Stories We Tell Ourselves

The other night I went to see “Stories We Tell,” a much-praised autobiographical documentary by Canadian actor and filmmaker Sarah Polley. (Stop here if you plan to see it and haven’t already.)

International Day against Homophobia

Today, May 17th, is ‘International Day against Homophobia’.  It is an important day, as raising awareness and stigmatizing the stigma have proven to be valuable tools for advancing gay-rights issues, as well as a number of other social issues. ‘Homophobia’… What does that word actually mean?   We take it to mean ‘afraid of homosexuals’ or […]

Tonight, tonight!

We made it! Let’s all give each other a big round of applause for making it to the most important day of the week, Friday. So, how will you be spending your reward for making it through the week in one piece? Worry not, it just so happens NYWC is throwing its Spring Fling! Here’s […]

The Collective Creative Genius of “Beasts of the Southern Wild”

“Where do you get your ideas?” This dreaded question, asked all the time of writers and artists, has no satisfactory answer, or at least no satisfactory short one. So I resisted the urge to ask it of Benh Zeitlin, director of “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” when I interviewed him for a magazine around the […]

Is cupid… online?

This week has been rough.  A pretty hard week for Americans.  Just check the news, people are pretty fed up with this week.  So I thought I would give us some rest and go on a fun rant of my own, railing for and against… Internet Dating. DUN DUN DUN!!!!!! As a seasoned internet dater, […]

“Mr. Joy” at Lincoln Center

The title character Mr. Joy never appears in the one-man show that bears his name, but his presence is felt by every one of the multiple characters portrayed by Daniel Beaty, the actor and creator of “Mr. Joy.” A Chinese-American and the long-time proprietor of a shoe repair shop in Harlem, Mr. Joy has had […]

Friday 5: Why young people in the USA are increasingly indifferent to the Catholic Church

Being in the midst of Easter week, it feels like an appropriate time to address the Church’s decreasing appeal to young people in the US. Whether or not this is a bad thing I will leave to you, but the trend of youth disaffection with the Church is undeniable.  The recent election of Pope Francis, formerly […]

Performance Art Review: Heard*NY is the Emperor’s New Horses

I was intrigued when I read glowing references to Heard*NY,  a new performance art piece in Grand Central Terminal, sponsored by the innovative arts organization Creative Time. Artist Nick Cave designed a herd of 30 shaggy, colorful life-size horses that twice- daily prance across Grand Central Station’s Vanderbilt Hall.  Periodically the herd breaks into choreographed […]

Friday 5: Ways to be Thrifty and Fabulous this Spring!

Today’s Friday 5 comes from Jessica Cohen, our new contributor and a senior at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, where she double-majors in political science and Spanish. Jessica is an avid writer, and her poetry and essays focus on examinations of the human condition, the intricacies of life, and the fulfillment of human happiness. Through […]

The Fat Cat: Uplift with a $3 Cover

Near the corner where Christopher Street meets Seventh Avenue in Manhattan, it is possible to leave behind the glossy, gentrified precincts of the West Village and tumble down a rabbit hole into a cavernous subterranean establishment called the Fat Cat. Nothing about this place is slick. A crowd of refreshingly unhip patrons drink beer (the […]