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good FRIENDS WHO WRITE: Nelly Reifler, Fiona Maazel, Janice Erlbaum, Stephen Elliott, Samantha Hunt, Laurie Sandell, Hannah Tinti, Darin Strauss, Sheila Heti, Colson Whitehead, Robert Lopez

good ARTISTS: Thomson and Craighead, Leah Garnett, Danielle Spencer, Katie Merz, Margaux Williamson

good SPACES: The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, The Stone, Issue Project Room, Joe’s Pub

good BOOKS: Play it as it Lays Joan Didion, Jesus’ Son Denis Johnson, Light Years James Salter, The Member of the Wedding Carson McCullers Autobiography of Red Anne Carson, Any & every book by... David Markson

good IDEAS: CLMP, TED, NYPL LIVE, Stacked Up TV!, Villa Gillet, The Long Now, Alain de Botton – School of life

good INDIE BOOKSTORES (in Brooklyn):  Greenlight, Book Court, Community Bookstore (Park Slope), Community Bookstore (Cobble Hill).



Forthcoming articles at
“The Connector” for Heleo, 2016
Satirical book review for Salon, 2015
Matthew Hussey Interview Salon2015
Still Looking about the disappearance of Etan Patz New York Post
Lorenzo Izzo interview for Interview Magazine, 10/2015
20 articles for (oddly, this site is now called “Scary Mommy). 2014
Laurie Anderson, An Interview for The Believer Magazine, 1/12/12
Living with Music, A Playlist for the New York Times “Arts Beat”, 4/15/2009
A Night Out With, The Whitest Kids U’ Know for the Sunday New York Times, 3/2/2008
A Night Out With, Stacey Bendet for the Sunday New York Times, 1/7/2007
Ten Years Later, The Black Table, 4/05/04
Notes to a Reader, the New York Times Magazine, 10/03/04
Seeing Etan, “Lives Page,” The New York Times Magazine, 12/30/01
Favorites, Amanda picks her favorite books in The Week Magazine



“A local staple”
– Time Out NY

The New York Times Magazine (“Downtown” issue 9.10.06) has pegged Amanda as an impresario and “New Bohemian” who is “keeping downtown alive.” Have a look HERE, online, at the slide show

“Wildly popular”
– New York Magazine

“Best crowds… most fun…the guests are consistently amazing…”
– NY Press

“Amanda Stern…impresario helping to keep downtown, New York alive.”
– The New York Times Magazine

“…Always excellent.” – The Village Voice

 “It is a great place for stories.  I loved it.” – Ron Carlson

“Amanda Stern is a badass and a legend, and Happy Ending Reading Series kicks your reading series ass.  She’s grown this little downtown shindig into an extravaganza, and it is a delight to be a part of it every time.” – Elizabeth Crane

“Being on the Happy Ending stage is the closest to being a rock star a writer is going to get. Get on it, see it, be it.” – Padgett Powell

“there’s simply no reading series that does it better or more consistently than Happy Ending.” – Joshua Ferris

“Literary readings are often rather lugubrious affairs but Amanda Stern has found a way to completely re-invigorate the form. The Happy Ending series is the liveliest, most interesting cultural program of its kind in NYC.”  – Zoe Heller

 I’ve rarely felt so comfortable reading as I did reading at Happy Ending. Also, I’m pretty sure this unique series is the only one that would allow me to give away a live goldfish. – Sloane Crosley

 “I’m always happy to perform at the Happy Ending reading series.  I’m happy at the beginning of the show and at the end of the show.  Not to mention the middle.  All in all, from start to finish, it’s always a great experience!” — Jonathan Ames   

“Happy Ending is the best reading series in New York, and probably the country. It’s an essential part of the literary world. Add in music and the unusual feats of bravery required of the readers, and you have the perfect night of entertainment.” – Darin Strauss

“The Happy Ending series has become a crucial feature of New York’s literary culture thanks to the prodigious effort, imagination, and good humor of its impresario and host, Amanda Stern.” – Matthew Sharpe

 “I loved it. I wish you would have me back. It’s a great evening.” – Adam Rapp