Nicole Lourette

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Claudia Rankine: ‘Blackness in the white imagination has nothing to do with black people’

The award-winning poet on Serena Williams, her emotional book signings and why racism is inescapable<p><b>Your book,</b> <b>Citizen: An American Lyric</b><b>, has won the National Book Critics’ Circle poetry award in the US, the Forward in the UK and is shortlisted for the</b> <b>TS Eliot prize</b><b>. It exposes racism in the US at</b> …

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When Greg Pardlo Won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, He Was a Graduate Student In... Non-Fiction

Greg Pardlo submitted "Digest," his slim book of poems, to the major publishers. All rejected it. He sent it to Four Way Books, which is, like the poet, literary and decidedly non-profit. In 2014, Four Way published his 75-page book.<p>When Pardlo won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for poetry, "Digest" had …

Why So Few of Us Read Poetry

What is the purpose of poetry?<p>Poetry is a special type of writing. All writing is for the purpose of communication, connecting with others, but poetry has the power of marrying our intelligence and our feelings and thereby creating insight with a very few words.<p>We need something to live for. Joy, …

When Black Men Ruled the World: 8 Things The Moors Brought to Europe

When the topic of the Moorish influence in Europe is being discussed, one of the first questions that arises is, what race were they?<p>As early as the …

I paid $300 for a $60K round-the-world adventure

Think it’s impossible to shell out just a few hundred bucks to fly around the globe — in mega-pampered first-class seats, no less? It’s not.<p>Sam …

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The Kids' Book 'A Fine Dessert' Has Award Buzz — And Charges Of Whitewashing Slavery

The world of children's lit has always traded in grisly topics — children's literature scholar Jerry Griswold deems "scariness" one of the five elemental themes of the genre. There's unalloyed cannibalism in "Hansel and Gretel"; "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" is the story of an exaggerator in short pants …

Marlon James on Winning the Man Booker Prize, Fictionalizing Bob Marley, and Why He Loves Kendrick Lamar

Marlon James won the Man Booker Prize for Fiction this month for <i>A Brief History of Seven Killings</i>, making him the first Jamaican author to take home the U.K.’s most prestigious literary award. The novel has the words <i>tour de force</i> printed on its cover (a quote from an admiring critic), and it very …

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African American Firsts

Paying Homage to Black History<p>3 February 2014 From Chief of Naval Personnel/Defense Media Activity<p>The Navy joins our nation in celebrating the …

What Is the Biggest Misconception About Racism?

At this year's Aspen Ideas Festival, we asked a group of professors, activists, and authors to weigh in on misconceptions about race and racism. "Racism is deeply rooted in America," says the student activist Clifton Kinnie in response to claims that America has moved past discrimination. <i>The</i> …

These 12 Quotes By William Wordsworth Are A Must Read For Poetry Lovers

Did you know that William Wordsworth, one of the best English poets of all time, felt strongly against the description of “falsehood” in certain …

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Cleopatra’s shadows: The sisters who could give “Game of Thrones'” women a run for their money

<b>(Nina Subin)</b><p>The author of a debut novel sidelines Cleopatra in favor of her sisters, powerful protagonists of their own dramas<p>Alexandra Schwartz<p>October 11, 2015 12:00pm (UTC)<p>The story of Cleopatra has been told many times over, in many different ways, though there’s a certain consistency to the …

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Elizabeth Warren just delivered the realest talk on race by any American politician

The progressive favorite talks about the “dark underbelly” of “how America built a great middle class”<p>Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren just further burnished her progressive credentials with a thorough and explicit telling of racial injustice in America, focusing on what she called three …

Meet September’s BBC Travel Photo Nomad

Charan Dhiman, the winner of this month’s BBC Travel photo competition, tells us how he got this terrifying shot.<p><i>Congratulations to</i> <i>Charan Dhiman</i><i>,</i> <i>the winner of BBC Travel’s monthly photo competition! This month we asked you to show us the road trip views that few ever see.</i><p><i>Every month, a new winner</i> …

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The 12 countries you must visit - by the man who's seen them all

Is Walking as Good a Workout as Running?

There are many reasons why people start running: busting stress, boosting energy, or snagging that treadmill next to a longtime gym crush are just a few. What's more, running can keep your heart healthy, improve your mood, stave off sickness, and aid in weight loss. (1) But depending on your …

How Travel Makes Us Richer

After many years of dreaming about it, my daughter and I finally took a summer trip to Europe. For months, this trip was all I could think about. Along with trying to stuff as many things as possible into a tiny suitcase, I tried to cram as many cities and events into our schedule as possible. At …

How Tattoos Can Ease the Emotional Pain of Self-Harm Scars

Instead of covering scars up with long sleeves, some choose to reclaim their scars or repurpose them into tattoos.<p><b>Warning: This story contains images and discussion of self-injury.</b><p>"I didn't realize how much it meant to me until you started asking," said Cait, her voice quivering, as she told me …

Ninety-five and going strong: the cult of Charles Bukowski

Although he died in 1993, the poet and writer is almost the perfect fit for the Internet and social reading.<p>It’s hard to overthink what one feels …

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50 Years Later: Racial Outrage and the Importance of the 1965 Watts Uprising

The more things change, the more things stay the same. Fifty years ago this month marks the uprising in the Watts community of Los Angeles, California in 1965. Spurred by the kind of tense police encounters that minorities fear but that have been a feature of urban American life, the upheaval in …

The 11 Most Zen Places On The Planet

More than just vacation destinations, some places have long been revered for their natural beauty and spiritual power. Whether sparkling lake, clear-blue ocean or majestic mountain, these spots will help you find your inner om.<p><b>Mount Kailash, Tibet. View Panoramic.</b><p>This mountain in western Tibet is a …

Jazz greats in their prime

Limited Runs has teamed up with Getty Images to curate Metronome's photographs of some of the greatest figures in jazz history.

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Morocco's Best-Kept Secret Is This All-Blue Village

Tucked high in Morocco’s Rif Mountains, the all-blue town of Chefchaouen is a calming respite from the overwhelming frenzy of Marrakech and Fez. Photographer and writer Lucy Laucht takes us on a tour of Morocco's hidden gem.

27 Stunning Lakeside Campsites

Photo by Matthew Hosford, Explorer for The Outbound<p>There's something special about waking up at sunrise to a glassy mountain lake outside your tent. If you're ready to make this a reality, check out this list of lakeside campsites and start planning your next adventure.<p>1. Mono Lake<p>California | Car …

4 Foods Americans Don't Eat Much Anymore

Strange, isn't it, we remark to Sandra L. Oliver — founder and editor of Food History News — that Americans in the 19th century ate foods such as robins and calf's foot jelly and boiled eels.<p>She cautions against criticism of previous generations or other cultures. "You are safer not talking …

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