John Cale on I’ve Got a Secret, 1963

From Alex Ross, The Rest Is Noise: [John] Cage’s definitive refutation of Beethoven came in the form of an epic, almost daylong performance of Erik Satie’s piano piece Vexations. The original score is only a page long and would normally take just a minute...

See It to Believe It

One of the ways that I have typically contextualized the final pages of E. B. White’s Here is New York has been to show a clip from Edward R. Murrow’s news program See It Now, which began its life as a radio program called Here It Now, but moved to...

Glee New York

Okay, I know we all have mixed feelings about “Empire State of Mind” by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys. But, come on, didn’t you get just a little bit of a kick watching the Glee gang perform the song outside their Ohio high school in order to attract new...

Social Networks, 19th-century novels, Gossip Girl

Wednesday night, when the new NYU Bookstore (726 Broadway) kicks off its inaugural programming season by featuring our Cambridge Companion to the Literature of New York, Brooklyn-based writer Caleb Crain will be reading from his piece on the literature of...