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Betsy Robinson

“I’m sorry, but I don’t feel strongly enough about your mother’s book to do a blurb for it,” writes my author friend.

Corrie Hulse

A lucky few writers, who get so much publicity that they can take it or leave it, have made second careers of trashing the medium and any writer who uses it. This speech is for the rest of us.

Laura Scheriau

In this second edition of The Beat, our interview series with musicians, meet Justin Klump, an American folk-pop songwriter and guitarist living in Nashville, Tennessee.

Niki Singleton

"Drone Trouble" is a reaction to news in January 2014 of a possible U.S. bombing campaign to fight ISIS in the terrorist group's takeover of Fallujah. After two of the worst bombing campaigns in history in 2004, where the fallout from American use of white phosphorus has caused grave birth defects in infants and a four-fold rise in cancer among the civilian population, the anger around more U.S.

Ariell Cacciola

Blood Brothers
by Ernst Haffner
Translated from the German by Michael Hofmann
Other Press (2015), 165 pages

 

Laura Scheriau

The Mexican artist Salvador Diaz has gained international recognition with his three series: “Album de Familia,” “Diarios de Viaje y Desplazamiento,” and “Periodicos.” The world that he creates through this intelligent use of words and pictures is full of messages, some quite subtle and some very obvious, but more importantly, all true to his belief that art captures time.

Bridey Heing

Texas: The Great Theft
by Carmen Boullosa
Translated from the Spanish by Samantha Schnee
Deep Vellum Publishing (2015), 304 pages

 

Laura Scheriau

Over the past couple of years there has been an increased fascination with Disney characters–especially the princesses. This is partially due to the spate of releases that put heroines (princesses, not princes) front and center, including Brave and Frozen. The ladies are gaining interest thanks to some serious makeovers, from goth to hipster, pin-up to zombie, renaissance to urban. The results are most welcome.

Tim Fredrick

Writer's Notes is a series that invites writers to detail their projects at any stage in their process. Author Tim Fredrick discusses his short story collection We Regret to Inform You, and his approach to writing and collecting his own personal stories.

 

Marie Lamensch

On January 29, UNICEF released its most recent report detailing the plight of millions of children around the world. Afshan Khan, UNICEF director of emergency programs, spoke at the launch, making this point clear, “from deadly natural disasters to brutal conflicts and fast-spreading epidemics, children across the world are facing a new generation of humanitarian crises.”

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