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New Book Chronicles the Rise and Fall of the Soho Artist Loft

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

WNYC

In a new book, "Illegal Living: 80 Wooster Street and the Evolution of Soho," architect Shael Shapiro and journalist Roslyn Bernstein chart the changes to Soho through one industrial building.

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Talk to Me

Talk to Me: Celebrating Wallace Shawn at CUNY

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

If the meek are going to inherit the earth, then Wally Shawn will be in the vanguard. The diffident playwright and essayist, known for such works as "My Dinner with Andre," "Aunt Dan and Lemon," and "The Designated Mourner," presented readings of a wide range of his essays and dramas last month at the CUNY Graduate Center.

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The Takeaway

Imagining Zora Neale Hurston as a Girl Detective

Monday, November 08, 2010

Zora and Me” fictionalizes the childhood of the Harlem Renaissance writer, folklorist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston. (Hurston was born in 1891, lived through the Jim Crow south, and died in 1960.) The young adult novel is the first in a planned trilogy which imagines Hurston as a girl detective in her all-black hometown of Eatonville, Florida, at the start of the 20th century.

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Features

In the Dog House: 'The American Dog at Home'

Monday, October 25, 2010

Unless the person behind the shutter is Richard Avedon or Annie Leibowitz, it's hard to get too excited by the celebrity portrait. But something amazing happens when the camera shifts a bit, and gives pride of place to the family dog.

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The Takeaway

Scholars Get First Peek at Franz Kafka’s Hidden, Private Papers

Friday, July 23, 2010

For decades, unpublished papers by the Jewish Czech writer, Franz Kafka, have been hidden away in safety deposit boxes in Zurich, Switzerland and Tel Aviv, Israel. Israel’s supreme court recently ordered that the boxes, which contain thousands of handwritten documents by one of the most influential novelists of the 20th century, be opened. However, there is still an ongoing legal dispute about who owns the collection of private papers. It is not yet known whether the public will ever get to see them.

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Features

Road Trip Reading, Before Getting in the Car

Friday, June 25, 2010

Our selection of road trip–themed stories, books, and shows to get you started on your own soul-searching adventure.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Bonobo Handshake

Friday, June 04, 2010

In 2005 Vanessa Woods and her fiance settled at a bonobo sanctuary in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Christopher Hitchens

Friday, June 04, 2010

We talk with Christopher Hitchens about his memoir Hitch-22 and some of his more contrarian ideas.

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AM JAMZ

Poet Major Jackson's AM JAMZ

Friday, April 30, 2010

In honor of National Poetry Month, supported by the Academy of American Poets, we're closing April with the morning playlist of poet Major Jackson. Submit your playlist in the comments section below so that we can put together a crowdsourced map of the MTA using your songs!

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Talk to Me

PEN World Voices Festival: Women Sex and Fiction

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The PEN World Voices Festival kicked off with a panel about women and fiction in translation that addressed big, messy topics... that are impossible to put to rest.

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Reader's Almanac

Jerzy Kosinski

Monday, September 29, 1975

Jerzy Kosinski discusses his new novel, Cockpit.

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