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Lenny Kaye, Tunes for Tightly Wound People

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Patti Smith's lead guitarist riffs on speeding, dreaming, and playing on Patti's wavelength.

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The Problem with Being a Model Minority

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

What does the term, "Asian-American," mean?  The Asia Society  invited a diverse group of panelists who reflect the changing face of Asian-Americans in America to tackle the topic.   The panel included the jazz pianist Vijay Iyer, and New York City Controller John C. Liu.

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Bad News Sells Best

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Michael Cunningham and Gay Talese asked the big questions about truthful writing in the information age at the Morgan Library.

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Robert Moses vs. Jane Jacobs

Monday, May 24, 2010

Jane Jacobs and Robert Moses are routinely pitted against each other--or at least their philosophies are--in conversations regarding street life and car and highway culture in New York City.   Earlier this spring, the Museum of the City of New York hosted a panel discussion on the two big thinkers called "Robert Moses, Jane Jacobs and the Automobile." The auditorium was packed, and the conversation lively, as discussions on these contentious subjects often are.

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Finding Your Inner Snark: New Yorker Cartoonists at Happy Ending

Monday, May 24, 2010

WNYC

Like rich people, cartoonists are different from you and me. They see the world as a series of absurd scenes awaiting captions.

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Writing on the Dark Side

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Sex and crime—genre fiction mainstays—come together with "literary" writing in a new anthology edited by bestselling crime writer SJ Rozan and Jonathan Santlofer. 

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Front Lines and Headlines: A PEN Panel on Covering War

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Deborah Amos, Philip Gourevich, Arnon Grunberg, Sebastian Junger and Daniele Mastrogiacomo talked about the role of the journalist in war for a PEN World Voices Festival panel held at Le Poisson Rouge. Listen to their conversation here.

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Christopher Hitchens on Freedom from Fear

Monday, May 17, 2010

WNYC

Christopher Hitchens delivered the Pen World Voices Festival closing Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture at Cooper Union

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There is No Farewell to Arms: War and the Novel at PEN

Friday, May 14, 2010

Four novelists from Afghanistan, Israel, Romania, and Spain discuss how war has influenced their lives and their works at the PEN World Voice Festival. Listen to the event here.

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Talk to Me: Are Delis Worth Saving?

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Food writers David Sax and Arthur Schwartz kibbitz about the great American deli for an event at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Listen to their discussion here.

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Global Voices at the PEN Festival

Monday, May 10, 2010

Opening night of the PEN World Voice Festival brought together literary superstars from around the world. Listen to an international selection of authors read in their native languages here.

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Talk to Me: Patti Smith Chats with Jonathan Lethem

Friday, May 07, 2010

Patti Smith spoke with Jonathan Lethem about writing, CBGB, and New York nostalgia for the PEN World Voice Festival. Listen to their conversation and Smith's song about William Blake.

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Taming the Gods with Ian Buruma

Friday, May 07, 2010

Ian Buruma, author of Taming the Gods: Religion and Democracy on Three Continents, sat with Columbia University professor Andrew Delbanco during the Pen World Voices Festival. The two intellectuals met head-to-head at  powerHouse Arena in Dumbo, Brooklyn and hashed out some of the most important and highly controversial topics in modern discourse both in America and Europe: religion, freedom, immigration and democracy.

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Talk to Me: Happy Birthday, Will Shakespeare

Friday, May 07, 2010

In celebration of the bard's birthday, Cornelia Street Café hosted readings from William Shakespeare's sonnets. Listen to the readings and Elizabethan music here.

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Celebrating Moms and Motherhood

Friday, May 07, 2010

StoryCorps founder and award-winning public radio producer David Isay presented real-life stories about moms at the Tenement Museum. Listen to the full event here.

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Talk to Me: Utopia and Dystopia at PEN

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Russian poet Inga Kuznetsova, Israeli writer Eshkol Nevo, Polish writer Andrzej Stasiuk and New York's own Jonathan Lethem talked about utopia and dystopia for the PEN World Voice Festival. Listen to the event here.

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Love, Marriage, and Cruelty: Alan Rickman Explains Strindberg’s 'Creditors'

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Actor/director Alan Rickman spoke with the New York Public Library's Paul Holdengraber about his new staging of of Strindberg’s Creditors. Listen to their discussion here.

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Talk to Me: Understanding Anne Frank's Diary

Monday, May 03, 2010

For the PEN festival, Francine Prose, Ernie Colón and Sid Jacobson discussed Anne Frank's diary, its impact on literature, history and society.

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Talk to Me: Shirley Hazzard on 'Fire'

Monday, May 03, 2010

Shirley Hazzard spoke with fellow author Richard Ford about writing, poetry and much more for the PEN World Voice Festival. Listen to their conversation here.

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Center for Fiction Honors Jamaica Kincaid

Friday, April 30, 2010

Jamaica Kincaid's coming-of-age novel Annie John received this year's Clifton Fadiman Medal from the Center for Fiction. Listen to Kincaid and novelist Jane Smiley talk about the book here.

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