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The Life of the Mind: Hannah Arendt on Thinking vs. Knowing and the Crucial Difference Between Truth and Meaning

In 1973, <b>Hannah Arendt</b> became the first woman to speak at the prestigious Gifford Lectures — an annual series established in 1888 aiming “to promote and diffuse the study of natural theology in the widest sense of the term,” bridging science, philosophy, and spirituality, an ancient quest of …

Bill Frisell On JazzSetWBGO

On a video promoting Bill Frisell's album <i>All We Are Saying</i>, the guitarist shares the depth of his connection to John Lennon's music: "I don't know if I'd be playing guitar if it weren't for The Beatles." Frisell tells the story of how, several tours ago, a European presenter asked Frisell's band to …

Guitar

Fort Tilden to Frank: Five films to watch from SXSW

From vampire roommates to lost kittens, BBC Culture checks out some of the most talked about movies at the film festival.<p><b>Fort Tilden</b><p>Garnering comparisons to both Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion and Lena Dunham’s Girls, the debut feature from Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers has …

Sundance

A Few Don’ts for Those Beginning to Write Verse from Ezra Pound

Say you’ve already learned how to read a poem, but now crave some verse of your very own. How, exactly, do you do it artfully?<p>In 1913, Ezra Pound penned “a list of don’ts for those beginning to write verses” under the title of <b>“A Few Don’ts by an Imagiste,”</b> which promised to “throw out nine-tenths …

Many Happy Returns, Penelope Fitzgerald

By Sadie Stein December 17, 2013<p>Image via the <i>Guardian</i>.<p>“Everyone in Penelope Fitzgerald’s family called her Mops, no one ever called her Penelope unless they met her later in life. And she didn’t like the name Penelope. But it would seem very peculiar for me to call her Mops all the way through.” …

Paris Review - Ralph Ellison, The Art of Fiction No. 8

Interviewed by Alfred Chester & Vilma Howard<p>Issue 8, Spring 1955<p>Ralph Ellison, 1955.<p>When <i>Invisible Man,</i> Ralph Ellison’s first novel, received the National Book Award for 1953, the author in his acceptance speech noted with dismay and gratification the conferring of the award to what he called an …

Literature

Paris Review - Woody Allen, The Art of Humor No. 1

Interviewed by Michiko Kakutani<p>Issue 136, Fall 1995<p>Woody Allen, ca. 1969. <i>Take the Money and Run</i><p>As New Yorkers know, Woody Allen is one of its more ubiquitous citizens—at courtside in Madison Square Garden watching the Knicks, at Michael’s Pub on Monday evenings playing the clarinet, on occasion at …

Literature

Paris Review - Eudora Welty, The Art of Fiction No. 47

Interviewed by Linda Kuehl<p>Issue 55, Fall 1972<p>I met Eudora Welty in her room at the Algonquin Hotel an hour or so after her train had arrived in Penn Station. She had given me the wrong room number, so I first saw her peering out of her door as the elevator opened. A tall, large-boned, gray-haired …

Literature