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Janet Malcolm and Ian Frazier Talk Shop at The New Yorker Festival

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Journalist Janet Malcolm and New Yorker writer Ian Frazier discussed the nature of the journalist/interviewee relationship, the impact of technology on their work, and early writing projects at The New Yorker Festival.

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Wrestling with Words: Poet Philip Schultz Talks about Dyslexia

Monday, October 17, 2011

Philip Schultz, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Failure," among other books of verse, has written an unexpected work of prose called "My Dyslexia."

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The Call of Things: Jane Bennett Talks About Hoarders at the Vera List Center

Monday, September 26, 2011

Les chose sont contre nous” ("Things are against us") is the wry slogan of Paul Jennings’ parodic philosophy resistentialism*. But Professor Jane Bennett of Johns Hopkins University doesn’t think so. (*For more on resistentialism, check out: Paul Jennings, "Report on Resistentialism," The Jenguin Pennings, 1963.)

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Game of Thrones: Sir Peter Hall and Michael Boyd in Conversation

Friday, August 05, 2011

In honor of its 50th birthday, the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) brought together company founder Sir Peter Hall and current Artistic Director Michael Boyd in conversation at the Park Avenue Armory where the RSC is currently in residence.

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'Speak the Speech I Pray You': Directors Weigh in on Bringing Shakespeare to the Stage

Monday, July 18, 2011

The second of four panel discussions held in conjunction with the Royal Shakespeare Company residency at The Park Avenue Armory focused on “Directing Shakespeare."

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The Word as Sword: Reza Aslan at Poet's House

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

As the Middle East continues to feel the tremors of revolution from all across the landscape, Dr. Reza Aslan’s book “Tablet and Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East” offers a timely look at the role of literature in modern Islam.

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Shakespearean Sages: Peter Brook and Michael Boyd in Conversation

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Peter Brook was a legendary director with the Royal Shakespeare Company (R.S.C.) in the 1960s and 1970s; Michael Boyd is the current Artistic Director. The two were recently brought together in the first of a series of discussions being presented by the Park Avenue Armory in conjunction with the R.S.C.’s summer residency.

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Talk To Me: A Happy Beginning for Happy Ending

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Happy Ending Music & Reading Series June 8 performance at Joe’s Pub marked the launch of Happy Ending’s partnership with Yaddo, an artists’ working community based in Saratoga Springs, New York.

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Talk to Me: Happy Endings, Modern Myths and Legends

Monday, May 23, 2011

WNYC

A recent Happy Ending Music and Reading Series focused on (modern) legends and beliefs. Listen to readings from Tea Obreht, Dean Bakopoulos, and Fernanda Eberstadt here.

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Working Words: Writers Try to Fix It at the PEN World Voices Festival

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Is the pen mightier than the sword, or any number of other challenges? That’s what “A Working Day,” at the PEN World Voices Festival set out to explore on April 28.

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Talk to Me: New Orleans as Paradox

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

WNYC

New Orleans manages to leave a mark, good or bad, on its tourists, natives, and those who've decided to take up roots there. Most people who visit have a great time, but many can attest to how the city's unique insular culture, history and traditions can be as frustrating as they are fascinating. As part of the 2011 Pen World Voices Festival of International Literature, five distinguished New Orleans writers — Sarah Broom, Richard Campanella, Nicholas Lemann, Fatima Sheik and Billy Sothern — recently read selections from their published books and essays.

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Talk to Me: The PEN World Voices Festival Takes on Corporate Publishing

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Listen to the audio of a PEN World Voices Festival panel at the Standard Hotel. Writers and editors talked about the ways in which corporate publishing limited access to audiences, the pressure to mainstream, and editing as a form of censorship.

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Talk to Me: Oh, Really? Happy Ending at Joe's Pub

Monday, May 09, 2011

Reality. "Some people live in it, some people don't," observed Happy Ending host and curator Amanda Stern on Wednesday, May 4 at Joe's Pub before introducing three writers with different takes on the subject. The topic seemed a fitting flourish to a week that included both a fairy tale wedding and the death of an international terrorist—each event both fantastic and true.

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Private Voices in a Public Place: Diaries at the Morgan Library

Friday, May 06, 2011

Bloggers? Tweeters? My Space? Facebook? Fahgedabodit. Hundreds of years before everyone got on a digital soapbox, diarists used this intimate form to confide their loves, longings, and keen observations about the world around them. Learn more about the diaries currently on view at the Morgan Library here.

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Talk to Me: From Russia with Love at the Greene Space

Friday, May 06, 2011

On a recent Tuesday, New York Public Radio's Jerome L. Greene Space hosted a literary salon as part of the 2011 PEN World Voices Festival. Download the talk, “From Russia with Love,” featuring Russian poetry, criticism, and classical music here.

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Talk to Me: China in Two Acts

Thursday, May 05, 2011

China watchers and writers Ian Buruma, Yan Lianke, Linda Polman, David Rieff, and Zha Jianying spoke at the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature to discuss human rights in China at the Great Hall at Cooper Union.

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Behind 'War Horse': The Puppeteers at The New School

Friday, April 29, 2011

One of the most powerful aspects of “War Horse,” which opened at Lincoln Center on April 14, is, of course, the astonishing puppets. At The New School’s Tishman Auditorium, the puppeteers pulled back the curtain during a lively panel discussion and demonstration.

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Cornelia Street Café Says Happy Birthday to Shakespeare

Friday, April 29, 2011

It's fitting that William Shakespeare was born in the spring—April 26, 1564—because his sonnets are crammed with sumptuous images of ripe nature bursting its bounds. The Cornelia Street Café recently celebrated the playwright’s birthday with a reading of selected sonnets. 

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Talk to Me: Stranger Performances

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

A large swatch of artist Laurel Nakadate's work features performances in which she performs acts with strangers—and videotapes them. Nakadate recently discussed her work at UnionDocs as part of New York's "Walls and Bridges" conference.

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Talk To Me: Art, Pornography and Censorship

Monday, April 18, 2011

WNYC

WNYC was there to hear the conversation photographer Nan Goldin, critic Lynn Tillman and French thinkers Ruwen Ogien and Carole Talon-Hugon had on the intersection of these subjects.

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