Make a Poem From Newspaper

A cento is a poem written using borrowed lines, like ones from this publication. Don’t forget to give credit.

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Pedophile Scandal Can’t Crack the Closed Circles of Literary France

The scandal surrounding the writer Gabriel Matzneff was not limited to his pedophilia. It also opened a window on the entrenched and clubby nature of many of France’s elite institutions.

#awards-decorations-and-honors, #book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #conflicts-of-interest, #editions-gallimard, #france, #giudicelli-christian, #matzneff-gabriel, #prix-renaudot, #sex-crimes, #writing-and-writers

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Claudia Rankine Wishes More Writers Thought About Whiteness

“Racist ideas continue to shape our consciousness.”

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Do You Have a Conflict of Interest? This Robotic Assistant May Find It First

They can’t detect all conflicts, but new computer programs serve as guard rails when scientists and publishers fail to self-police.

#academic-and-scientific-journals, #artificial-intelligence, #computers-and-the-internet, #conflicts-of-interest, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #research, #writing-and-writers, #your-feed-science

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‘Muslim Women Are Everything’ Turns the Page on Stereotypes

Dr. Seema Yasmin’s book, born from her frustration with narrow, one-sided narratives about Muslim women, breaks apart tired old tropes.

#discrimination, #muslim-veiling, #muslim-women-are-everything-stereotype-shattering-stories-of-courage-inspiration-and-adventure-book, #muslims-and-islam, #women-and-girls, #writing-and-writers, #yasmin-seema

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Jan Morris, a Distinctive Guide Who Took Readers Around the World

Morris, who died on Friday at 94, was an inveterate traveler who wrote acclaimed books about Venice, Hong Kong, New York and many other places.

#books-and-literature, #morris-jan-1926, #writing-and-writers

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Jan Myrdal, Swedish Author and Provocateur, Dies at 93

His father and mother were both Nobel winners. His most famous book was about how badly they had treated him.

#books-and-literature, #childhood-1982-book, #deaths-obituaries, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #myrdal-jan, #politics-and-government, #writing-and-writers

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Presidential Memoirs Don’t Always Take This Long to Write

Barack Obama’s new book, “A Promised Land,” arrived nearly four years after he left the White House. A look at how he and other presidents approached their memoirs offers some clues about the timing.

#a-promised-land-book, #book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #obama-barack, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #writing-and-writers

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Jan Morris, Celebrated Writer of Place and History, Is Dead at 94

In more than four dozen books, Morris explored foreign lands, her own Britain and her experience as a transgender woman.

#books-and-literature, #deaths-obituaries, #great-britain, #morris-jan-1926, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #writing-and-writers

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Booker Prize 2020: Douglas Stuart Wins for ‘Shuggie Bain’

The autobiographical novel, about the lonely gay son of an alcoholic mother in 1980s Scotland, was one of four debut books in this year’s shortlist.

#awards-decorations-and-honors, #books-and-literature, #man-booker-prize, #shuggie-bain-book, #stuart-douglas-author, #writing-and-writers

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Jill Paton Walsh, Multigenerational Writer, Dies at 83

Her books for young readers had won acclaim when, in 1994, one for adults made the Booker Prize shortlist — but only after she had resorted to publishing it herself.

#book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #deaths-obituaries, #knowledge-of-angels-book, #man-booker-prize, #sayers-dorothy-l, #walsh-jill-paton, #writing-and-writers

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2020 National Book Award Winners: Full List

The nonfiction prize went to Les Payne and Tamara Payne for “The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X.” The crime novelist Walter Mosley received a lifetime achievement award.

#awards-decorations-and-honors, #books-and-literature, #national-book-awards, #national-book-foundation, #writing-and-writers

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A Trump Memoir Would Sell. Will Publishers Buy It?

Some publishing executives worry their authors and staff might rebel, but they say their bigger concern would be ensuring the book’s accuracy.

#book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #writing-and-writers

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Rachel Bloom’s Life Is an Open Book

The star and co-creator of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” wryly explores adolescent angst, adult trauma and musical theater in a new memoir, “I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are.”

