Sunday, June 2, 2013



The NEST+m eighth grade has been working super, super hard on their book, Halfway to Infinity. It's an anthology of our pieces, given our perspectives of human nature.

Yes, a group of thirteen and fourteen year olds are publishing a real live book. 

We are a weird, idiosyncratic, egotistical, rude, and smelly group adult-child hybrids. Our stories aren't constructed from narrow, rigid, ivy-league-sweater-vest rules and regulations. Halfway to Infinity is a book full of naive musings and unversed too-cool-for-you playfulness. It may be distasteful, but it's human, it's different, it's special, and it's covered in oozing pimples.

We will be having our book launch tomorrow, 

Monday, June 3rd at 6:00 PM
at the Barnes and Noble in Union Square
33 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003

BE THERE OR BE (hehe. Union?) SQUARE.


The book will be available for purchase at:

Thank you, everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


PS: Read what Alicia wrote for the blurb:

Before you read any further, let this be a warning to you:
If you happen to be looking for a beautifully crafted anthology of pieces written by distinguished and well-respected authors, this is not the book for you.
If you happen to be looking for an exciting picture book detailing the ripping adventures of a frog and its friends, this is probably not the book for you, either.
And if you happen to be looking for a cake recipe, a large snowshoe, bacon-shaped pencils, or rabbit carcasses, you should probably look elsewhere (or see a doctor).
But, on the other hand, if you happen to be looking for a collection of stories, poems, essays, and other assorted compositions from a gradeful of teenagers, you need not look any further.
This book is for you.

Also, here are some reviews from real authors!
  • “The themes and ideas explored in Halfway to Infinity are both compelling and universal; the pieces themselves are entirely unique. The students who contributed to this provocative anthology have proven themselves to be clever, funny, and wonderfully insightful. They give us older people some measure of solace: we needn't have worried; it turns out these kids have been paying attention the whole time!”

    – Garth Stein, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Art of Racing in the Rain
  • “As a journalism professor for the past twenty years, I spend a great deal of my time reading and editing the writing of graduate students. I was therefore utterly delighted to encounter the fresh, profound, quirky and wholly original works of gifted middle school writers in the new anthology — Halfway to Infinity. This collection is truly a cause for celebration! The creative spirit burns strong among the students of Manhattan's New Explorations into Science, Technology, and Math. Write on!”

    – Ari L. Goldman, Professor, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and author of The Search for God at Harvard, Being Jewish, and Living a Year of Kaddish
  • “Halfway to Infinity is outrageous and experimental, hysterical and lyrical. It's a peep-hole into the minds of some extremely smart thirteen-year-olds, and what they write is both thought-provoking and great fun to read.”

    – E. Lockhart, author of The Boyfriend List and The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
  • “It would be impossible to find more impassioned, insightful, idiosyncratic thinkers than these middle school writers. If we'd see things through their eyes, there would be a lot more laughter.”

    – Martha Frankel, author of Hats & Eyeglasses: A Family Love Affair with Gambling, and Executive Director, Woodstock Writers Festival


  1. whaaaat this is awesome! I am definitely adding this to my wishlist :) I think I'll be buying it from Lulu, however, as Amazon only has one copy, and it's $125.12?? XD. I dig the blurb, haha, it's presh.

    1. yayayay! that's very weird.... but yayayay!