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A love lost, a Cold War treasure gained: A Dallas man's 'Doctor Zhivago' connection | Books

In March 1959, Ronald K. Jones had fallen hopelessly in love. He had invited to the formal spring dance the homecoming queen at the University of …


Poem of the Week: ‘Castles in Spain’ by Amy Lowell

Amy Lowell’s legacy, as represented in the pages of <i>The Atlantic</i> and in the broader poetic landscape, is a spare and neglected one. Though she was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1926, she never quite reached the heights of literary acclaim or recognition that her relatives James Russell …


A Lost Edith Wharton Play Emerges from Scholarly Sleuthing

In February of 1901, Walter Berry, a lawyer and member of élite society in New York, expressed a regret in a letter written to his close friend Edith Wharton. “How I do wish I could run on to see the first rehearsal of the Shadow,” he wrote.<p>At the time, Wharton, who was thirty-nine years old, was …


How Katherena Vermette turned a terrible vision into a visionary debut novel

<b>Katherena Vermette's debut novel, The Break,</b> <b>is a powerful family saga told by three generations of Indigenous women living in Winnipeg's North End.</b> …


Djuna Barnes: the 'lesbian' writer who rejected lesbianism

“I’m not a lesbian, I just loved Thelma.” What did the modernist author Djuna Barnes mean by this? And why has this quote – in which the elderly …


Award-winning author Denis Johnson dies at age 67

Celebrated author Denis Johnson died at age 67 Wednesday, his agent Nicole Aragi confirmed.<p>Johnson was best known for the slender story collection “Jesus’ Son.” Published in 1992, its bold and unpretentious stories of marginalized characters struck a chord with readers, writers and professors. It …


Meet The Man Bringing Slam Poetry To The Deaf Community

Douglas Ridoff is the host of the ASL Slam, a growing performance group based in New York.<p>Douglas Ridloff started composing poetry in American Sign Language when he was a teenager, after a well-known ASL poet named Peter Cook visited his high school. Fast forward 10 years, and he hadn’t done much …


Amazon Sets Up Shop in the Heart of the Publishing Industry

Jeff Bezos, the chief executive of Amazon, has often struck a defiant tone when asked about the company’s dominance of the book industry.<p>“Amazon is not happening to book selling,” he said in a 2013 interview. “The future is happening to book selling.”<p>But when he made that remark four years ago, …


Poetry going public in Halifax thanks to Dalhousie students

For many, poetry can be a private way to express your feelings, never meant for public consumption, but one group of Dalhousie classmates is opening …


Reflections On Yesteryear: Late Poet Robert Service Still Speaks To Northerners

<b>No single individual was more influential in perpetuating the lure and romance of the northland than poet Robert Service. Although he lived in the</b> …


A Temporary Stranger — Vancouver launch party

Join friends and colleagues as they celebrate the publication of A Temporary Stranger, Jamie Reid’s last, and posthumous, volume of poetry and other …


Was Leonard Cohen A Zionist?

Leonard Cohen traveled to Israel during the Yom Kippur War and his “Hallelujah” was featured at a Yom Yerushalayim concert. But what does that mean?

Jewish Culture

Henry Miller Memorial Library celebrates new location with music, poetry and a party.

Mother Nature dealt Big Sur a serious portion of lemons this winter, but the Henry Miller Memorial Library is already making lemonade. “When the …


Kurt Vonnegut Ponders Why “Poor Americans Are Taught to Hate Themselves” in a Timely Passage from Slaughterhouse-Five

Amidst what is now an ordinary day’s chaos and turmoil in the news, you may have noticed some outrage circulating over comments made by erstwhile …


Jon Hamm gives his voice to Walt Whitman’s long-lost novel

Two shadowy pasts converge in Jon Hamm’s reading of Walt Whitman’s lost novel, “Life and Adventures of Jack Engle .” Published anonymously in the New York Sunday Dispatch in 1852, it was presented as the work of an author who chose to use “unreal names” to prevent identification.<p>Now, this tale of …