#bloom-rachel-leah-1987, #books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #crazy-ex-girlfriend-tv-program, #i-want-to-be-where-the-normal-people-are-book, #television, #writing-and-writers

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After a Writing Break, She Returned as a Booker Finalist

Tsitsi Dangarembga’s debut novel, “Nervous Conditions,” made her part of the African literary canon. Decades later, “This Mournable Body” has made her a contender for one of the world’s top book prizes.

#africa, #books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #dangarembga-tsitsi, #harare-zimbabwe, #man-booker-prize, #nervous-conditions-book, #the-book-of-not-book, #this-mournable-body-a-novel-book, #writing-and-writers, #zimbabwe

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When It Comes to Living With Uncertainty, Michael J. Fox Is a Pro

In his fourth memoir, “No Time Like the Future,” the actor and activist opens up about his newfound, uniquely upbeat brand of pessimism.

#actors-and-actresses, #books-and-literature, #celebrities, #content-type-personal-profile, #fox-michael-j, #no-time-like-the-future-an-optimist-considers-mortality-book, #parkinsons-disease, #writing-and-writers

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The Work Diary of Blair Imani, ‘Herstory’ Historian

Her “Smarter in Seconds” Instagram videos feature bite-size lessons — and a kaleidoscopic array of hijabs.

#imani-blair, #instagram-inc, #los-angeles-calif, #making-our-way-home-the-great-migraton-and-the-black-american-dream-book, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #race-and-ethnicity, #social-media, #writing-and-writers

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Israel Horovitz, Playwright Tarnished by Abuse Allegations, Dies at 81

Mr. Horovitz found success Off Broadway, working with actors who later became household names, but he was also accused by multiple women of a pattern of sexual misconduct and assault.

#deaths-obituaries, #gloucester-stage-co, #horovitz-israel, #sex-crimes, #sexual-harassment, #theater, #writing-and-writers

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A Naked Statue for a Feminist Hero?

Newspaper columnists and social media users are furious about a new statue dedicated to Mary Wollstonecraft in London. But they’re missing the point.

#hambling-maggi, #london-england, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #sculpture, #wollstonecraft-mary, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights, #writing-and-writers

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How ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’ Foretold Our Era of Grifting

On the eve of yet another screen adaptation, Patricia Highsmith’s mordant 1955 tale of calculated self-invention feels as relevant as ever.

#books-and-literature, #frauds-and-swindling, #highsmith-patricia, #impostors-criminal, #movies, #the-talented-mr-ripley-book, #writing-and-writers

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The ‘Detective Work’ Behind a War Novel

Maaza Mengiste spent years on “The Shadow King,” not only writing but also learning Italian, living in Rome and amassing an archive of historical photography that informed her book.

#archives-and-records, #books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #ethiopia, #italy, #man-booker-prize, #mengiste-maaza, #photography, #research, #the-shadow-king-book, #writing-and-writers

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How ‘Catcher in the Rye’ Influenced Lenny Kravitz’s Memoir

“It helped me reshuffle things in my head and how I wanted to speak.”

#books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #kravitz-lenny, #music, #pop-and-rock-music, #writing-and-writers

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Jeffrey Toobin Is Fired by The New Yorker

The star journalist exposed himself on a video conference call last month. “We take workplace matters seriously,” a Condé Nast executive said.

#cnn, #conde-nast-publications-inc, #indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #new-yorker, #news-and-news-media, #sexual-harassment, #toobin-jeffrey, #workplace-hazards-and-violations, #writing-and-writers

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Jon Meacham, Presidential Historian, Helps Shape the Words of Joe Biden

Jon Meacham, best known for writing about past presidents like Andrew Jackson and George Bush, has helped shape some of Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s most significant speeches.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #meacham-jon, #msnbc, #presidential-election-of-2020, #speeches-and-statements, #united-states-politics-and-government, #writing-and-writers

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‘The Power of Adrienne Rich’ Captures a Forceful and Complicated Poet

Hilary Holladay’s biography examines the upbringing, poems, and political and sexual awakenings of the vital and influential writer.

