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  • 18Sep

    Review of Brooklyn Book Festival 2009

    Caught this on the LA Times website.
    It happened last week but I feel like most of y’all never even knew about it.
    It seems Lupe was on a panel so it seems somewhat relevant to today’s edition.

    I like the idea of ‘collecting words.’

    Maybe not every community should have a book festival, but Brooklyn, N.Y., showed how to throw an excellent one Sunday. With more than 150 booksellers, magazines and other bookish folks set up in tents on the plaza in front of Brooklyn Borough Hall, and dozens of free readings and panel discussions, the event was accessible (some people just stumbled on it) and festive (they stayed).

    A must-attend panel, moderated by Tour√©, featured hip-hop artist Lupe Fiasco, Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and poets Tracie Morris and Matthew Zapruder. Their discussion of where poetry, rock and hip-hop intersect focused on words. Fiasco — who resisted fans’ efforts to get him to say when his album will be released — explained that before he worked with music and beats, he filled notebooks with words. “I had a plethora of words,” he said. “See how many pieces I could collect.”

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