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Twenty-five years ago, Eudora Welty spoke at the very first PEN/Faulkner gala. You might say it was “One Gala’s Beginnings.” Last night in Washington’s Folger Shakespeare Library, another group of writers celebrated the gala’s silver anniversary. In keeping with the long tradition of the event, each author read for just four or five minutes before taking […]
Nick Flynn offered a fantastic presentation at the Hill Center earlier this week about his life and his poetry, but one disturbing revelation stood out. Toward the end of the program, we were talking about his 2011 collection, “The Captain Asks for a Show of Hands.” These poems are based on Flynn’s interviews with people […]
We already know Washingtonians love “Scandal,” and it appears the show’s fanbase is increasing in a big way. Thursday night’s third season premiere (in which D.C. fixer Olivia Pope’s name was leaked as the president’s mistress) racked up 10.5 million viewers. That’s the drama’s highest-rated episode ever, and a big gain over the 6.7 million […]
Will this week never end? Enough. We’ve been through worse, that’s for sure. But there’s something wearying about this mess we’re in right now, something intractable and interminable, nettlesome and noisome. The shutdown turned our war memorials into beachheads, stormed by vets in wheelchairs. The boys of Normandy and Okinawa should have been met with […]
As the federal government grinds to a close today over the health-care debate, I wish every member of Congress would read Lionel Shriver’s scathing story about the cruelty of American health insurance. “So Much for That” is “The Jungle” of our age. Today I reached out to Shriver and two other novelists who have thought […]
They may have been about to pull the plug on the United States government in few hours, but the hot new Los Angeles band La Santa Cecilia was just plugging in, and actor Jimmy Smits figured the Latino arts partiers at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel could set an example for political stalematers up on Capitol […]
Notable recordings from the world of pop music. Danny Brown One-upmanship coarses through every corner of the hip-hop galaxy, but Danny Brown is one of those rare auteurs committed to simply one-upping himself. And e’s done it with a new album called “Old,” talking enough trash to fill a thousand dumpsters. Rhyming in a maniac […]
Dan Zevin has won this year’s Thurber Prize for American Humor for his collection of essays “Dan Gets a Minivan: Life at the Intersection of Dude and Dad” (Scribner). The 49-year-old writer has been a commentator for NPR and a columnist for Boston Magazine. He was a finalist for the Thurber Prize once before in […]
AMC’s “Breaking Bad” went out with a bang with Sunday’s series finale, in more ways than one: About 10.3 million people watched the final episode, by far the most-watched episode in the show’s history. View Photo Gallery —“Breaking Bad,” the AMC cable TV series about a high school chemistry teacher who turns to making meth, […]
If Congress doesn’t break this budget logjam soon, it looks like Oct. 1 will be another bleak night in Suck City. But that’s perfect timing for poet and memoirist Nick Flynn. He’ll be speaking that night at the beautifully restored Old Naval Hospital in Southeast Washington. He’s the second writer to appear in the new Hill Center Poetry […]
Jimmy Stewart’s Jefferson Smith had the Constitution. Louisiana Sen. Huey Long favored oyster recipes. And Texas lawmaker Wendy Davis? Emotional stories from women who support the right to abortion. All of these people — fictional in the case of Mr. Smith — relied on reading material to get them through filibusters. During his on-going talk, […]
In the preface to “Leaves of Grass,” Walt Whitman proclaimed that “The United States themselves are essentially the greatest poem.” And now a local group is determined to honor the poets who lived and live in the capital of these United States. Since last summer, scholars, editors and poets have been devising an innovative way […]
Notable recordings from the world of pop music. Chvrches This Scottish electro-pop trio has charmed the American indie congnoscenti, but its icy-sleek debut album, “The Bones of What You Believe,” feels more like a shot across the bow of the Disney Entertainment Industrial Complex. That’s largely because 20-something lead singer Lauren Mayberry sings in the […]
Claire Danes shocked red-carpet watchers as she emerged Sunday night with a seemingly clipped bob — much shorter than her shoulder-length hair at the Emmys pre-party the night before. Fans and red carpet hosts alike clamored to discover whether the “Homeland” actress had gone the way of Elisabeth Moss and Lena Dunham and chopped off […]
Former English professor-turned-vampire novelist Justin Cronin entertained a full tent of his thriller fans this afternoon at the 13th annual National Book Festival on the Mall. He began by recounting the legendary story of how his daughter prodded him to stop writing “boring” novels and write something exciting instead. (To be fair, he’d won a […]
The 13th annual National Book Festival got off to a great start this morning with presentations from two giants of North American fiction: Don DeLillo and Margaret Atwood. Remarkably, the novelists had never met until today, but they instantly proclaimed their admiration for each other’s work. DeLillo noted that he had lived for a time […]
Don DeLillo, named the first recipient of the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction, spoke about his early love affair with books at a gala Friday night before the National Book Festival. The award, announced in April, recognizes DeLillo … Continue reading ?
Continuing his extraordinary support for the Library of Congress, financier David M. Rubenstein has donated an additional $5 million to the National Book Festival. The Library of Congress announced Rubenstein’s new gift this evening just before a gala at the … Continue reading ?
Before introducing satirist Christopher Buckley at the Hay-Adams Author luncheon Friday, the hotel’s general manager, Hans Bruland, announced that Saturday’s National Book Festival would be the last one held on the National Mall. Without indicating how he knew this information, … Continue reading ?
Poor broadcast networks. Cable — and this year, Netflix — get all the headlines and attention in the days leading up to Emmy time, as critically-adored shows such as “Homeland,” “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad” are always up for the … Continue reading ?