Leïla Slimani on How to Read Your Way Through Paris

Leïla Slimani, winner of France’s Goncourt Prize, describes her Paris and recommends books that reveal hidden facets of the city.

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11 Small Ways You Can Help Mend the World

Our problems can feel big and overwhelming. Here are everyday ways to be part of the solution.

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A Daughter, Her Father and the Long-Gone Poet Who Brought Them Together

In her memoir “Also a Poet: Frank O’Hara, My Father, and Me,” Ada Calhoun set out to write a poet’s biography and found a connection to her father instead.

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Amanda Gorman Poem: Hymn for the Hurting

A new poem from Amanda Gorman, written after the tragedy in Uvalde, Texas.

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A Conversation With Ada Limón, in Six Poems

The award-winning poet shares how she stays open to wonder and beauty in a difficult world.

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In ‘The Letters of Thom Gunn,’ an Unusual Mix of Pleasures

Gunn was not a confessional poet, but he spilled his guts in rowdy, funny, filthy, intensely literate correspondence.

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Ada Limón Makes Poems for a Living

On tour for her sixth book, Limón talks about how poetry, in the end, is “just telling somebody something.” Listen to her read some of her work.

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The $10 Million Bob Dylan Center Opens Up His Songwriting Secrets

A new space in Tulsa, Okla., built to display Dylan’s vast archive, celebrates one of the world’s most elusive creators, and gives visitors a close-up look at notebooks and fan mail.

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There Are Many Russian Cultures. Be Careful What You Cancel.

Those who react to the war in Ukraine by canceling “everything Russian” are in danger of falling into a familiar brand of nationalist thinking.

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Searching for the Notorious Celebrity Book Stylist

In the name of personal branding, influencers might be paying someone to make them look like readers. But does a novel deserve more respect than a handbag?

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Why Jesus’ Resurrection on Easter Really Happened, and Why It Matters

How two poems inspire my Easter prayers.

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Ocean Vuong’s Reading List

“I feel truer to myself while reading than I do experiencing the world through my body — so any chance to read is ideal for me.”

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Review: ‘The Trayvon Generation,’ by Elizabeth Alexander

“The Trayvon Generation” traces the influences of racism and violence on American culture today.

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A Tiny Brontë Book, Lost for a Century, Resurfaces

A miniature book made by the 13-year-old Charlotte Brontë, to go on sale next month for $1.25 million, contains what may be her last unknown poems.

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17 New Nonfiction Books to Read This Season

Two journalists dive into George Floyd’s life and family; Viola Davis reflects on her career; a historian explores the brutal underpinnings of the British Empire; and more.

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Where Have All the Artist-Addicts Gone?

For much of the 20th century, before the dawn of our own wellness-focused era, madness and substance abuse were often considered prerequisites for great art.

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For a Ukrainian Poet, Putin’s War Is All Too Familiar

Ihor Kalynets, 83, spent a lifetime resisting Soviet domination. Now, he says, he’s not going anywhere.

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While Ukrainian Writers Read Poems, Russian Military Threatened Kyiv

Why are so many turning to poetry during this war?

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‘Ulysses’ Mirrors America’s Incomprehensible Politics

Concussion versus incomprehension.

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Poem: She Ties My Bow Tie

Love poems can be hard to read. But this one by Gabrielle Calvocoressi charms because of its delicate intimacy.

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Don’t, Like, Overanalyze Language

My hunch is we’re fine using informal wording.

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Amanda Gorman: The Hill We’re Still Climbing, a Year Later

The poet reflects on her experience at the inauguration ceremony and the life her poem — and this country — has lived since then.

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Tackling the Enduring Mysteries of Dante’s Life

“Dante: A Life,” an impressively researched new portrait by the Italian novelist and historian Alessandro Barbero, plumbs some of the perennial riddles in Dante studies and arrives at unconventional conclusions.

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A Story of Love and Obsession

At home with James Fenton, the English poet, journalist and critic, and Darryl Pinckney, the African American novelist and playwright, in their obsessively, deliriously embellished house in Harlem.

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Thomas Kinsella, Evocative, and Debated, Irish Poet, Dies at 93

His work — difficult and often contentious — was likened to the prose of James Joyce for its sense of place. He was also a translator of ancient texts, including the Tain Bo Cuailnge.

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Roman Kaplan, Restaurateur and Host for Soviet Exiles, Dies at 83

The Russian Samovar in Manhattan became a hub for artists and writers far from home, drawing eminent regulars like Joseph Brodsky and Mikhail Baryshnikov.

