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Metamodernism: The Basics III

Seth Abramson | Posted 10.20.2014 | Books
Seth Abramson

Reading all of the foregoing, one might wonder, "How can metamodernism claim to enable a vertical layering of ideas and identities in which no idea or identity is privileged over the others, when by all rights that should be both a physical and metaphysical impossibility?"

Metamodernism: The Basics II

Seth Abramson | Posted 10.15.2014 | Books
Seth Abramson

The first major change in metamodernism since 2010 is a growing feeling that "metamodernism," as a system of logic, is a recurring phenomenon rather than one that's especially tied to a single moment in world history.

9 Books That Steve Jobs Thought Everybody Should Read

Business Insider | Drake Baer | Posted 10.15.2014 | World

Why did Apple think different? Because, Steve Jobs said while introducing the iPad, the Mac maker was never just a tech company. "The reason t...

Metamodernism: The Basics

Seth Abramson | Posted 10.13.2014 | Books
Seth Abramson

We live in a time in which we feel very isolated. The Internet is partly to blame; every day we say things online -- things that isolate others, and things that isolate us from others -- that are so unkind or merely thoughtless that we would never say them face-to-face.

The State of Risk in PoMo Verse (Part 2)

Seth Abramson | Posted 10.07.2014 | Books
Seth Abramson

The politics of literary metamodernism presently resides in the same transitional and paradoxical state that the work itself does, and that its authors most certainly do.

Beyond Guinness in Dublin, Part One: The Arts

Edward Schneider | Posted 10.06.2014 | Travel
Edward Schneider

We arranged most of our time in Dublin with the arts and history in mind, and in those areas the place shines, as it does in urban beauty, walkability and general pleasantness -- thanks in no small part to its populace, who live up to their reputation for easy friendliness.

The State of Risk in PoMo Verse

Seth Abramson | Posted 10.01.2014 | Books
Seth Abramson

In Cheap Signaling -- a serious and important study of poetic diction in the avant-garde -- Daniel Tiffany posits a revolutionary poetics without positing, too, a paradigm shift away from postmodernism.

No End: Richard Fulco Talks Music, New York and Writing His First Novel

Elford Alley | Posted 09.30.2014 | Books
Elford Alley

Music blogger and playwright Richard Fulco has recently released his debut novel, There Is No End to This Slope. The book is equal parts love letter and bitter reproach to New York, as seen through the eyes of his struggling protagonist, John Lenza. Richard talks about the unexpected challenges of completing his first novel while balancing work and family.

Hundreds Rally in New York for Release of Ilham Tohti

PEN American Center | Posted 09.30.2014 | World
PEN American Center

More than 200 supporters joined PEN American Center Monday night at a public candlelight vigil for Ilham Tohti, the Uyghur writer and scholar who was sentenced to life in prison on September 23 in China on unfounded charges of separatism.

The Irresistible Music of Wallace Stevens

Mohammed Fairouz | Posted 09.29.2014 | Books
Mohammed Fairouz

My fifteenth song cycle, Domination of Darkness, is also one of my strangest works. For this piece I chose to revisit an old poetic friend, Wallace Stevens, and set five of his early poems to music.

An American Entrepreneur in Paris: How Sylvia Beach fought censorship

Steve Mariotti | Posted 09.26.2014 | Books
Steve Mariotti

Her story is legendary: an American bibliophile who brought her love of literature to Paris and created one of the most well-known and influential bookstores of the twentieth century, Shakespeare and Company.

Q: What Happens When an Athlete Suffers a Concussion? A: Poetry

Loren Kleinman | Posted 09.23.2014 | Books
Loren Kleinman

Tom Lombardo spent his late teens and early 20s playing football as a running back at a state champion Western Pennsylvania high school, and then at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

Children's Literature: The Case for Net Neutrality

PEN American Center | Posted 09.18.2014 | Books
PEN American Center

PEN joined a coalition of advocacy groups, led by Free Press, in New York on Monday to advocate for the Open Net and preserve net neutrality. Author F...

Part and Parcel: Okla Elliott

Hannah Stephenson | Posted 09.16.2014 | Arts
Hannah Stephenson

Elliott's poems don't encourage us to turn to the scholars, but to turn to one another. Together, we can reinvent this risky, dangerous place as our perch.

What Does Literature Look Like Today?

PEN American Center | Posted 09.16.2014 | Books
PEN American Center

As the boundaries between personal and political, and between artistic mediums, becomes ever more permeable, it's time to ask: What does literature look like today? Who are these heirs of the literary greats? Who are the readers, writers, dreamers and defenders of the written word?

Yesterday's Black Voices Matter Today

Nathan Fulcher | Posted 09.12.2014 | Education
Nathan Fulcher

I'm white. Male. In my 30s. College Educated. From Iowa. I also teach African American Literature at a public high school in Los Angeles. Telling that to people I have just met usually gets a second look.

Striking Gold in Princeton: 5 Tips for Any Aspiring Collector

Steve Mariotti | Posted 09.12.2014 | Business
Steve Mariotti

I stumbled upon a hidden treasure recently, right in my backyard of Princeton, New Jersey. The Gilded Lion is a wonderful antique store, located at 24 Chambers Street, where it has stood since 1989.

Calling All Minds: Table Talk With Benjamin Moe

Maya Horgan | Posted 09.12.2014 | Arts
Maya Horgan

Benjamin Moe, 21-year-old co-founder and editor-in-chief of Table Talk, sneaks about the dimly lit corridors of a coal factory in rural Jaipur, tacking CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS to the factory's rusty insides.

Light and Shade: Celebrating Tolstoy's 186th

Lauren Daley | Posted 09.11.2014 | 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 09.09.2014 | 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 09.08.2014 | 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 09.02.2014 | 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 08.26.2014 | 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 08.27.2014 | 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,...