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Rushdie Talk on Censorship Wraps Up PEN Festival

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The 2012 PEN World Voices Festival ended with a talk about censorship at the Cooper Union by novelist Salman Rushdie (Midnight's Children, The Satanic Verses). Listen to and download Rushdie's 17-minute Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture.

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Jennifer Egan on How to Create Your Own Rules at PEN

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Earlier in May, Jacob Weisberg, editor-in-chief for the Slate group, and author Jennifer Egan discussed Egan’s Pulitzer Prize-winning, genre-busting novel A Visit from the Goon Squad at The New School. Their conversation was part of the annual PEN World Voices Festival. Download the audio of the talk or watch a video of the talk.

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Doctorow, Atwood and Amis on America and its Role in Global Political Culture

Friday, May 11, 2012

One of the highlights of this year's PEN World Voices Festival was a talk between writers E.L. Doctorow, Margaret Atwood and Martin Amis on America and its role in the global political culture. Download a podcast and watch a video of the talk here.

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The Jane Hotel's Connection to the Titanic Draws a Crowd

Monday, April 09, 2012

New York City has no shortage of sites that have a direct connection to the Titanic. One of them is the Jane Hotel, where the Titanic's surviving sailors went for a memorial service in 1912. Check out our map of this and other Titanic landmarks in New York City.

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Authors Conjure Up 'Strange Places' in Readings at Happy Ending

Friday, March 23, 2012

The theme for the Happy Ending Music and Reading Series at Joe's Pub in March was Strange Places. Listen to the extraordinary — and absurd — environments that authors Jessica Anthony, Amelia Gray and Heidi Julavitz conjured up their readings.

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Talk to Me: Behaving Badly at Happy Ending

Thursday, December 22, 2011

This month, Happy Ending Music and Reading series curator Amanda Stern welcomed three Yaddo alums to Joe’s Pub for a program entitled “Reality and Scandal.”

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Lovely Bones: Celebrating Anne Sexton at the Cornelia Street Café

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The poet Anne Sexton took her own life in 1974, but had she lived, this year would have marked her 83rd birthday. Reason enough, thought the actor Paul Hecht, to organize an elegant tribute to her at the Cornelia Street Café on Nov. 14.

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Lydia Davis and Eliot Weinberger Have High School Reunion at KGB Bar

Monday, November 07, 2011

Two famed poets, essayists and translators — Lydia Davis and Eliot Weinberger — recently read from new work at the True Story: Non-Fiction reading series at the KGB Bar in the East Village. Listen to the audio here.

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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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This Week: Must-See Arts in the City

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Technology that begs to be played with at MoMA, punk graphics at Steven Kasher, carved characters at the Morgan Library and redecorated airplane nose cones out in the Hamptons. Here's what's on our radar in the arts world this very steamy weekend.

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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: Happy Endings, Modern Myths and Legends

Monday, May 23, 2011

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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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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: 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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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

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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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Talk to Me: The Yale Review Celebrates 100 Years

Friday, March 11, 2011

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.

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