April 14, 2015 by admin

The Words That Fit

Fans of Mad* magazine may remember that publication’s parodic motto “All the words that fit, we print.” As westsidewriter has discovered since starting this blog, including all the words that are fit for a UWS book lover’s consumption is a tall order–especially doing so in a timely way. While WestSideWords goes through some growing pains, we’re…

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March 7, 2015 by admin

West Side Words – Weekend Highlights

This winter may seem to be dragging on forever, but this selection of local events may be just the pick-me-up book-loving Upper West Siders need. Whether you’re looking to expand your home library with bargain books or in need of some Shakespeare to soothe your soul, you’ll find it all nearby. Read on for more information…

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March 1, 2015 by admin

Stories of Vigilantism, Stolen Art, and Family Life: Three Works from Upper West Side Writers

Speculation about the number of writers who live on the Upper West Side sounds like the premise of a skit Garrison Keillor might present on “A Prairie Home Companion.” There may be no way to find the answer, but from the famous to the unknown, there’s clearly no dearth of writing talent in our neck of the…

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February 15, 2015 by admin

West Side Valentine

Tony and Maria. Anita and Bernardo. Riff and Velma. Doc and Office Krupke. Bernstein and Sondheim. Robbins and Laurents. The perfect musical with the perfect script? It may be up for debate, but it’s westsidewriter’s idea of the perfect Valentine’s Day film. Just don’t forget your handkerchief.


February 7, 2015 by westsidewriter

The Big Read Gets Bigger

The Big Read, the NEA-funded project launched in our neighborhood by Goddard Riverside, is going strong. Dozens of Upper West Siders are reading and discussing “The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears” by Dinaw Mengestu (pictured above). If you haven’t joined in, there’s still  time. The book is available at our local bookstores and libraries, and on-line.  Upcoming events…

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Seret Scott (as Sara) and Bill Gunn (Victor) in Kathleen Collins' 1982 African-American classic, LOSING GROUND, starring Seret Scott, Bill Gunn and Duane Jones. Restored by Milestone Films and Nina Lorez Collins, the film is to premiere at Lincoln Center on February 6, 2015.

February 5, 2015 by westsidewriter

“Losing Ground” Gains a New Audience

Sara (Seret Scott) is a prim and proper philosophy professor at a New York City university. Her husband, Victor (Bill Gunn), is a painter with a wandering eye. When the sale of a painting brings in enough money for a summer rental upstate, Victor soon finds a young muse whose presence threatens the marriage. Sara faces…

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February 4, 2015 by westsidewriter

Athena Film Festival Starts on Thursday–plus a chance to win free tickets!

The Athena Film Festival, A Celebration of Women and Leadership, opens Thursday night at 7 p.m. at Barnard College with a screening of “Dreamcatcher“, a portrait of former Chicago prostitute who helps other women and girls break the cycle of abuse and exploitation. Now in its fifth year, the four-day festival showcases features, documentaries, panel discussions, workshops and special events.  The Athena Film…

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January 23, 2015 by westsidewriter

Saturday Night Reader

The weather forecast may be calling for snow, but don’t let the big chill stop you from joining in  “The Big Read” this Saturday night at 7 p.m. Goddard Riverside Community Center will launch this project–designed to get Upper West Siders to read and discuss the same book–at this kick-off event featuring an author appearance, live music, theater and refreshments….

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January 20, 2015 by westsidewriter

Seen at the NY Historical Society Shop

And now, something for people who love handbags and books. Copies of Reader’s Digest Condensed Books have been given a second life as purses created by Dave and Jennifer Tubbin. The handbags, on sale at the New York Historical Society museum store, are priced at $44.95 Westsidewriter has fond recollections of seeing these volumes–in their original incarnation–on her grandfather’s bookshelves in…

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January 13, 2015 by westsidewriter

Isaac Bashevis Singer Documentary to kick off NY Jewish Film Festival

Long-time Upper West Siders may recall a time when Nobel-prize winning author Isaac Bashevis Singer was a neighbor. Singer lived for many years at Broadway and 86th Street and his affection for, and frequent visits to, the Dairy Restaurant on West 72nd Street was noted in the New York Times. Known for his prolific output,…

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