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Roy Scranton on Terror, Climate, Anthropocene and What They're Terrified of You Knowing

Like many angry teenage idiots, I read "Howl" and it turned me into a poet. When I saw it was published by City Lights, I made it my mission to someday get there. When I first walked into the bookstore in North Beach, I felt like a pilgrim finally reaching Mecca. Show More Summary

Video Reading Series Thanksgiving Edition: Five Emerging Houston Poets You Should Know About

In the time that I have lived here, since the late 1990s, Houston has become quite the poetry town. There is so much poetry of so much diversity from so many different kinds of poets coming out pretty much every day that one can hardly...Show More Summary

The Fiction of Borders

Molly Crabapple writes for VICE about translating Syrian poet Nizar Qabbani and the fiction of citizenship. As she explains it, “Words don’t need visas, but humans do. […] Citizenship is our most loaded form of fiction.”

Visiting Uncle Bardakç? (Part 3)

(The following is the second part of a three-part fictitious short story. Read part one here and read part two here.) "Mr. Bardakç?, I've been meaning to tell you something since I arrived tonight," Kiera began. Her uncle's eyebrows arched as he waited for her to continue. Show More Summary

Breaking Up With the First Manuscript

Like any relationship, it's not easy breaking up with a manuscript, especially when you put so much time and effort into it, and at the end of the day there are still strong feelings involved. And it's even harder when it was your first. There is nothing quite like finishing that first manuscript. Show More Summary

HBO Sets Its ‘Sesame Street’ Debut

HBO will run two consecutive 30-minute episodes on Jan. 16, followed by new 30-minute episodes each Saturday.

Children’s Books: It’s Sort of Good to Be the King

A picture book in the tradition of “The Little Prince” delivers minimalist philosophical lessons on power.

Rock n Roll Watergate

After feverishly reading Robert Rosen's updated 15th anniversary eBook edition of Nowhere Man: The Final Days of John Lennon, you feel like you are inside The Dakota with John Lennon and Yoko Ono. This isn't quite your average rock n roll biography. Show More Summary

Frank Sinatra and the Scandalous but Scholarly Biography

Having come out of the closet, or the casino, not long ago, as an unqualified Frank Sinatra idolater, I approached the second volume of James Kaplan’s biography of the singer (“Sinatra: The Chairman”) with what our critical mothers and...Show More Summary

Bookseller of the Week: Churchill Book Collector

To celebrate the anniversary of Winston Churchill’s birth on 30 November 1874, Marc Kuritz of Churchill Book Collector was kind enough to answer our questions about his bookselling business. Churchill Book Collector is located in San Diego, California, and it’s a partnership between Marc and Paul Shelley. Read on and you will also gain an […]

Writing Educates the Self

Alexandra Alter interviews National Book Award winner Ta-Nehisi Coates about the success of Between the World and Me. As he puts it, “The best part of writing is really to educate yourself. I don’t want to be anybody’s expert. I came in to learn.” Pair with our own Sonya Chung’s Millions piece on Coates’s epistolary essay.

HaBO: Spy Hero Pretends to Be Asleep

This HaBO request comes from Lulu, who is looking for a historical romance: I’m really struggling to remember a book I’ve been looking for ages and can’t find it, or remember the title or author. It’s a historical. The heroine is a painter, who I think is divorced or in an unhappy marriage. Show More Summary

“Go For It. But Don’t Give Up the Day Job” -- Author B.A. Shapiro on the Art of Writing, & Writing About Art

The disappearance of a young painter in New York City on the eve of World War II shapes B.A. Shapiro’s fascinating historical novel, The Muralist. The book, the latest from the best-selling author of The Art Forger, blends historical and fictional characters...

Danish Composer Wins $100,000 Prize

The 2016 Grawemeyer Award went to Hans Abrahamsen for the song cycle "let me tell you."

$100 Million in Grants Announced for Indiana Culture

Fourteen groups received grants of between $5 million and $10 million for capital projects, endowments and programming.

Celebrity Picks: Norman Lear's Favorite Reads of 2015

We love Norman Lear, the avuncular genius behind All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Maude, and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. And Norman Lear loves to read. Here are his favorite books of 2015.

‘Triple Moon’ review: Spoiled teen witches come to East End

Fans of de la Cruz’s “Blue Bloods” and “Witches of East End” books might enjoy seeing those worlds expanded in this new series.

A Mixed Week for Plays at Broadway Box Office

Lackluster reviews didn't hurt "Misery," with Bruce Willis, which is the second-highest-grossing play behind David Mamet's "China Doll."

Books of The Times: Review: Christopher Hitchens Expounds in ‘And Yet ...’

This collection of Mr. Hitchens’s essays, book reviews and reported pieces covers topics political, social and literary.

A Visit to Planet North Korea: On Adam Johnson’s ‘The Orphan Master’s Son’

After Adam Johnson’s surprise win of the National Book Award for Fortune Smiles last week, readers new to Johnson's work may also want to make room on their Christmas wish lists for his 2012 novel, The Orphan Master’s Son.

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