In Azar Nafisi’s new book, “Republic of Imagination,” the Iranian author uses American literary classics to explore perceptions of creativity. The new work picks up where Nafisi left off in her first memoir “Reading Lolita in Tehran.” Jeffrey Brown sits down with Nafisi to discuss her new book and the difference in literary attitudes between her home country Iran and the U.S. Continue reading
Before Tony Alva and Jay Adams were skateboarding legends, before the Beastie Boys went mainstream and before Fugazi was a post-punk icon, photographer Glen Friedman captured their lives on film. Continue reading
Designer Oscar de la Renta, who designed gowns for public women of all ages, died Monday at the age of 82. Known for elegant cuts and bright colors, de la Renta defined American style for more than a quarter of a century. Continue reading
For 22 years, the Sarasota Ballet has sponsored an after school program designed to transform the lives of inner city school children. The students study classical ballet, but the lessons learned are much broader. Continue reading
Renowned fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, who died Monday at his home in Kent, Connecticut, was known for his sleek women’s suits as well as his lavish eveningwear designs that were favored by both red carpet celebrities and a number of the nation’s first ladies.
An opera slated to open at the Met in New York has stirred very strong feelings beyond the arts community. “The Death of Klinghoffer” is based on a real and recent tragedy: the hijacking of an Italian cruise ship and the murder of a disabled Jewish-American passenger in 1985. Jeffrey Brown examines the criticism that the production glorifies terrorism. Continue reading
The poetry in “The Infinitesimals” invites the reader to look into their own past and think on what it is to experience loss. Continue reading
San Francisco radio stations KOIT-FM and KFOG-FM have pledged to remove the signature chart-topping song “Royals” from their airwaves until the end of Major League Baseball’s World Series.
When the Apartheid regime fell in 1994, South Africa established the Constitutional Court. One of the original justices began collecting artwork for the court, with prominent South African artists donating the majority of pieces. Continue reading
In September, writers and readers gathered at Storymoja, an annual literary festival in Africa. A celebration of books and ideas, it was also a time to remember Ghanaian poet Kofi Awooner, one of the 67 victims of the Westgate shopping mall attack in Nairobi one year ago. Jeffrey Brown reports on new voices of African literature and the future of literacy in Kenya. Continue reading