Donna Tartt Wins 2014 Pulitzer for Fiction

Donna Tartt by Beowulf Sheehan

On Monday, April 14, it was announced that Donna Tartt‘s best-selling novel The Goldfinch was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The book, published by Little, Brown and Company, was described by Pulitzer judges as a “beautifully written coming-of-age novel with exquisitely drawn characters that follows a grieving boy’s entanglement with a small famous painting that has eluded destruction, a book that stimulates the mind and touches the heart.”

Photo of Donna Tartt © Beowulf Sheehan

One Year and Counting

One Year and Counting

Today is my 1-year anniversary at [redacted]. It’s funny — after living in New York City for six and a half years, I’m actually doing what I set out to do. I’m actually living the dream.

Of course, it’s playing out much differently than I’d originally envisioned. When I first settled down in Brooklyn in October 2007, I’d planned on leaving the party life behind and concentrating on writing. But I set my standards low. I hoped to one day write for Vibe or XXL or The Source, or maybe for the then-exciting Gawker.

However, life did what it tends to do, and nothing went exactly as planned. Thank God for that.

I am an editor — an bona fide, honest-to-God, according-to-Hoyle editor — at a major print publication. In anera of page hits and viral views, that is a definite rarity.

But not only am I to ensure that pieces are grammatically sound, I also sometimes lay them out on the page. Y’know, make them look pretty. And at times I even get to play photo editor, choosing the pictures and illustrations that further enhance the stories.

I work odd hours now and I haven’t been as social lately. But the truth is, I love what I’m doing. I love the position I’m in. I love the path I’m on.

The past year has been one of growth and revelation. I’m very appreciative of all that’s taken place. Now, it’s time to celebrate.

TOLDJA! @KimKardashian Will Grace Vogue’s April 2014 Cover (Good Ass Job, @KanyeWest!) #YouMad


Didn’t I say this was going to happen?

In news confirmed by the homie Devon on the Fashion Citizen Instagram, reality TV celebutante Kim Kardashian is finally getting that coveted Vogue cover.

The April 2014 issue features Kim with her fiancé Kanye West looking all lovey-dovey on the cover, which was shot by Annie Leibovitz, and the accompanying story will touch on her family life and baby North.

Folks will probably be mad for no reason, but hey whatever. I’m happy for Kim. Hooray!

Women’s Ink: Tattooing in the New Millennium at Powerhouse Arena (March 6)

Women's Ink

On March 6, Powerhouse Arena and Powerhouse Books will be hosting Women’s Ink: Tattooing in the New Millennium, a panel discussion featuring tattoo artists Roxx, Virginia Elwood, Stephanie Tamez, and Amanda Wachob.

The panel will be moderated by Bodies of Subversion author Margot Mifflin and my very good friend Marisa Kakoulas, author of Black Art Tattoo 2.

The event will begin at 7pm. To RSVP, please email

Powerhouse Arena
37 Main St
(between Water St & Howard Aly)
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 666-3049
High St. (A, C)
York St. (F)
Clark St. (2, 3)

Pervis Taylor III (@pervistaylor) Signs Pervis Principles, Vol. 2 on 2/21

Pervis Principles Vol 2

Author, actor, speaker, and life coach Pervis Taylor III will be signing copies of his recent book, Pervis Principles, Vol. 2.

It’s the follow up to the international best-selling Pervis Principles, Volume 1, and describes itself as “more in depth than its predecessor” as it takes readers on “a 31-day journey cover[ing] topics from relationships to self-esteem.”

Pervis Taylor III

Taylor will be signing at the BRIC Arts Media House on Feb. 21, 2014. The event begins at 6pm.

Also, please be sure to visit Pervis at his website.

BRIC Arts Media House
647 Fulton St, New York, NY 11217
(718) 855-7882
2, 3, 4, 5 to Nevins St.
B, Q, R to Dekalb Ave.
C to Lafayette Ave.
G to Fulton St.

novelist. editor. foodie. alcoholic. sui generis.