#books-and-literature, #holladay-hilary, #poetry-and-poets, #rich-adrienne, #the-power-of-adrienne-rich-a-biography-book, #writing-and-writers

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Short Stories Need a Defender. She’s Ready.

Danielle Evans talks about “The Office of Historical Corrections,” a “slightly weirder” book than her last, and the comfort of not being the only Black writer in the conversation.

#black-people, #books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #evans-danielle, #race-and-ethnicity, #the-office-of-historical-corrections-a-novella-and-stories-book, #writing-and-writers

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Seymour Topping, Former Times Journalist and Eyewitness to History, Dies at 98

He was one of the most accomplished foreign correspondents of his generation and a newsroom leader under the renowned executive editor A.M. Rosenthal.

#columbia-university, #deaths-obituaries, #journalism-schools, #new-york-times, #newspapers, #rosenthal-a-m, #topping-seymour, #writing-and-writers

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Robert Sam Anson, ‘Bare-Knuckled’ Magazine Writer, Dies at 75

He covered wars, politics and brash, complicated men — like himself. His profile subjects included Oliver Stone, Tupac Shakur and David Geffen.

#anson-robert-sam, #books-and-literature, #deaths-obituaries, #magazines, #news-and-news-media, #vanity-fair, #writing-and-writers

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4 Books Fareed Zakaria Recommends for Today’s Political Moment

Alexis de Tocqueville’s “Democracy in America” is on the list: “Still the best book ever written about this country.”

#books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #writing-and-writers, #zakaria-fareed

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On ‘Sway,’ Kara Swisher Talks With Author Jeff VanderMeer

So why is Jeff VanderMeer so hopeful? The author of “Annihilation” on seeing our world as strange, wonderful—and worth saving.

#annihilation-book, #borne-book, #florida, #global-warming, #science-fiction, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vandermeer-jeff, #writing-and-writers

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Watching Writers Pace the Streets, and Seeing Symptoms of Social Ills

In “The Walker,” Matthew Beaumont profiles some of literature’s most obsessive pedestrians to analyze their troubled relationships to their eras.

#beaumont-matthew-author, #books-and-literature, #the-walker-on-losing-and-finding-yourself-in-the-modern-city-book, #walking, #writing-and-writers

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When a Dance Collective Was Like a Rock Band

Wendy Perron’s book about the Grand Union explores this group of improvisers, who could transform “almost nothing” into “an unforgettable something.”

#banes-sally-1950-2020, #books-and-literature, #dancing, #gordon-david, #judson-dance-theater, #paxton-steve-1939, #perron-wendy, #rainer-yvonne, #the-grand-union-accidental-anarchists-of-downtown-dance-1970-1976-book, #writing-and-writers

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City Pages, the Alt-Weekly Where Music Writing Reigned Supreme

The Minneapolis newspaper, which closed last week after four decades, was a home and a launchpad for a generation of pop journalists.

#city-pages, #minneapolis-minn, #music, #news-and-news-media, #newspapers, #writing-and-writers

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Dwight Garner Shares From His Stash of Other Writers’ Words

In an excerpt from his new book, “Garner’s Quotations: A Modern Miscellany,” the Times critic explains why he’s hoarded favorite lines for nearly 40 years and why he’s sharing some with readers now.

#books-and-literature, #garners-quotations-a-modern-miscellany-book, #quotations-and-proverbs, #writing-and-writers

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She’s Moved From the Upper East Side to ‘Cobble Hill’

Cecily von Ziegesar, the author of “Gossip Girl,” is going for an adult, possibly Brooklyn-based audience in her new novel, but there will still be drama.

#alloy-entertainment, #books-and-literature, #brooklyn-nyc, #cobble-hill-a-novel-book, #content-type-personal-profile, #gossip-girl-book, #gossip-girl-tv-program, #television, #upper-east-side-manhattan-ny, #von-ziegesar-cecily, #writing-and-writers

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Dan Baum, Journalist, Author and Long-Form Tweeter, Dies at 64

He was a Twitter pioneer in writing at length, 140 characters at a time, about losing his job at The New Yorker. He wrote an admired book on New Orleans.

