge bores me these days. And imagine how many roaches are there! Ugh! I loved living in Brooklyn, but the bugs still give me nightmares.


      • I think you dress according to how you see yourself or to be part of a group or community. It is a form of self-expression – I’d rather see these young people than the fashion maven “human x-rays” on the society pages. One thing I can’t stand is poor hygiene – and you see that everywhere. Yes, once the bugs get in it is a nightmare.


      • I just remember being in with those young artists and suddenly feeling pretty hypocritical having conversations about how everyone who didn’t dress in black, have piercings or flowing skirts was suspect or “uncool.” I don’t have a problem with people following the herd of artsy fashion or Vogue fashion. I guess I just have a problem with artists constantly saying we’re so different when we’re all just really following a pattern–maybe different from society pages, but exactly the same as every other musician/artist of the last 30 years and from my experience at NYU we tended to be more judgmental and intolerant than the average person on the street. But maybe I’m being a little cranky today since my daughter has left for NYC this week to study fashion in the belly of the beast (FIT) and I’m missing her. 🙂


      • I hope you get to visit your daughter and she doesn’t change too much but she will grow. I know what it is like to have a child leave for unknown parts where they have never been before (at least mine hadn’t). The whole world is askew.


      • I feel much less cynical today. lol. Maybe as an artist it’s only me who tends to be too critical. 🙂 My daughter will be fine, I know, but I was more feeling sorry for myself. Oh, well, more material for the next novel. Thanks for your compassion. Your comments on on this blog are always so thoughtful and nice. I enjoy them almost as much as the blog itself.


      • I can be rabidly critical when I am riled up about something and we have every right to be sometimes. I find artists are pretty hard on themselves, like we are supposed to be different from the human race. Thank you for the nice things you say – wordpress has brought a whole new dimension to the conversation in some cases and this blog is one of them.


      • I love the discourse that is flowing between the two of you on this thread. I am so happy to see dialogue like this in action, whether or not I am part of the conversation. This sense of community is one of the things I love the most about my little blog.


      • Even though it can easily disintegrate into pretentiousness or conformity, I think this type of thing is still an interesting artistic and social experiment. It all depends on the mindsets of those involved, as well as the location and era of the experiment.


      • Yes, you’re right. I happened to hang with the pretentious crowd 🙂 I also lived the socialist artist experiment on an organic farm and the owners were extremely intolerant of anyone who wasn’t down with their politics and environmental stance. A friend of mine grew up in a commune and said it was responsible for all of his issues 🙂 I guess what I was really trying to say (and it probably came out more aggressively than I meant it) was that most social experiments fail because there are people involved. haha. While I really do love people (and especially artists) I think we sometimes look down our noses at suburbanites for living their cliched existences when everyone is guilty of that at times–and I’m fine with it. I do have a real fascination with the free love experiments of the 19th century because they seem so at odds with the common idea of Victorians. I even send Buck Crenshaw to one in book three of my series. BTW, it was an interesting article!


  1. I remember belonging to a food co-op in the mid-70’s. We’d order and bag our food in a communal kitchen at a Unitarian church while our kids ran around or were carried on our backs. We’d have meetings at a house where there was corn growing in the little front yard. These people were terribly serious; very little humor or camaraderie there. The guy who was head of the co-op wore a sweater hand-knit by his wife. Ten years later I took one of his college classes and he was still wearing that sweater and boy, did it have a fragrance that filled the classroom.

    It can be so easy to categorize and generalize about people – I do it all the time. But whose life, really, is a cliche? Maybe Nascar fans – but we are all so different and so fascinating in our own way.


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