Boston-based literary magazine The Pilgrim was founded by journalist James Parker with the aim to bring the unheard voices of the homeless community to print while encouraging, teaching, and healing through the act of writing. At the Boston Globe, Zachary Jason takes us inside a meeting of the Black Seed Writers Group as they create the 39th issue of The Pilgrim....more
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The fictions of literature declare themselves as fictions — they are lies which admit they are lies and are therefore able, at their best, to tell profound truths. The fictions of politics declare themselves as truths and are therefore, often, just lies.
Earlier this month, Steven Millhauser released Voices in the Night, a new collection of short stories. On Tuesday, the Boston Globe described the towns of many of the stories in this newest effort as “Millhauserian,” which Eugenia Williamson defines as places where “characters must process their encounters with the uncanny without breaking their rose-colored glasses.”
Such is the case in Millhauser’s “Sons and Mothers,” which first appeared in the Winter 2012 issue of Tin House....more
All but six US states have official Poet Laureates; the Massachusetts House of Representatives is poised to cut that number down to five. Although many individual cities appoint poets to these literary ambassador positions, the larger Commonwealth has never passed a bill delineating a process for choosing a statewide laureate....more
I couldn’t sell them to Chicago for landfill.
Patrick Modiano was practically unknown in America until he won the Nobel Prize, but David Godine, an independent publisher, has had boxes of his books for years. The Boston Globe has a profile of Godine and his dedication to producing what he calls “unsellable books.”...more
The disparity in the number of male and female bylines might very well have something to do with the artwork featured on their books. Cover art informs readers of a book’s contents, and publishers certainly try to manipulate readers, as Eugenia Williamson explains at the Boston Globe:
Harbach’s all-text cover has a hand-drawn, cursive script (for ladies) on a navy blue background (for men).
The Rolling Stone article “Jahar’s World,” which peered into the life of the Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, has been lauded as one of the best longreads of the year. Now the Boston Globe has put out its own longread on the subject: “The Fall of the House of Tsarnaev.”
The piece excavates not only Dzhokhar’s past but also his brother Tamerlan’s (though it calls into question the notion that Tamerlan was the unilateral ringleader)....more
Harmony Holiday, the poet pick for this month’s Rumpus Poetry Book selection, was featured in the Boston Review for National Poetry Month, this past April.
There are multi-sensory ways to experience her poetry and thus more reasons to get excited about reading her work (it comes with an audio component)....more
Having to face the strain and fill time in between jobs has, for many, become a matter of survival. On this topic, Charles Darwin had this to say, “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” A recent series of articles in the Boston Globe, Anything, Anywhere, Anytime, illustrates that even now, Darwin’s observation is more than opportune....more