| Aug 11, 2014
| 6:13 AM
In his previous incarnation, before breaking bad, E. Forbes Smiley III was more than a buyer and seller of rare maps. He was a self-taught scholar of cartographers and their masterworks. He can still expound, no doubt, on the historical value of maps, how...
| Jun 26, 2014
| 9:17 AM
Public libraries around the country have long been places where you can go to use the Internet. Indeed, on any given day at any given library, you might find more people using social media, filling out job applications and perusing Web pages on computer...
| May 30, 2014
| 5:30 AM
Steven Drukman, a playwright who teaches at New York University, has written what may be his best play — a sparkling academic comedy that spins its tantalizing web from, of all arcane things, the literary theory of Roland Barthes, Jacques Derrida...
| May 23, 2014
| 9:37 AM
Summer lends itself to reading and vacations, so why not combine the two into a literary trip?
The homes and studies where many great writers toiled over their prose have been preserved. See original manuscripts, often in the author's own handwriting....
| May 5, 2014
| 10:37 AM
Nate Berkus has built a dream wedding of his own: The designer wed fiance Jeremiah Brent on Saturday in New York City.
The "American Dream Builders" host, interior designer and author wed Brent, also a designer and TV personality, at the New York Public...
| Mar 26, 2014
| 7:00 AM
Let's start with the idea of a recommendation engine. It's an informal term to describe the complex algorithms that parse masses of data to make suggestions of the "if you like that, you'll like this" variety.
Online services crave good recommendation...
| Mar 12, 2014
| 2:57 PM
The best libraries were created not just as repositories of books but as big, open public spaces that celebrate the connections even the most humble citizens have to civilization and literary culture. But we don't often think of a library itself as a...
| Feb 21, 2014
| 6:30 AM
"I want you to go to the window, open it, stick your head out and yell, 'I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore." So said Howard Beale in "Network."
When the movie opened in fall 1976, critics and audiences — not to mention...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 9:30 AM
Although he would hardly cause a blip on cultural radar screens today, Carl Van Vechten was, at various stages of his long and storied life, a journalist, provocateur, novelist, nightlife denizen, music and theater critic, confidant to Gertrude Stein,...
| Feb 6, 2014
| 9:04 PM
NEW YORK -- Jack Spade made its first New York Fashion Week presentation Wednesday in the Edna Barnes Salomon Room at the New York Public Library.
The inspiration: “We titled this collection ‘The Art of Subtraction,’” said the...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 11:51 AM
California is home to one of the largest Armenian populations in the world, from the fertile farmlands of the Central Valley to Southern California. The Armenian Genocide and subsequent diaspora affect the community's sense of identity and perseverance to...