Kronos Quartet at NYUAD and NYC

  Bryan and I had the good fortune last week to be able to hear the visionary Kronos Quartet twice each during their week-long residence at NYU Abu Dhabi where we’re presently teaching. The ensemble played at NYUAD Arts Center’s Black Box...

And I fell …

The good folks at genius.com asked me to annotate a passage from my 33 1/3 volume on Television’s Marquee Moon. Here’s what I came up with: Read

Tehran disco

Friends of our too-long moribund Writing New York site, I hope you’ll come say hello while I’m in town, briefly, to participate in the following event, which draws on a new research project I’ve undertaken re: New York in the Age of Warhol. Andy...

Lou Reed, 1942-2013

So it’s just about three days since Lou Reed died and I admit I’m kind of holding my breath, waiting to see if he rises from the tomb on the morning of the third day. It’s hard to imagine him as anything other than transformed into a more perfect...

Moby-Dick marathon live stream

In anticipation of the NYUAD Theater Program and Theater Mitu’s presentation of MD (Or, The Whale) later this week, the Program in Literature and Creative Writing is sponsoring a marathon reading of novel, which the play takes as its inspiration. The reading...

In memoriam: Marshall Berman, 1940-2013

One of the great delights of the decade Cyrus and I spent teaching our Writing New York class was the repeated opportunity to screen clips from Ric Burns’s monumental New York: A Documentary Film. Without a doubt, the highlight of that film is — for me, at...

Post-9/11 novel: Open City Book Club, part 4

Today’s installment in our discussion of Teju Cole’s novel comes from guest blogger Martha Nadell, who teaches at Brooklyn College and is at work on a literary history of Brooklyn. The author of a book on image and text in early twentieth-century African...