Swimmers Club

6th November 2016


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Courtesy of Kristen

Municipal Pool

Check which is the shallow end and note the point where you will be out of your depth.


Who: Kristen Felicetti
Where: Brooklyn, NY, USA
What: Writer

Hi. Who are you?

Kristen Felicetti 

Where are you from?

I was born in South Korea. I grew up in a suburb of Rochester, NY. Now, I live in Brooklyn, NY.

What time is it where you are? What's going on?

It's currently 9:09 AM. I'm working from Swallow Cafe, a place mentioned in one of my Cassette 89 pieces. 

Can you tell us a bit about your piece/pieces in Cassette 89?

They are Yelp-style reviews of places. I'm so fascinated with Yelp and Yelp reviews. I'm as guilty as anyone of using Yelp to find a restaurant or bar nearby, but it's interesting to me why so many of us won't decide whether a restaurant is worth going to without first quickly checking how many stars it has from strangers. Or why we aren't in general more open to getting lost and seeing what bar we might happen to wander into. 

Also, if you look at the style of most Yelp reviews, they're all pretty narrative and first-person and usually add a ton of personal side information that most people would feel is unnecessary for an informational review. So I wanted to expand on that. Use a Yelp review as a jumping off point to write creative stuff. It seemed like a way I could experiment with different tones/styles/subject matter/even jokes and just generally feel freer than if I set off to straight up write a short story or essay.

How does it differ to what you've written before or doesn't it?

I've written pieces in this review style before, ones that aren't included in Cassette 89. One was about my local bodega L-Mo's Market that I love. The other was about a dollar slice pizza place I went to all the time. 

Can you tell us a bit about what you're working on next or will that jinx it?

I'm going to put out another issue of The Bushwick Review, the magazine I edit. Beyond that, yeah I don't want to jinx it. Plus, I'm honestly not sure; I don't have a definitive plan or anything. 

Do you ever still listen to real audio cassette tapes like some kind of unreconstructed hipster of five years ago? Great question, huh? 

lol not really. I guess sometimes if I'm in an older car that can only play cassette tapes. VHS tapes and VCRs are more my annoying hipster passion. I do live projections for bands and use old VHS cameras and tapes.

Can you swim?

Yes, I love swimming. It's one of my favourite things. 


Kristen is featured in the upcoming sampler Cassette 89 available from Dostoyevsky Wannabe