Trouble in Flushing
The White Horse Tavern as it looks today Stay in one place long enough, many bars have found, and you're likely to eventually develop literary cachet. Indeed, many of the city's most venerable taverns - Old Town, McSorley's, and the currently-defunct Chumley's - are or were lined with the dust jac ... More >>
By Nick Pinkerton Elliott Stein, a longtime contributor to The Village Voice, as well as
Rimbaud, meet Betty White. Plus David Foster Wallace, Tayari Jones, and other spring books picks.
Jennifer WildThe Chicago-based poet Michael Robbins is heroin for literary nerds and music nerds alike. Britney Spears, Pink, and Buju Banton have all crashed the gates of Robbins's poetry, which began appearing last year in the New Yorker; his newest piece in that magazine, "Lust For Life" ( ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. January 26, 1967, Vol. XII, No. 15 Brecht of the Juke Box, Poet of the Electric Guitar By Jack Newfield Norman Morrison burned himself to death to protest the Vietnam war, and when reporters visited his spare room they saw quotes fro ... More >>
After the New Yorker, a real press photo, maybe. The poet Michael Robbins lives in Chicago, quotes both Lil Wayne and Paul Muldoon fluently, and studs his criticism with punchlines like "This sort of thing is why punk rock had to be invented." His January 12 debut in the New Yorker, "Alien Vs. Pred ... More >>
Rilke takes some heat; New Yorker film critic thinks, 'Jeez, kids, enough already!'
In today's Salon, Sexual Personae author and all-around pain in the ass Camille Paglia gives a post-election spin to the transparent contrarian act that keeps people paying attention to her. While praising Barack Obama's "personal gifts and power of persuasion," she faults him for his relationship w ... More >>
Take in the era of Old Golds and Il Duce
Thurston Moore at McCarren Park, photo by Christopher Owyoung In this week's Village Voice, Fall Arts take center stage: Stacey Anderson is deafened by My Bloody Valentine, Aaron Hillis checks in with Robert Downey Sr., Giles Harvey compares John Ashbery to a skyscraper, and Robert Shuster revisits ... More >>
O, happy wrecking ball
From half-baked utopias to diabetic bitches
Dramatist Richard Maxwell pens a new song of the lonesome west
Has performance art lost its edge? Is that a bad thing? A visit to Performa 07.
A life in artthe Voice chats with Peter Schjeldahl, art critic and pleasure addict
Wilderness, darkness, and drink in a debut novel
Genius? Idiot? Poetry-world provocateur Jim Behrle likes Ginsberg and acrylic poo
After years of neglect from the mainstream, queer lit undergoes a renaissance
Guy DeBord hits the sauce, and John Ashbery gives you Poundage sans asshole
Pavement, the unheard musictreat it like an oil well?
Alfred Leslie has not left the building
CUNY Prof Angus Fletcher Discovers American Poetry's Scenic Overlook
Louise Glück, the Newly Appointed Poet Laureate, Steps Into the Shadows of the Moment
Netherlands' Novelists Descend Upon New York
A Showstopping Carnival of Art Heats Up the City
Across Town, Words Jump off the Page