On a recent Friday afternoon in Morningside Heights, The Voice met the man routinely hailed as one of America's funniest writers: Sam Lipsyte. Sitting in the Creative Writing Department at Columbia, where he has taught in the M.F.A. program for the past eight years, Lipsyte seems like one of those R ... More >>
We read Richard Yates and thought about it and it kind of 'bums' us out
Legendary New York painter Chuck Close has been named by President Obama to the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities. Close came to fame by taking photographs of his subjects and then sometimes using an airbrush and grids to create hyper-realist paintings from them. (A nice syno ... More >>
After last week's post-apocalyptic BEA, where the reports mingled just the slightest hint of indie-optimism with a general sense of what-the-fuck-do-we-do-now, it's encouraging to get the news out of Fort Greene that Greenlight Bookstore--the much-chronicled bookseller start-up that could--has final ... More >>
Creepy Earth Mothers! Portuguese drag queens! Voice writers pick their favorites of the year.
The New York Times Book Review posts their 10 best books of the year. The fiction: Dangerous Laughter, by Steven Millhauser, A Mercy, by Toni Morrison, Netherland, by Joseph O'Neill, 2666, by Roberto Bolaño, and Unaccustomed Earth, by Jhumpa Lahiri. The elisions here are weird--how does Lush Life g ... More >>
This morning Junot Diaz was on NPR talking about the immigrant experience, one of a series of authors Morning Edition has tapped this week (Jhumpa Lahiri is on tomorrow) to throw a bit of a Thanksgiving curveball in advance of that most American holiday. I approve. "Can you imagine," says Diaz, with ... More >>
Bring your own monocle
In her debut collection, a Ukrainian-born New Yorker charts the lives of people trapped between worlds
Author Jhumpa Lahiri dazzles again
New short-story collection evokes a young Alice Munro
Three wedding tales get hitched in The Betrothed
The immigrant experience meets generation gap in Mira Nair's The Namesake
What's wrong with your mind, talking of pregnant imams?
Across Town, Words Jump off the Page