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Hundreds Rally in New York for Release of Ilham Tohti

PEN American Center | Posted 11.30.2014 | 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 11.28.2014 | 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 11.25.2014 | 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 11.23.2014 | 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 11.17.2014 | 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 11.16.2014 | 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 11.16.2014 | 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 11.12.2014 | 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 11.12.2014 | 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 11.11.2014 | 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 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.