. . . what does that say about us that we crave experiences with nature but do everything in our power to eradicate and tame it where we spend most of our time? ...more
Fortinbras felt so good / the way he came after everyone was dead / with an army, and their complexes were dead / dead, dead, but still soft, the flush / just barely drained from of their cheeks, ...more
Michael Prior discusses his new collection of poetry, BURNING PROVENCE.
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Are you wealthy? If so, heyyy. ...more
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This may be a reclamation story. ...more
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Ilya Kaminsky discusses his new collection, DEAF REPUBLIC.
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“I have to confess here that I never studied Shakespeare in college.”
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Queer literature isn’t a box to unlock so that it can unlock me. ...more
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I acted childishly. But, in my defense, it was childish only if we actually lived in a world where Shakespeare had never existed. ...more
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Carrie La Seur discusses her new novel,
The Weight of an Infinite Sky, standing up for what you know is right, and the writers who inspire her. ...more
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The personal is political, to the extent that politics itself can be effectively effaced with no detrimental effects. ...more
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I was pretty sure I could produce a manuscript superior to anything [this editor had] ever published before by letting my cat walk over my keyboard a few times. ...more
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We’ve gathered up our favorite gifting ideas this holiday season and put them together into one handy list!
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File this one under “they can’t Trump everything; life goes on.” Last week, I got caught up in reflections on poverty in America: mine, yours, and ours. This week, I decided to do something about it and buckle down to design a careful budget. “Ack!,” I said, early one morning. “We’ve got to make a budget […]
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To be forced to speak in the language of the colonist, the language of the oppressor, while also carrying within us the storm of Jamaican patois, we live under a constant hurricane of our doubleness. ...more
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Her face lit up, and I checked to make sure the man’s scowl had returned. It wasn’t enough for me that heaven should exist for the wife; her husband had to end up in hell. ...more
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In my imaginings, Ava was always a woman driving at night, a face behind glass in a shiny speeding vehicle, motoring down the road. ...more
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Patrick Madden teaches writing at Brigham Young University and is the author of the essay collection Quotidiana. His essays frequently appear in literary magazines and have been featured in The Best Creative Nonfiction and The Best American Spiritual Writing anthologies. He pays close attention to the details of the every day, infusing humor and self-deprecation, combining […]
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Imbolo Mbue discusses her debut novel
Behold the Dreamers, teaching herself how to write a novel, and the price of the American Dream. ...more
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Barbara Berman offers suggestions for your poetry and poetics holiday gift-giving needs.
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Maybe it has something to do with the watery world that a fetus inhabits—our words taking on the summersaulting quality of an internal water ballet. ...more
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A self-described “actor’s director,” James Steven Sadwith has been writing, directing, and producing television movies, miniseries, and dramas for nearly three decades—and is perhaps best known for his work on the lives of Frank Sinatra and Elvis. But for Coming through the Rye, his first feature film for the big screen, Sadwith comes closer to […]
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How to create a credible contemporary novel from a work written four centuries ago for the stage? In a New York Times Book Review, author Emily St. John Mandel reviews Margaret Atwood’s Hag-Seed, a modern interpretation of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
The New Oxford Shakespeare will credit Christopher Marlowe as a co-writer on all three parts of Shakespeare’s Henry VI, reports Dalya Alberge for the Guardian. In other news, the Illuminati have bought the election and Buzz Aldrin has admitted the Apollo 11 moon landing was a hoax.
Boston Public Library aims to cut through 400 years of literary analysis and explore the pages of Shakespeare’s original writings, including some of his most famous works. The Boston Public Library has a new exhibition, “Shakespeare Unauthorized,” which features four Shakespearean folios and other artifacts, Talia Avakian reports for Travel + Leisure. Visit the library’s website to […]
The concepts of genius and IQ have long been instruments of cultural and economic control. For Slate, Dana Goldstein examines how Donald Trump has bought into these ideas: Trump’s adoration of IQ testing recalls an especially disturbing period in the history of genius: the late 19th and early 20th century, when social scientists attempted to […]
For the Guardian, Alison Flood writes on the bias of the Oxford English Dictionary towards “famous literary examples” instead of the actual origin, resulting in the incorrect attribution of several still-used words and phrases to Shakespeare. Flood writes that there are multitudes of evidence showing earlier usages of phrases such as “wild goose chase” and “it’s Greek […]
Phillip K. Dick’s holy spirits—or hallucinations? Lovecraftian scientific horror in Stranger Things. Shakespeare + math = … Narcissists doth make psychiatrists of us all. As women of color win science fiction awards, ATTACK OF THE RABID PUPPIES!
At Guernica, Tana Wojcznick unpacks Shakespeare’s lesser-known and often-misread play, Coriolanus, to bring us s its timely political warning about populism and democracy: It’s no accident that Coriolanus is not a favorite in America, where it’s rarely included in the mini-canon of plays each generation tends to play and re-play (such as King Lear today […]
I have learned to put myself, my ego, to one side and truly experience someone else’s poetry. ...more
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