Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates was Stein Visiting Writer at Stanford for the spring 2015 term. Her most recent novel is Jack of Spades. Her ­essay in the August 13, 2015 issue was delivered as the Robert B. Silvers Lecture at the 
New York Public Library in December 2014.

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  • The Fighter’s Cruel Art

    February 3, 2011

    The Fighter might more accurately have been titled The Fighter and His Family: it’s a boisterous, brilliantly orchestrated ensemble piece at the paradoxically near-still center of which is an Irish-American boxer (Mark Wahlberg), whose once-promising career, like his grim hometown, Lowell, Massachusetts, is on what appears to be an inevitable downward spiral.

  • 'A Streetcar Named Desire'


    A powerful production of a multi-racial Streetcar Named Desire directed by Emily Mann, on Broadway.

  • 'As You Like It' in Central Park

    June 21, 2012 — June 30, 2012, 8 pm

    Wildly inventive and imaginative, with an outstanding performance by Lily Rabe as Rosalind, and original bluegrass music by Steve Martin, the Public Theater’s production of As You Like It would be at the top of anyone’s summer theater list.