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The New Yorker's 20 Writers Under 40

Friday, June 11, 2010

You may still not know who Tèa Obreht is, but by now you may have heard of the list that will supposedly make her a household name: The New Yorker's 20 writers under 40 list, which was featured in the recent fiction double issue.  The New Yorker claims that "these twenty men and women dazzlingly represent the multiple strands of inventiveness and vitality that characterize the best fiction being written in this country today."


Posing With Miranda July: "Eleven Heavy Things" in Union Square Park

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

If all goes well, you're going to take a lot of pictures this summer.  Artist and filmmaker Miranda July would like to help you out.


Not All Kink and Gloom: Novelist Mary Gaitskill

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The author of Don't Cry and Veronica visits Brooklyn's Powerhouse Books with Stacked Up TV. Watch the video.


2010 Moby Awards

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Tonight in Manhattan,  the best and worst book trailers produced in the last year will be honored at the first annual Moby Awards.


Walk In The Park With Emily Dickinson

Thursday, April 29, 2010

The poet had a way with words, and a killer green thumb. In honor of her passion for plants and poetry, the New York Botanical Garden just opened a new exhibit. Watch the video.


Salman Rushdie: On Global Literature and ... the Yankees

Monday, April 26, 2010

During author Salman Rushdie's visit to The Leonard Lopate Show to talk up the PEN World Voices Festival, we asked him a couple of questions. Here's what he told us:

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The Bizarre And Cuddly Bookends Of Kathryn Harrison

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Writer Kathryn Harrison keeps some of her most prized possessions on her bookcase. Aside from novels, one can find miscellaneous trinkets from family members to a fetal pig in a glass jar. (Um, one man's bookend is another man's fetal pig?)


Ear to the Ground

Friday, March 26, 2010

WNYC's Janaya Williams shines her highly arbitrary spotlight on some of the city's happenings. From the Civil Rights Movement, to new leadership at the Cooper-Hewitt, to getting ready for Passover.


Saïd Sayrafiezadeh On Judging A Book By Its Cover

Thursday, February 25, 2010

This writer is not afraid to admit many books on display at his home were chosen simply because they look good. Watch the video.

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Bread Revolution For The Common Man

Monday, February 22, 2010

The founder of the Sullivan St Bakery created the easy "no knead" technique to make bread at home. Watch the video for the recipe.

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Author Ken Wheaton Crams It In

Monday, February 08, 2010

Novelist and blogger Ken Wheaton takes a "whatever fits" approach to his literary collection. "If there's a spot, cram it in there," he says. His shelves are a lot like his treasured recipe for gumbo: a little traditional, a lot spicy and all about the mix. Watch the video.


Cult Figure Gets Down and Dirty in New Book

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

"Genteel" is not a word generally associated with the artistic output of Andre Williams, a 1950s hero for the gutter-minded.

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Mad TV Predicted the iPad!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The worst-kept secret in geekdom was actually the focus of a 2007 Mad TV skit. Watch the video.

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Joshua Ferris On Being Misunderstood

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Writer Joshua Ferris rails against metaphor, allegory and reading like an 11th grader. Watch the video.


Six Ways To Save A Sinking Conversation

Monday, January 25, 2010

Tips on how to salvage a horribly boring conversation. Watch the video.


Writer Rich Cohen's Shelves Boast Half-Eaten Books

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The author shows off his book collection to Stacked.TV. Watch the video!


Alan Alda Compares Science Nerds To Art Nerds

Friday, January 15, 2010

Alan Alda has straddled art and science through his work as an actor and as host of science programs over the years. He's says the worlds aren't so far apart. Watch the video for more.



Geoffrey Rush. Maya Lin. Mikhail Baryshnikov. And Then Some.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Check out this revolving door of cultural luminaries; it's a chance to remember some of the highlights of 2009's best theater, film and books. 


The Best Stories of the Year, courtesy of Studio 360.

Friday, December 25, 2009

A studio visit with composer Marvin Hamlisch.  A retirement home for former entertainers. A debate about race in the theater. Those were some of the top stories from Kurt Andersen, and Studio 360, this year.


Spa Castle: A Tour Through Sauna Valley

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The Disneyland of spa resorts is right in our own backyard. From the outside, Spa Castle looks more like a suburban mall than a place to unwind. Once you enter the building in College Point, Queens, it's pure sensory explosion.

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