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Fawnbook: The Mourning Rituals of Social Media Become Dark Comedy on the NYC Stage

(0) Comments | Posted November 2, 2015 | 5:13 PM

(Photo: Sue Johnson)

It's a rare tragedy these days that fails to elicit a tidal wave of tweets, frown emoticons, "my heart is breaking" comments, and cyberhugs with their curly parentheses like little embracing arms. The way that Facebook and...

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Into the (Shakespearean) Woods

(0) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 10:07 AM

(Photograph: Ted Ojarovsky)

In Shakespeare, as in myths and stories throughout the ages, forests are magical and transformative places. Weavers grow ass-heads in Shakespeare's woods. Lovers elope. They write reams of passionate letters and fall in and out of love there. Rebels...

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Theater on Their Own Terms

(1) Comments | Posted July 14, 2015 | 6:25 PM

(Photograph: Zeke Berman)

It's Saturday night. Raina wants Casper. Nicky wants Raina. Vivian wants Perry. Perry wants Willow. Willow's a lesbian, in love with Salima. High school is almost over. It's a party. And nobody is dancing.

Except it's not Saturday...

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Cultivating an Opera Garden

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 9:12 AM

(Photo: Katherine Bourbeau)

If you called in at St John's Episcopal Church in downtown Yonkers last Friday night, you would have been confronted with some unexpected sights. A teen boy dancing by the altar in a flowing white...

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Bringing the Wonder Back to Alice

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2015 | 10:16 AM

(Photo: Joanne Rendell)

It's a warm spring evening in Central Park and a group of teens are gathered at the Alice in Wonderland statue, just up from the boating lake. For most of them, frolicking on the iconic statue is...

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Literary Rx: Can Books Help in a Health Care Crisis?

(2) Comments | Posted October 9, 2009 | 10:51 AM

This piece is co-written with my husband, Bradley Lewis, professor of cultural studies and medical humanities at NYU

The U.S health care crisis isn't just a crisis in finances (how are we going to pay for it). Neither is it merely a crisis in administration (how are we going to...

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The Secret Lives of Women and their Book Groups

(1) Comments | Posted September 17, 2009 | 3:16 PM

Book groups are a female phenomenon. Okay, maybe not entirely. There are definitely men out there who join, form, and lead book groups too. By in large, though, it is women who do most of the book grouping these days. This makes sense, of course. Women are the biggest readers...

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Time to Sell Reading: What the "Good" Publishing Industry Needs to Learn from the Big "Bad" Drug Industry

(3) Comments | Posted September 8, 2009 | 11:35 AM

I'm going to preface this post by saying I know absolutely nothing about marketing. I have a PhD in literature, not an MBA. I'm married to an NYU professor, but I've never been near the business or marketing schools. Furthermore, even though I'm a published author, I don't know much...

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Best Friends Forever? Authors and Their Readers on Twitter and Facebook

(6) Comments | Posted July 25, 2009 | 12:47 PM

Facebook Status. Jennifer Weiner. July 22nd 2009 5.15 pm. "Just got the call from my editor: BEST FRIENDS FOREVER is a number one New York Times best seller! I am astonished, and thrilled, and crying, and SO GRATEFUL TO EVERY SINGLE PERSON WHO BOUGHT A COPY. You all feel like...

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Romancing the Academy

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2009 | 9:54 AM

Tomorrow, the Romance Writers of America convention will kick off in Washington DC. Known to insiders as the "RWA" or simply "the Nationals," the convention brings together nearly two thousand romance writers, wannabe writers, fans, and industry professionals. Attendees will swoop into DC's Marriott hotel for four days to...

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Chicks on the Beach, or Why Does the Cover Preoccupy You So?

(4) Comments | Posted June 13, 2009 | 3:35 PM

The New York Times' Janet Maslin may well be taking some new novels on her beach vacation this summer. If she does her tan is going to be a little dull and uneven, however, because Maslin will be reading these books whilst hiding under the biggest beach towel she can...

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Getting Real About Reality TV

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2009 | 10:03 AM

It's been seven years since Nicola Kraus and Emma McLaughlin hit the bestsellers lists with their novel, The Nanny Diaries. Two more books followed for the writing duo (Citizen Girl and Dedication) and now they have turned their attention to the world of reality TV in a novel for young...

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Heaving Bosoms: A Tonic for the Recession?

(11) Comments | Posted May 1, 2009 | 6:31 PM

I set out for Princeton University last week with one question in mind: Why is romance fiction doing so well during our current recession? I was fascinated by a recent article in The New York Times which reported that "Harlequin Enterprises, the queen of the romance world" saw "fourth-quarter...

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Is Your Professor a Twit?

(1) Comments | Posted February 15, 2009 | 11:09 AM

Everyone's twittering about Twitter this week. David Pogue's "Twitter? It's What You Make It" was amongst the most read articles this week. Vanity Fair's Michael Hogan just signed up on Twitter so that VF could live blog - or now "live twitter" - their Oscar Party. This...

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Scandalous Sex on Campus

(3) Comments | Posted February 3, 2009 | 8:45 AM

John Grisham's new book, The Associate, has set academic robes a-flapping this week. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Duquesne University is upset that Grisham located his most recent blockbuster - featuring a rape at a frat house - at their college. A spokesperson for Dusquesne said, "we think it's...

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Damned Mob of Scribbling Chicks

(4) Comments | Posted January 24, 2009 | 11:01 AM

Women love books. We always have, probably always will. Of all the books that are currently bought and read, we do most of the buying and the reading. It's a fact: we are the reading sex.

We are the writing sex too. Our foremothers, like Jane Austen and the Brontës,...

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Mr. Darcy at the White House

(13) Comments | Posted January 14, 2009 | 11:15 AM


Under the title "A Couple in Chicago," this week's New Yorker published excerpts from an interview with Michelle and Barack Obama conducted by Mariana Cook back in 1996. The interview and the wonderful photograph of the fresh-faced, thirtysomething Obamas (which The New Yorker also...

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Conference Sex, or What Professors Get Up to at Holiday Time

(0) Comments | Posted January 2, 2009 | 11:39 AM

A curious thing happens every year between Christmas and New Year. Ten thousand literature professors and grad students from around the globe gather together in some big U.S. city or other for the Modern Language Association's annual convention.

Like bees to a scholarly honey pot, they swarm to hear...

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Come out of the Literary Closet: Buy *Yourself* a Kids' Book this Holiday

(8) Comments | Posted December 22, 2008 | 10:23 AM

In this week's Chronicle of Higher Education (weekly rag for academic types), Professor Andrew Martino came out of the closet.

Martino -- a "self-styled literary snob" who teaches world literature -- confessed a new found love of kid's books. After picking up an edition of Holly Black's The...

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