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The Terrorist and the Novelist

Zachary Ngin, Book Critic

November 2, 2016

For decades now, Don DeLillo’s fictions have foretold all manner of disaster.   In “Players” (1977), a character gazing upon the World Trade Center makes a stray remark: ...

Where Nobody Says “Shhh”

Zachary Ngin, Book Critic

June 7, 2016

   Public library. If you were asked to associate a sound with the term, a certain throaty hissiness might come to mind, the muffled humiliation of a librarian’s shush. Or ma...

Is Urban Educating Us?

Is Urban Educating Us?

Zachary Ngin, Book Critic

February 5, 2016

Each day at Urban, my peers leave me in awe. They have diverse interests, take advanced classes, speak multiple languages, and hold the future in their palms. They dance so ...

20 Great Reads of 2015

20 Great Reads of 2015

Zachary Ngin, Book Critic

December 16, 2015

Here is a sampling of the best nonfiction articles of the year.       MEET THE AMERICAN VIGILANTES WHO ARE FIGHTING ISIS Jennifer Percy – The New Yor...

Book Review: Lost on China’s Whirlwind Roads

Book Review: Lost on China’s Whirlwind Roads

Zachary Ngin, Book Critic

December 1, 2015

Electricity flickers across the earth, triggering the annihilation of old China — 9.9 tons of dynamite. They are building a new Economic Development Zone in Zhejiang Pr...

Urban School alumna Phoebe Gloeckner writes “The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” resonates with students 40 years later

Urban School alumna Phoebe Gloeckner writes “The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” resonates with students 40 years later

Ariane Goldsmith, Staff Writer

November 4, 2015

“I hate the Urban School so much … It’s an ‘alternative’ private school, a rich hippie school. In other words, I don’t belong there in any way. It’s pretty small...

“Just Mercy” and “The New Jim Crow” explore the complexity of incarceration

Emmy Hicks-Jablons, Staff writer

October 14, 2015

It is likely, that at some point over the summer, you encountered the omnipresent problem of mass incarceration in America. Perhaps you pondered the significance of incarceration while staring into the fierce and tired eyes...

Book review: “The Warmth of Other Suns”

Ian Shapiro, Staff Writer

June 4, 2015

Isabel Wilkerson’s book, ”The Warmth of Other Suns,” describes the Great Migration — the migration of black Americans from the South to the North and West during the ...

7 Things You Should Read/Watch This Fall

Lily Dodd, Staff Writer

October 8, 2014

Top 7 things you should be super pumped Reading/Watching this fall: 7) Movie: "This is Where I Leave You." Tina Fey? Jason Bateman? Jane Fonda? All in one movie? And it’s...

Review: New book helps teens confront cancer, mortality

Review: New book helps teens confront cancer, mortality

Jessica King Fredel, Staff Writer

February 9, 2012

“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars/But in ourselves, that we are underlings.” This quote from Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar,” was the inspiration for...

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