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The State Of The Nation According To Langston Hughes

David Michael Conner | Posted 07.11.2016 | Politics
David Michael Conner

Some people simply wither away like raisins. Some suffer throughout their lives, some resort to unrealistically syrupy optimism. In the end, though, Hughes left us with a knowing caution, and he delivers it to us all the way from 1951.

This Is What Great Writers Do to Get Even Better

Quora | Posted 07.11.2016 | Books

What are some things writers do to continuously improve their writing skills? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compe...

This Land is Your Land: 8 Literary Pit Stops Across the USA

Off The Shelf | Posted 07.01.2016 | Books
Off The Shelf

By Hilary Krutt | Off the Shelf We're kicking off the summer season with a literary road trip from the lush forests of Maine, to the small towns of t...

8 Literary Gardens to Escape to This Summer

Off The Shelf | Posted 06.29.2016 | Books
Off The Shelf

By Amy Hendricks | Off the Shelf In literature, there's something both magical and symbolic about gardens. They can be unkempt and wild, harboring s...

GoT Season Finale Overdoses On Fan Service

Serge Leshchuk | Posted 06.27.2016 | Entertainment
Serge Leshchuk

As fantastic and satisfying as it was in the end, it felt unnatural from the way the show normally flows. It hit too many traditional tropes and handled it's reveals like your standard, hyper-excited cable television show.

America: Through The Eyes of A Nepali Writer

Rajan Thapaliya | Posted 06.24.2016 | Books
Rajan Thapaliya

As a result of releasing "JHOLA", a movie based on the literature of Krishna Dharabasi, the author of Great Falls visited 18 states in America; but his main objective was to understand American society. Great Falls is a travel novel which explores the journey of memoir in America.

Plato On The 'Dead White Man' Chopping Block

Christopher Witte | Posted 06.24.2016 | Books
Christopher Witte

Unlike most individuals, I picked up Plato's famous work The Republic willingly. With a two-and-a-half millennia pedigree and a reputation as the "cornerstone of western philosophy", I felt it was high time to broaden my mind and get a glimpse into the origins of European thought.

A Masterpiece Returns: An Interview with Helen DeWitt, Author of "The Last Samurai"

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 06.21.2016 | Books
Ilana Teitelbaum

The Last Samurai is a book everyone should be talking about. Hell, it should be taught in schools. Due to an ill-starred publishing history, The Last Samurai disappeared from shelves until this May, when New Directions reissued the novel in a beautiful new edition. And I want to tell the whole world, because it is just that extraordinary.

The Rhythmical Creation of Beauty

New England Conservatory | Posted 06.13.2016 | Arts
New England Conservatory

The Rhythmical Creation of Beauty By Ruth Lepson The history of the lyric and of the separation between poetry and music in the Western world is co...

My Real Education at Cal

Andrew Lam | Posted 06.12.2016 | College
Andrew Lam

Despite the odds, despite not having a perfect GPA, and the discouragement from a certain teacher - "Your English is not good enough. You're much better off at City College!" - I somehow managed to get accepted to Cal, and afterward, I was never the same.

7 Secrets to Sustainability: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 06.08.2016 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This week at The Pollination Project, we are recognizing seven grantees who each hold key ingredients in understanding project sustainability. In Keny...

Verse Translation: A Call for Harder Work and Greater Care

Harold Lloyd | Posted 06.08.2016 | Books
Harold Lloyd

Too much verse translation is much too free and loose. We must take the time and effort to preserve both meaning AND form (including meter and rhyme ...

Nobody Owns Anyone, or Every Rose has a Private Life

Sherman Yellen | Posted 06.07.2016 | Books
Sherman Yellen

Donald, if you were literate you would learn at an early age that the world was not made to serve you. You don't even have to be literate -- just observant and humane -- but you are none of the above.

Maximum Security Book Club

Seth Ferranti | Posted 06.06.2016 | Books
Seth Ferranti

Professor Mikita Brottman was on sabbatical when she decided she wanted to do something more challenging than teaching literature to undergraduates, w...

From Broken Brains to Frankenstein: A Walt Whitman Birthday Listicle

Kevin S. Weiner | Posted 05.31.2016 | Science
Kevin S. Weiner

Walt Whitman was born on this day in 1819. His lifespan overlapped with a period in neuroscience history that laid the foundation for today's exciting time of brain exploration. Though he would likely roll over in his grave at the word listicle, here are three ways Whitman is historically linked to the brain.

What We Expect From the People Who Inspire Us

Stephanie Harper | Posted 05.27.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Stephanie Harper

This is how we all grow. And, at the end of the day, when we find the grace to understand that the people we admire most are not perfect, that sometimes they make poor decisions, they struggle or suffer, then we have the grace to forgive those things in ourselves as well.

Barry Lopez, Arctic Nature Writer

Peter Neill | Posted 05.24.2016 | Green
Peter Neill Barry Lopez is the fourth in our series about Nature writers who have shaped my understanding of the world. His Arctic Dreams - Imagin...

The Iliad is doing hard time and the inmates love it

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 05.19.2016 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

Maximum-security inmates at a New Jersey prison have been learning about the literary world with Rutgers University associate professor Emily Allen-Ho...

I Was Called a Poet

Craig E. Sherman | Posted 05.16.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Craig E. Sherman

Call me a fool or call me an idealist. All I know is through stillness and meditation at least for one day, I was called a poet.

'A Midsummer Night's Dream' Opens New Shakespeare's Globe Season

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 05.11.2016 | Arts
Anne Margaret Daniel

Shakespeare's lushest, loopiest play, set in an Athenian June at court and in the green wood, is essentially a long poem. In even a poor production, the words can get you through.

Confessions Under the Angel Oak: Trailing John Muir

Barbara Mossberg | Posted 05.03.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Barbara Mossberg

Barbara Mossberg Earth Planet-Universe Journal May 1, 2016 ON THE TRAIL OF JOHN MUIR: CONFESSIONS UNDER THE ANGEL OAK No alligators were harmed in ...

Civil Religion and the False Virtue of Niceness in Crane's "Maggie: A Girl of the Streets"

Eric Simpson | Posted 04.28.2016 | Religion
Eric Simpson

Maggie is not a laugh riot, but funny more in a dark comedy kind of way, not because its filled with overt jokes, but as an early representative of dark humor and satire that reflects civil religion's substitution of false superficial virtues for real moral energies.

The Intricate Significance of 'WomenByNargus'

Samantha Matcovsky | Posted 04.27.2016 | Arts
Samantha Matcovsky

Nargus is a fine artist, whose rare compassion for the world around her and her fervor for high education, has brought new meaning to the mixed media work she creates.

2016 Poetry Month: An Interview with Emily Skillings

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 04.26.2016 | Books
Jonathan Hobratsch

Emily Skillings is the author of two chapbooks: Backchannel (Poor Claudia) and Linnaeus: The 26 Sexual Practices of Plants (No, Dear/ Small Anchor Press).

From NPR's Latino USA: Mightier Than The Sword

Latino USA | Posted 04.25.2016 | Latino Voices
Latino USA

We dive deep into the creative minds of a few writers and artists who will be part of this year's PEN World Voices Festival with a series of conversations. Hear the glitch poetry of Guillermo Gómez Peña, listen as Carmen Tafolla acts out a story, and experience the wisdom from a philosopher.