Great Books

Stephen King uses a George Orwell quote to destroy Trump and Putin

When it comes to taking down Trump on Twitter, Stephen King regularly employs his full bag of writer's tricks to make sure the task is carried out as …

Stephen King

We can’t paint over our racist past | Letters

I read the article about how at the University of Manchester the students painted over the Kipling mural and replaced it with a Maya Angelou poem (Report, 20 July). How disappointing. It seems England is following the same path as the US where our 19th- and early 20th-century racist past is …

Books

Philip Roth’s American Portraits and American Prophecy

The novelist and short-story writer Philip Roth died, in May, at the age of eighty-five. In novels like “Portnoy’s Complaint,” “The Human Stain,” and “American Pastoral,” Roth anatomized postwar American life—particularly the lives of Jewish people in the Northeast. And in works like “The Ghost …

Philip Roth

The Melancholy of The Hedgehog

On the sweet sadness of Turkish gatherings and Soviet cartoons<p>When I was eight and my brother nine years old, we moved from Ankara to London where we awaited clearance for our father’s work in Copenhagen. Our parents were both thirty-three, without income, and endlessly creative about our finances. …

Books

Lauren Groff: ‘The last book to make me cry? The one I’m trying to write’

I read Deborah Eisenberg’s Your Duck Is My Duck on a plane and laughed so hard my seat-mate gave me dirty looks<p><b>The book I am currently reading</b><br>I’m reading through the back catalogue of a largely forgotten American writer named Nancy Hale. From the 1930s to the late 1960s, most of her stories …

Books

Are Great Illustrated Classics Great For Kids?

'The Time Machine' isn't very faithful, but the slimmed-down 'Moby Dick' might be useful.<p>There’s a bizarre song in Shirley Bogart’s Great Illustrated …

Literature

Japanese still near top of rankings for life expectancy, 2017 figures show

Japanese remained near the top of the rankings of the world’s average life expectancy in 2017, as Hong Kong continued to dominate, welfare ministry …

Hong Kong

Crime writer Amy Stuart picks the most thrilling books of her life

<i>In All Ages, Globe Books asks authors to dig deep for memorable books that span their lifetime, from childhood to what’s on their reading list right now.</i><p>Two years ago, high-school English teacher Amy Stuart published <i>Still Mine</i>, her debut thriller that became a Canadian bestseller. Now the Toronto …

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SAMMY MONTANO AND MARK APPLEYARD EXPLORE LOS ANGELES IN ‘ULYSSES’

Los Angeles is enormous and has a ton to offer when it comes to terrain. This is one of the reasons that it birthed modern street skating. In <i>Ulysses</i>, …

Los Angeles

American Experience

Tesla | Article<p>Tesla's Dinner Party<p>By Cori Brosnahan<p><b>“</b><i>Nikola Tesla is almost the tallest, almost the thinnest and certainly the most serious man who</i> …

Mark Twain

Almost everything about the Rudyard Kipling row is stupid

The choice of poem is crass, the protest is counterproductive, the media circus around it inane.<p>One consequence of growing up in a church is that, …

Opinion (UK)

A Kind of Communal History: Nepantla edited by Christopher Soto

<i>Nepantla: An Anthology Dedicated to Queer People of Color</i>, edited by Christopher Soto, is an historical anthology, not only because it is the first …

Literature

For Walt Whitman's old Camden neighborhood, a bit of poetic justice

Walt Whitman once happily described himself as grateful for being “left over in Camden.”<p>Happily, or perhaps, miraculously, a portion of the block …

Literature

VIDA Reviews! Sharp by Michelle Dean

Sharp, by Michelle Dean. Grove Atlantic, 2018.<p>Women today are still fighting a fight that began in the 1970s—namely, to carve out their own space in …

Literature

Stephen Hawking’s Mother on Her Son’s Singular Genius and How We Expand the Boundaries of Human Knowledge

<i>“Every man or woman who is sane, every man or woman who has the feeling of being a person in the world, and for whom the world means something, every happy person, is in infinite debt to a woman,”</i> the pioneering psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott wrote in his manifesto for the mother’s contribution to …

Stephen Hawking

Invitation to a Bonfire by Adrienne Celt — burning desire | Financial Times

Adrienne Celt’s second novel, <i>Invitation to a Bonfire</i>, is a ravishing tale of love, loss, desire and betrayal. Inspired by the marriage of the …

Literature

A Literary Giant Wrestles With His Legacy in Pamplona

In May of 2017, Stacy Keach attempted to open Jim McGrath's <i>Pamplona</i> at the Goodman Theatre. He took the stage in character as Ernest Hemingway, …

Literature

On the Art and Influence of Hemingway’s Short Stories

Seven years after winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954, Ernest Hemingway, like Edwin Arlington Robinson’s privileged gentleman Richard …

Literature

Whatever became of CanLit? New anthology addresses the question

Luminous Ink: Writers on Writing in CanadaEdited by Tessa McWatt, Rabindranath Maharaj and Dione Brand | Cormorant Books$29.95, 233 pagesSome people …

Canadian Literature

Having Glaze Both Ways: Talking to Wayne Koestenbaum – BLARB

<i>How might hints of “glade,” “gaze,” “gays,” “haze,” “gloze” (and perhaps “glass”) coalesce into an especially buoyant and attentive prose? How might</i> …

Books

The 13 NHS trusts with excess deaths across England

Named and shamed: The 13 NHS trusts with excess deaths across England (So is your local trust one of them?)<p><b>Chiefs warn the data, collected by NHS</b> …

Radiation Therapy

In Love and Ruin, Paula McLain surveys the battleground of human relationships

There is a double double bind at the heart of Paula McLain’s new novel, <i>Love and Ruin</i> (Bond Street Books). That’s not a typo: For just as much as this is a tale about Martha Gellhorn, pioneering war correspondent and third wife of Ernest Hemingway, it’s also a story of Paula McLain, bestselling …

Literature

Natalie Portman pays tribute to Isaac Bashevis Singer

Natalie Portman, , the Israeli-American actress and outspoken vegan, appears in a new campaign for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals - …

Natalie Portman

The best monsoon tables

From secret pop-ups to DIY brunches—try a new dining experience this season

Business (India)

Rudyard Kipling: Of course he was racist and an imperialist

I’m sure LBC’s shock jock Nick Ferrari, could not contain his delight in reading the news that a student had defaced a poem at her college by the …

Black Voters

In Praise of Scholarship

The work of editors and commentators is not only an interesting historical curiosity. Though the task of liberating important texts—whether from the …

Literature

Read More Women, Students Paint Over Kipling Poem, and More

Every day <i>Poets & Writers Magazine</i> scans the headlines—from publishing reports to academic announcements to literary dispatches—for all the news that …

Creative Writing

Harold Loeb, Hemingway’s Schlemiel

Whenever Harold Loeb entered the boxing ring with Ernest Hemingway, Loeb worried that his younger, heavier friend would beat the crap out of him. It …

Jewish Culture

The Coixet core

It was 2003, in the thick of the London Film Festival. I was taking a breather in between screenings when a friend said he had a spare ticket for a …

Ben Kingsley

Police watchdog gives update on investigation of Coventry man's death

An investigation into events leading up to the death of Coventry man Darren Cumberbatch is nearly complete.<p>Mr Cumberbatch, 32, was taken to hospital …

George Eliot