Staff Recs: Break Book Fantasies

School breaks are often the only time university students get to touch books without the threat of an essay or an exam looming large in the future. The sensation of picking up a novel...

Alternate Americas at Reading with Kaitlyn Greenidge, David Means

Attendance for events at the Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House can range from fire-hazard standards to intimate and comfortable crowds. Where Anne Carson and Joyce Carol Oates drew the former last semester, Kaitlyn Greenidge...

Anna Akbari Deconstructs the Business of Life

Anna Akbari, an NYU alum and former professor in the Department of Media, Culture and Communication and the Department of Art and Art Professions, has found a formula that helps us overcome the life’s...

Failure is Part of the Process

When an award-winning novelist begins his true life story by telling a crowd of New York intellectuals about his experience cooking dope with his Uncle Hustle, it is not a typical night out at...

Anne Carson: Icon of Intellect

“People who don’t read poetry read Anne Carson,” said Deborah Landau, Director of the NYU Creative Writing Program, with twinkling irony in her introduction for Anne Carson at the Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House...

Ottessa Moshfegh: A Breath Of Fresh, Strange Air

To expect a normal reading from author Ottessa Moshfegh would be the height of naivete. For her debut novel “Eileen,” which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, she eschewed the typical publicity circuit,...

“Here I Am” Is Here and Now

Lillian Vernon Distinguished Writer-in-Residence Jonathan Safran Foer met an eager audience this past Friday inside NYU’s glass fish tank, the Rosenthal Pavilion, for a reading of his most recent novel. Safran Foer has been...

When Reporters Become Their Own Stories

The recent presidential election has made several already-planned events even more poignant than they otherwise would have been — not the least among them, Washington Post journalist and reporter Wesley Lowery’s discussion of his...

‘PhDeath:’ The NYU Murder Mystery

James P. Carse, professor emeritus of history and literature of religion at NYU, knows the university better than anyone. He was the director of Religious Studies for 30 years, and his time at NYU...

Poignant Poetry Grand Slam Sends Five NYU Students to Compete in Finals

It’s no secret that slam poetry leans towards the political, the emotional and the controversial, but this weekend’s Grand Slam, hosted by Slam! at NYU at Kimmel’s Rosenthal Center, was a slam for the...

‘Gone ‘Til November’ Tells A Different Story

To the world, Lil Wayne is the rap legend who has collaborated with every artist in the business and blessed the world with the talents of Drake and Nicki Minaj. But in his new...

Romanoff Deconstructs YA Novel

Spunky Los Angeles author Zan Romanoff paid a visit to McNally-Jackson Books last Wednesday, Oct. 26. As the audience gathered round, she read from two defining moments of her thrilling debut novel “A Song...
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