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Tzvi Daremblum Memorial Lecture: Jonathan Safran Foer and Leon Wieseltier in Conversation

Come here this New York Times bestselling author talk about what it means to be a Jewish writer in America today. How does the prize-winning and occasionally...
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Die letzten beiden Wörter im ersten kurzen Kapitel von DBK. Ich stelle mir vor, dass Jugendliche sie auf ihren T-Shirts stehen haben ([...]
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Literary masterpiece 'Infinite Jest' visualized in Google map

Literary masterpiece 'Infinite Jest' visualized in Google map | American Literature | Scoop.it
David Foster Wallace fans: Put down your copy of D.T. Max’s newly released
biography of the writer, Every Love Story Is A Ghost Story and c...

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Thomas Pynchon aka Robert Brenner on David Foster Wallace

I don’t normally do this sort of thing—write reviews, grant interviews, give readings, sign books, appear on talk shows, attend cocktail parties, accept awards, grant interviews, blurb covers—participate in the whole literary-industrial complex, the academic/critical circle jerk; I usually stay hunkered in my bunker, my own undisclosed location, typing away at my next telephone directory of a novel—J.D. Salinger makes fun of my social life—but in David’s case I must make an exception.

 

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Ideas at the House: Jonathan Safran Foer - What We Are and What We Eat, Festival of Dangerous Ideas

Our lust for cheap animal protein and the intensification of factory farming make the torture and degradation of living creatures an integral part of our die...
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NY Times: How Not to Be Alone

NY Times: How Not to Be Alone | American Literature | Scoop.it
Technology may make it easier to communicate electronically, but more difficult to do so emotionally.

 

Psychologists who study empathy and compassion are finding that unlike our almost instantaneous responses to physical pain, it takes time for the brain to comprehend the psychological and moral dimensions of a situation. The more distracted we become, and the more emphasis we place on speed at the expense of depth, the less likely and able we are to care...

 

Most of the time, most people are not crying in public, but everyone is always in need of something that another person can give, be it undivided attention, a kind word or deep empathy. There is no better use of a life than to be attentive to such needs. There are as many ways to do this as there are kinds of loneliness, but all of them require attentiveness, all of them require the hard work of emotional computation and corporeal compassion. All of them require the human processing of the only animal who risks “getting it wrong” and whose dreams provide shelters and vaccines and words to crying strangers.

 

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