Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Bury Me a Lion: An up-and-coming band from NYC

Jarett Gilbert, front; Yuri Soussouv, back right.
And it features two Arts & Science alumni, including the band's founder, Jarett Gilbert (GSAS '11) and bassist Yuri Soussouv (Courant, '11). They're currently working on a new website, but you can find them on Facebook or listen to their music here.

We had the chance to talk a little with Jarett about being in a NYC-based band, this year's VMA's, and Bruce Springsteen!

What is the meaning of the name, "Bury Me a Lion"? 

I was listening to a lot of The Pogues in late 2008, when we were looking for a name. I was struck by the lyrics in 'If I Should Fall From Grace With God' saying "bury me at sea, where no murdered ghost can haunt me." I really liked the symbolism of being "buried at sea". We found that including the lion imagery from one of our earlier names further emphasized that idea of living a proud and honorable life.

How did Bury Me a Lion start, and how did you meet fellow NYU alumnus/band mate Yuri Soussouv?

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The Talking Dead are coming to NYU

Since our blog readers (i.e. you) are oh-so-special to us, we want to make sure you know about an event we're hosting on Alumni Day this year--before spots fill up.

The Faculty of Arts and Science and Tisch Alumni Relations Offices are teaming up to bring you "The Talking Dead," a panel discussion moderated by Glen Mazzara (The Walking Dead). Registration is now open, so register now before spots fill up.

The discussion will tackle the question of why we are obsessed with the undead and whether our obsessions evolve based on society's current issues. We promise our panelists won't bite.

Panel Moderator: Glen Mazzara
The panel will also feature...

Akiva Goldsman, screenwriter (I, Robot, I am Legend, The Da Vinci Code, and A Beautiful Mind)

James Hankins, author (Brothers and Bones, Jack of Spades, and Drawn)

Aaron Sagers, TV personality and journalist ("Paranormal Paparazzi")

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Lynn Andriani (GSAS '04), Food Editor at

Food blogs are all the rage today. Whether we are taking photos of our food or sharing recipes, we are a nation obsessed with food. If you've ever visited, you've most likely seen the work of Food Editor, Lynn Andriani (GSAS '04). We had the chance to ask Lynn a few questions and even get her to reveal her favorite "go-to" recipe, fried squash blossoms. 

What memories do you have of your time at NYU? Were there any professors who had an influence on you as a journalist and editor?

Two big ones: the police ride-along I did in Harlem for Writing, Research & Reporting (I got to wear a bullet-proof vest! Which, thankfully, turned out to be unnecessary); and going to Todd Gitlin's Ethics in Journalism class on the morning of September 11--we knew a plane had hit the World Trade Center but we didn't have any details, so he taught class--and then, when it was over, we realized what had happened, and how the world had changed. All of my professors influenced me, but none as much as Ellen Willis. She was such a brilliant journalist, relentlessly curious and always pressing us to dig deeper, find out more, and question everything.

What are your current responsibilities as Food Editor at

I write about food and cooking for, covering everything from birthday cakes to what to cook for dinner when you're on vacation.

How has food blogging changed the way we talk about and interact with food?

I think it's gotten more people interested in food and where it comes from, which is awesome. It has also brought some insane recipes that might not have otherwise seen the light of day into the national consciousness (ahem- bacon explosion).

Do you find there is one food topic that is more popular with your readers than others?

They love breakfast and midnight snacks. They're also really into easy desserts and the fastest dinners on the planet.

I love your twitter background image of various cookbooks. What cookbooks are on your "must-have" list.

Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything and at least one book by Lidia Bastianich. For desserts, I think Dorie Greenspan's books are fantastic.

Who are some the people you look up to in the culinary world? 

My mom. She's an amazing home cook and taught me how to make the most delicious meals with the simplest ingredients. Food writers I look up to are Mark Bittman, Anthony Bourdain, Ruth Reichl, Amanda Hesser and Harold McGee.

What is your favorite summer meal? Do you have a go-to recipe that you wouldn't mind sharing?

Fried zucchini flowers; tomato and mozzarella salad; and a pasta with pesto.

To make the zucchini flowers, rinse them well (inside and out), pull off the stamen, and pat dry on paper towels. Make a batter: use about a cup of flour (seasoned with salt & pepper) and a cup of milk, and whisk until it's smooth and slightly thick. Stuff each flower with a spoonful of whatever cheese you like--ricotta is really good, but I used Cowgirl Creamery's "wagon wheel" cheese recently and it was fantastic. Heat olive oil in a frying pan. Dip stuffed flowers in batter, let the excess drip off, and fry, about 2 minutes per side, until golden. Sprinkle with sea salt, let cool slightly on paper towels and enjoy.

Can you name a few of your favorite places to eat in NYC.

I love A Voce, Lupa, Esca, Parm and the Bar Room at the Modern. And City Diner on Broadway & 90th St. because they make a great BLT and don't care when my kids (who are 1 and 3) rip up the place mats and make a mess dipping their fries in their matzo ball soup.

What are your thoughts on the current cronut craze?

It sounds great. However, I will never taste one because I am the most impatient person ever. I'm cool with an everything bagel with cream cheese from Tal Bagels, or a pretzel croissant from Birdbath Bakery.

What advice would you give to aspiring food writers?

Write and read and eat and cook A LOT. And don't take it too seriously. It's just food!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

It's Wedding (Photography) Season

Arts & Science has produced many successful photographers. To name a few, there's Nicole Tung, a photojournalist who was in the Middle East when we spoke to her last year, Charles Dharapak, who snapped a shot of President Obama dropping his cell phone, and the ocean-loving Joe Tepper.

Melani Lust (CAS '95, IFA '99) is a wedding photographer who was recently voted "Best Wedding Photographer" for the fourth consecutive year in Moffly Media's annual Best of the Gold Coast edition. Here's our Q&A with Melani, and a glimpse at some of her amazing work.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Author Profile: Paul Grenert (WSC '90)

Paul Grenert is a tennis player turned author from Montclair, NJ, known for his diverse and eclectic style of writing. Read our short Q&A below, and be sure to check out his books.