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Do Politics Matter In Poetry? New Biography Explores The Case Of Ezra Pound

In the winter of 1949, a group of judges — including poets T.S. Eliot and Robert Lowell — met to decide the winner of the prestigious Bollingen Prize for the best book of poetry published in the United States the previous year. They gave the prize to Ezra Pound for his collection <i>The Pisan Cantos.</i> …

Literature

Hear The Rite of Spring Conducted by Igor Stravinsky Himself: A Vintage Recording from 1929

Though more than a century of musical change has passed since its infamously near-riotous debut at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, <i>The Rite of Spring</i> …

Rex quondam, rexque futurum: Arthurian Legend in History and Literature

I have no doubt that I’m a medievalist in part because I have a deep and abiding love for all things Arthurian. Some of the earliest “adult” books I …

Echo & Narcissus (Ted Hughes, Tales from Ovid) 1/3: The Beautiful Youth and Juno's Curse

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Corresponding with Cervantes

Top 10 books about tyrants

The novelist Christopher Wilson assembles a rogues’ gallery of despots and dictators from fact and fiction<p>The emergence of a dictator tends to be seen as a unique coincidence of character and circumstance – yet there are clear consistencies. As a tyrant, you’re almost certainly male. You’ll survive …

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A Sci-Fi Magazine Created Entirely By Writers And Editors With Disabilities Is Coming

Prepare yourself for "Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction."<p>“I’m partially deafblind, and I’ve never seen anyone like me in fiction of any type,” writer and activist Elsa Sjunneson-Henry told HuffPost. As an editor of the upcoming magazine “Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction,” that is about …

Points of Interest

Points of InterestBy Eleanor ParkerEven the most obscure topic can be fascinating, and fascination can be found in the most unlikely places.I …

Retracing Willa Cather’s Steps in the South of France

A few years ago, while researching my book on France, I immersed myself in the country’s rich travel writing canon, and decided to retrace the …

Literature

In 1956, Vladimir Nabokov skewered everything wrong with the 'important' books and movies with a 'message' that plague today

Look over the Best Picture Academy Award winners so far this millennium and you’ll find a commonality between several of them (<i>Crash, Slumdog</i> …

Why Marlene Dietrich’s witty marginalia only add to her appeal | Steven Poole

Coleridge and Joe Orton famously scribbled in the margins of books – so the acting great is in good company<p>To the many reasons we have for admiring Marlene Dietrich can now be added the fact that she was an inveterate scribbler in books. In a volume describing the love affair between Laurence …

How the CIA Infiltrated the World's Literature

The new book, Finks, reveals how great writers such as Baldwin, Márquez, and Hemingway became soldiers in America's cultural Cold War.<p>When the CIA's connections to the <i>Paris Review</i> and two dozen other magazines were revealed in 1966, the backlash was swift but uneven. Some publications crumbled, …

Franz Kafka’s Existential Parable “Before the Law” Gets Brought to Life in a Striking, Modern Animation

"Before the law sits a gatekeeper. To this gatekeeper comes a man from the country who asks to gain entry into the law. But the gatekeeper says that …

On eve of Costa awards, experts warn that top books prizes are harming fiction

The dominance of three honours in the UK can be prohibitively expensive for small publishers, and end up discouraging risk-taking on ‘difficult’ authors<p>Cutting-edge British literary fiction risks being undermined by its growing reliance on a handful of powerful book prizes, a leading literary agent …

Mysterious, ice-buried Cold War military base may be unearthed by climate change

It sounds like something out of a James Bond movie: a secret military operation hidden beneath the Greenland Ice Sheet. But that’s exactly what …

Global Warming

Olympic Drug Cops Will Scan for Genetically Modified Athletes

It took a decade from the time the US biotech firm Amgen came out with a synthetic version of the blood-boosting hormone erythropoietin for a …

Fixing fate

WHEN families leave the genetic institute at the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan, they are still anxious. Later, many will come to see the day their …

Little Bird sex toy means you'll never look at your Kindle in the same way again

Besides erotic and racy novels, reading and sex rarely go hand-in-hand. Little Bird wants to change that.<p>Christel Le Coq – and yes, that's her real …

Sex and the City

Conditional Optimism about Progress and Climate

Last Friday at the NBER Summer Institute, Martin Stuermer presented a thought provoking paper (written jointly with Gregor Schwerhoff.) It takes an …

You are the best author in human history

In 2013, a then-9-year-old boy named Joshua wrote to his hero, Alan Moore, the genius responsible for writing such classics as <i>Watchmen</i>, <i>V for …

There's a secret ingredient in the plant-based meat Google wanted to buy for $200 million

This is likely the most secretive burger in food history.When a reporter with The Guardian got to try it in 2012, he wasn't allowed to write what he …

There’s Probably Nothing That Will Change Clinton Or Trump Supporters’ Minds

What would it take for Donald Trump to lose his supporters’ votes? When the Jimmy Kimmel show ran a man on the street segment asking that very …

Donald Trump

Why we're still talking about Glass-Steagall

July 19, 2016 | 3:38 PM<p>Embed Code<iframe src="https://www.marketplace.org/2016/07/19/economy/why-were-still-talking-about-glass-steagall/popout" frameborder="0" width="100%" height="240px"></iframe><p>Copy<br>• Close<p>Embed Code<iframe …

'France is creating the best marketing Isis could wish for'

There was a familiar reaction among French politicians after the Nice truck rampage – the third major terrorist attack in France in just 18 …

Syria and Iraq: How Should These Wars End?

April 4, 2016<p>Grand strategy seems to be a forgotten concept in the wars in Iraq and Syria — and in the conflicts in Libya and Yemen as well. The …

ISIS: The Durability of Chaos

Mass murder has again been visited upon France and shaken the world. Again ISIS has claimed credit, though this time the link to the group seems …

The World's Largest Picnic Basket is in Peril

By Dan Piepenbring July 20, 2016<p>Photo: Barry Haynes. Image via Hyperallergic/Wikipedia.<p>Christian Lorentzen is at the Republican National Convention, scoping out the merch downtown, where the spirit of small-time entrepreneurialism is something like that of the parking lot outside a Phish show: “In …

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