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Category Archives: Novels

A Lesbian Gun: Words and Images Inspire Todd Hayne’s New Masterpiece ‘Carol’

In writing and film, storytelling is often a dance between the narrative and the visual. Fiction writers use vivid descriptions to help readers visualize a story’s world, while a film’s visuals often … Continue reading

November 20, 2015 · 2 Comments

A novelist and a photographer walk into a theater…

Over the three years I’ve been writing The Literate Lens, few events have screamed “blog post!” as loudly at me as the one I attended last night at Symphony Space, … Continue reading

May 14, 2015 · 77 Comments

Lost Treasure: An Interview with Ayelet Waldman

When Ayelet Waldman set out to write her new novel, Love and Treasure, it was with the vague idea that she wanted to write about the Holocaust and art. How, … Continue reading

November 13, 2014 · 2 Comments

Shooting High: Art Takes on New York’s Tallest Building

Good things come to those who wait, we’re sometimes told. In the case of One World Trade Center, the soon-to-open building popularly known as the Freedom Tower, is that the … Continue reading

September 24, 2014 · 2 Comments

Triangulated

On March 25, 1911, the United States experienced its deadliest ever industrial disaster. At around 4:40 p.m. that day, a fire broke out in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, on the … Continue reading

July 18, 2014 · 8 Comments

Paradigm Shifts at the ICP

Robert Capa in color? That’s a bit like Philip Glass going hip hop, isn’t it, or Thomas Pynchon writing a TV pilot? The most famous war photographer of the twentieth … Continue reading

February 22, 2014 · 4 Comments

Three Worthy Gift Books

It’s that time of year again: the time when stores are full of tinsel, acapella versions of The Little Drummer Boy go viral, and year-end best-of booklists start popping up … Continue reading

December 9, 2013 · 5 Comments