Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Ledge News - from the

"We've often thought about doing a series on career changers for MUG – we're always hearing stories about the corporate lawyer who chucked it all to manufacture a better Bongo Board, or the former doorman who decided coding software was really his calling.

"Whether or not we do that series, have you heard the one about the punk rocker who became a window washer, and is now a memoirist, too?

"His name is Ivor Hanson and he's certainly got an unusual resume: A graduate of Vassar and Columbia J School for his masters, he also was in some serious punk bands: S.O.A, which was Henry Rollins' first band, Faith, and Embrace with Ian MacKaye.

"How he went from punk rocker to NYC window cleaner is chronicled is his new book LIFE ON THE LEDGE (Two Dollar Radio, $14). Mr. Hanson is a good storyteller and he has good stories to tell."
Also: for those good folks in New York City and Brooklyn, you can attend a reading that Ivor will be doing at a beautiful old waterfront bar called Sunny's in Red Hook this Sunday, December 3, at 3 pm.

How to get to Sunny's:
By bus: take the B61 toward Red Hook from Atlantic Ave. & Court St. (or from the A train midtrain exit at Jay Street Borough Hall). Get off near the end of the line at Van Brunt & Beard streets., walk 1 block right and 1/2 block left. Or take the B77 bus down 9th Street from Park Slope (or from the Smith and 9th Street F train stop--exit at the rear of the train and come down the stairs to street level and the corner bus stop.) Take the bus in the direction of Van Brunt Street and Red Hook.
If you're driving: From Manhattan, take the Brooklyn Bridge and get off at the Court Street exit--then take a left on Cadman Plaza West, which will turn into Court St. Go about a mile, past Atlantic Avenue, and take a right on Sackett Street. Continue straight for five blocks, across the overpass over the Brooklyn Queens Expressway, and take a left on Van Brunt Street. Continue down almost to the end of Van Brunt (you'll see the waterfront up ahead) and take a right on Reed Street. Go one block and take a right on Conover Street--you'll see a big sign that says BAR. That's Sunny's.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Behold: new artwork from James Farias

After a brief repose, our art section has added the work of a stellar new, young artist, James Farias. You can view 8 pieces of his work in the 'art' section of

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Zebulon Lives!

We've created a website, complete with illustrations by the talented artist, Adam Collison, in anticipation of the May 2007 release of THE DROP EDGE OF YONDER, a novel by Rudolph Wurlitzer.

Dennis Cooper had this praise to heap upon the book: "The Drop Edge of Yonder is one of the most purely, deeply thrilling, inspired, and inspiring American novels I've read in many years."

And try this one on for size: "Like the Ancient Mariner, Wurlitzer holds his reader right there by his account." ~ William S. Burroughs.

For a good old fashioned synopsis of THE DROP EDGE OF YONDER, along with quotes from Alan Arkin and Scott Spencer, as well as blurbs about Wurlitzer's previous works from the Village Voice, Thomas Pynchon, and Sam Shephard, head on over to, y'hear?

(Stay tuned for a site for LIFE ON THE LEDGE: Reflections of a New York City Window Cleaner, a memoir by Ivor Hanson, which will feature a short video documentary of Ivor dangling from the ledge...)

Monday, September 11, 2006


Thanks to everyone for coming out to the benefit concert yesterday. There was much rockin done, and a good time was had. I promise I'll have pictures as soon as I find my camera.

On to next weekend: This Saturday, September 16, we'll be showcasing our goods at the Brooklyn Book Festival at Brooklyn Borough Hall from 10-6.

We're super-excited because this will be the first time for people to be able to buy our 2 brand freakin' new titles - Life on the Ledge: Reflections of a New York City Window Cleaner, a memoir by Ivor Hanson; and Vagabond Blues (a finalist for the San Diego Book Award), a novel by Emmanuel Burgin. These books don't hit the streets until December 1, and this will be the only opportunity to get either of them before that date.

You'll also be able to pick up our first title, The Drummer, a novel by Anthony Neil Smith, heralded by Publishers Weekly as "enjoyable...a fun read."

You should be super-excited too because Ivor is going to be at our table signing copies of Life on the Ledge for a couple of fun-soaked hours in the September sun.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

GET LIT 2006, a concert to benefit Behind the Book

Yeah, you know you wanna dance:

On Sunday, September 10, from 4-9, we will be having a concert to benefit a great non-profit group called BEHIND THE BOOK, whose goal is to inspire a lifetime love of reading and books in children.

The show will be at North 6, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and will feature LOUIS LOGIC, TK WEBB, GLUE, GOOD EVENING, and THE SONG CORPORATION (color-coded here for your enjoyment).

Admission is 110% FREE, so you really have no valid excuse for not attending.

The show is being presented by Two Dollar Radio and our friends at

I expect to see you there, and I expect to see you dancing.

[The above illustration was done by the talented, Maggie Suisman...]

Friday, August 25, 2006

Cogan - the man, the myth.

Brian Cogan, author of THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PUNK MUSIC + CULTURE, will be celebrating the release of his book at Freebird Books (what appears to be a really cool store that I need to explore) in Red Hook, Brooklyn, on August 27 at 6 pm.

Cogan contributed a quote for the cover of our title, LIFE ON THE LEDGE: REFLECTIONS OF A NEW YORK CITY WINDOW CLEANER, due out on December 1.

This is what he had to say about LEDGE: "
If Ivor Hanson had merely been one of the key pioneers in the Washington DC punk scene of the eighties, that would have been enough to cement his legacy as a true innovator. But who knew that he was also a writer of no small skill and talent? In this memoir, Hanson tackles the questions of how one discovers worth and meaning in one's life with all the dexterity of a master drummer, and all the balance he learned living life on the ledge."

In the words of Cogan himself,
Listen for the sound of acoustic punk and/or spoken word you shall find us."

Thursday, August 24, 2006

New Two Dollar Radio Blog

We don't do myspace because they're owned by NewsCorp, so in an effort to keep up with the trends, we're starting a blog.

I'm not sure if this is good or bad, but I am excited to have a more direct line of communication with readers/groupies as to the books we publish, the authors, and the events we put on.

Stay tuned for more to come shortly...