Jennifer Egan interviews John Freeman
Okay, we're going to present a couple facts that will probably anger you, but they need to be introduced in order to report this story. 1) Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi was asked to speak at Rutgers University. 2) Over 2,000 students attended the lecture. 3) She was paid $32,000 by the state-funded ... More >>
Boy, are parents mad about Snooki's recent appearance at Rutgers. Both about the concept of it, and the cost (almost $10,000 more than they pay in yearly tuition). And everyone else is freaked out by the fact that Shnickers was paid $2,000 more than what Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison is being ... More >>
Not a joke: New York Times best-selling author Snooki will be paid $32,000 by the Rutgers University Programming Association for appearing at two "student-produced comedy Q&A sessions" yesterday. This has generated great controversy, as that's $2,000 more than the amount Toni Morrison, who, y ... More >>
"Life was hard. But a pouf? That should be easy. "Giovanna 'Gia' Spumanti was a hair-raising pro. She'd been banging out poufs since age eleven or as soon as her fingers were long enough to hold a bottle of Deluxe Aqua Net."
PEN World Voices Festival opens with a battle of the sexes
P.S. 1 hosts a coming-out party for a 65-year-old photographer
Black America's eulogies for the King of Pop also let us resurrect his best self
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 >>
In this week's Village Voice Music Section, Rob Harvilla goes prancing in the dark with the Killers: "So now comes Day & Age, a luxurious, hedonistic epic produced by Stuart Price—he of Madonna's Confessions on a Dance Floor (i.e. her last good record), plus a fantastic disco-fied remix of early K ... More >>
The Pulitzer-winner makes a comeback with a strong but pessimistic new novel
Redefining African-American identity
Wall Street Journal reporter Jamin Brophy-Warren passes along his interview with Toni Morrison, the last American to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. WSJ: Where did you watch the election results? Ms. Morrison: I was too anxious and I didn't want to be in anybody's company. But I was totally i ... More >>
O, happy wrecking ball
An elegy for a fellow dance critic
On the eve of his PEN American Center celebration, the Nigerian author sits down with the Voice.
Toni Morrison's young heroine has a dream
Octavia E. Butler, science fiction visionary, 19472006
Islands in the scream: A talk with Hawaiian novelist Lois-Ann Yamanaka
Without feathers: Reading young Jewish American writers through a radical forebear
How Mojo, Bitches Brew, and Butch Morris inspired a funktional African American family unit
Targeting Middle East studies, zealots' 'homeland security' creates campus insecurity
Speaking of slavery, Cold Mountain doesn't. Its pale version of history is a whitewash.
Morrison casts a cold eye on wild women; Jones renders the banality of slavery's evil
High Priestess and Sister Sadie
At a Literary Retreat, Authors Debate the Mainstreaming of African American Lit
How to Win Friends and Influence People
Schooling Public Intellectuals
Reverend Billys Consumer Rejection Act
Beloved's Song of Oprah
To be Black in this Country is to Always Affirm Something