For Old Tenement Man, Vancouver’s Rodney DeCroo turned the page on Pittsburgh to live in the present

Mike UsingerOne day, sometime after cancer killed Mark Evans—the man who’d become a kind of surrogate father to him—Rodney DeCroo had an epiphany. It …

Lou Reed

Unseen Sylvia Plath poems deciphered in carbon paper

Duplicating sheet in old notebook examined by academics yields two unknown works, To a Refractory Santa Claus and Megrims<p>A carbon paper hidden in the back of an old notebook owned by Sylvia Plath has revealed two previously unknown poems by The Bell Jar author. The paper, which was discovered by …


Have a lover, have friends, read books. Montaigne was right about one thing

We think we are escaping ourselves when we read literature, but we might be going deeper into our interior worlds through the therapy of reading<p>The understanding that literature can comfort, console and heal has been around since the second millennium BC; it is no coincidence that Apollo was the …


Watch: “Let’s Tour Charles Bukowski’s Los Angeles,” a Look at What Remains

YouTuber big80blues put together the above video tour of Charles Bukowski’s Los Angeles, or at least what remains of it. We see some of the places he …

Charles Bukowski

The Poetry Room: Remembering 'In Flanders Fields'

As our nation prepares to celebrate Memorial Day, we have selected the most well-known poem written on the battlefield in Ypres, Belgium during World …


Gerard Manley Hopkins, a terrible teacher who hated UCD

The poet, as a professor in 19th-century UCD, could not control his students

News (Ireland)

Why Langston Hughes Still Reigns as a Poet for the Unchampioned

The poet, playwright and novelist Langston Hughes died 50 years ago this week. At his death, Hughes’ stature as a canonical figure in American …


‘We poets are the absolute antitheses of Trump’: a new collection takes a stand

<b>Resistance, Rebellion, Life: 50 Poems Now</b> (Knopf) conveys the shock and dismay many esteemed poets — like many Americans — have felt since the presidential election. The slim volume, which includes work by Robert Pinsky, Christian Wiman, Ada Limón, Sharon Olds, Kevin Young and Lucie Brock-Broido, …


Paris Review - William S. Burroughs, The Art of Fiction No. 36

Interviewed by Conrad Knickerbocker<p>Issue 35, Fall 1965<p>Firecrackers and whistles sounded the advent of the New Year of 1965 in St. Louis. Stripteasers ran from the bars in Gaslight Square to dance in the street when midnight came. Burroughs, who had watched television alone that night, was asleep in …


Loved Ones Lost: Death of a Downtown Poet

Mel Hennan drew a community to him with his art, activism and cheerful embrace of life.

Chana Bloch, California Poet And Activist, Dies At 77

Chana Bloch, a noted poet, peace activist and professor, has died at 77.<p>Bloch, who lived in the Bay Area of California, was the author of five books …

Jewish Culture

Lorna Goodison is Jamaica's new Poet Laureate

<b>Accomplished author, Lorna Goodison, has been selected to be Jamaica’s first woman Poet Laureate. She is the second nationally appointed Poet</b> …


‘100 Poems from the Japanese”: A classic collection

Kenneth Rexroth never travelled to Japan, but the moods and modes of Japanese poetry heavily influenced him and, in turn, those who were influenced …

Celebrating Langston Hughes — Black, Red And Gay

The literary titan boasts an incomparable catalog of unflinching, potent, timeless work.<p>Long before “make America great again” became Donald Trump’s campaign slogan, Langston Hughes’s 1935 poem “Let America Be America Again” insisted that the country fulfill its promise of freedom and equality for …

Black History

Interview: Outsiders author S.E. Hinton is still gold after 50 years

In 1967, Tulsa teenager Susie Hinton published her first novel, <i>The Outsiders.</i> The first-person narrative of Ponyboy Curtis discussed his brothers and friends in the Greasers as they faced off against the local rich kids, the Socs. The novel has never been out of print, having sparked a sense of …