Literature

  • July 10, 2013   BY Mary Jo Brooks  

    Liao Yiwu was in his early 30s when he was arrested for writing and performing a poem about the brutality of the Tiananmen Square Massacre in 1989. A new memoir about his time in prison called “For a Song and A Hundred Songs” has just been published.
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  • July 10, 2013   BY Mary Jo Brooks  

    By Liao Yiwu, Translated by Wenguang Huang (Composed on the morning of June 4, 1989) Dedicated to those who were killed on June 4, 1989 Dedicated to the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution Leap! Howl! Fly! Run! Freedom feels … Continue reading

  • July 4, 2013   BY Meena Ganesan  

    O July 4, 2001, former poet laureate Robert Pinsky read aloud for NewsHour viewers the concluding section of Walt Whitman’s “By Blue Ontario’s Shore,” Pinsky said, “Whitman’s list of what he ‘will not shirk’ remains an attractive agenda and can inspire a credible patriotism.” Here, for the 4th of July, are Walt Whitman’s lines:
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  • June 13, 2013   BY Jeffrey Brown  

    Author Walter Mosley has written more than 40 books. His new mystery novel, “Little Green,” revives one of the best-known, longest-running characters in American literature. Ezekiel “Easy” Rawlins, Mosley’s fictional private eye, was last seen driving off a cliff.
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  • November 18, 2010   BY Molly Finnegan 

    Known for her poetry and her rock ‘n’ roll, music legend Patti Smith has now been honored for her prose with a National Book Award, given out Wednesday night in New York.
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  • July 8, 2010   BY Carolyn O'Hara  

    “What He’s Poised To Do” is a new story collection by New Yorker editor Ben Greenman. The stories feature and often take place in the form of letters, and explore our attempts to connect over time.
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  • May 21, 2010   BY Quinn Bowman  

    “Island Beneath the Sea,” by author Isabel Allende, is set in the early 19th-century, amid colonial powers and slavery, and a chaotic period in Caribbean history. It also involves two places very much in the news in our own time: Haiti and New Orleans.
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  • March 15, 2010   BY Hari Sreenivasan  

    “July in Washington” is from Robert Lowell “Collected Poems” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003). Lowell, who died in 1977, is best known for his volume “Life Studies,” “but his true greatness as an American poet lies in the astonishing variety of his work.”
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  • February 26, 2010   BY Arts Desk 

    Jeffrey Brown talks to Orhan Pamuk, the 2006 Nobel Laureate in Literature and the author of the novel “The Museum of Innocence,” which was published late last year.
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  • February 12, 2010   BY Arts Desk 

    Ursula Le Guin, best for her works of science fiction and fantasy, has been writing and publishing novels, children’s books, poetry and drama for over four decades. In December, she withdrew her membership from the Author’s Guild because she disagreed with the organization’s stance on the author settlement offered by Google in its plan to digitize millions of books.
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