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The Protagonist: Train Reading is Almost Too Sexy to Handle

Written by Alissa Fleck on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive

joyce-746776 Alert the Mayor – it’s time for a new ban. Train reading has become way too sexy, according to my own “expert” analysis at least. The Protagonist interviewed several New Yorkers this week with the goal of better understanding the incredibly complex psychology behind the act of subway reading. Anticipating primarily tales of the embarrassment [&hellip
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The Protagonist: Amateur Writers and “Thirty Days and Nights of Literary Abandon”

Written by NYPress on . Posted in Books, Uncategorized

NaNoWriMo, which describes its rigorous program as “Thirty Days and Thirty Nights of Literary Abandon,” may sound like a carefree, hallucinogenic-fueled retreat for the literarily ambitious, but the group has more of a take-no-prisoners approach.   Mark Phair is a software developer and new father in Seattle, who dreams of days spent splitting his time [&hellip
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Robert Caro and the Nonfiction ‘War and Peace’

Written by City and State on . Posted in Arts & Film, News West Side Spirit, West Side Spirit

BobCaro Anyone who has studied New York city or state politics seriously has read The Power Broker. When it came out in 1974, Robert Caro’s massive, illuminating, enthralling biography of Robert Moses instantly established Caro as one of America’s greatest nonfiction writers and historians—a legacy that he has continued to cement over the past five decades [&hellip
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The Protagonist: “Incensed” Featuring Poet David Lehman

Written by Alissa Fleck on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive

We often hear creative writers praise each other in and outside their own genres. They frequently shy away from direct, unforgiving critique, even refusing to publicly review any work they don’t admire. Leave that to career critics, they say. They’d rather politely commend other writers’ ingenuity, their…experimentation. Some might say: rightly so — the last [&hellip
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UES Prof’s Book on Obama’s Language of Inclusion

Written by Megan Finnegan Bungeroth on . Posted in News Our Town, Our Town

Layout 1 Like many members of the engaged electorate, Upper East Side resident Ian Reifowitz has been listening closely to what President Barack Obama has been saying since he launched his run for office in 2007. But while others listen for content, Reifowitz has been analyzing the specific language choices the president has made, and he’s just [&hellip
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Where Writers and Readers Live

Written by NY Press on . Posted in News Our Town, News West Side Spirit, Our Town, West Side Spirit

JonathanSpringer_LibrarySociety By Amanda Woods Beyond the winding staircases and old-fashioned elevators in the Upper East Side’s New York Society Library, countless stacks of books, ranging from historical accounts to mysteries to rare titles, have enticed authors, researchers and ordinary readers for 75 years. The library, a converted townhouse, opened on East 79th Street near Madison Avenue [&hellip
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The Case for Character

Written by New York Family on . Posted in News Our Town, News West Side Spirit, Our Town, West Side Spirit

Children_Succeed_hi21 A new book reports on the surprising ways that traits like grit and curiosity can improve success in school and—even better—in life By Tali Rosenblatt-Cohen A journalist with long-time gigs as an editor at Harper’s and the New York Times magazine, New York City dad Paul Tough has spent much of his career thinking, reporting [&hellip
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Summer Wordplay

Written by Allen Houston on . Posted in Arts & Film, Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit, Books, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, Special Sections, Summer Guide, West Side Spirit

NYC Poetry Festival Picks to perk up your inner literatus By Allen Houston New York shows its literary stripes during the summer months, when every bookstore and bar seems to sweat an author or reading series from its pores. Here are our choices for some of the best events to help you get back in touch with your [&hellip
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