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Washington Square News

‘The Moscow Rules’: A Subtle and Declassified Account of the CIA

By Nicole Chiarella , Deputy Copy Chief April 22, 2020

Editor’s Note: The facts presented in “The Moscow Rules” were not independently verified by WSN. The following is a review of the book as it is presented. In the chaos of mass hysteria and pasta...

Short stories are quickly losing its popularity in our modern world. Despite their unpopularity, short stories have much to offer in the way of aesthetics, mental acrobatics and surprising endings. (Staff photo by Alexandra Chan)

The Understated Magic of Short Stories

By Izzy Salas , Staff Writer March 11, 2020

Short stories, in theory, would fit right in with this age of short attention spans and quick consumption… but they aren’t. While they’re usually no more than 10 thousand words, available in bite-sized...

Now in their 30th year, Mercer St. Books & Records carries new and used books, as well as LPs. Local bookstores like this one are small businesses that are often overlooked in the city. (Staff Photo by Jake Capriotti)

Support Your OG Bookstores

By Destine Manson, Staff Writer February 18, 2020

From James Baldwin to E. E. Cummings and many more, there was a time when literary icons roamed Bleecker and Broadway. Many of them sat in the East Village and pondered on the world before becoming textbook...

Poet Tina Chang discusses her newest book with Matt Brogan, executive director of the Poetry Society of America, at the Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House. Chang’s collection of poems, titled “Hybrida,” grapples with issues of identity and acceptance. (Photo by Dani Herrera)

Tina Chang Discusses Race, Motherhood and the Hybrid Nature of Poetry

By Dani Herrera, Staff Writer February 10, 2020

The Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House filled with anticipation as eager fans awaited Tina Chang’s entrance. In a continuation of the writing center’s “The New Salon” series, Chang, the current...

Be on the lookout for rush ticket and take advantage of New York City's art scene. (Illustration by Min Ji Kim)

Three Ways to Take Advantage of NYC’s Lesser-Known Theater and Literary Scenes

By Sasha Cohen, Books & Theater Editor January 29, 2020

Between studying for exams, spending time with friends and taking necessary power naps, finding extra time to indulge in any sort of play or book is a luxury. Even if someone can squeeze a musical into...

Book Club Bookstore and Wine Bar is a new bookstore offering a cozy place for readers to relax and enjoy drinks. (Via Instagram @bookclubbar)

Book Club Welcomes East Village Bibliophiles, Coffee-Lovers and Wine-Enthusiasts

By Dani Herrera , Staff Writer November 25, 2019

This time of year calls for soft sweaters, warm drinks and good books. Imagine sitting at a cozy bookshop, in a soft leather chair, beside a fireplace mantel that flickers with the lights of a set of burnt...

Certain historical slang terms may not be as outdated as they seem and should be incorporated into our vocabulary today. (Via Picryl)

Historical Slang Terms That Deserve a Place in Modern Vernacular

By Izzy Salas, Staff Writer November 20, 2019

Here’s the thing: people said things better in the past. Farting crackers? There is literally no better way to refer to pants. Allow me to narrate for you a scene of a typical Saturday night in this...

Tara Westover, author of Educated: A Memoir, discussed her book at a Skirball Talks event. (Staff photo by Jorene He)

Tara Westover Discusses ‘Educated’ at Skirball Center

By Dani Herrera , Staff Writer November 6, 2019

Author Tara Westover’s “Educated” has taken the scholarly community by storm. The NYU Reads program assigned the book to incoming first-year students for this semester, but the conversation has extended...

‘In the Dream House’ is Carmen Maria Machado’s engrossing memoir about domestic abuse. (Via Graywolf Press)

‘In the Dream House’ Haunts and Enchants

By Julie Goldberg, Books &.Theater Editor November 4, 2019

With “Her Body and Other Parties,” Carmen Maria Machado established herself as a writer of inimitable talents. In her memoir, she brings all the same cards to the same table, but this time, it’s...

James Joyce, an Irish author and playwright, is currently buried in Zurich, Switzerland. (Via Wikimedia)

A Bone of Contention: Ireland Wants James Joyce Back

By Julie Goldberg, Books & Theater Editor October 28, 2019

Halloween is approaching, and one literary legend may be rising from the dead. To be relocated and reinterred, that is. James Joyce is currently buried with his wife Nora Barnacle at the Fluntern Cemetery...

Margaret Atwood spoke about her book, The Handmaid’s Tale, on Sept. 20 at Town Hall. (Via Wikimedia)

Margaret Atwood Discusses “The Testaments” at Town Hall

By Dani Herrera , Staff Writer September 25, 2019

“Was there ever a better time to drop a book?” Samantha Bee asked the packed auditorium.  On Friday, Sept. 20, Bee hosted “An Evening with Margaret Atwood” at The Town Hall, a historic midtown...

Award-winning author and NYU professor Zadie Smith will publish her new book, Grand Union, on October 3, 2019. (Staff Photo by Chelsea Li)

Zadie Smith’s Talents on Full Display in ‘Grand Union’

By Julie Goldberg, Books & Theater Editor September 23, 2019

Zadie Smith released her debut novel, “White Teeth,” to widespread critical acclaim in 1999. Since then, she has published five novels and two essay collections. In “Grand Union,” her latest...