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Give Where You Live

Find the people doing good work in your own community and help them do it.

#charlottesville-va, #philanthropy, #poetry-and-poets, #women-and-girls

Tiny Love Stories: ‘A Child I’ll Never Meet’

Modern Love in miniature, featuring reader-submitted stories of no more than 100 words.

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Famed for Fiction, Jim Harrison Was Also a Poet of Prodigious Appetites

Pleasure and mortality are the twin themes of Harrison’s mammoth “Complete Poems,” spanning his career from his 1965 debut to his 2016 death.

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I Have a Handle on History. The Future Is a Different Story.

Try as we might, no one can really imagine what comes next.

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‘Dickinson’ on AppleTV+ Is Ending. But the Props Live On in Archives.

The Apple TV+ series “Dickinson” is donating scripts, props and other artifacts — including painstaking replicas of the poet’s manuscripts — to the Emily Dickinson Museum and Harvard University.

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The Best Poetry of 2021

The Book Review’s poetry columnist, Elisa Gabbert, picks her seven favorite collections of the year.

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Amanda Gorman, the Inaugural Poet Who Dreams of Writing Novels

“Novel writing was my original love, and I still hope to do it. I just typically can finish writing a single poem faster than I can an entire narrative book!”

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Amanda Gorman’s ‘Call Us What We Carry: Poems’ Review

Gorman’s latest poetry collection, “Call Us What We Carry,” offers reverence and effervescence, gravity and impishness, and poems that are focused, pithy and playfully heretical.

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Our 8 Favorite Books in 2021 for Healthy Living

This year’s Well Book List includes advice on how to change behavior, lower anxiety, cope with hardship and heal with poetry.

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How Alienation Became My Superpower

Feeling like an outsider can be painful. But it comes with secret gifts of perception.

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Robert Bly, Poet Who Gave Rise to a Men’s Movement, Dies at 94

His most famous, and most controversial, work was “Iron John: A Book About Men,” which made a case that American men had grown soft and feminized. It made him a cultural phenomenon.

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Raúl Rivero, Disenchanted Poet of the Cuban Revolution, Dies at 75

A leading journalistic voice who broke with the Castro regime, he gained wide recognition for his protests, was jailed as a dissident and went into exile.

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Lee Maracle, Combative Indigenous Author, Dies at 71

She collected signatures to persuade publishers that people would buy her books. She became a foundational figure in Indigenous literature.

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In Gaza, a Contentious Palestinian Professor Calmly Teaches Israeli Poetry

On social media, Refaat Alareer rages against Israel. In the lecture hall, he studiously analyzes the work of some of its leading poets — and surprises some of his students.

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How Hanif Abdurraqib Cuts Through the Noise

He is a National Book Award finalist for “A Little Devil in America,” but he has more books to write, more projects to take on and more s’mores to research.

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Etel Adnan, Lebanese American Author and Artist, Dies at 96

Her novel about a kidnapping in Lebanon has become a classic of war literature. She was in her 80s when her art started to draw international attention.

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Deep Underground, a Chinese Miner Discovered Poetry in the Toil

Chen Nianxi has risen to fame as a “migrant worker poet,” adding the voice of China’s often-invisible laborers to the cultural conversation.

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‘Dickinson’ Uses the Civil War to Explore Modern Divisions

The creator Alena Smith had planned to set the final season during the conflict. “What we did not know was that there would be a pandemic, and that it would have echoes of the Civil War,” she said.

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Some Hear Grammar Don’ts. I Hear the Future of English.

Our language is a feast for the linguist’s ear.

#grammar, #internal-sub-only-nl, #language-and-languages, #poetry-and-poets, #pronouns

The Resilient Beauty of Flowers

Flowers testify to life’s transience, but they are also rugged emblems of resilience.

#beauty-concept, #flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #philosophy, #poetry-and-poets

‘Thoughts of a Colored Man,’ From University to Broadway

The playwright Keenan Scott II, the director Steve H. Broadnax III and others discuss how “a timeless piece” for Black actors has evolved over 15 years.

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Ashley M. Jones Is Named Poet Laureate in Alabama

Ashley M. Jones, whose latest collection is called “Reparations Now!,” is unflinching in her criticism of those in power and the myriad inequalities in American life.

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The Creative Collectives Finding Strength in Numbers

Born out of the American civil rights movement, Black artists’ coalitions thrived in the 1960s and ’70s. Now, a new generation is discovering their power.

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Finalists Announced for This Year’s National Book Awards

Five books are now shortlisted for each of the five categories: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translated literature and young people’s literature. Winners will be named in November.

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