Better Than: Eating ice cream and pickles with Jemima Kirke Lena Dunham's book Not That Kind of Girl (Random House, September 30) is full of homages to Helen Gurley Brown, the Cosmopolitan editor who drew ire from feminists and "smut police" alike for "having it all." So maybe it's only fitting ... More >>
Samuel Taylor Coleridge famously drew a line: "prose -- words in their best order; poetry -- the best words in their best order." Granted, Coleridge was a poet, not to mention a stoner of the first order, and therefore probably had a tendency to be defensive about things. He was right, though. Had ... More >>
Fiona Maazel and Peter Trachtenberg Pete's Candy Store Thursday, May 16, 7:30 p.m., free In reality we've already got G-, Facebook-, Skype-, and every other type of non-synchronous chat option imaginable, but Fiona Maazel's new novel explores a more extreme quick-fix remedy for feeling alone. The pr ... More >>
Kristopher Jansma PowerHouse Arena Thursday, 8 p.m., free Jansma, a New Jersey native and first-time novelist, seems to have constructed his debut around a pretty familiar and eye-twitchingly postmodern concept: namely, the curious propensity of writers to devote a whole lot more time to identifying ... More >>
Jonathan Lethem and Jessica Hagedorn Greenlight Bookstore Wednesday, 7:30pm, Free A quick word on Jonathan Lethem--he's awesome. That's it. Because this guy is one of our favorite native sons. The author of Motherless Brooklyn (Vintage) and The Fortress of Solitude (Vintage) has the ability to ... More >>
Jeanine Basinger and Sam Wasson The Strand Tonight, 7pm, $10 Marriage is a tricky subject in film. This is probably because unlike, say, the central themes of Citizen Kane or many of the Terminators, the "marriage movie" concerns a topic that's close to what many viewers either have, or will experie ... More >>
The winners of the James Beard Foundation's media awards were announced last night (the glitzy chef awards will be presented tonight and you can follow along here, if you like). Congratulations to all of the winners!
Voice writers pick their favorites of the year
Rimbaud, meet Betty White. Plus David Foster Wallace, Tayari Jones, and other spring books picks.
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. June 17, 1971, Vol. XVI, No. 24 Steal This Story By Alan Weitz A new street vendor was hawking his wares on the sidewalks of New York last week. Abbie Hoffman was peddling "Steal This Book," his latest literary effort, in front of Doub ... More >>
Random House Publishing Group announced today that former Gourmet Editor-in-Chief will be joining the staff, both as a contract author and as an Editor-at-Large. In the former capacity, she has three books on the drawing board: a memoir of her days at Gourmet, as yet untitled; a book called T ... More >>
The hard-boiled NYC rapper has found a new artistic medium for his badassness
Vikings, asses, and LSD—Voice writers pick their favorite books of the year
Ward Harkavy's The Smart Asset got there first, noticing the Times profile of a laid-off $240K/year (base pay!) lawyer and her upcoming world tour assisted by a paid sabbatical and "Lonely Planet travel guides." (Ward observes that, unfortunately for the rest of us, "No such guides exist yet for 'be ... More >>
Creepy Earth Mothers! Portuguese drag queens! Voice writers pick their favorites of the year.
You can see how much jam it takes to start a business in New York nowadays from the example of Jessica Stockton Bagnulo, profiled today at Brooklyn Based. At her own blog she writes, "booksellers are tough, and relish a challenge." They better be -- Bagnulo, who's been in the bookselling game for ei ... More >>
VLS Beach Reads: Relax with a pre-Scientology L. Ron Hubbard, other people's notebooks, and a carnivorous plant
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Gary Shteyngart sings the blues; Tribeca Film Fest goes Bang Bang
Chancellor Joel Klein's plan to turn students into active citizens for the Constitution
Guys Reveal How Much Penis Lengthand RaceReally Matter
Recipe Collections That Don't SuckAnd a Few That Do
Reviews of the last 50 years
Morgenthau: The long, long, long, long arm of the law
How opponents of marriage for gays will be bored into submission
Democrats and hardballing pundits, pleasantly embedded in the economic elite
Our 25 Favorite Books of 2003
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Our 25 Favorite Books of 2002
The Lit Parade
At a Literary Retreat, Authors Debate the Mainstreaming of African American Lit
Beach Fare with an Edge
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
Vanity Presses Prove Anyone Can Write a Book. Usually a Bad One.
The Season's Topics Cover the Spectrum
Publishers Scramble to Make Electronic Books a Reality
Jewish Quarterly Cancels Holocaust Award
Where to find the right witch