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.
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.
On a recent Saturday, "The Writers Studio Reading Series" celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Yale Review. Listen to Louise Glück, Caryl Phillips, Edmund White and Michael Cunningham read from their work at the event.
The work of Jennifer Egan, Julia Holmes, Teddy Wayne and Elizabeth and the Catapult was on display at the Happy Ending Music & Reading Series last month.
When did the undead become so popular? Vampires used to lurk on the fringes of pop culture: but these days they are heroes, heartthrobs, and the family next door.
If anything could create a heated debate at 10 AM on a Saturday morning it would be politics. And of all the politics around, the Tea Party is almost guaranteed to fan the fire.
If you only know one thing about Neil deGrasse Tyson (The Director of the Hayden Planetarium at The American Museum of Natural History ) it is probably that he was the man who outraged a lot of people when he demoted Pluto—it’s not a planet anymore.
In many countries that have been wracked by ethnic cleansing or a civil war, the victims of torture, and the people who tortured them, still live too close for comfort.
PEN often advocates for writers wrongfully imprisoned for politically reasons, but also chose to devote a panel at its recent World Voices Festival to writers from the more traditional prison community.
Jason Jones mocks news on The Daily Show, but it wasn't so funny when his interview with journalist Maziar Bahari helped land Bahair in jail.
Remember that old adage about not judging a book by its cover? Turns out it’s true.
Justine Hardy's In the Valley of the Mist takes us to Kashmir, a land of beauty and unceasing conflict.
Patti Smith's lead guitarist riffs on speeding, dreaming, and playing on Patti's wavelength.
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.
Michael Cunningham and Gay Talese asked the big questions about truthful writing in the information age at the Morgan Library.
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.
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.
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.
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.