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Stalin's Poetry
Before he became a Bolshevik revolutionary and the leader of the Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin was a promising poet. Literary career[edit] Like all Georgian children, Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili who would later call himself Stalin grew up with the nation… [+2385 chars]
Contributors to Wikimedia projects
2019-09-29 21:18:18

Ric Ocasek, New Wave Rock Visionary and Cars Co-Founder, Is Dead at 75
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee updated classic sounds for a broader pop audience, making polished songs with sonic depth.
After the Cars broke up in the late 1980s, Mr. Ocasek released solo albums and worked as a record executive and as a producer for bands that he admired like the punk-era pioneers Suicide and Bad Brains and that were admirers of the Cars, including Weezer, Bad… [+828 chars]
Jon Pareles
2019-09-16 02:34:07

Ayman Odeh: We Are Ending Netanyahu’s Grip on Israel
The leader of the Arab Joint List explains why it will use its power to help make Benny Gantz prime minister of Israel.
The morning after the exclusionary nation state law was passed, I drove my children to school and thought about raising them in a country that has repeatedly rejected Arab Palestinian children. Israeli governments have made this rejection clear time and again… [+1136 chars]
Ayman Odeh
2019-09-22 15:33:34

The 2019 National Book Awards Longlist: Poetry
Many of this year’s choices are inflected with a sense of political urgency and emergency, and all the poets on the list are first-time contenders.
This week, The New Yorker will be announcing the longlists for the 2019 National Book Awards. This morning, we present the ten contenders in the category of Poetry. Earlier this week, we shared the lists in the categories of Young Peoples Literature and Trans… [+2234 chars]
The New Yorker
2019-09-18 14:30:00

How the ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Costume Designer Spends Her Sundays
Donna Zakowska surrounds herself with vintage garments and accessories, dreaming up outfits for retro characters (and puppets).
CHAT, COLLAB When Im not doing television, Roman and I collaborate on theater pieces for his company, Dead Puppet. Sunday morning is the first time I get to talk to him all week, so breakfast chatter is chock-full of whatever creative thing were planning. One… [+1403 chars]
Paige Darrah
2019-09-22 10:55:41

This poet writes for a generation searching for validation on their phones
There is a moment, right after posting a picture on Instagram, when my heart pounds with expectation. For a fleeting moment, I'm not 31-year-old me, but 13-year-old Rachel — embarrassed, self-conscious, craving acceptance from anyone who'll give it to me. The…
There is a moment, right after posting a picture on Instagram, when my heart pounds with expectation.  For a fleeting moment, I'm not 31-year-old me, but 13-year-old Rachel embarrassed, self-conscious, craving acceptance from anyone who'll give it to me.  T… [+6773 chars]
Rachel Thompson
2019-10-10 05:00:00

Shelley on Poetry and the Art of Seeing
"Poetry... reproduces the common universe of which we are portions and percipients, and it purges from our inward sight the film of familiarity which obscures from us the wonder of our being."
We hear and apprehend only what we already half know,” Thoreau wrote in contemplating the crucial difference between knowing and seeing. To apprehend reality unblinded by our preconceptions, to truly see rather than pre-know, takes a special receptivity, a sp… [+2717 chars]
Maria Popova
2019-09-30 17:36:05

“Pittsburgh,” by Ed Skoog
Poetry by Ed Skoog: “Clouds are in a composition useful / to fill space around the invisible.”
Audio: Read by the author. isnt there anymore rode by iton the gray horse and insteada place where they go sick a place of only mist To properly understand the twelvePittsburghs of the heart but nothing to grasp or die forand when the adults told me to c… [+1513 chars]
Ed Skoog
2019-10-14 09:00:00

Reginald Dwayne Betts’s Poetry After Prison
Dan Chiasson reviews “Felon,” Betts’s third collection, which upsets the narrative of incarceration and redemption.
The ghazal, a traditional Arabic poetic form, was carried into English in the nineteen-sixties, and enjoyed a vogue among American poets several decades later. It is intricate and tangledthe word ghazal relates to the Arabic word for threadbut it tends to thr… [+7560 chars]
Dan Chiasson
2019-10-07 09:00:00

Brazil’s Outspoken Daniela Mercury Is a Swirl of Ideas and Songs
At 54, the singer and dancer has been courting controversy and shifting her sound. This week she comes to Sony Hall in Manhattan.
With fans loyalty assured, Mercury is experimenting with purer musical forms. Her electropop sound is mostly gone. On a 2016 tour she even stripped her hits to voice and acoustic guitar, revealing the poetry that was sometimes overpowered by the beats. Mean… [+1606 chars]
James Gavin
2019-09-16 16:37:12

