Washington Square News

The Guitarist’s Nobel

The Guitarist’s Nobel

By Michael Landes, Staff Writer

April 6, 2017


Filed under Arts, Books

Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize in literature last year, leading many to wonder — do song lyrics genuinely qualify as literature?

Alternate Americas at Reading with Kaitlyn Greenidge, David Means

Alternate Americas at Reading with Kaitlyn Greenidge, David Means

By Michael Landes, Staff Writer

March 8, 2017


Filed under Arts, Books, Top Stories

As much as the phrase "in today's political climate" has become as tired as a marathon runner after a race, there's something to be said for how crystal-clear a lens the alternate-reality novels of Kaitlyn Greenidge and David Means seemed to provide during their reading at the NYU Creative Writers' House last week.

Performing Power And Privilege

Performing Power And Privilege

By Michael Landes, Staff Writer

February 10, 2017


Filed under Arts, Theater

The NYU Drama Therapy program tackled privilege of all sorts with avant-garde flair and talented precision in its presentation of three short plays by its master's candidates last week.

Anne Carson: Icon of Intellect

Anne Carson: Icon of Intellect

By Michael Landes, Staff Writer

February 6, 2017


Filed under Arts, Books

Anne Carson's reading at the Lillian Vernon Creative Writers' House last week affirmed the writer's position as one of the best authors to combine a sense of humor with translating ancient texts.

Ottessa Moshfegh: A Breath Of Fresh, Strange Air

Ottessa Moshfegh: A Breath Of Fresh, Strange Air

By Michael Landes, Staff Writer

January 26, 2017


Filed under Arts, Books, Top Stories

At her reading this Tuesday, Ottessa Moshfegh embodied the strange reality we've come to live in — replete both with strange humor and terrible situations.

‘Poison:’ A Look at Grief and Love

‘Poison:’ A Look at Grief and Love

By Michael Landes, Staff Writer

November 28, 2016


Filed under Arts, Theater

When poison quite literally taints an already-broken family, how is it possible to heal?

When the Internet Meets Theater

When the Internet Meets Theater

By Michael Landes, Staff Writer

November 21, 2016


Filed under Arts, Theater

In a panel last Tuesday, Broadway bigwigs met to discuss the way forward for technology in theater.

Another Election Gone Awry

Another Election Gone Awry

By Michael Landes, Staff Writer

November 14, 2016


Filed under Arts, Theater

The sheer impressiveness of the physicality in Shakespeare in the Square's adaptation of the classic "Coriolanus" makes it more than just good theater — it makes it an aching vindication of the feelings too often trapped inside ourselves.

Bad Theater Festival: Better Than It Sounds

Bad Theater Festival: Better Than It Sounds

By Michael Landes, Staff Writer

November 7, 2016


Filed under Arts, Theater

The Bad Theater Festival is an undeniably necessary part of theater today, preserving and giving due homage to the fringe tradition.

A Show for the Kings and Queens of Halloween

A Show for the Kings and Queens of Halloween

By Michael Landes, Contributing Writer

October 20, 2016


Filed under Arts, Theater

Dandy Darkly's new solo show "Myth Mouth" creates a wildly entertaining performance from his quirky, unexpected monologues: be prepared for sloth meat, dogs in space and ostentatious costumes.

Decolonization on the Lower East Side

Decolonization on the Lower East Side

By Michael Landes, Contributing Writer

October 17, 2016


Filed under Arts, Entertainment

A different sort of exhibition took place at the Museum of Natural History last Monday as the members of several different human rights' groups gathered together to bring attention to the demeaning ways the Museum dealt with the history of America's indigenous peoples.

Climbing to Success With ‘Ladder’

Climbing to Success With ‘Ladder’

By Michael Landes, Contributing Writer

October 17, 2016


Filed under Arts, Books

In a comfortable, candid conversation at McNally-Jackson Books last week, author Jamie Duclos-Yourdon shared the inspirations and influences behind his new book, "Froelich's Ladder."