Hi, My Name’s Justin

… and I’m a writer.

That really feels like the best place to begin introducing this blog. My writing problem is akin to a longtime functioning alcoholic’s drinking problem: I know it’s not healthy, but I don’t do anything to try to stop it. So, my posts here will be sort of like the beer chaser to the whiskey shot that is all the fiction/journalism stuff I do most of the rest of the time.

The Mission Statement for From a Brooklyn Basement (Catchy, right? Because I live in a basement in Brooklyn. Get it? Also, thanks to Biggie Smalls (Wow, also, who knew that http://yourdaughterstiedupinabrooklynbasement.com/ is a website about vegetarian Philly Cheesesteaks? I love the internet.)) is simple: I’m going to write about whatever I want whenever I want. The posts will come pretty regularly, but the thoughts, seeing as how they’re born in my head, will be pretty irregular. Some of the things I’ll be writing about include:

  1. Music, both the listening to and playing of it.
  2. Books, both celebrations of the ones I like and snarky takedowns of the ones I don’t.
  3. Other forms of pop culture, including TV shows and movies (much less of this, because I don’t have cable and kinda stopped going to movies a while ago. But you will be subjected to paeans to The Wire, even though it’s been off-air for like five years now.).
  4. My ongoing attempts at becoming a novelist, or a journalist, or really any sort of writer of repute.
  5. Eating and Drinking—places I like to do these things and adventures I have while doing the second one in particular.
  6. Sports, particularly those teams based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  7. My travels, in particular related to my frequent jumps from Brooklyn to San Francisco and back, but also my visits to places in-between.
  8. Observations from current events and my day-to-day life (I’ll try to keep the maudlin confessional stuff to a minimum, but if you know me, you know that stuff’s coming).
  9. Anything else I feel like.

Welcome to my brain: It’s a screwed up place—but hopefully one you’ll find amusing.

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2 Responses to Hi, My Name’s Justin

  1. Ariel Goldman says:

    I’m already a big fan! Good first post, can’t wait to read more!

  2. Alicia says:

    Way to go, Justin! Looking forward to riotous good times!

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