Here is Writing New York

Today’s lecture in our Writing New York class is devoted to E. B. White’s Here is New York, which will function as a kind of overture to the course. We’ll introduce it whimsically, first with a clip of Speed Levitch’s homage to White from the...

The Do-Over

So President Obama had to retake the oath of office yesterday, because he and Chief Justice John Roberts flubbed it the first time. There’s a New York angle to this story. Obama joins Chester A. Arthur and Calvin Coolidge as the only presidents who have had an...

In the Clouds

Here’s the Wordle cloud for Barack Obama’s inaugural address, using the prepared text given to the New York Times:

Obama is One of Us

The President-elect during his salad days in NYC.The cover story of this week’s New York magazine, the year-end double issue, is “Reasons to Love New York (Especially Right Now).” It’s the fourth time that the magazine has run the feature, but...

Ahab by MC Lars

Later this morning I’ll be giving the last lecture of my Conversations of the West class, wrapping up the course’s treatment of how Moby-Dick engages with its cultural inheritances from the ancient Greek, Biblical, and early modern English traditions....

My Fellow New Yorkers

It was nice to see Secretary of State-designee Hillary Clinton acknowledge the citizens of her adopted state at President-Elect Obama’s press conference on Monday. Obama had described Clinton’s appointment as “a sign to friend and foe of the...