Ada Calhoun

St. Marks Is Dead Available for Pre-Order!

Posted in Ada, Writing by Ada Calhoun on March 3, 2015

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St. Marks Is Dead: The Many Lives of America’s Hippest Street. Coming November 2, 2015, from W.W. Norton & Co. Pre-order from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or iBookstore.

“St. Marks Place in New York City has spawned countless artistic and political movements, providing a backdrop for social and cultural revolutionaries from Leon Trotsky to Andy Warhol, the Ramones to the Beastie Boys, W.H. Auden to Keith Haring, Allen Ginsberg to the skaters of the movie Kids. Every group has maintained that their era, and no other, marked the street’s apex as the epicenter of American cool, and that after they left—whether ‘they’ were the Beats, the hippies, the punks, or the hardcore kids—the street was dead. In this idiosyncratic work of narrative history, enriched by more than two hundred interviews and dozens of rare images, St. Marks native Ada Calhoun traces the 400-year history of the area from its origins as a Dutch farm to its current incarnation as a hipster playground—organized around those pivotal moments when yet another group of miscreant denizens declared, ‘St. Marks is dead.’ And yet, Calhoun shows how the street continues to provide each new generation of rebels with a place to call home.”

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St. Marks Is Dead Book Party: November 2, 2015

Posted in Ada, St. Marks Place by Ada Calhoun on August 3, 2015

St-Marks-Is-Dead-Ada-CalhounCooper Union Events presents…

ST MARKS IS DEAD: The Many Lives of America’s Hippest Street

BOOK PARTY AND LAUNCH!

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2015

6-8 PM

AT THE COOPER UNION GREAT HALL

ENTRANCE ONE BLOCK BELOW ST. MARKS, AT 7 EAST 7TH ST

Chat with your neighbors, buy a book, have a drink, listen to a short talk by author Ada Calhoun about the street’s history, see never-before-published photos from the neighborhood’s past, and enjoy punk covers by a very exciting band!

Beer has been lovingly provided by Brooklyn Brewery.

AFTER THE EVENT, FOLLOW US TO BARCADE (FORMER HOME OF THE ST. MARK’S BATHS AND MONDO KIM’S!) FOR AN EXTENDED HAPPY HOUR!

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The Wedding Toast I’ll Never Give — on the Labor of Love Podcast

Posted in Ada, Press by Ada Calhoun on July 29, 2015

Talked about my Modern Love column and the response to it on the podcast “Labor of Love,” hosted by Lori Leibovich. Listen here:

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Modern Love: The Wedding Toast I’ll Never Give

Posted in Freelance, Writing by Ada Calhoun on July 16, 2015

19MODERNLOVE-master675I have a Modern Love in the New York Times this weekend about wedding vows, religion, and airline policy. Here’s an excerpt:

One thing I love about marriage (and I love a lot of things about marriage) is that you can have a bad day or even a bad few years, full of doubt and fights and confusion and storming out of the house. But as long as you don’t get divorced, you are no less married than couples who never have a hint of trouble (I am told such people exist). You can be bad at a religion and still be 100 percent that religion. Just because you take the Lord’s name in vain doesn’t make you suddenly a non-Christian. You can be a sinner. In fact, I think it’s good theology that no matter how hard you try, you are sure to be a sinner, just as you are sure to be lousy, at least sometimes, at being married. There is perfection only in death. Read the whole thing here.

UPDATE: The piece went viral, and the New York Times did a follow-up on the response. You can read that here.

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NYMag.com / The Cut: The Abortion Victory No One’s Talking About

Posted in Ada, Freelance by Ada Calhoun on June 16, 2015

12-abortion-pill-use.w529.h352.2xIdaho lawyer Richard Hearn just won a surprising and groundbreaking abortion-rights victory at the Ninth Circuit, and no one seemed to be saying anything much about it, so I called him up and asked him why. Here’s my interview with him for New York Magazine‘s The Cut.

Do you expect courts around the country will see more of these cases, because of the rise in home abortions using drugs purchased online?
I think DIY abortions are already exploding. They are usually done early in pregnancy, and very few people are being prosecuted for it, because few people know about it. The Georgia case [Kenlissia Jones] is an exception, because she told the social worker when she went to the hospital. Most women don’t go to the hospital and they don’t tell anyone. That’s why the number of official abortions is going down. Because it’s so easy. These Texas laws (they may close down the remaining abortion clinics in that state) will force women not to go to Planned Parenthood, because they can’t get there or can’t afford it. Read the rest here.

