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Ten Great Writers Nobody Reads

Ten Great Writers Nobody Reads | Literatures | Scoop.it
No one will read your book. This isn’t an insult. It’s a statistical fact. For an example that’s depressing on many levels, take Bill O’Reilly and Martin
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Robert Rauschenberg and the subversive language of junk

Robert Rauschenberg and the subversive language of junk | Literatures | Scoop.it
With their lightbulbs, chairs and signs from the street, Rauschenberg’s sculptures reshaped art in the 20th century
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Qiú Jǐn, poétesse féministe et révolutionnaire

Qiú Jǐn, poétesse féministe et révolutionnaire | Literatures | Scoop.it
Qiú Jǐn (1875 - 1907) est une poétesse chinoise, connue pour ses engagements féministes et révolutionnaires et considérée comme une héroïne majeure en Chine. Fille de fonctionnaires originaires de la ville de Shaoxing (à l'est de la Chine), Qiú Jǐn nait le 8 novembre 1875. On connait peu de choses de sa vie jusqu'à son…
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Something in the Blood, Part 3 – The Paris Review

Something in the Blood, Part 3 – The Paris Review | Literatures | Scoop.it
“Sometimes a word or a phrase of yours … places me in an ideal land surrounded by realities more than any poem I ever read.”
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He said, she said: Gore Vidal documentary is refreshing insight to current election

He said, she said: Gore Vidal documentary is refreshing insight to current election | Literatures | Scoop.it
“Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia” examines the life of one of America’s most controversial writers and intellectuals.MICHELLE: It’s not that I hate elections or political controversy. In fact, I love them. B
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Top 10 books about borders

Top 10 books about borders | Literatures | Scoop.it
From Bruce Chatwin to Cormac McCarthy, these are some of the best stories about what happens when boundaries – physical, political and psychological – are crossed
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Bob Dylan and Allen Ginsberg Visit the Grave of Jack Kerouac (1975) Open Culture

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Riding the rails back to Kerouac’s grime-bedecked city

Riding the rails back to Kerouac’s grime-bedecked city | Literatures | Scoop.it
Riding the rails back to Kerouac’s grime-bedecked city A touch of autumn in the air, a clarity of light, warm days giving way to the first rains of the season to remind us that winter is on the way. David Demaree, who used to live on Precita Avenue at the foot of Bernal Heights, brought a Kerouac piece to my attention. There was a little alley in San Francisco back of the Southern Pacific station at Third and Townsend in redbrick of drowsy lazy afternoons with everybody at work in offices in the air you feel the impending rush of their commuter frenzy as soon they’ll be charging en masse from Market and Sansome buildings on foot and in buses and all well dressed thru workingman Frisco of Walkup?? truck drivers and even the poor grime-bemarked Third Street of lost bums even Negroes as hopeless and long left East and meanings of responsibility and try and now all they do is stand there spitting in the broken glass sometimes fifty in one afternoon at Third and Howard and here’s all those Millbrae and San Carlos neat-necktied producers and commuters of America and Steel civilization rushing by with San Francisco Chronicles and green Call-Bulletins and not even enough time to be disdainful they’ve got to catch 130, 132, 134, 136 all the way up to 146 till the time of evening supper in homes of the railroad earth when high in the sky the magic stars ride above the following hotshot freight trains — it’s all in California ... Like the sentence itself, the piece goes on for awhile, life with the bums in flophouses and freight trains and fights in bars. Written back in 1952 or so when Kerouac was in San Francisco and worked as a brakeman on the railroad and lived in a flophouse hotel on Skid Row, Third and Howard. “October in the Railroad Earth” is a minor classic from the Beat Generation. Kerouac was experimenting with writing in a stream of consciousness, no punctuation, trying to catch life in the city. Gerald Nicosia, who wrote an acclaimed biography of Kerouac, thinks “October in the Railroad Earth” should be read aloud to catch the sound of it. [...] that moment was more than 60 Octobers ago: hotshot freight trains, commuters in neckties. A day after I reread “October in the Railroad Earth” I took a walk; I had heard about the most expensive restaurant in San Francisco, and I found it in Mint Plaza, a Japanese place, where the top-of-the-line dinner is $500 a person, not including tax or tip. The man in the suit got on his cell phone and called for an ambulance.
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Bob Dylan, prix Nobel : les nouvelles voies de la littérature ?

