No reason to scream on Nov. 11

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Rest assured Brooklyn — Nov. 11 will be a scream-free day.

Some Brooklynites got spooked when they saw ominous graffiti scrawled along the side of the Smith-Ninth Street F-train tracks this week, seeming to proclaim, “World Screaming Nov 11.” But instead of hinting at a planned attack this fall, the message is part of a grassroots publicity campaign for grafitti legend Dumar Brown’s new book, “The World Screaming Nov.” (Apparently, Brown was a bit sloppy with his quotation marks, leading to the confusion about Nov. 11.)

Brown’s semi-autobiographical tome is the latest in a series about Nov, a graffiti artist from Brooklyn. The book’s title has been tagged all over the world on walls and buildings by Brown to build anticipation for the book’s launch later this year.

In an e-mail interview with The Brooklyn Paper, Brown said that the scribbles were not graffiti.

“It was just an advertisem­ent,” he wrote. “I didn’t have permission, but then again nobody ever asked me if it was OK that they put billboards up in my sight. I’m not a vandal.”

A spokesman for New York City Transit said the agency had not seen the writing or received complaints about it, though it has been up for a week.

Updated 5:08 pm, July 9, 2018
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Dumar from Flatbush! says:
Mike Limpkin

it looks like you didnt write anything of importance

what are you a high school senior?

Not only that but you contacted the MTA, thats a bad move

what are you trying to get me in trouble?

How about talking about the issues that I raised with the book

like blacks being put in prison at an alarming rate, like corruption on all levels in our government

whatever idiot said november 11th is just a fool, and its not quotations either

its the rest of the paint getting thrown off the side

but you didnt ask me that, you just made up your own facts

If thats the story your going with than your better off taking it down

That kind of two bit reporting is better off in the daily news

I said nobody asked me if it was ok if they put their billboards up but I was talking about the perverted signs that are in that vicinity, the ones that play on the problems of my fellow man like prostitution and gambling, such as the one for the strip club and the other for the lottery


thanks for nothing

Sept. 5, 2008, 4:36 pm
john q citizen from brownsville says:
I too was extraordinarily disappointed in the reporting of the 'World Screaming Nov" article. As an individual familiar with the work of Nov, it seemed to me that the article completely ignored the purpose behind the statement, and instead attempted act a community pacifier, as if the advertisement had really aroused so much fear and suspicion. It seems that the author of this article is merely a product of the culture of fear cultivated by the present administration, is no more a journalist than he is a fearful, uninspiring mouthpiece of oppression.
Sept. 5, 2008, 5:38 pm
ice from your face says:
too long, didn't read
Sept. 5, 2008, 10:32 pm
Rudy from Kensington says:
I think Lipkin owes it to us to read The World Screaming Nov and report on what the book is about. Not so much in a review aspect but more in a conversation starting way of discussing politics in a local Brooklyn and regional NY and national US way. Discussing the circular logic that leaves certain groups out of the American Dream. Discussing how inaction actually perpetuates the dividing problem that we have.
Sept. 5, 2008, 11:14 pm
Dumar Brown from All City says:
This was how the Brooklyn Paper responded to me:

> To:
> I'll take the liberty of answering for Mike, since I'm his boss.
> I thought the article was a good one and, from your perspective, you
> should be pleased, as we did more promotion for you and your book than you
> can imagine.
> How dare you suggest that we shouldn't have called the MTA. We're
> reporters; we called you AND the MTA. Have to get both sides of the story,
> right?
> That said, I welcome your comments and hope you will submit them as a
> Letter to the Editor by writing to Thanks.
> --
> Gersh Kuntzman
> Editor
> The Brooklyn Paper
Sept. 8, 2008, 5:07 pm
Dumar Brown from All City says:
This is my response:

Noble Editor,

I see you think this "reporting" was done well. So my bone to pick is not with the sophmoric Mike Lipkin, but with you the fearless editor of this esteemed publication.

The Brooklyn Paper should feel happy, for your position as editor is safe, less they worry that The New York Times should steal you away. Neither will The New Yorker be mulling over your resume, unsure if they should add you to their team.

What you call "good reporting" only proves to me that you are also a victim of poor education- something my book deals with at length. I don't suppose you have a degree in journalism. You may have taken a course called "English" in the community college you went to, where they spoke of journalism, but you haven't proven to me that you know anything about true journalism in the hollow periodical you call The Brooklyn Paper.
Sept. 8, 2008, 5:08 pm
Dumar from Brooklyn says:
Had you or young Lipkin been schooled in journalism, you may have uncovered one of the great news stories of our time just by looking at that massive advertisment- one about New York City children being held as prisoners from young ages, raised to be recidivists, all at the profit of a few who live outside of our fair city. Instead you took the low road & tried to invent a story that forced fear onto a normally fearless citizenry.

I suppose readers of your blog were used to your tactics for all I find on your blog are biased stories that must be written and edited from a laptop in a bar on Smith Street.

I can't say I would have ever come across your blog, for I prefer a more intellectual rag, were it not for young Lipkin's email (on a side note if he needs help getting into Kingsborough I may be able to pull some strings, I like to encourage education for young men).
Sept. 8, 2008, 5:10 pm
Dumar from Brooklyn says:

Although you tell me that I should be "pleased" for your "publicizing" my humble book, I can't see it that way. To put me in the same sentence as terrorism is to make light of 9/11 and the conflict in the Middle East all the way to terrorism in Colombia. I feel used. In terms you can understand I feel like a used tampon. I'd prefer you struck this story from your blog, for every time I think of it I am pained. Please do not use this bloody cotton swab again! I implore you, throw it out with the rest of the trash, or flush it down the toilet if you must.

Now I shall regain my civility by leaving you with a quote from Shakespeare, you may have heard of him in your community college course called "reading"

"Who steals my purse, steals trash, tis something, nothing. Twas mine, tis his, and has been slave to thousands. But he that filches from me my good name robs me of that which not enriches him and makes me poorer indeed"

Dumar Brown
Sept. 8, 2008, 5:11 pm
ANTONIO KEL5MH from Bensonhurst/ConeyIsland says:

That's me laughing at the editor getting abused by Nov.
Because it's funny, thats why.
Sept. 25, 2008, 8:59 pm

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