“First Person,” by Eliza Griswold
Poetry by Eliza Griswold: A poet’s “I” is not herself.
After I left the land of wine-soaked solace,she sought another kind of chaos. Insisting on sadness, on seeking the worldas it is, she called Dionysus, the morning after,bits of mysterious skin in his tannin-stained teethvegetable, animal, grape, human; th… [+232 chars]
Eliza Griswold
2019-09-16 09:00:00

“Presidents’ Day,” by Louise Glück
Poetry by Louise Glück: “Some / principle is at work, I thought.”
Lots of good-natured sunshine everywheremaking the snow glitterquitelifelike, I thought, niceto see that again; my handswere almost warm. Someprinciple is at work, I thought:commendable, taking an interestin human life, but to be safeI threw some snow over my… [+355 chars]
Louise Glück
2019-10-07 09:00:00

“The Climate,” by Annelyse Gelman
Poetry by Annelyse Gelman: “It was like watching a wave approach / from a great distance.”
Audio: Read by the author. It was like watching a wave approachfrom a great distance, so great that at first it is not a wave at all, buta mere horizon, static and singular, so that one, it being possible, presumably,to avail oneself of the diversions of … [+858 chars]
Annelyse Gelman
2019-09-23 09:00:00

“Angela Hackett, ‘Lemons on a Moorish Plate,’ 2013,” by Ciaran Carson
Poetry by Ciaran Carson: “How long does it take, we wondered, for a lemon / To completely rot?”
Wed been talking about how back in the day wed nothing much of anything,Though what there was to wearthe uniform!was too big. The sleevesDrooped well below the fingertips. It gave you room to grow into. Years loomed.Day after day, summer after summer, days we… [+2907 chars]
Ciaran Carson
2019-09-30 09:00:00

“Ode on Words for Parties (American Edition),” by Barbara Hamby
Poetry by Barbara Hamby: “Shindig, bash, / meet-and-greets, raves, blowouts, barbecues, / and more tepid functions, receptions, luncheons.”
Audio: Read by the author. Why do we have so many words for parties, a slewof them once you start looking: shindig, bash,meet-and-greets, raves, blowouts, barbecues,and more tepid functions, receptions, luncheons, and dosof all kinds, though, lets face it, m… [+3467 chars]
Barbara Hamby
2019-09-30 09:00:00

“Poem of Names,” by Robert Pinsky
Poetry by Robert Pinsky: “The chains of begats and births, the chains of names / Are meaning itself.”
Audio: Read by the author. The chains of begats and births, the chains of namesAre meaning itself. The chains of deaths and doings. The black rain fell on Osamu Shimomura.On the walk home it turned his white shirt black.My grandmother got me quickly into a … [+2291 chars]
Robert Pinsky
2019-10-07 09:00:00

“On Friendship,” by Henri Cole
Poetry by Henri Cole: “In loneliness, I fear me, but in society I’m like a soldier / kneeling on soft mats.”
Audio: Read by the author. Lately, remembering anything involves an abilityto forget something else. Watching the news,I writhe and moan; my mind is not itself.Lying next to a begonia from which black ants come and go,I drink a vodka. Night falls. This seems… [+460 chars]
Henri Cole
2019-09-23 09:00:00

How Kamala Harris Can Make a Comeback
The Democratic field is still flawed.
Harris remains an important candidate because the Democratic field remains flawed. And if you see Trump as a threat to Americas interests which he is you should at this point be rooting for as many strong potential nominees as possible. (Thats why Id also wel… [+2100 chars]
David Leonhardt
2019-09-16 00:17:07

Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo Share Booker Prize
The judges rebelled against the literary prize’s rules and awarded it to “The Testaments” and “Girl, Woman, Other.”
Evaristo, an experimental writer who is well established in Britain but not widely known internationally, is a more surprising choice. In her eight works of fiction, Evaristo, who was born in London in 1959 to a white English mother and a Nigerian father, oft… [+2066 chars]
Alex Marshall and Alexandra Alter
2019-10-14 20:51:57

Through the Lens of Photographer Sarah Seené
Gifted with genuine sensitivity, Montreal-based artist Sarah Seené makes light and emotions her main allies. Whether working with film photography or Polaroid, immortalizing natural landscapes or faces, her works stay ethereal and captivating. To browse throu…
Gifted with genuine sensitivity, Montreal-based artist Sarah Seené makes light and emotions her main allies. Whether working with film photography or Polaroid, immortalizing natural landscapes or faces, her works stay ethereal and captivating. To browse throu… [+3187 chars]
2019-10-02 16:00:52
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