Bob Dylan, prix Nobel : les nouvelles voies de la littérature ? | Literatures | Scoop.it
C’est une surprise. Hier, l’académie suédoise a choisi de récompenser le musicien et poète américain Bob Dylan.
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Book review: Apocalypse Now Redux.Things That Can and Cannot be Said  by Arundhati Roy & John Cusack ...

Book review: Apocalypse Now Redux.Things That Can and Cannot be Said  by Arundhati Roy & John Cusack ... | Literatures | Scoop.it
An engaging, if somewhat freewheeling, political critique of the times we live in.
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“Random Family,” Ten Years On: An Interview with Adrian Nicole LeBlanc - The New Yorker

“Random Family,” Ten Years On: An Interview with Adrian Nicole LeBlanc - The New Yorker | Literatures | Scoop.it
How did she shape a decade of reporting into a coherent narrative? We chose a few memorable passages and asked LeBlanc to tell us about them.
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The Diary of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate Self-Portrait

The Diary of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate Self-Portrait | Literatures | Scoop.it
As the Día de Muertos festivities draw to a close, we take the opportunity to celebrate and remember Frida Kahlo via her amazing illustrated journal
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How It Happens Here: Race and American Antifascist Literature - Los Angeles Review of Books

How It Happens Here: Race and American Antifascist Literature - Los Angeles Review of Books | Literatures | Scoop.it
Brooks E. Hefner on "The Black Stockings," William Thomas Smith's 1937 serial aimed at working- and middle-class African-American readers.
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Listen to Rare Recordings of Eileen Myles, Allen Ginsberg, Amiri Baraka, and More

Listen to Rare Recordings of Eileen Myles, Allen Ginsberg, Amiri Baraka, and More | Literatures | Scoop.it
Art and literature lovers—and anyone who needs something good to listen to on their commute today—take note. The Digital Initiatives Unit of Decker Library at
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Stray Thoughts on Kafka, Loneliness, and Clothing-Optional Retreats

Stray Thoughts on Kafka, Loneliness, and Clothing-Optional Retreats | Literatures | Scoop.it
I. Out the Window Whoever leads a solitary life and yet now and then feels the need for some kind of contact . . . –Franz Kafka, “The Street Window” We
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My Strange Friend Marcel Proust – The Paris Review

My Strange Friend Marcel Proust – The Paris Review | Literatures | Scoop.it
All the hotel guests talked about how Monsieur Proust rented five expensive rooms, one to live in, the other four to “contain” the silence.
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M Train by Patti Smith review – into the mind of an artist

M Train by Patti Smith review – into the mind of an artist | Literatures | Scoop.it
The reigning queen of rock’n’roll reveals her shocking addiction ... to TV detective shows
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Allen Ginsberg Criticizes Bob Dylan (MMP 22)

Allen Ginsberg Criticizes Bob Dylan (MMP 22) | Literatures | Scoop.it
AG: You had your hand up - Yeah? Student: I was reading (Ezra) Pound yesterday AG: What were you reading? Student
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Paris Review - The Art of Poetry No. 100, Ishmael Reed

Paris Review - The Art of Poetry No. 100, Ishmael Reed | Literatures | Scoop.it
The Paris Review is a literary magazine featuring original writing, art, and in-depth interviews with famous writers.
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David Antin Dies at 84; Poet Created a New Performance Style

David Antin Dies at 84; Poet Created a New Performance Style | Literatures | Scoop.it
At 16, Mr. Antin made a career decision and bought a rhyming dictionary, a thesaurus and a portable typewriter.
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A brutal auto-vivisection - Piotr Kiezun, Jaroslaw Kuisz Witold Gombrowicz's secret diary published in Poland

A brutal auto-vivisection - Piotr Kiezun, Jaroslaw Kuisz Witold Gombrowicz's secret diary published in Poland | Literatures | Scoop.it
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Arundhati Roy : "Le désir de raconter"

Arundhati Roy : "Le désir de raconter" | Literatures | Scoop.it
L’écrivaine et militante indienne est l’invitée d’honneur ce week-end de la fête du livre d’Aix en Provence. Il y a vingt ans, elle recevait le Booker Prize pour le Dieu des petits riens.
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