Archives for February 2012

Red & Black Party Countdown

Are you ready for the Red & Black? Things are pretty hectic here at NYWC headquarters as we get ready for this year’s party, which is less than a week away!  It sort of looks like a Hallmark store exploded all over everything and we are knee deep in Valentine party favors and other 99 […]

The Names of Things

In graduate school I took a course on Cormac McCarthy’s 1985 novel Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West. The course was taught by the underread novelist Stephen Wright, who, when asked by a student of the class why McCarthy is such a great writer, said: “Because he knows the names of things.” […]

Friday 5: Top 5 Literary Literal Giants and Patriots

Bring on the Super Bowl! Or, if you’re more into language than long passes, bring on the Super Bowl puns! To celebrate the big pigskin romp going on in Indiana this weekend, here is our list of titles tackling the freakishly over-sized and the tea-dumpingly loyal. Enjoy! Top Five Books Full of Giants or Patriots […]

tiga jean-baptiste

Low chants and fast rhythms alternate as twelve people on stage including dancers, drummers, guitarists and a pianist accompany Tiga Jean-Baptiste as he journeys through music to reach the world. I am sitting in a modern well-lit theater at the NY Historical Society, but I am being carried through islands back to a larger continent. […]

Red & Black Roulette: Rule #1 – Everyone Wins

I am terrible at gambling.  Numbers make me nervous. Yet, I like roulette!  It’s colorful, and sensual. I love that carnival sound of the big wheel spinning and the feel of the felt betting surface. It’s a game of pure chance – no skill whatsoever. That’s why I am so excited to have a shot […]