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9 Inspiring Maya Angelou Poems You Can Read Online

Acclaimed author, poet and activist Maya Angelou died today at the age of 86. In remembrance of her inspiring life and prolific career, we've selected 9 of her poems that you can read online:<p><b>"Caged Bird"</b><p>"The caged bird sings<p>with a fearful trill<p>of things unknown<p>but longed for still"<p>[...]<p><i>Read the</i> …

Paris Review - Jeanette Winterson, The Art of Fiction No. 150

Interviewed by Audrey Bilger<p>Issue 145, Winter 1997<p>“I cannot recall a time when I did not know I was special,” writes Jeanette Winterson at the beginning of her fictionalized autobiography <i>Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit</i>. And, indeed, the facts of her life have supported that view. Born in Manchester …

Salman Rushdie | The Talks

Short Profile<p>Name: Ahmed Salman Rushdie<br>DOB: 19 June 1947<br>Place of Birth: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India<br>Occupation: Author<p>Mr. Rushdie, do you have an …

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Anjelica Huston on A STORY LATELY TOLD

Tori Amos: 'Anything is easier to talk about in music than in conversation'

<b>You've composed the music for a new musical,</b> <i>The Light Princess</i><b>, at the National Theatre. It was supposed to have been delivered in 2011. Has it been a troubled process?</b><br>It's been great, are you kidding? The princess floats around the stage: that took time to work out. Nick Hytner [director of the …

Jorge Luis Borges’ Favorite Short Stories (Read 7 Free Online)

<i>Image by Grete Stern via Wikimedia Commons</i><p>In Jorge Luis Borges’ short story “The Library of Babel,” the titular library contains “all that it is …

15 Of The Funniest Misheard '90s Rock Lyrics

Why was Alanis Morrissette so upset about that cross-eyed bear?<p><b>Illustrations by Chris Ritter for BuzzFeed.</b>

Paris Review - Susan Sontag, The Art of Fiction No. 143

Interviewed by Edward Hirsch<p>Issue 137, Winter 1995<p>Susan Sontag lives in a sparsely furnished five-room apartment on the top floor of a building in Chelsea on the west side of Manhattan. Books—as many as fifteen thousand—and papers are everywhere. A lifetime could be spent browsing through the books …

Book News: Handwriting Offers Clues In Shakespeare Debate

<i>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</i><p>Scholars have speculated for centuries that parts of Thomas Kyd's play <i>The Spanish Tragedy</i> were written by William Shakespeare. Now, Douglas Bruster of the University of Texas at Austin says the handwriting and spelling …

The consolations of crime fiction, past and present

In a world now dominated by vast, mysterious forces that none of us understands or can control, the comforts of crime fiction are perhaps more …

“Spew” an older sculpture by Portland-based artist Ron Ulicny, which debuted at Spoke Art gallery in San Francisco last year

“Spew” an older sculpture by Portland-based artist Ron Ulicny, which debuted at Spoke Art gallery in San Francisco last year. Ulicny has his second solo show opening at the gallery this weekend.

Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan – review

The opening line is "My name is Serena Frome (rhymes with 'plume') and almost 40 years ago I was sent on a secret mission for the British security …

Why are there no gay Disney characters?

<b>(Screenshot)</b><p>Unsurprisingly, the House of Mouse is way behind the curve when it comes to tackling LGBT issues<p>Renee Davidson<p>June 1, 2013 5:00pm (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on Policy Mic.<p>In an issue to go on sale in August, Archie Comics will feature a kiss between two openly gay characters, …

What We're Loving: Illuminations and Despair

“Illuminating Faith: The Eucharist in Medieval Life and Art” opened at the Morgan Library earlier this month. The exhibition packs an astounding range of illuminated manuscripts, each depicting an aspect of the relationship between the body of Christ and medieval culture, into a single room. Though …

