Before he was writing novels about zombies, elevator inspectors and summers on Long Island, the man behind 2010's best literary twitter account worked on staff at the Voice, writing mostly about television but often about books and music as well. To coincided with the release of his new Zone ... More >>
The Studio Museum in Harlem looks back at a New York art group
Thank God for Rush Limbaugh. So long as he's calling George Steinbrenner a "cracker" who "made a lot of African-Americans millionaires," there's still a white guy with power in America that Al Sharpton is free to attack. So yesterday, "Silent Al" found his voice and called Rush "repugnant." ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archivesJune 25, 1964, Vol. IX, No. 36Mugging the White LiberalBy Jack NewfieldImagine three goldfish dropped into a fish tank filled with sharks. Or imagine Billy Budd mugged by the Emperor Jones.Then you might have some idea of the malevolent and paran ... More >>
A veteran novelist looks back at his teen self—with your monkey ass
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The lovely Matt Weiland is the co-editor of State By State: A Panoramic Portrait of America, an anthology he and Sean Wilsey brought out this fall. The book is, among other things, a partial homage to the original WPA state guides, artifacts of Roosevelt's now sorely-missed Federal Writers' Project. ... More >>
A Harlem cultural touchstone, like so many others, closes off its past
Young New York lit-mag honchos write novels! (But should maybe stick to editing.)
Battling art's blind spot
A decade after his breakout Drown, Junot Díaz returns with his first novel
Hypocrisy and lack of flow defeat Marsalis's attack on "safari seekers" and "thug-life coons"
Bandage on the run: Colson Whitehead returns
Her mother worked for a jewish family during the depression. Many fathers committed suicide.
With everyone chasing a Bloombucks bonus, only the most craven can win
Ms. Rosa Parks's great refusal as an exemplary tactic for the age of online consumption
Dismantling canons, describing contexts, the new jazz studies come of age.
The corporations murdered hiphop and all I got was this lousy G-Unit throwback jersey
Whatcha celebratin' for?
Might Even Be Said to Possess a Mind
A Walk Through Ralph Ellison's New York
Art in an International State of Emergency
At a Literary Retreat, Authors Debate the Mainstreaming of African American Lit
'Slate' Gets Self-Critical
An Administration 'Of, For, and By White People' Has No Time or Room for Blacks