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Cosmopolitan.com: The Virginia Tech Murder

Posted in Ada, Freelance, Writing by Ada Calhoun on June 4, 2015

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On June 1, 2015, I spent 8 hours at the Montgomery Circuit Courthouse in Christiansburg, Virginia, for the sentencing hearing of Jessica Ewing, who killed her friend Samanata Shrestha at Virginia Tech last year. I wrote a story about the case for Cosmopolitan online. Here’s an excerpt: “I think most people are probably scratching their heads,” Ewing’s lawyer, Tyson Daniel, told Cosmopolitan.com by phone before the hearing. “Because the only thing that has been presented all this time has been the commonwealth’s evidence.” And what the commonwealth described in its summary of facts was bleak: Shrestha had invited Ewing over for dinner. At the apartment, Ewing strangled Shrestha, then put the body in a sleeping bag and put it in the victim’s car. Her plans to burn the body were thwarted when a friend wouldn’t help her. She described this in a damning journal entry as: “Some friend. He fucking won’t even help me move a goddamn body … friendship test failed.” Read the rest here.

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NYTM: Adam Horovitz Remembers Eighth Street in the 1980s

Posted in Ada, Freelance, St. Marks Place by Ada Calhoun on April 29, 2015

“Dumpster-Diving for Croissants in the East Village”

Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rock), as told to Ada Calhoun for the New York Times Magazine‘s Walking Issue

We lived on Washington Street in the West Village Houses, which my mom called ‘‘a little bit of Queens in Manhattan.’’ I would walk and get my best friend, Arthur Africano, at 10th Street and Sixth Avenue. The plant shop there, next to Crazy Eddie, was there forever. There was a guy that me and my brother Matthew were obsessed with when we were little kids, ’cause he’d just stand on the corner and say, ‘‘Call ’em out today! I got pretty flowas!’’ When we saw him standing there, we’d start walking past real slow, waiting for him to say it, and then he would: “Call ’em out today! I got pretty flowas!” And me and my brother Matthew would look at each other like, Yes.

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NYMag / The Cut: The Secret to Staying Friends in Your 30s

Posted in Ada, Freelance, Writing by Ada Calhoun on April 21, 2015

17-friendship-week-1.w529.h352I wrote an ode to quickie friendships for New York magazine’s The Cut: …Twentysomething friendships involve long, late nights, all-day walks, and hours-long phone conversations. But having friends in your 30s is functionally impossible. There is no good time to see people, no friend equivalent of the candlelit dinner and rose-strewn canopy bed. To stay friends is to make do with the social equivalent of a taco truck and bathroom quickie. As the opposite of a sensualist, I actually prefer this. There’s something both efficient and exciting about having friends woven into the texture of daily life. It feels almost illicit when we manage to steal time together, like we are cheating on our grown-up lives… Read the whole thing here.

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FAQ – St. Marks Is Dead

Posted in Ada, St. Marks Place by Ada Calhoun on April 1, 2015

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St. Marks Is Dead: The Many Lives of America’s Hippest Street. Coming November 2, 2015 from W.W. Norton & Co. Pre-order from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or iBookstore. 

Why should we care about St. Marks Place?

St. Marks Place is the hippest street in America. It has always been a home for misfits, and there are still kids flocking here from all over the city, and the world. Girls and Broad City both prominently featured the street in 2015. For a century it has been where young people—revolutionaries in the teens, Beats in the fifties, punks in the seventies—have gone to feel free and find each other. In the 1960s, it was the east coast center for hippie culture. The East Village had The Electric Circus, The Dom, and The Fillmore East. American punk was born here: the New York Dolls, the Ramones, Blondie. The hardcore kids and Beastie Boys hung out here in the eighties. And now you can sing all those bands’ songs at the East Village’s many karaoke bars. (more…)

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Cosmopolitan.com: From Sexy Teen Witch to Socially Awkward Skeptic in One UT Austin Class

Posted in Ada, Freelance, Writing by Ada Calhoun on March 12, 2015

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“What’s your sign?” a woman asked me at a business meeting that would determine if I would be hired for a project involving a lot of time and a lot of money. She had my résumé and references; why look skyward? “Pisces,” I replied. “Ah, you’re emotional!” she responded. In fact, the very same day, someone who’s known me more than 20 years told me I was singularly unemotional. Whom to believe — the best friend or the stars? Read the rest here.

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NYCgo: East Village Video

Posted in Ada, St. Marks Place by Ada Calhoun on March 4, 2015

Ada-Callhoun-East-VillagePsyched to be in this NYCgo Neighborhood by Neighborhood video about the East Village—hanging out at St. Mark’s Bookshop, as I do in real life. The pub date for St. Marks Is Dead is November 2, 2015. Pre-order the book here. Watch the video here.

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