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City Talk With Catie Marron

Rana Florida | Posted 05.23.2016 | New York
Rana Florida

A former investment banker, the chairman of the board of directors of Friends of the High Line, a trustee of the New York Public Library, the editor of the acclaimed book City Parks: Public Places, Private Thoughts, and a contributing editor to Vogue, Catie Marron has just added a new book to her very crowded list of accomplishments.

12 Contemporary British Novels We Can't Live Without

Off The Shelf | Posted 05.19.2016 | Books
Off The Shelf

By Caitlin Kleinschmidt | Off the Shelf As a lifelong Anglophile, I have worshipped at the altar of Austen, Brontë, and Dickens ever since I receive...

10 Cross-Cultural Novels That Illuminate the World We Live In

Off The Shelf | Posted 11.05.2015 | Books
Off The Shelf

This beautifully crafted work from literary luminary Zadie Smith explores the story of an interracial family whose misadventures in the culture wars on both sides of the Atlantic skewer everything from family life to political correctness to the combustive collision between the personal and the political.

How 5 Great Writers Got Started on Their First Novels

Sarah Stodola | Posted 05.12.2015 | Books
Sarah Stodola

While working on my book Process: The Writing Lives of Great Authors, I found that even for the best writers in the world, getting started can be the hardest part. Here's how 5 great authors found what they needed to get going on their very first novels.

Dismissing Soul Cycle Moms Is Cheap and Easy

Mina Samuels | Posted 12.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Mina Samuels

Dissing Soul Cycle Moms is a distraction from the real challenge facing each of us -- how can we elevate the barrage of mindfulness blandishments all around us into true, heightened self-awareness and real, effective action to make the world a better place, not just for ourselves.

Zadie Smith On Ambition And Unhappiness In Manhattan

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 10.10.2014 | Books

The essay about saying goodbye to New York City is practically a literary subgenre unto itself. It revolves around some common tropes: Early intoxicat...

Celebrating The All-Female Shortlist For The BBC National Short Story Awards

Nikki Gloudeman | Posted 11.22.2014 | Books
Nikki Gloudeman

Considering the fact that women remain woefully underrepresented in the literary world, it came as a pleasant surprise today that this year's prestigious BBC National Short Story Awards shortlist is entirely -- as in 100 percent -- dominated by females.

New Meme Emerging for Climate Change

Carol Pierson Holding | Posted 05.26.2014 | Green
Carol Pierson Holding

It used to feel naive to talk openly about your actions to mitigate climate change. "It's all meaningless" would be the response. Watch now as the questions change from "What can be done?" to "What is being done... and what are you doing?"

Cadaverville

Francis Levy | Posted 02.05.2014 | Books
Francis Levy

Heidegger said that the only way to live an authentic existence is through the awareness of death. By this definition Zadie Smith is living an inauthe...

The Year I Stopped Reading Men

Anna Szymanski | Posted 10.29.2013 | Books
Anna Szymanski

It was like when you turn on a TV set after spending a significant period of time streaming television online. Suddenly, you're covering your ears and asking why those Kia hamsters can't play a different song. You never used to notice the commercials, but now they're all you can hear.

Mother, Writer, Gypsy, Queen

Kate Baldwin | Posted 08.31.2013 | Parents
Kate Baldwin

Writing and motherhood are at odds with one another. Not because writers are inherently bad parents, but because writing and mothering require many of the same critical resources.

Interview With Vendela Vida About Always Apprentices

Nicki Richesin | Posted 06.19.2013 | Books
Nicki Richesin

It may come as something of a surprise that Vendela Vida doesn't have access to the internet at her home, but make no mistake, she's very connected.

How Zadie Smith Is Trying to Wake White Writers Up

Christina Patterson | Posted 12.10.2012 | Books
Christina Patterson

Smith is, in fact, following a path along which some other writers have walked. You could say that it was a path that started with Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man.

The Book We're Talking About This Week

Posted 09.04.2012 | Books

"NW" by Zadie Smith Penguin, $26.95 September 4, 2012 What is it about? The book is about four Londoners' adult lives outside their childhood ho...

Mallika Rao

Zadie Smith's Welcome Return

HuffingtonPost.com | Mallika Rao | Posted 02.11.2015 | Books

Zadie Smith has always been a gifted impressionist, sometimes to her detriment. In her debut novel White Teeth, the breadth of accents and dialects sh...

Hugh Dancy Hits the Spot: Hysteria

Regina Weinreich | Posted 07.15.2012 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

The new movie Hysteria answers an age old question, what do women want most?

Talking About Education in the Information Age

Nathan Hegedus | Posted 05.13.2012 | Education
Nathan Hegedus

I have bought into the idea that our schools are built for an industrial age long past. I do not want my daughter sitting at a desk all day.

How Do Our Facebook Selves Write About Death?

Lucas Kavner | Posted 04.14.2012 | Home
Lucas Kavner

As Houston's family and close friends mourn, do our "RIP Whitney" posts mean something, sandwiched between posts about cereal and recaps of The Bachelor, especially after we've watched, over many years, her slow-motion fall from grace?

Literary Love Letters To NYC

flavorwire.com | Posted 08.01.2011 | Books

From time to time, we all second-guess why we live in New York — especially in the wake of a pleasant holiday weekend away. It’s crowded, expensiv...

PHOTOS: 15 Cool Book Covers That Didn't Make The Cut

nytimes.com | Posted 07.16.2011 | Books

For authors, choosing a book cover is the fraught moment their very private creation starts putting on its game face and getting ready to enter the ma...

Zadie Smith's Rules For Writers

guardian.co.uk | Posted 06.26.2011 | Books

We asked some of the most esteemed contemporary authors for any golden rules they bring to their writing practice. Here are Zadie Smith's...

Spreading the Love: Book Reviews, Good and Bad

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

I've received a number of emails and comments lately, with various undertones of censure, stating that I only write good reviews. "Don't you have anything bad to say?" is the implied question.

Is Rap Poetry?

The Poetry Foundation | Adam Kirsch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The Poetry Foundation: How Ya Like Me Now Does rap's suspended adolescence keep it from serious consideration? By Adam Kirsch The Anthology ...

David Pogue Makes Technology Seem Simpler

Danny Groner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Danny Groner

As the intersection between media and politics has become clearer, so too has the blending of technology and culture. And Pogue's at the forefront of this movement.

Am I Better Than Facebook?

Claire Gordon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Claire Gordon

Facebook me is better than actual me. Smarter, wittier, funner, prettier. But does Facebook, as a platform, reduce the richness of my personhood? Absolutely.