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Light and Shade: Celebrating Tolstoy's 186th

Lauren Daley | Posted 11.11.2014 | Books
Lauren Daley

I'm a newspaper book columnist -- was an English major! -- and yet shamefully realized last summer at age 31 that'd I'd never read "Anna Karenina."

The Value and Importance of the Arts and the Humanities in Education and Life

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 11.09.2014 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

We challenge our students to develop life-long skills such as analytical thinking, clarity in written and spoken expression, collaboration, and creativity.

Rewriting Nepal: 2014 Is Marked by Sparkling English-Language Debuts

Niranjan Kunwar | Posted 11.08.2014 | Books
Niranjan Kunwar

English language writers who reported regularly during the People's War have come up with their first book. Pulled into the chaos, the texts they have produced are authoritative accounts, must-reads for anyone vaguely interested in or associated with Nepal.

Interpreting Waiting for Godot

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 11.02.2014 | New York
Ioan Marc Jones

The interpretations of Waiting for Godot might be far distant from Beckett's intentions, yet such interpretations are nevertheless intriguing. Some of the most interesting works of interpretation arise by way of theories that seemingly deviate entirely from the artist's objective.

The Republic of Writers

John Feffer | Posted 10.26.2014 | World
John Feffer

Hungarian writer Katalin Mezey and I talked about her memories of 1956, her trade union activities, and how the republic of writers has dealt with the issue of collaboration during the Communist years.

My Three Favorite Rare Book Stores in Europe

Steve Mariotti | Posted 10.25.2014 | Books
Steve Mariotti

I traveled to Europe a few weeks ago and, for the first time, I didn't attend a conference on youth education, or meet with leading business people on how we can innovate startups worldwide. Instead I explored the opportunities provided by a few select bookstores.

On Metamodern Dada

Jesse Damiani | Posted 10.19.2014 | Arts
Jesse Damiani

Screens. Bright fingers that claw at our eyes. Expressions of tenderness, movements of thought, sexual fantasies, our greatest battles. More and more,...

Revisiting States of Desire

Robert J. Feldman | Posted 10.25.2014 | Books
Robert J. Feldman

His insouciant and poignant travelogue, States of Desire, is a description of gay life in all the major cities of the United States in the late 1970's before the onslaught of the AIDS epidemic.

Not That Anyone Gives a Damn, But...

Warren Adler | Posted 10.18.2014 | Comedy
Warren Adler

1. I found lyrics to describe today's Middle East. "Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king's horses and all the kin...

Plimpton! The Professional Amateur

Liam Smith | Posted 10.17.2014 | Arts
Liam Smith

Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself is a fascinating investigation of a literary figure who never really got his due. Whether it was because of his concentration on subjects such as sports; his participatory adventures in journalism; or his status as a public figure; many in the literary establishment never really took him seriously, despite his enormous contribution to the world of letters as head of The Paris Review.

On Poetry Awards: Figures and Questions

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 10.15.2014 | Books
Jonathan Hobratsch

I write this blog to encourage discussion among poets regarding poetry awards. To do this, I will begin with showing some figures on the awards, along with some observations. Finally, I'll end by posing 10 questions.

5 Reasons Why Twentysomethings Should Read Tolstoy

Lucy Horner | Posted 10.15.2014 | Books
Lucy Horner

Tolstoy is actually a pretty appropriate author for twentysomethings to be reading in our current society. Although he lived in Russia over one-hundred years ago, Tolstoy and his characters knew all about ambition, failure, stress, and striving for meaning and goodness.

La.Lit, a Literary Magazine, Launches Third Print Volume at City Museum of Kathmandu

Niranjan Kunwar | Posted 10.13.2014 | Arts
Niranjan Kunwar

What kind of space -- literary, cultural, socio-political, psycho-emotional -- does a Nepali writing in English have in Nepal? And in the world?

Beautiful Dystopia: A New Novel Reveals the Light Amid Russia's Darkness

Andrew D. Kaufman | Posted 10.12.2014 | Books
Andrew D. Kaufman

Every character in this book is a dreamer of one sort or another.

Part and Parcel: Poet January Gill O'Neil

Hannah Stephenson | Posted 10.04.2014 | Arts
Hannah Stephenson

January Gill O'Neil's newest book of poetry, Misery Islands, shows us how easily our lives can become storm-tossed and tumultuous.

The Bohemians of San Francisco

Terence Clarke | Posted 10.04.2014 | Books
Terence Clarke

If, like me, you live on Russian Hill in San Francisco, or if you care for fine and adventurous writing, Ben Tarnoff's The Bohemians: Mark Twain and The San Francisco Writers Who Reinvented American Literature is for you.

Not That Anyone Gives a Damn, But...

Warren Adler | Posted 10.04.2014 | Comedy
Warren Adler

For those of you who got a kick out of my first Nobody Gives a Damn, But... column, inspired by the great sportswriter Jimmy Cannon, I offer thanks. T...

Haiti: Free the Word

PEN American Center | Posted 10.04.2014 | Arts
PEN American Center

PEN Haiti celebrated its 3rd Libérez la Parole festival of literature from July 18 to July 27 in the cities of Gonaives, Petit-Goave, and Thomassin, Haiti.

When it Comes to Leveling the Playing Field for Women Writers, VIDA Reminds us that Women are Not Alone

Janice Sands | Posted 10.01.2014 | Arts
Janice Sands

With the pervasiveness of gender inequality in nearly every arena, it's heartening to know that there are passionate individuals and organizations out there working hard to affect change.

The Metamodernist Manifesto: The Rebirth of the Author

Seth Abramson | Posted 10.01.2014 | Books
Seth Abramson

Nobody is made happy by any of this; indeed, its existential utility has increasingly proven to be a net negative, even as its formal coherence (once a strong suit) has begun to erode in the Internet Age.

Confessions of a Translator: The PEN Ten With Michael F. Moore

PEN American Center | Posted 09.28.2014 | Books
PEN American Center

I sometimes have to translate a sex scene, which makes me squeamish. I want to cover my eyes with my hands, but then I wouldn't be able to type.

She Found Herself at Iguazu

Christine Hannon | Posted 09.23.2014 | Travel
Christine Hannon

Today, she was a poet, for she lived many lives, today. She moved around the world and she remained still to watch the world move. She lived between the lines of the novel she carried.

How to Stop 'Saving' the English Major

Ryan Chapin Mach | Posted 09.29.2014 | College
Ryan Chapin Mach

I sometimes lie awake at night cursing the heavens, wishing that God had never forged a love of the written word from the steel of my very soul and instead forged something that would have allowed me to invent Candy Crush.

W.B. Yeats and Sligo, Then and Now

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 09.21.2014 | Books
Anne Margaret Daniel

What did Yeats love about Sligo? First, having family there - his mother's people, the Pollexfens and Middletons, were of Sligo. Second, the landscape and freedom to range, both physically, and imaginatively, within that landscape.

Review: 'Disperse the Light' an Exhibition of New E-Lit

Illya Szilak | Posted 09.19.2014 | Books
Illya Szilak

Each year writers, critics and scholars of "born digital" literature congregate at the Electronic Literature Organization conference.