WHEN WE SPEAK OF BOOKS, we mostly speak of them as one of two things: an object, made up of surfaces and contours and textures, or as a vehicle for ideas. We rarely pause to consider the interior design of a book, unless of course it is a book that draws attention with smart graphic […]
Author J.C. Hallman says, “A contradictory set of truths about books and publishing in the abstract: don’t repeat yourself, and don’t write books that are too different from one another. Other writers will pillory you for the first, and publishers will be more than happy to pigeonhole you from the moment you achieve anything like success.”
Tara Betts is the author of Arc and Hue. She teaches at Rutgers University and leads community-based workshops. Her work has been published in Essence, Bum Rush the Page, Gathering Ground and both Spoken Word Revolution anthologies.
Over 65 years after the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, primary sources are vanishing; there are now only around 5,000 Holocaust survivors alive in the UK. . . . there’s a sense that writers of the second and third generation are beginning to tire of the Shoah.
After 30 years of detective work and eye-strain, Dubliners Danis Rose and John O’Hanlon have produced a corrected version of “Finnegans Wake.” They attribute the mistakes to James Joyce’s failing eyesight. . .
There’s been an ongoing controversy about El Museo del Barrio in New York City and their literary program “Spic up/Speak Out.” However, a few brave Latino artists and activists argued the El Museo del Barrio crossed the line and goes against the very reasons why the museum was initially founded in the first place.
Six years ago, when violence was the order of the day here, Elias Khoury’s 20-year-old son, George, was killed in a Palestinian terrorist attack. The Khourys are Palestinian and so are the killers, who said “sorry . . . we assumed the jogger was a Jew.”
J.D. Salinger was a reclusive (and controversial) writer during his lifetime and his death only served to catapult him into an even more mythic (albeit perhaps more of an anti-hero) status. So, what do you think about Salinger’s death? Did you read his famous novel? How do you think Salinger’s life and legacy in words will be remembered and documented in the coming days?