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Added 31.12.2013

“I wonder if anyone in my generation is able to make the movements of faith?”

Added 16.11.2013

This article was originally posted on Truthdig, www.truthdig.com, poste

Added 21.10.2013

Following on the heels of a new book by Jesse Ventura that maintains Lee Harvey Oswald was not John Kennedy’s lone assassin, plus a movie just out about the event, entitled “Parkland,” several books are about to be released to coincide with the 50th anniversary of

Added 30.09.2013

The demand for gossipy detail on writer J.D. Salinger’s private life seems to be a bottomless pit.

Added 01.09.2013

Alvin Lucier’s book: Music 109: Notes on Experimental Music, reviewed by Michael Johnson is in the Music Review section.

Added 02.08.2013

I thought the book business was being choked to death by television and iPods but I must be wrong. Clean, well-lighted superstores are still going strong. Could customers merely be doing penance for spending too much time slumped on their living room couch? 

Added 22.07.2013
Margaret Brown: You have your main character creating the story of his deceased wife’s affair through memory and invention. It’s a novel approach to narrative — how did you arrive at it?
Mary L.
Added 20.07.2013

The first time I encountered poet Dana Gioia was in 1991 when I read his controversial essay in The Atlantic Monthly, “Can Poetry Matter?” and then the book with that title that followed. Gioia has deeply influenced my own thinking about poetry, about literature and about work.

Added 19.06.2013
Journalists who left their native countries to report on the outside world find few things more distressing than the death throes of their profession. As today’s newspapers shrink, fold and “go digital”, television turns to entertainers and opinionators.
Added 31.05.2013

Robert Craft knew from an early age that his considerable musical gifts would never be quite enough to make him a great composer, conductor or performer.

Added 20.05.2013

Adventurous readers, myself included, make a practice of looking for talented new writers who are just waiting to be discovered. These solitary artists are often buried alive in the overcrowded publishing world, wondering if word-of-mouth will ever kick in.

Added 20.05.2013
None of us can say for certain how starvation might affect our behavior but I’m guessing that slow death by hunger is one of the most degrading ways to exit this life.
Added 02.02.2013

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