Literature

Shaun Randol

On the closing day of PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, I had front row seats to listen to two giants of the literary world, Harold Bloom and Wole Soyinka. Both events took place in the exquisite Beaux-Arts Celeste Bartos Forum at that temple of the book, the New York Public Library.

Shaun Randol

Short of traveling the world, the best way to learn about other people and cultures is through literature. Yes, yes, yes… the news, nonfiction, movies, and other media are fine conduits for showing us glimpses into the lives of others. But nothing delves into the essential psychology of people like literature does. Nothing can get into the hearts and minds of the beautiful and dastardly people of this world like good fiction.

Shaun Randol

I’ll be the first to admit that the Brainwave: The Dreamers event sounded a bit hokey. Things didn’t start out so well at the (awesome) Rubin Museum when I ordered a gin & tonic in the stylish K2 Lounge. “Is that a drink?” my server replied. She returned ten minutes later and served me the crisp beverage … in a wine glass.

Shaun Randol

Day three of PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature. Event number four for me, at a fourth location. One of the joys of this weeklong event is discovering new and unusual places. So far I’ve been in the sexy Standard Hotel, the very cool Chelsea Lighthouse, an old gymnasium in Little Italy, and now the charming Greenwich House Music School—all new to me. Looking ahead, I’m scheduled to cover six more events in six more locations.

Shaun Randol

While I have gleefully immersed myself in his nonfiction and long-form essays, I have not read The Broom of the System, Infinite Jest, or The Pale King.

J. K. Fowler

Event: Opening Night: Written on Water, PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature 2011 Date: 04/25/2011 Time: 7:30PM Panel: Gioconda Belli, Iva Bittová, Mircea Cărtărescu, Deborah Eisenberg, Evan Fallenberg, Malcolm Gladwell, Hanif Kureishi, Andrea Levy, Agi Mishol, Amélie Nothomb, Salman Rushdie, and Wallace Shawn Location: The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers, Pier 61, W.

Shaun Randol

PEN American Center is taking it up a couple of notches this year.

J. K. Fowler

Event: Festival of New French Writing Date: 02/25/11 Time: 7:30PM Panel: Atiq Rahimi, Russell Banks. Moderated by Lila Azam Zanganeh. Location: 100 Washington Square East, Silver Center Website: http://frenchwritingfestival.com/ New York City: Silver Center, NYU. Event 5 of the Festival of New French Writing.

J. K. Fowler

On the 25th of February 2011, I got a chance to sit down with Atiq Rahimi, world-renowned author of Earth and Ashes, The Patience Stone, and A Thousand Rooms of Dream and Fea

Vicente Garcia Groyon

The ongoing hubbub in the United States over the expunging of the word nigger from a new edition of Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn draws attention yet again to contentious and long-standing debates relating to race and racism, free speech and censorship,  and education and enculturation, among others.

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