Wrestling with Roy

As we wrap up our discussion of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America in today’s Writing New York lecture, we’ll be talking in part about what Kushner gets out of incorporating historical figures such as Roy Cohn and Ethel Rosenberg into his play. Readers...

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-04-24

.@evanhughes in the @awl on the passing of LJ Davis, novelist of Brooklyn gentrification before Lethem was on the scene. http://t.co/WDRNFc2 # Keith Richard (as he was still known, having temporarily dropped the "s" at the end of his name) looks considerably...

WNY 7.0

This morning Cyrus and I will kick off the seventh incarnation of our team-taught course Writing New York. Here’s what the kids will be ordering, in case you want to read along at home. They’re listed alphabetically by author but we read them roughly...

WNY Endings

As Bryan wrote earlier this week, we decided to end our Writing New York class on a dystopian note, with Frank Miller’s graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns rather than on a more hopeful note as we’ve done in recent years — with the blessing that...

The Cosmopolitan and the Provincial

Louis, Hannah, Prior, and Belize in front of Bethesda Fountain One of the hallmarks of true cosmopolitan thinking, according to Kwame Anthony Appiah, is the idea of fallibilism — “the idea that our knowledge is imperfect, provisional, subject to revision...