“We read to know we’re not alone.” — William Nicholson
KEEPING IT LIT
Uli Beutter Cohen
We meet Yahdon Israel on a Saturday morning in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. Right away, we bust out some Martinelli’s, his favorite, and dive into his closet. Yahdon, 26, describes himself as “the importer of the literary and the exporter of the swag,” and we couldn’t agree more. He received his MFA from The New School and hasn’t stopped since. He writes for The New Inquiry and Brooklyn magazine, his book club is lit, and his Fuckboy Files make serious waves. Enter the world of #literaryswag.read more
Business, Badassery, and the Sex Book Everyone Should Read
Moments after Adina Grigore opens the door of her Greenpoint apartment, she produces green smoothies and a bowl of very virtuous looking muffins. “These taste healthy,” she says, furrowing her brow. “I made up the recipe, but the consistency isn’t quite right.” One imagines she made this face often while developing S.W. Basics, her natural skincare line, in a previous kitchen.
Adina is known as an expert on wellness and DIY beauty (she recently poured mud on Dr. Oz). She is less known as a hilarious, outspoken book lover with a treasure trove of recommendations. That changes starting now…read more
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Name: Amani Al-Khatahtbeh
What do you do? Writer, Activist & Entrepreneur
Where do you live? Brooklyn, NY
Name one book that has been meaningful to you: Richard Burton’s English translation of Arabian Nights. The intense imagery and intricate weaving of poetry with prose totally captivated me growing up and taught me the sheer power and limitlessness of writing.
Reading ritual: Always seeping into the cracks of the day: on the subway, in a waiting room, when I can’t find anything good on Netflix.
Guilty pleasure: Trashy reality television. The worst.
Person you admire: My mother. She is a second-generation refugee and she taught me the definition of selflessness.
Must-follow: @muslimgirl, if you want to amplify Muslim women talking back.
Words to live by: Speak the truth even if it’s against yourself.
Last month, Eye Level hosted our first event at NYC’s iconic Strand Bookstore. Here’s what happened…read more
Peace of Mind
Oh, how we wish we could simply hand you peace of mind. So! We’re offering up the next best thing: Pema Chödrön’s Compassion Cards, a beautiful deck to help you live mindfully every day; Pick Me Up, a journal with a pep talk on every page; Sit Like a Buddha, a pocket guide to meditation; and There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé, a poetry collection as daring as its title. Last but not least, you’ll also get a one month credit for Headspace, the app hailed for making meditation simple and accessible.
To enter, please leave a comment below telling us one thing that helps bring you peace of mind. The winner will be chosen at random on Friday, March 10th. Good luck!