Category Archives: LITERATURE

Charlie Hebdo Deserves the PEN American Freedom of Expression Courage Award

In circulation is a petition in which members of PEN are disassociating themselves from the decision of the PEN American Center to honor the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, with the Freedom of Expression Courage Award. By the most recent count, … Continue reading

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Ikkyu Sojun: Poet for Our Times

It should not have surprised me that the translator of Crow With No Mouth, Stephen Berg, had previously been awarded the Frank O’Hara Memorial Prize. Berg’s decision to compile couplets composed by the 15th century Zen master and poet Ikkyu Sojun strikes … Continue reading

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The Necessity of Narrative, or, Jorie Graham as Historiographer

When was the last time you took a really, really long drive? The kind for which you psych yourself up, orchestrating strategically timed distractions: mix tapes, playlists, rest stops, underwhelming roadside “attractions,” and forced meals. And don’t you always, way sooner … Continue reading

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