The New York Public Library Podcast
Jeffrey Deitch on Art & Spectacle

Jeffrey Deitch, a celebrated art critic and curator, talks about his popular new book “Live the Art,” which details his decades of boundary-pushing work in the galleries and museums of New York, California, and beyond. In a fascinating conversation with Massimiliano Gioni, Artistic Director of New York’s New Museum, Deitch discusses innovation, creation, and his appreciation for spectacle.

Direct download: 54_Deitch_and_Gioni.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:59pm EDT

RuPaul on Fantasy & Identity

The musician, performer, and host of "RuPaul's Drag Race" sashays onto our stage to celebrate the recent release of his seventh studio album, "Realness." In a wildly entertaining and thought-provoking conversation, the cultural icon talks to NYPL’s Paul Holdengräber about success, performance, all things drag and beyond.

Direct download: 53_RuPaul.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:05pm EDT

Stay Tuned

Get ready for our upcoming spring season of exciting talks from very special guests at the Library, now released every Tuesday on iTunes, Stitcher, and SoundCloud.

Direct download: 52_1.2_Spring_Promo_-_31915_1.02_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:23pm EDT

Art historian and curator Sarah Lewis talks to award-winning actress Anna Deavere Smith about Lewis’s nonfiction debut, “The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery,” which examines stories of innovation and discovery born from the unlikeliest of experiences. In a conversation that’s equal parts funny, moving, and thoughtful, the two women discuss how failure is crucial to true success.

Direct download: 52_Lewis_and_Smith.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:42pm EDT

Ann Patchett & Elizabeth Gilbert on Writing

Ann Patchett, the award-winning author of numerous books including “Bel Canto” and “State of Wonder,” joins her good friend Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the hit bestseller “Eat, Pray, Love,” to talk about the challenges and joys of their craft. In this thrilling conversation, Patchett and Gilbert ask each other how and why they write, covering everything from grief, to frustration, to divine inspiration.

Direct download: 51_Gilbert_and_Patchett.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:11pm EDT

Jay-Z on Hustling & Forgiveness

Grammy Award winning artist Jay-Z came to NYPL in 2010, when his long-awaited memoir, "Decoded," had just hit shelves. He’s joined by NYPL’s Paul Holdengraber and intellectual icon Cornel West for a conversation about his journey from a rough childhood to becoming an internationally renowned rap artist, philanthropist, and entrepreneur.

Direct download: 50_Jay-Z.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:06pm EDT

New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow joins Khalil Muhammad, Director of NYPL’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, for a conversation about Blow’s new memoir, “Fire Shut Up in My Bones.” Through the lens of Blow’s powerful personal story, the two men discuss visual art, social justice, and the need for empathy in American culture.

Direct download: 49_Blow.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:56pm EDT

On the heels of the success of his bestselling 2012 novel “Back to Blood,” Wolfe came to NYPL to discuss identity, beliefs, and the weaving together of journalism and fiction.

Direct download: 48_Wolfe_v3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:35pm EDT

Ntozake Shange on Inspiration & Harlem

The great American playwright and poet Ntozake Shange, creator of the Obie Award-winning play “for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf,” celebrates the 40th anniversary of her landmark work with a panel discussion about its inspiration, creation, and enduring legacy.

Direct download: 47_Shange.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:06pm EDT

Joan Didion on Writing & Revising

The beloved writer talks to fellow bestselling author Sloane Crosley about the challenges of putting personal tragedy and illusory pleasure into words.

Direct download: 46_Didion_-_12915_5.11_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:45pm EDT