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Griffin Prize judge Alice Oswald on Canadian poetry's humour, modesty

In addition to recognizing the best poetry at home and abroad, the Griffin Prize has a long-standing tradition of recruiting truly outstanding judges. This year's group includes the British poet Alice Oswald, author most recently of <i>Memorial</i>, an exceptional volume of verse that reimagines Homer's <i>The</i> …

Literature

Alice in Wonderland’s hidden messages

Is Lewis Carroll’s tale really about sex, drugs, and colonialism? Some say yes. Others argue it’s about eating disorders or the Wars of the Roses. Hephzibah Anderson takes a look.<p>To fully experience what it means to vanish down a rabbit hole, just ask the internet about hidden messages in the book …

Literature

Poetry for the Purple One: A look at the lyrics of Prince

Prince Rogers Nelson was dead, and social media feeds were flooding with a line from a 400-year-old play. "Goodnight, sweet Prince" had an inevitable ring, but given 2016's massacre of middle-aged pop stars, Fortinbras' apostrophe would've been more appropriate:<p><i>O</i> proud <i>Death,</i><p><i>What feast is toward in</i> …

This Week in Fiction: Discovering an Unpublished Story by Langston Hughes

<i>A conversation with Arnold Rampersad, the author of “The Life of Langston Hughes” and editor of “Collected Poems of Langston Hughes.”</i><p><i>“Seven People Dancing” is a story by Langston Hughes that was written, most likely, in the early sixties, but was never published. Can you tell me what you know about</i> …

Literature

Want to write better? Read better writing.

Reading is a critical skill taught in elementary and secondary school. As children, we start with the ABCs and work up to classics such as Harper …

Writing

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This school just made Gospel music a college major

There is something universally uplifting about gospel music. Grounded in soul and deeply rooted in spirit, you can just feel the triumph, hope and …

De-Ola - He Is Coming Back Again (ft.Israel Strong)

Shares 22<p>After making a strong impression in less than six months with the release of her debut song, “JESUS”, De-Ola, a modest and spirit filled …

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Bob Dylan: Nobel Prize Winner, Style God

75 photos of his freewheelin' looks.<p>Strange? Sometimes. But whether he's suited and booted or decked out in old-school Americana, Bob Dylan's style is entirely his own. Check out the gallery to see his looks through the years.

Media Management

Video: Obama beat boxes for Vietnam's 'queen of hip hop'

Barack Obama has wrapped up his historic visit to Vietnam by throwing down some beats for a Vietnamese rapper.<p>The President was taking questions at a town hall-style meeting in Ho Chi Minh city when a young woman introduced herself as a hip hop artist before asking her question.<p>Mr Obama immediately …

Rap & Hip-Hop

100 Greatest Bob Dylan Songs

From "Just Like a Woman" to "John Wesley Harding," we count down the American icon's key masterpieces<p>100<p>By<p>As Bob Dylan turns 75, he shows no signs of …

Michelle Obama secures a post-White House future for her school arts program

One of Michelle Obama’s key arts programs will continue after she leaves the White House. Management of Turnaround Arts, started five years ago to bring high-quality music, theater, dance and visual arts instruction to underperforming schools, will be housed at the Kennedy Center and carry its …

The Arts

Griffin Poetry Prize spotlight: Rowan Ricardo Phillips reads from Heaven

In his poem <i>News From The Muse Of Not Guilty,</i> <b>Rowan Ricardo Phillips</b> shows us a paranoid man who cannot enjoy a day at the beach. To write it, the New …

Literature

Rita Dove's collected poems should put her back in the center of the American conversation

Although Rita Dove has won most of the honors available to an American poet — she was the second African American to receive the Pulitzer Prize in poetry for her 1986 collection "Thomas and Beulah," and she served as U.S. poet laureate from 1993-1995 — she is less read and discussed, at least among …

A Life Of Poetry & Adventure

Faiz Ahmad Faiz was teaching at the Amritsar college and was shy rather than aggressive, not the sort who would walk across the floor and tell you he …

14 Author Quotes on Mankind’s Search for Truth

Arthur Conan Doyle once proclaimed, by way of Sherlock Holmes: “When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth<i>.</i>” Therein lies the appeal of the entire detective genre: unlike in our daily lives, there’s a practical answer to every question. The …

Stephen O’Connor Dreams of Thomas Jefferson

It starts with a disembodied refrain: “I will make it good.” A few pages later, the line comes back with a twist: “I will make it good… I will be …

What makes bad writing bad?

The biggest mistake most writers make is thinking they have nothing left to learn<p>Bad writing is mainly boring writing. It can be boring because it is too confused or too logical, or boring because it is hysterical or lethargic, or boring because nothing really happens. If I give you a 400 page …

Creative Writing

Work from 1616 is 'the first ever science fiction novel'

A 400-year-old story about a man who journeys to a mysterious royal wedding is “the first science fiction novel”, long predating Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and other, later writers considered pioneers, according to the award-winning writer John Crowley. In his opinion, the genre starts with Johann …

Science Fiction

Stephanie Danler on "Sweetbitter" & Reducing Fiction to Essentials

By Jonathan Lee May 24, 2016<p><i>The first sentence of Stephanie Danler’s riveting debut novel is perhaps more an injunction than an imperative: “You will develop a palate.” Over the 355 pages of</i> Sweetbitter, <i>the narrator, twenty-two-year-old Tess, encounters a number of appetites. She arrives in New</i> …

Literature

Where to Find Boston's Rainy-Day Sidewalk Poetry - Curbed Boston

Boston and nonprofit Mass Poetry have partnered on what they call "Raining Poetry." It's sidewalk verse by local poets—with a twist. Per Mass Poetry: "Using a biodegradable water-repellent spray and stencils made by local artists, the city's Mural Crew is setting out to place poems throughout the …

Poetry

Go Behind the Fiction in These 17 Essay Collections and Biographies

Non-fiction is often overlooked for its flashier fictional counterpart, especially in the varied alien worlds and magical kingdoms of science fiction …

Samuel Billy Kyles, Witness to King’s Last Moments, Dies at 81

In early 1968, the Rev. Samuel Billy Kyles and another local minister beckoned the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to Memphis to demonstrate support for a strike by 1,300 black city sanitation workers. The strikers were demanding a minimum 10-cents-an-hour wage increase, workplace safeguards and …

Aretha Franklin

Michael S. Harper, Poet With a Jazz Pulse, Dies at 78

Michael S. Harper, whose allusive, jazz-inflected poems interwove his personal experiences as a black man with an expansive view of a history shared by black and white Americans, and who was a finalist for the National Book Award in poetry in 1978, died on Saturday in Rhinebeck, N.Y. He was 78.<p>His …

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