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Revisiting ‘The Americans’, Robert Frank’s Influential Photo Book

In this post, we’re going to revisit <i>The Americans</i> by Robert Frank. This influential photography book, first published in France in 1958, appears …

Jack Kerouac

THE GOLD-BUG: The Edgar Allan Poe Story You've Never Heard Of

For modern readers, Edgar Allan Poe is synonymous with Gothic tales of horror and “dark” poetry, like The Raven or The Tell-Tale Heart. But during …

Literature

Charles Bukowski Wrote So Fast His Publisher Couldn’t Keep Up

It’s no news that Charles Bukowski was a one-of-a-kind writer: womanizer, boozer, Dirty Old Man, two-bit ignorant who couldn’t tell Hercules from …

Poetry

Witty writer William Weintraub had a ‘talent for friendship’

All Bill Weintraub expected out of life, he once wrote, was "to earn a living as a journalist, and live an interesting life – perhaps a very interesting life." Mr. Weintraub, who died on Monday in Montreal at the age of 91, succeeded admirably on both counts. Not only did he mine Montreal's social …

Canadian Literature

Sufficient Density: An Interview With Frank Bidart

The first time Frank Bidart and I spoke, he phoned me at midnight. Apologetic, he said he hoped he hadn’t awakened me and then explained that he was …

Poetry

Louise Bernice Halfe wins major poetry award

<b></b>Saskatchewan poet Louise Bernice Halfe is this year’s winner of the Latner Writers’ Trust Poetry Prize.<p>The award, which comes with $25,000, is given …

Saskatoon

Is the Age of the Artistic Recluse Over?

IN THE EARLY 1880S, a recent arrival to Amherst, Mass., gossiped in a letter about her neighbor, “a lady whom the people call the Myth. She is a sister of Mr. Dickinson, & seems to be the climax of all the family oddity. She has not been outside of her own house in fifteen years.” The details were …

Was this poem written by a computer or human? |

<i>Timo Kuilder</i><p>Take our test, and see how you do.<p>How would you feel if you read a poem — and then found out it was written by a computer? Would you be …

Poetry

Seamus Heaney's biographer races to see poet's faxes before they fade

Fintan O’Toole, who is to write the life of the Nobel laureate, said he is anxious to record surviving documents written in ‘his favourite communication mode’<p>A race is on to track down faxes sent by Seamus Heaney before they fade. The outdated technology was the preferred form of communication for …

Poetry

Grand Central Station, I Sat Down and Wept (Elizabeth Smart)

<i>By Grand Central Station, I Sat Down and Wept</i> by <b>Elizabeth Smart</b> is an incongruously long title for such a short book. In one of my English classes on …

Grand Central Station

A Harvard Professor Critiques Taylor Swift's New Poems

"I just don’t think they stand up on their own in the way that my favorite poets do."<p>On November 10, Taylor Swift released two magazines along with her sixth studio album, <i>Reputation</i>, each of which features an original poem by Swift ("Why She Disappeared" and "If You're Anything Like Me"). Here, …

Poetry

How a young Ernest Hemingway dealt with his first taste of fame

When he published “The Sun Also Rises” in 1926, Ernest Hemingway was well-known among the expatriate literati of Paris and to cosmopolitan literary …

Literature

Read Anne Sexton’s Response to Her Worst-Ever Review

In the April 28th, 1963 edition of the <i>New York Times Book Review</i>, James Dickey—the author of <i>Deliverance</i>, and a poet who would be named the United …

Literature

Camus letters show secret passion for love of his life

The passionate letters between Albert Camus, France's Nobel prize-winning author of "The Stranger", and the Spanish actress Maria Casares were …

Literature

10 Ways to Honor Kurt Vonnegut on his Birthday

Happy birthday, Kurt Vonnegut. Your dark, brooding irony and complex story structures have led the world of books in a more creative direction. For …

Literature

Leonard Cohen recites 'In Flanders Fields'

Listen to the late great poet read Lt.-Col. John McCrae’s signature Remembrance Day poem<p>Leonard Cohen—Canada’s iconic poet and musician—died on Nov. …

Baum First Edition Sets

Dream sets of the first edition Wizard of Oz books series.<p>There are many Oz books collectors, but only few can afford the luxury of owning a complete …

Literature

Why 'Handmaid's Tale's' Margaret Atwood Always Brings Her Purse Onstage

The Canadian novelist learned the same lesson as Naomie Harris at the 2017 Oscars when the actress misplaced her purse while onstage with the …

Margaret Atwood

I Pretended to Be Emily Dickinson on an Online Dating Site

Like most brilliant ideas, it began as a joke. A friend and I were at lunch, discussing our frustrations with online dating, when I suddenly realized …

Emily Dickinson

Bukowksi’s poems were mangled by editors after his death. Now you can read his originals

When Abel Debritto first started researching and writing about Charles Bukowski, he knew that the prolific underground poet, short story writer and …

Poetry

'My poetry wasn't accepted at first': Roger McGough turns 80

Published on: 09 November 2017 Author: Emily Drabble<p>It's poet Roger McGough's 80th birthday today (9 November)!<p>He's one of the most famous poets in …

Poetry

Drinking with the Ghost: Rainer Maria Rilke at Café Sperl - BLARB

It is a rainy day in Vienna when I escape into the warmth and dryness of Café Sperl for my planned assignation with Rainer Maria Rilke. Making plans …

Poetry

Why George Orwell is returning to the BBC - BBC News

PA<p>The George Orwell statue has been unveiled outside BBC New Broadcasting House<p>The BBC headquarters in London has got a new resident: he's tall, bronze and likes a smoke. A statue of novelist George Orwell now adorns the exterior of New Broadcasting House, a few minutes from where Orwell worked as …

Literature

Poetry of Resistance: Brian Bilston’s ‘Refugees,’ Illustrated and Reversed

Brian Bilston became one of the most popular poets on the internet by composing this twitter poem on a lark in 2014:<p>you took <br>the last bus home<p>don’t know how <br>you got it through the door<p>you’re always doing amazing stuff<p>like that time <br>you caught a train<p>It’s rare that a social media star seems to have …

Poetry

Poetry Daily

From Here<p>Tell my friends<br>I have died<p>Water always sings<br>under the trembling woods<p>Tell my friends<br>I have died<p>How the poplars<br>sway the silken sound—<p>Tell …

Poetry

The Letters of Sylvia Plath Volume 1 review – why Plath can’t win in a world of male privilege

At last her letters, including many to Ted Hughes, appear in complete form. But in the years from 1940 to 1956 she had yet to come into her own as a writer<p>The posthumous editing of a famous writer is rarely as simple as it might seem, but the case of Sylvia Plath is one of the most tangled and …

Poetry

Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything – Montreal's tribute to its favourite son

The new exhibition was conceived as part of the city’s 375th anniversary celebrations – but has morphed into a thorough investigation of all things Cohen<p>Almost exactly a year after his death, Leonard Cohen will have a homecoming – of sorts – in Montreal. On 9 November, the Musée d’art contemporain …

Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen mural inaugurated in downtown Montreal

Crescent St. artwork inaugurated in time for anniversary of Cohen's death<p>The late, great Leonard Cohen has inspired yet another piece of public …

Leonard Cohen

Indigenous voices take the forefront at Wordsfest

For indigenous citizens across the country, Canadian culture has been an artifact of colonial erasure and a painstakingly maintained enterprise of …

Canadian History

Poetry In 2017? You'll Have More Luck On Instagram Than You Will In Waterstones

It has been described as the art for our times: the perfect medium for a world driven by soundbites and snapshots. It has also been described as …

Poetry