Patell and Waterman's History of New York

Please pardon our appearance while we renovate this site as we reboot our NYU course “Writing New York,” which is celebrating its twentieth anniversary this spring.


Book club countdown

I'm working today to finalize a schedule for our summer book club discussion of Jonathan Lethem's Chronic City. We'll most likely commence at the start of next week. (I think I said that last week, but I really mean it this time.) Meanwhile, a few more links for those...

Literary Brooklyn

Literary Brooklyn

Ugh! Coming off my return from vacation I somehow managed to miss the launch party last night for Evan Hughes's Literary Brooklyn. I'd been so looking forward to it, and am really looking forward to digging into the book. If you also missed the party, you still have...

Mapping Chronic City

It's not too late to pick up or re-read a copy of Chronic City for our first ever PWHNY summer book club. We'll run some extended posts and host discussion a couple weeks from now. In the meantime, here's another link to a piece I found useful the first time I read...

Perkus Tooth

Perkus Tooth

For me, one of the pleasures of reading Chronic City is something that probably drives other people batty: trying to figure out which characters, plot points, settings, and passing details have a real-world referent. I'll have more to say, I'm sure, about how this...

We’re on: Chronic City summer book club

Okay, so as attentive readers no doubt know by now, we're in for some big changes around here in the coming year. The biggest has to do with Cyrus's temporary relocation to Abu Dhabi, where he will be on faculty (and has been, for the last year, an associate dean) at...

Guest Playlist: Nicholas Taylor

We’ve decided to make our guest playlists a regular feature of the blog, and to kick off that series — or to continue the one we ran leading up to the release of our 33 1/3 volumes — we turn to an alum of a prototype for our Writing New York course. In the fall of...