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New York University's independent student newspaper, established in 1973.

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A collage of book illustrations featuring: An illustration of a book cover titled “Ben and Beatriz,” by Katalina Gamarra, with two silhouettes over a colorful background of abstract shapes; An illustration of an orange book titled “The Bodyguard,” by Katherine Center. Two people stand in a garden with their backs toward each other; An illustration of a brown book titled “home body” by “Rupi Kaur,” with green leaf patterns surrounding the texts, placed on a dark green background; An illustration of the cover of “The Song of Achilles,” by Madeline Miller, with an ancient Greek gold helmet in the center with a dark turquoise background; An illustration of a book titled “The Thursday Murder Club” by Richard Osman, with a red border and a dog-like animal looking back in the middle.

5 books to curl up with this winter

These cozy recommendations will help you get through the city’s gray skies and freezing temperatures.
Tess McLafferty, Contributing Writer February 7, 2024

Nothing beats winter blues like a good old blanket, a cup of tea and curling up on the couch with the perfect book. Especially considering how the weather’s been lately, going...

Someone with brown hair and blue eyes is lying down on grass. She is wearing white pants and a black, harness-like crop top.

Q&A: MAY-A on queer artistry and current tour

Australian indie-rock sensation MAY-A has been rising in global popularity. She sat down with WSN to talk about the power of queer art, representation behind the scenes and her upcoming show at Baby’s All Right on Oct. 26.
Tess McLafferty, Contributing Writer October 20, 2023

22-year-old music sensation MAY-A is already flourishing as she challenges the status quo, and she’s only a few years into the game. One look at her work is enough to give you...

A large crowd of people stand and walk around by blue, white and red tents. Behind the tent area is a white building with two banners that read “Brooklyn Book Festival.”

The Brooklyn Book Festival: A must-visit for literary lovers

New York’s largest free literary festival is back and better than ever, running through Oct. 2 with fun events and a massive marketplace for replenishing your book collection.
Tess McLafferty, Contributing Writer September 29, 2023

The Brooklyn Book Festival is every literary lover's dream. The nine-day event includes intimate talks with authors, stacks of books from hundreds of sellers, and several virtual...

Rowan Drake poses with his left arm lifted to the side and his head tilted down. He is wearing a black cap and a green, short-sleeved button-down shirt.

Q&A: Rowan Drake talks growing up into fame

Known for his TikTok song snippets and YouTube videos, the up-and-coming artist reveals his backstory, first loves and the meaning behind it all.
Tess McLafferty, Contributing Writer September 25, 2023

Scrolling through your TikTok For You page, it’s easy to be unfazed by yet another young singer serenading the screen with what they claim to be the next big hit. After a brief...