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Last year, Warby Parker and our friends at The Standard held a writing competition and asked you to write us a story, in a thousand words or less, inspired by the dog days of summer.  Thank you to all who submitted!

Presenting The Standard x Warby Parker Short Story Collection.  

We compiled ten stories selected by our judges—Jakab Orsos, Director of PEN American Center World Voices Festival; Hettie Jones, author and New School professor; and Lorin Stein, Editor of The Paris Review—into a back pocket-friendly book, available now—for free—while supplies last at Warby Parker retail locations. They’ll be at our Miami and Los Angeles Standard Readeries, Boston store and New York flagship.

Go get ‘em.

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The PEN America Festival is now underway at The Standard, East Village! Tomorrow night Lewis Lapham will be discussing the allure of smoking, but click here for a little behind-the-scenes interview to tide you over until then Get your tickets to the Obsession talks here

The PEN America Festival is now underway at The Standard, East Village! Tomorrow night Lewis Lapham will be discussing the allure of smoking, but click here for a little behind-the-scenes interview to tide you over until then 

Get your tickets to the Obsession talks here

Angelenos can read, too

All week long it’s been PEN World Voices Festival this and PEN World Voices Festival that.  Yes, the PEN American Center is a wonderful literary humanitarian organization, and, yes, it’s super cool that The Standard, New York is partnering with them. However, we’d like to point out that Angelenos can read, too. Yep, Los Angeles is not all endless sunshine and poolside cocktails. This weekend is the annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, a West Coast celebration of the written word.    

Featured authors include: Aimee Bender, Daniel Clowes, Rainn Wilson, Patti Smith (yes, that Patti Smith - did you know she won a National Book Award?), TC Boyle, and famed chef Thomas Keller will be popping by on Sunday for a little public chat. 

If you’re lucky enough to be in Los Angeles this weekend definitely mosey over the USC campus and check out the LA Times Festival of Books.  We can pretty much guarantee that the weather is going to be perfect: sunny, 75 degrees, with a dreamy ocean breeze, it is Southern California after all.

For more details, list of authors, directions, times, and tickets click here.

PEN World Happy Hour

If you know me, you know that I find any excuse to enjoy a cocktail.  All you have to say is, “Let’s grab a cocktail!” and I’m yours for the night.  That’s why we had the most brilliant idea late last night.  

Being that we’re celebrating the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature this week, we figured we should throw a daily happy hour in support of this amazing human rights organization.

Beginning today and continuing through the week during our normal sunset hours on Top of the Standard (4pm - 10pm on weekdays and from 2pm - 10pm), we will be hosting one hour of happiness from 7pm - 8pm where $1 from all cocktails poured will go to benefit PEN.  In addition, we have come up with the above cocktail menu inspired by Salman Rushdie’s favorite classics (available in room at The Standard, New York!) from which we will donate $2 for every cocktail ordered.

Isn’t life Stan D’eliriously grand?!


Salman Rushdie’s Standard Library

See Stan.  See Stan run.  See Stan run to Gucci.  See Stan run to Gucci and buy a pair of black pony skin loafers with a gold horse bit detail.  That was the first story I ever read.  It was actually the first story I ever WROTE and then I read it.  I’ve always been a literary scion (in my own mind), and that’s why this news is more than I can handle.

Next week, The Standard, New York is acting as the official hotel partner of PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature and is hosting a slew of events which you must attend.  But the most exciting part of the week is that famed literary giant, Salman Rushdie, author of the infamous book entitled The Satanic Verses, has curated an incredible list of his favorite classics.  All the books are donated by Housing Works and will be found in all the rooms at the hotel…until they are taken!  Think of it as your own private library, and you never have to return the book!

If you’re wondering what lies in the mind of Rushdie and what he finds to be a classic, I’m about to share his titles with you.  I was going to make you check in to the hotel to find out, but it hurts me to taunt you, so here they are…

Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass
William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby
Eudora Welty’s The Collected Stories
Bernard Malamud’s The Complete Stories
Saul Bellow’s Humboldt’s Gift
Philip Roth ‘s Portnoy’s Complaint
Flannery O’Connor’s Everything That Rises Must Converge
Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five
Thomas Pynchon’s   V.
Joseph Heller’s Catch 22
Toni Morrison’s Beloved
Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter & The Sorceror’s Stone 

HA!  I’m totally kidding with that last Harry Potter title.  Just wanted to see if you were paying attention!

The books will be in all rooms from April 25 - May 1.  For reservations, please call The Standard, New York on 212-645-4646.  


TedxEast - The Talks Continue

Joining the conversation is one of the most powerful points of progress in the development of one’s existence.  Don’t worry I’m not going to get all deep on you. I just mean that when one sits in a room and becomes a part of a discussion moving into the future, you feel that you are an agent of change.  That’s part of the reason why we began The Standard Talks series, and why we continue to promote this exchange of ideas, specifically with our partnership with TEDxEast.

Earlier this week, TEDxEast - the independently organized spin off of the infamous TED conference - converged in the third floor High Line Room at The Standard, New York in a discussion on architecture and design.  Hosted by Joshua Prince-Ramus and Bjarke Ingels, both recently named among the top 5 in Fast Company’s Most Innovative in Architecture 2011 and both former TED speakers, the conversation dealt with the forces that influence their current projects found as near as Texas and as far as Istanbul.

If you missed this one, don’t worry, we have more to come. The next Standard Talks will take place on April 27th during the PEN World Voices Literary Festival and will delve into the supernatural while Sunny Bates and her panel of paranormals will summon the ghosts at the stroke of midnight.  Buy your tickets here.

PEN World Voices Festival

Karl Lagerfeld Studio by Todd Selby

We love books.  They are anthologies of history, of photographs and of intellectual properties spanning the centuries.  Books tell stories of lives beyond our own, depict worlds within our own and guide us through the adventures that are our existence.  We don’t know where we would be without them.

This month, New York City welcomes the seventh annual PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature into its arms, and as a perpetual supporter of the arts and sciences, The Standard, New York will serve as its official hotel partner.

In true literary fashion, the festival, with its events and readings, will be host to the world’s greatest literary minds including Giaconda Belli, Laurie Anderson, Samuel Delany and A.M Homes if we’re only naming a few.  Events will be scattered across the city offering insight into the minds of scholars who dissect the simplest ideas into complex analyses.  

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