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Bloomsday Seen and Heard

Friday, June 18, 2010

James Joyces' Ulysses chronicles the wanderings of Leopold Bloom through Dublin during an ordinary day: Thursday, June 16, 1904. The 16th has become known as Bloomsday, and literary types and fans of Joyce celebrate the occaision with pub crawls, readings, and re-enactments.

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David Goodwillie's Subversive Shelf

Monday, June 14, 2010

Author David Goodwillie organizes his books the way he sees New York: “My books are not organized at all, which is kind of how I like it.  Classics mixed in with pop culture mixed in with non fiction and it’s kind of a big mess”.  

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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."


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Top Five Classical Music Summer Reads

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

While there is no shortage of important books that explore music and composers, some volumes are a bit too heavy--both topically and in terms of actually poundage--for the park or beach. Here are five recommendations for lighter fare this summer.

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Being Wrong

Thursday, June 03, 2010

When is being wrong right?

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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.

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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.

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Finding Your Inner Snark: New Yorker Cartoonists at Happy Ending

Monday, May 24, 2010

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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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Searching for Silence at the NYPL

Friday, April 30, 2010

The author of In Pursuit of Silence: Listening for Meaning in a World of Noise, George Procnik spoke with the New York Public Library's Paul Holdengraber about preserving silence. Listen to their discussion here.

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