New York’s Indie Bookstores Survive by Promoting Community, Providing Experience

In his novel “American Gods,” Neil Gaiman writes, “What I say is, a town isn’t a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it’s got a bookstore, it knows...

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...

Ariel Levy Navigates Life, Love in ‘The Rules Do Not Apply’

Journalist Ariel Levy was married, pregnant and successful when she left on a reporting trip to Mongolia in 2012. A month later, she had separated from her partner, suffered a miscarriage and was no...

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.

Unmaking Toulouse-Lautrec: An Immersive Theater Experience at Madame X

Crammed together along crimson-red couches in a dimly-lit upstairs lounge at the Greenwich Village bar Madame X, audience members are invited to behold the tragic, yet intriguing life of the famous late-19th century French...

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...

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

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...

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...

‘Sweetbitter:’ Seeing Sex From A Female Perspective

At the Brooklyn stop of her book tour, on April 13 at Greenlight Bookstore, author Stephanie Danler explained the namesake of her new book, “Sweetbitter.” In translating Sappho’s poetry Anne Carson, a poet and Classics...

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...

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,...

The Long Lost Letters of Sylvia Plath

On Sunday morning at the 92nd Street Y, an eager crowd gathered to hear Karen Kukil, associate curator of special collections at Smith College, and Peter K. Steinberg, a Sylvia Plath scholar, deliver a...
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