What We Talk About When We Talk About Music

By Michael Landes, Staff Writer Haruki Murakami may be the most widely-known Japanese author in the world today. His novels regularly appear on tables in the NYU Bookstore and on the shelves of students of all stripes and schools, but his new book “Absolutely on Music” departs from his typical fantastical fiction style. Essentially a…

Writing Community Celebrates Its Authors

By Kaela Vecchia-Zeitz, Contributing Writer Cramped, crowded, full people chattered excitedly. A tunnel of chairs lined through the center of the house funneled listeners through three different rooms. There were seats in which the writer wasn’t even visible, speakers set up alongside the walls to accommodate. NYU Creative Writing Program’s Alumni Reading, hosted at the…

Rona Jaffe Foundation Supports Female Writers

By Arimeta Diop, Staff Writer In a moment of glory for the winners of the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Awards, the NYU Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House hosted each author for a reading this past Sunday. The proud featured winners included Lina Maria Ferira Cabeza-Vanegas, Danielle Geller, Jamey Hatley, Ladee Hubbard, Airea D. Matthews and…

Greg McGoon challenges the norms in children’s literature

By Joseph Myers, Theater and Books Editor Fairytales are a staple in childhood, but what are the ramifications in the lack of character diversity? Writer Greg McGoon changes the landscape of traditional fairytales with in the book, “The Royal Heart,: featuring the world’s first transgender character. McGoon just released his newest book, “Traveling the Twisting…

Will the Real David Foster Wallace Please Stand Up?

By Paris Martineau, contributing writer Approaching the 20 year anniversary of the publication of the behemoth “Infinite Jest,” it has become all too clear that David Foster Wallace is lost to us. In the years following his suicide, Wallace has been reduced to a caricature of his true self that is only perpetuated by his…

Insightful Soul: An evening with Renata Adler

by Emma Muto Gordon As a part of their Reading series known as “Literary Publishers,” the Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House and the New York Review Books presented Renata Adler. Adler has been throughout the literary world since she began as a reporter with major stories such as her coverage of Selma and the 6-day…

Pages With Patel, VIII: McNally Jackson Books

By Nishtha Patel McNally Jackson Books (Prince Street and Mulberry) is where the sophistication and freshness of a corporate bookstore meets the charm of an independent bookseller. Numerous shelves line the two-story store, which features a specialty section in anything from interior design and sports to non-fiction and European literature. Any book you need for…

Pages With Patel, VII: Argosy Bookstore

By Nishta Patel “New York City’s Oldest Independent Bookstore” Since 1925, Argosy Bookstore (E 59th Street and Park Ave) has stood the test of time; it has stayed in the same historic location for 90 years now—a feat that is rare in the city nowadays, especially with bookshops. Even Rizzoli Bookstore’s iconic building was redeveloped,…

Thurston Moore reflects on his songwriting career

by Xin-Rui Lee Most famously known as the lead singer and primary songwriter for the iconic post-punk band Sonic Youth, Thurston Moore has remained active in music and publishing since the band’s disbandment in 2011. His new book “Stereo Sanctity” is a collection of poems and complete lyrics by Thurston Moore written between 1981 and…

Toni Morrison Delights at New Yorker Festival

by Lake Bunkley Hilton Als, a theatre critic at The New Yorker magazine, joined Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison for a discussion of her books, her life and race’s role in both. The talk was part of The New Yorker’s New Yorker Festival—an annual event spanning three early-October days and nights, all of which brought icons…

Asian-American Writer’s Workshop Hosts Luis H. Francia, Midori Yamamura

By Katrina Fadrilan   Writers Luis H. Francia and Midori Yamamura spoke at the Asian-American Writer’s Workshop to discuss their experience as Asian-American authors and celebrate the works of visual artist Yayoi Kusama. Francia read several of his essays from his book “Re: Recollections. Reviews. Reflections,” which reflects on his life and reveals some of…

Joyce Carol Oates Explores the Art of Memory with New Book

By Tara Dalton After some opening words from Professor Darin Strauss, Joyce Carol Oates rose, took her position at the front and began to speak.  Her main focus was an excerpt from her new memoir, “The Lost Landscape: A Writer’s Coming of Age.”  “To tell [the memoirs] as narratives is to distort them,” Oates said….