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Blog Posts by Subject: News Media, Journalism and Publishing

Edwin Miller Interviews for Seventeen Magazine in Archives and Manuscripts

Find celebrity Seventeen interviews from 1946-1988 in the Manuscripts and Archives Division at The New York Public Library.Read More ›

Podcast #107: Robert A. Caro and Frank Rich on Power and Corruption

Robert A. Caro is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner for his books The Years of Lyndon Johnson: Master of the Senate and The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York, the latter of which was written at the New York Public Library's Allen Room. Read More ›

39 Women Journalists Whom We Admire

Author Gay Talese stirred the ire of the Internet on Saturday when he reportedly couldn't name a single woman writer who inspired him... so we gave him some suggestions in journalism. Read More ›

Designing Women: The Art of Cloth Bindings

Cloth bindings flourished during the 19th and early 20th centuries, and their designers exercised incredible creativity until the more economical dust jacket took hold as the book's decorative wrapping.Read More ›

Podcast #89: Gloria Steinem on Sex, Justice, and Magazines

Gloria Steinem is a writer, political activist, and the creator of the magazine Ms., and a founder of the Women's Media Center. In 2013, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and this year, she was named a Library Lion. For this week's episode of the New York Public Library podcast, we're proud to present Gloria Steinem discussing sex, justice, and magazines. Read More ›

Understanding the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Over the past several weeks, we've heard a lot about the plight of refugees fleeing Syria and its neighboring countries for safer and more stable living conditions in Europe. Such a systemic, rapidly-changing issue can be hard comprehend, but we are confronted with images and stories that beg for our understanding.Read More ›

Podcast #70: Alan Rusbridger on Whistleblowers and Wikileaks

As then-editor-in-chief of The Guardian, Alan Rusbridger published NSA documents leaked by Edward Snowden and made reporting on Wikileaks a cornerstone of the newspaper's coverage. On this week's episode of the podcast, we're proud to present Alan Rusbridger discussing whistleblowers and Wikileaks.Read More ›

Essential Hunter S. Thompson Reads

In honor of the Gonzo journalist dressed in sleeves full of tricks and outlandishly trumpeting prose, we're looking back at some of Thompson's finest nonfiction.Read More ›

Essential David Lynch Reads

That gum you like is going to come back in style... get ready with this collection of Lynchian longform journalism.Read More ›

Listen: 2015 Bernstein Journalism Award Finalists Talk About Their Eye-Opening Work

Want to read the year's best journalism? The New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism is given annually to journalists whose books have brought clarity and public attention to important issues, events, or policies. In other words, the award recognizes the earth-shattering, eye-opening, and world-changing.Read More ›

Salute to Narrative Nonfiction: Journalism and Social Sciences

Narrative or creative nonfiction is somewhat newly recognized genre. Naturally, as librarians we have a great appreciation for the research, the primary source documents and interviews, but it is the narrative, the skillful pacing, the phrasing, and the insight that make it read like a thriller that set these books apart from other nonfiction.Read More ›

130 Years of Good Housekeeping Tips

On May 2, 1885, the first issue of Good Housekeeping was published, and today it is one of the five surviving "Seven Sisters" of women's magazines. In some ways, the word "housekeeping" alone seems like an artifact, but you don't need to be a gourmet chef or interior decorating savant to enjoy these highlights from the last one hundred and thirty years of Good Housekeeping.Read More ›

Essential Longform: The Best Harper Lee Reads

This year, on April 28, Lee will turn 89. She will publish her second novel, Go Set a Watchman in July. As we await this much-anticipated encore, we're looking at the beloved author who told us that real courage was “when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.”Read More ›

Erasures in Literature

Erasure is a form of literature, often poetry, created by selectively erasing words from an existing text to produce a new work. An event on April 25 will showcase examples and give you a chance to create your own.Read More ›

Podcast #56: Tavis Smiley on Maya Angelou

Media figure, author, editor, and entrepreneur Smiley appeared at The New York Public Library's Books at Noon. In this episode of the podcast you'll hear Smiley discuss his long friendship with the late Maya Angelou.Read More ›

New Biography on Journalist Ethel Payne Available at the Schomburg Gift Shop

Great news: James McGrath Morris's new biography on journalist Ethel Payne, Eye on the Struggle, is now available in the Schomburg Gift Shop! Read More ›

Essential Longform: The Best Nirvana Reads

As we await the documentary Montage of Heck, we're looking back at some of the best journalism written about Kurt Cobain and Nirvana.Read More ›

Podcast #49: Charles Blow on His Unexpected Childhood Hero

Charles Blow speaks with Schomburg Center director Khalil Muhammad about his middle name, how he was nearly baptized twice, and his unexpected childhood hero.Read More ›

Beyond the Title Page: Watermarks, Colophons, and Publishing Dates

What started as a simple comparison of beautifully illustrated books on fashionable dress, trades’ dress, and ethnic costume held in both the Art and Architecture Collection and the Rare Book Division turned into an open-ended bibliographic exercise with many rabbit holes to get lost in. Read More ›

Short-Term Research Fellowship: Evert A. Duyckinck's Social Network

A look at the papers of two brothers who were at the center of New York publishing in the mid-1800s.Read More ›
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