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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...

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

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 Poet Laureate of Brooklyn,...

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

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...

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

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...

Historical Slang Terms That Deserve a Place in Modern Vernacular

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...

Tara Westover Discusses ‘Educated’ at Skirball Center

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 far beyond the classroom—...

‘In the Dream House’ Haunts and Enchants

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...

A Bone of Contention: Ireland Wants James Joyce Back

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 Discusses “The Testaments” at Town Hall

“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 performance...

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

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 release, Smith adds 11...

Former Guggenheim Fellow Reads at Creative Writers House

“I’m a firm believer in embarrassing oneself,'' award-winning poet Brenda Shaughnessy said during an event at the Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House last week. The author joined fellow poet and Director of the Creative Writing...

Creative Writing Community Persists Despite Lack of Major

The home page of NYU’s Creative Writing Program is impressive at first glance. Prominently featuring a photo of a contemplative Zadie Smith and, just below it, an interior shot of the ever-charming Lillian Vernon...
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