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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 27, 2015 by admin

Seen in the Biblical Gardens at St. John the Divine

Regardless of their religious affiliation (or absence thereof), the Cathedral of St. John the Divine offers visitors an abundance of opportunities to revel in the arts: musical, literary and visual. The Biblical Gardens, just south of the Cathedral, features a striking Peace Fountain by sculptor Greg Wyatt. Plaques around the fountain are inscribed with quotes by…

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March 15, 2015 by admin

Poem for a Rainy Day

Although April is still a few weeks away, this poem seemed fitting for a rainy March Day. Langston Hughes spent much of his life in Europe, but according to an Associated Press article: “For the last two, extraordinarily prolific decades of his life, Langston Hughes turned out some of his most celebrated work on the…

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March 10, 2015 by admin

Seen at the Morningside Heights Library

These colorful monoprints by artist, R.W. Meric, are on display now. From the artist’s flyer: “Ms. Meric has been creating prints for six years, having come from a background in painting and drawing. In addition to working as an artist, she has had a varied career as lawyer, teacher, and storyteller.”

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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 24, 2015 by admin

A Nobel Effort

Visitors taking selfies with the statue of Theodore Roosevelt on Central Park West are a common sight these days for anyone visiting or passing by the grand entrance to the American Museum of Natural History. But less than a block away, a monument that honors other great Americans often goes unnoticed.  This four-sided pillar, located in Theodore Roosevelt…

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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.

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February 10, 2015 by admin

Reading is Bliss

At the moment, westsidewriter is enjoying the essays that make up “I Feel Bad About My Neck” by the late Nora Ephron. Many of the essays humorously lament the losses and indignities of middle age and beyond, but mixed in with these wry and witty observations are celebratory passages on the enduring pleasures of food, the perfect…

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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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