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People With Disabilities Shouldn’t Be Defined by the Technologies They Do or Don’t Use

A paraplegic man demonstrates an exoskeleton.Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images In the last decade or so, articles lamenting and/or questioning the …

Future Tense

Can performing Shakespeare help to cure mental illness?

Vitor Pordeus makes a good Hamlet. Bearded, handsome, angry at the world, he stands at the centre of his group of actors. Like a force of nature that …

Mental Illness

Determined paraplegic woman starts adaptive sports program, foundation

Moving Forward founder Starla Hilliard-Barnes with the foundation assistant directors David Singleton, left, and Matt Sather. The foundation will be …


The Archive Project on OPB Radio | Literary Arts

Literary Arts and OPB have partnered to bring some of world’s greatest thinkers to audiences across Oregon and around the world. The Archive Project


How to Know If You’re Really a Writer

They say that everyone has at least one good book in them. Does that make you a writer? Or is it more than that? Is it something you decide to be, …

How House of Cards Subverts the Typical Trauma Narrative

Violent trauma limits TV characters physically, but it’s great for actors; it gives them new challenges and lets them shine apart from their …


Prosthetic leg stolen from California blade-runner

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A leading U.S. amputee athlete seeking to compete in next year's Paralympic Games in Brazil has been sidelined from training after his $30,000 prosthetic running leg was stolen from his car in San Francisco, he said on Thursday.

The prosthesis, consisting of a carbon fiber …


Can You Identify These Books By Their Covers?

Can you name these famous books by their cover design alone?

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Alison Wright Talks The Americans and the Peril of Obliviousness

The Americans is a series that is merciless toward its characters, and wrenching on its viewers. Showrunner Joseph Weisberg and his talented bench of …


Karl Ove Knausgaard: ‘Writing is a way of getting rid of shame’

It’s not difficult to spot Karl Ove Knausgaard waiting at Ystad train station. Partly, it must be said, because there’s no one else present at the open-air platform on a brilliantly cloudless February afternoon in southernmost Sweden. Yet even if there had been a large crowd, Knausgaard is the sort …


Persona and Poetry

“My story is important not because it is mine, God knows, but because if I tell it anything like right, the chances are you will recognize that in


Report: Brother of five-star Ole Miss QB commitment hired by Ole Miss

First things first: major college athletics programs hiring a relative or coach of a coveted blue-chip recruit is a tactic that's been around for years, and if it's traditionally been more prevalent in college basketball, it's far, far from unheard of in college football.

In other words: feel free …


Ray Bradbury Lives Forever: Faith in the Stories of Ray Bradbury

What the children in our books are telling us

Over the Christmas holiday, I traveled with fantastic children. Intensely curious. Intellectually insatiable. Addicted to history, science, botany, …


How 'Birdman' Was Made to Look Like It Was Shot in One Take


The Oscar-winning experiments that might change the future of film

Birdman and Boyhood became the toast of the Oscars not just because of their merits as movies, but the extraordinary ways they were made. Together, they have upended the form of mainstream cinema: Boyhood was put together in 12 years, while Birdman appears to have been shot in one seamless take, …

Werner Herzog

"Literacy Narrative" by Kiki Petrosino

The essay below is the result of an ongoing contemplation about whether, as a poet of color, I have a special obligation to write "political poems"


The Rise of the Nameless Narrator

The Rise of the Nameless NarratorPhotograph by Martin Parr/MagnumIn popular conceptions of dystopia, names are often among the first things to …


Writing to Win by Tim Parks


Can You Write a Novel While You Build a House?

I caught the writing bug during my undergraduate days at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, and although I’d been born and raised in that …


Writing Competitively

Tim Parks’s piece asking why published authors are shown so much respect begins with the career of Salman Rushdie. An easy mark. But Parks’s larger …

Not Travel Writing

Last week in Mumbai, trying to recover from some respiratory bug that is clinging like scale to my throat and lungs, I stared at the brick walls of …

Travel Writing

Making Music in the Anthropocene

I am standing alone on a beach, listening to the Pacific. As each wave rolls in—booming, roaring, growling, hissing—I listen to its voice: the unique …


Vocational Gratitude and the MFA: A Rebuttal of Sorts to Ryan Boudinot

When I was getting my MFA in 2007, I found myself enrolled in a teaching practicum designed to help me and other prospective MFAs and PhDs on …


When Your Punctuation Says It All (!)

I went out with a guy based on his use of dashes once. Within moments of our first interaction — over text message — I was basically in love.

He didn’t just use the lazy singular dash (“-”) as a pause between his thoughts, or even the more time-consuming double-dash (“—”). Nope. This man used a …


Geel’s ancient community cares for the mentally ill – Mike Jay

Half an hour on the slow train from Antwerp, surrounded by flat, sparsely populated farmlands, Geel (pronounced, roughly, ‘Hyale’) strikes the …


Things I Can Say About MFA Writing Programs Now That I No Longer Teach in One

Things I Can Say About MFA Writing Programs Now That I No Longer Teach in One by Ryan BoudinotI recently left a teaching position in a master of fine …

Forget Dystopian Fiction: This New Novel Explores Being a Modern Teenager Waiting for the End Times

In Bryan Bliss' debut novel, 16-year-old Abigail's family follows a charismatic preacher to San Francisco, where they live in a van to wait out the …


How to Greet Rejection With Love

When I was in high school, I got one and only detention—for plagiarism. Sister Marie watched me from her rolling stool as I erased and wiped the …


Why YA? David Arnold Explains How He Found His Voice and His Readers

One of our favorite questions to ask an author is, why this and not that? Why short stories instead of novels? Why poetry, not prose? Why nonfiction? …