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Behind the Beautiful Forevers

First Nighter: Ivo van Hove's "View From the Bridge" View, David Hare's "Behind the Beautiful Forevers" Gaze

David Finkle | Posted 04.26.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

London--What can ordinarily be objectionable about Ivo van Hove's too often juvenile look-at-me directing is that he thinks it's innovative to play up a script's subtext. That, of course, is just what writers don't want done. It's called "subtext," for the blaring reason it's meant to remain sub.

PEN Announces Awards Shortlists

Posted 07.11.2013 | Books

The shortlists for PEN American Center's literary awards have just been revealed, in various diverse areas of literature. “We are proud that PEN...

Katherine Boo's "Behind the Beautiful Forevers": National Book Award Finalist Is a Worthy Honoree

Anis Shivani | Posted 12.22.2012 | Books
Anis Shivani

This is not Slumdog Millionaire, and this is not Thomas Friedman's rose-tinted view of Bangalore's high-tech millionaires. Boo's India is an India we need to hear more about, as we grapple with our own most pressing problem of an economic inequality straining credibility.

What It Means To Really Stand For The Poor

Jacqueline Novogratz | Posted 06.05.2012 | Impact
Jacqueline Novogratz

Standing with the poor ultimately means deciding to do what is right, not just what is easy. Standing with the poor means walking away from unethical leaders, even when their companies are "succeeding."

The Dark Underbelly of Modern India

Warren Adler | Posted 05.27.2012 | Books
Warren Adler

There are many ways to assess Katherine Boo's remarkable book Behind the Beautiful Forevers about the disenfranchised, struggling, impoverished underclass of India. Beyond the general is the harsh statistic that India contains one-third of the impoverished people on the planet.