#baum-dan, #books-and-literature, #deaths-obituaries, #new-orleans-la, #new-yorker, #news-and-news-media, #nine-lives-death-and-life-in-new-orleans-book, #twitter, #writing-and-writers

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How Trump Destroyed American Culture

How this president invaded our brains and destroyed American culture.

#art, #book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #presidential-election-of-2020, #theater, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #writing-and-writers

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Steve Martin Likes Books in the ‘I Can’t Put This Down’ Genre

“Bookstores could easily have only two sections, ‘Riveting’ and ‘Kinda Boring.’”

#books-and-literature, #martin-steve, #writing-and-writers

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Diane di Prima, Poet of the Beat Era and Beyond, Dies at 86

She traveled in the circles of Ginsberg and Ferlinghetti, a rare female voice in a male world, and went on to a long, prolific career in poetry.

#books-and-literature, #deaths-obituaries, #di-prima-diane, #poetry-and-poets, #writing-and-writers

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The Music Biographer Peter Guralnick’s New Book Covers Many Subjects — Including Himself

“Looking to Get Lost” features writing by the acclaimed biographer about Ray Charles, Merle Haggard and others, as well as about his own life and career.

#books-and-literature, #guralnick-peter, #looking-to-get-lost-adventures-in-music-and-writing-book, #music, #writing-and-writers

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The Essential Agatha Christie

Whether you want to be scared, shocked or stumped, we will help you pick your poison. Strychnine-laced cocoa, anyone?

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Martin Amis Is Committed to the Pleasure Principle in Books

“In plainer terms, we read literature to have a good time.”

#amis-martin, #books-and-literature, #writing-and-writers

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Michelle Obama’s ‘Becoming’ Editor Starts Her Own Publishing Firm

Molly Stern, the former publisher of Crown, is starting Zando, an independent publishing company with an unusual marketing strategy.

#book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #penguin-random-house, #stern-molly, #writing-and-writers, #zando

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‘I Came From Nothing’: An Undocumented Writer Defies the Odds

Karla Cornejo Villavicencio, a National Book Award finalist for “The Undocumented Americans,” talks immigration, her unconventional approach to nonfiction and why impostor syndrome doesn’t faze her.

#books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #national-book-awards, #the-undocumented-americans-book, #villavicencio-karla-cornejo, #writing-and-writers

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Martin Amis Offers the ‘Inside Story’ of His Relationships With Three Famous Writers

Amis’s new book is a “novelized autobiography” in which he writes warmly and familiarly about Philip Larkin, Saul Bellow and Christopher Hitchens.

#amis-martin, #books-and-literature, #inside-story-book, #writing-and-writers

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The Encroachment of the Unsayable

Our compromised liberalism has left a generation of writers weighing their words in fear.

#charlie-hebdo, #france, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #hitchens-christopher, #liberalism-us-politics, #netherlands, #packer-george, #pen-american-center, #vanity-fair, #writing-and-writers

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What Bryan Washington Is Cooking

His literary interests include Houston, Osaka, food and the transitory periods in personal relationships. In his debut novel, “Memorial,” he documents all four.

#books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #houston-tex, #lot-stories-book, #memorial-book, #osaka-japan, #washington-bryan-author, #writing-and-writers

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The Comforts of Clutter

Objects saved and accumulated can be a balm for uncertain times.

#california, #immigration-and-emigration, #morocco, #orderliness-and-clutter, #writing-and-writers, #your-feed-selfcare

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Ben Brantley on Shutting the Stage Door Behind Him

After 27 years and more than 2,500 reviews, The Times’s co-chief theater critic reviews his own tenure and talks about why he’s (quietly) making an exit.

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The Poet Louise Glück Talks About Winning the Nobel Prize in Literature

“It seemed to be extremely unlikely that I would ever have this particular event to deal with in my life.”

#books-and-literature, #gluck-louise, #nobel-prizes, #poetry-and-poets, #writing-and-writers

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