JJ Abrams Book: Forthcoming Novel Filled With Unusual Storytelling

J.J. Abrams has conceived of a book like no other - at least, that's what editor Joshua Kendell of publisher Little, Brown hinted at during the Book Bloggers Conference in BookExpo America (BEA) today. The novel, cryptically called <i>S.</i>, has been created by Abrams and is being written by author Doug …

The Magic Of Pulp Fiction

<i>Published as the introduction to Black Pulp ($14.92/$2.99, Pro Se Productions)</i><p>In a bygone day, before my time, there was an expansive era of fictional writing that existed in cheap pulp magazines.<p>Every week a plethora of publications appeared on the newsstands providing crime stories, horror …

Explore the detailed diary Heath Ledger created for his role as the Joker

The video offers a deeper look into the psyche of one of Hollywood’s most memorable villains<p>Prachi Gupta<p>May 31, 2013 4:30pm (UTC)<p>It's been five years since his tragic death, but Heath Ledger's performance as the Joker in "The Dark Knight" remains one of Hollywood's most memorable, chilling villains …

The Murder of the Century

On a sunny winter's afternoon, June 1954 in Christchurch New Zealand, two teenage girls, Juliet Hulme and Pauline Parker, accompanied by Pauline's mother, Honorah Parker, went for a walk in Victoria Park. There the girls put into action their plan to murder Honorah.<p>On a secluded path Juliet dropped …

Obama's Favorite Books

President Obama's favorite books are listed on his Facebook page, and they make for interesting (if sober) reading. Along with Shakespeare's tragedies, the Bible and Lincoln's collected writings, here are the titles that he finds inspirational:<p><i>Song of Solomon</i> by Toni Morrison (1977)<p>Goodreads …

Daphne du Maurier and Her Sisters: The Hidden Lives of Piffy, Bird and Bing by Jane Dunn – review

Piers Dudgeon's contentious, aggressive but haunting study <i>Captivated</i> offers an account of what he finds to be the malign influence on the Du Maurier …

A Delicate Truth by John le Carré – review

Opening a new Le Carré novel is like stepping into a hushed and well-appointed London club. The tone is English and metropolitan, the mood sombre but …

Paris Review - Günter Grass, The Art of Fiction No. 124

Interviewed by Elizabeth Gaffney<p>Issue 119, Summer 1991<p>Günter Grass, by Tomi Ungerer.<p>Günter Grass has achieved a very rare thing in contemporary arts and letters, earning both critical respect and commercial success in every genre and artistic medium he has taken up. A novelist, poet, essayist, …

Boston Bombing: The Whistler

<b>About two hours after the bombs went off</b>, I sat by myself at The Rattlesnake, a bar just a few blocks east up Boylston Street, shakily drinking beer and talking to Brian Poe, the head chef. Poe was bouncing between quality checks of the Tex-Mex food being sent out and checking in with me to see if …

Sylvia Plath's New York (PHOTOS)

On May 31, 1953, twenty-year-old Sylvia Plath arrived in New York City for a one-month stint at "the intellectual fashion magazine" <i>Mademoiselle</i>. Over the next 26 days, Sylvia Plath would go to Balanchine ballets, fashion shows, and games at Yankee Stadium. She typed rejection letters to writers …

The Last Bookshop: Short Film About The Power Of Reading (VIDEO)

"The Last Bookshop" is a delightful 20-minute video set in the future, about the power of reading.<p>"As a lad," says the elderly bookseller, "We all queued up at midnight for a book about a wizard. It was the vogue."<p>Made by BakeryTV, it's an affectionate look at how we might forget the art of …

Did Shakespeare Love the Cruellest Month?

The Australian household I grew up in had very few books. Most of them were special offers from the newspaper publishers who employed my father: “Fifty Famous Australians,” “The Complete Speeches of Sir Keith Murdoch,” “The Wit and Wisdom of Sir Robert Menzies,” that sort of thing. Being a …