DadWagon Presents: Loinfruit, Meltdowns, and Weeknight Drinking

Okay, so last month there was a big snowstorm and we had to cancel the event. But now DadWagon Presents is back! We are once again bringing procreative writers to Pacific Standard (82 Fourth Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-858-1951) to tell parenting tales that may make you laugh, will probably make you cringe with self-recognition, and will almost definitely send you to the bar for another pint. Oh, and the first 32 beers will be FREE!

The next DadWagon Presents is at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 12, so leave the kids at home (please!) and come see:

Christopher Bonanos, the author of the recently released Instant: The Story of Polaroid, is a senior editor at New York Magazine and, far more importantly, a founder and emeritus editor of DadWagon. His 3-year-old son, Alex, appears in hundreds and hundreds of photos.

• Joshua David Stein began his career as an editor for and has served as editor-at-large at OUT magazine, senior editor at Departures magazine, editor of Black Ink, and editor-in-chief of BlackBook magazine. His work has appeared in the New York Times, New York, The Guardian, Maxim, OUT, Details, blah blah blah. He lives in Morningside Heights and is the father of Achilles Heeren Stein, 11 months, and the husband of Ana Maria Heeren, 372 months.

Again, the details:

Where: Pacific Standard (82 Fourth Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-858-1951;
When: 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 7
Cost: Free! Including free beers for the first 32 people to show up.
Sponsor: “A little better than most blogs” is how Parents Magazine described, three journalists’ attempt to make sense of the sometimes baffling, often excruciating, occasionally amusing world of fatherhood in New York City. Those three are Nathan Thornburgh, a writer for Time and founder of; Theodore Ross, features editor at Men’s Journal and author of the forthcoming “Am I a Jew?”; and Matt Gross, a travel and food writer and the Times’ former Frugal Traveler columnist.
Contact: E-mail Matt Gross <>

Previous speakers (listen to their talks podcast here and here):

Peter Meehan, author of the Momofuku and Frankies cookbooks, former NYT “$25 & Under” columnist, and founder (with David Chang) of Lucky Peach magazine. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and their daughter, Hazel.

Jeff Yang, “Tao Jones” columnist at the Wall Street Journal, regular contributor to WNYC and PRI’s “The Takeaway,” and author of Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology (volume 2 to be released this fall). He lives four blocks away in Park Slope with his wife, Heather, and their awesome sons, Hudson and Skyler.

Paul Ford, founder, former Harper’s Magazine editor, writer for New York, Slate, The Morning News, as well as the author of the novel Gary Benchley, Rock Star, and an all-around Internet-fame guru. He is lives in Ditmas Park (which he claims is much nicer than Park Slope) with his wife and twin babies.

• Donovan Hohn, prize-winning author of Moby-Duck and features editor at GQ, lives in the West Village with his wife and two kids.

• Gabe Soria, a music journalist and co-author (with Jessica Abel) of the graphic novel Life Sucks, has a 7-year-old boy who was kind of impressed when his dad introduced him to Dr. John.

• Benjamin Anastas is the author of the novels An Underachiever’s Diary and The Faithful Narrative of a Pastor’s Disappearance, which was a New York Times notable book. Other work has appeared in The Paris ReviewHarper’sThe New York Times MagazineBookforum, and is forthcoming in The Best American Essays 2012. His memoir Too Good to Be True will be published in October and will cost his 5-year-old son a small fortune in future therapy.

• Brian Braiker, a former Newsweek and Rolling Stone staff writer, is a senior editor of Parenting magazine. He loves one of his daughters more than the other, but he’ll never tell which.

• David J. Rosen is the author of the novel I Just Want My Pants Back, as well as the creator and executive producer of the MTV series of the same name.  He is also the author of the nonfiction book What’s That Job and How the Hell Do I Get It?, and his writing has appeared in publications like Esquire and The New York Times. Rosen lives in Brooklyn and has the stroller arms to prove it.


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