Literature Lives!

Worried that Manhattan’s literary culture is fading, Dwight Garner, a book critic for The Times, hops around town and finds it alive and well at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe (“if the vogue for poetry slams has dimmed somewhat in America, no one here got the memo”), KGB Bar (“always worth a drop-in”), St. Mark’s Bookshop (“the place to go when your spirits are sagging”) and the Strand (“Manhattan’s bookstore ground zero”). He also visits Jimmy’s Corner in midtown but he might’ve done better to visit Jimmy’s No. 43 downtown: that’s where the Guerrilla Lit Series convenes every last Wednesday of the month. [NY Times]