A Starving Artist’s Guide to Arts Events This Weekend: March 28 to 31

Spring has finally sprung, people! This is not a drill! Go outside and do stuff! Steinhardt’s “Opera Now: Three to See” at Provincetown Playhouse, March 28 - 31 Come see Tisch and Steinhardt faculty and students...

Staff Recs: Books We Should Have Read in High School

“Romeo and Juliet.” “The Catcher in the Rye.” Ernest Hemingway. Jane Austen. Classic titles and names that filled our high school syllabi and glazed our eyes over. But the Arts Desk has decided to...

Unpopular Opinions: Children’s Book Series

If you weren’t already aware, “Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase” is coming out this week. Since it’s based on the popular children’s book series, the Arts Desk is taking a look at some...

Five Books by and About Women for International Women’s Day

Beyond the Bechdel Test, I’ve found that my standards for gender equality in books are basically nonexistent. In honor of International Women’s Day, here are five refreshing books, written by women from different eras,...

Suggestions for Non-Cheesy Valentine’s Day Reads

Tolstoy wrote that “All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love.” As Valentine’s Day approaches, many of us may find ourselves, happily or begrudgingly, with love on the brain. While I...

Terrance Hayes Talks Trump, Teaching at NYU

Terrance Hayes, the acclaimed poet and NYU Creative Writing professor, came to NYU’s Lillian Vernon Creative Writing House on Thursday for a discussion and reading of some of his recent work.  In her introduction, Deborah...

The Poets Behind the First Queer POC Anthology

Three queer poets of color talked the role of poetry at an event at the Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House, while celebrating the release of the new anthology, “Nepantla.”

Unpopular Opinions: 20th Century Authors

The 20th century birthed a plethora of renowned authors, some overrated and some underrated. This week, the Arts Desk tackles Unpopular Opinions: 20th Century Authors.

‘An American Marriage’ and a Distinctly American Writer

Acclaimed novelist Tayari Jones visited the Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House to discuss her new book "An American Marriage" and her writing process.

Hillary Clinton Speaks Candidly at PEN World Voices

Hillary Clinton is going to keep talking. The 2016 Democratic presidential nominee and former secretary of state is not going to let her election defeat, or what anyone is saying about it, keep her from...

Ron Chernow Explores ‘Grant’ at PEN World Voices

Acclaimed biographer Ron Chernow sat down with MSNBC host Chris Hayes at PEN World Voices Festival this past Sunday to discuss his newest book, “Grant.” The discussion explored Ulysses S. Grant’s complicated life and...

Hasan Minhaj Talks Muslim Community and the Hustle at PEN World Voices

When Wajahat Ali asked how Hasan Minhaj persuades the “modern whites,” or the white gatekeepers of the entertainment industry, to fund his projects, Minhaj explained the necessary audacity to believe in one’s projects. Minhaj’s optimistic...
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