At the New York Public Library on Monday evening, the “Young Lions” forum presented Ezra Koenig, lead singer, guitarist and song-writer of Brooklyn-based band Vampire Weekend in conversation with novelist John Wray. Vampire Weekend’s erudite lyrics have attracted fervent critical commentary. Wray wrote his most recent novel, Lowboy (Picador, 2009) on the F and 6 subway trains to the background of the music on his headphones. The pair, then, was aptly poised to discuss the matter at hand: Vampire Weekend’s mix of rock and roll rhythms with “writerly” words.
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The friendship between Paul LeClerc, the president of the New York Public Library, and the writer and academic Andre’ Aciman, goes back a decade to when, after reading Aciman’s celebrated memoir, Out of Egypt, LeClerc was so struck by the lyricism and gravitas of Aciman’s writing that he invited him to meet for coffee.
Everyone is sad for X Initiative’s one year art attack on Chelsea come to an end. But if we had to see ‘em go, it was sure nice to see ‘em go out with a bang. Their final challenge? Inviting anyone and everyone to Bring Your Own Art between 11am February 3rd and 11am February 4th, and install it wherever they could find an inch of free wall or floor space. That’s it. No rules, no curators, no mercy. The ensuing joyous bedlam represented a 24-hour condensed version of the X Initiave’s bold efforts to bring some much-needed excitement and optimism to Chelsea.
“We’re not prepared, but we never have been, and we’re still here,” Patti Smith announced as she and Sam Shepard sat down on the two armchairs on the stage of the 92nd Street Y last night, facing the sold-out crowd. They read, in a sort of call-and-response fashion, excerpts from their newest works peppered with some of Smith’s poetry and a couple of pleasantly unrehearsed musical numbers at the end.
Yes, Williamsburg—especially Bedford Avenue—has become a tangle of overpriced boutiques, overcrowded brunch spots, and ghastly shells of half-built condos, but there are still a few establishments that make me not want to throw up my hands and move from my shoddy Lorimer St. digs to Red Hook.
Our friends at PEN America are hosting a big event next Monday, November 9, at WNYC’s Green Space to benefit PEN’s Prison Writing Program. Breakout: Voices from Inside, their second annual benefit reading and reception, featuring readings by Mary Gaitskill, Eric Bogosian, John Turturro, Patricia Smith, Jamal Joseph, Lemon Andersen, and others. As an installment of WNYC’s signature series “The NEXT New York Conversation,” this event will be broadcast and live-streamed, allowing incarcerated men and women with radio and/or internet access to listen to the event and join our audience.
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