More Special Interest Groups Required

January 20, 2015

The poet Juvenal (2nd century AD) said, “In times like these it is difficult not to write satire.” Two millennia later that’s still the case. See: http://thesatirist.com/satires/More_Special_Interest_Groups_Required.html

A New World Order

January 14, 2015

My poem, “A New World Order,” has been published in the online journal Poets and War. To read the poem and leave a comment about it go to http://www.poetsandwar.com/the-new-world-order/

Top Five New Mental Disorders of 2015

January 3, 2015

http://www.thesatirist.com/satires/Psychology/Top_Five_New_Mental_Disorders_of_2015.html

Legacies of World War I Author Lecture Wednesday, December 17, Noon-1pm Learning Center, 3rd floor, National Archives at New York City One Bowling Green, New York

December 15, 2014

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, Martin Levinson, a member of the National Book Critics Circle, World War I Historical Association and Authors Guild, provides an informative lecture about the war. Its legacy is more present than we may think. The volatile politics of Middle East and Balkan Europe stem directly from World War I and its immediate aftereffects. America’s current preoccupation to champion democracy throughout the world is also a product of the first world war. Space is limited. Please RSVP: newyork.archives@nara.gov

Free Art Opening And Holiday Party at Ovo Sodo Restaurant in Forest Hills Thursday, December 18 from 3-5 pm

December 9, 2014

The hip, new Ovo Sodo Restaurant in Forest Hills (110-60 Queens Blvd.), is sponsoring local artists by offering art shows and receptions with refreshments free of charge to the public. The Grand Opening Art Show and Holiday Party will take place on Thursday, December 18 from 3-5 pm. It will feature the beautiful and fascinating works of magic-realist photographer Katherine Liepe-Levinson. Admission and refreshments free of charge. Please join us for great food, great art, and Holiday Cheer.

Pond Studies Art Opening

July 25, 2014

My wife Kathy has an art opening of some of her photographs (a series titled “Pond Studies”) on Saturday, July 26 at the Alex Ferrone Photography Gallery and Studio, which is located in Cutchogue Long Island. Her work has been getting favorably reviewed and Borghese Vineyard is sponsoring the affair. Drop by if you can (between 6 and 8 pm).

Google Posting False Information

July 29, 2013

Google lists Steven H. Levinson as the author of my books. I have tried to correct this error for the past two months by sending Google online feedback but so far nothing has changed. I tried calling Google to resolve the problem but have not been able to get through to a human being. Thinking of taking them to small claims court for the damage they have caused me with their false authorship attributions.

The Risha Levinson Story

March 11, 2013

I have just submitted the manuscript of my mother’s memoir, The Risha Levinson Story: Growing Up in the Greatest Generation, to the publisher. I worked on the book with her and, pardon my egoism, it’s a great read. The book should be online with Amazon and Barnes and Noble in the next few months.

Brooklyn Boomer: Growing Up in the Fifties

January 18, 2013

I have been doing lots of book readings on Long Island for my memoir Brooklyn Boomer: Growing Up in the Fifties. Below is a review of Brooklyn Boomer that was published in ETC: A Review of General Semantics last year.

Martin H. Levinson. Brooklyn Boomer: Growing Up in the Fifties. Bloomington, IN: iUniverse, 2011.

This compelling time-binding memoir and social history of Brooklyn and America in the mid-twentieth century is both entertaining and instructive. The author, who grew up in the “borough of immigrants and underdogs,” clearly knows how to tell a tale. I was fascinated by his Mark Twain-like adventures through the Prospect Park woodlands; his trips to the Brooklyn Riviera, which was Coney Island in the 1950s; his descriptions of the ecstatic reactions of Brooklynites to their home team winning the World Series in 1955; and his escapades in and out of the hallowed halls of Erasmus Hall High School, the alma mater of Barbra Streisand, chess-wiz Bobby Fischer, and Neil Diamond.

Brooklyn Boomer also provides a rich overview of what was going on in the United States during the 1950s including chapters on TV programs that took place during the “golden age of television;” the birth of rock and roll, Playboy, female contraception, and the suburbs; America’s obsession with cars; and a fascinating account of beatniks, science, and technology–the latter elucidated in a timeline going from the h-bomb to pantyhose. In addition, there is an appendix that spells out by year prices and the cost of staples in the 1950s (e.g., in 1950 the minimum wage was 75 cents an hour, the average salary was $3,800, gas was 27 cents a gallon, and it cost 3 cents to mail a letter). Illustrations of famous people and places of the era are provided as well.

If you’re curious about the 1950s (a pivotal decade in understanding American life today) or want to know more about a time that some consider an idyllic period in American history then this book is for you. To quote the title from the first rock and roll song to make it to the national American music charts, a recording performed by Bill Haley & His Comets in 1953, it’s “crazy man, crazy.”

 

 

My Book Reading April 15

March 31, 2010

I shall be doing a book reading from my latest book, The Levinson Report: Cutting Edge Satire for Geniuses Like You, at the Albert Ellis Institute (45 E. 65 ST. NYC) on Thursday, April 15 at 6:30pm.  Please join me for the event. I have included a recent review of the book below.

Review of: The Levinson Report: Cutting Edge Satire for Geniuses Like You

     Satire involves attacking human vice or folly through irony, derision, or wit. Its literary use dates back to the ancient Greeks, who used elements of satire in some of their plays. The Romans, though, are considered the first true satirists. Horace and Juvenal are prominent representatives from this group.

This book uses the satirical form to skewer a wide array of targets ranging from American foreign policy in the Middle East to self-improvement hucksterism. Specifically, the book is divided into four parts that contain 33 highly inspiring, edifying, and compelling essaysI

Part I examines General Concerns with subjects ranging from a send-up of clichés to ten arguments against intelligent design.
Part II explores Domestic Concerns like gun control, education, and health care.
Part III investigates Self-Improvement Concerns such as how to triumph over difficult people, ways to defeat low self-esteem, and why winning is the most important thing in life.
Part IV looks at International Concerns and includes excerpts from the Bush diary on Iraq, an interview with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and a discussion of suicide bombing and the good life.

In the book’s Introduction the author states, “I hope you find the satire contained in The Levinson Report informative and entertaining and that you will think more deeply about the topics being spoofed. With that said, my attorney has advised me that I must provide the following warning: The material that follows may cause your mind to expand and your nervous system to register feelings of enjoyment. However, don’t be alarmed if you experience these effects. They are rarely long lasting and real life is the perfect antidote.” With reassurance like that you’ve got nothing to lose. Read this book!