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"The only words that ever satisfied me as describing Nature are the terms used in fairy books, charm, spell, enchantment. They express the arbitrariness of the fact and its mystery."

—Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) British writer, critic

 

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Richard H. Hoggart, 95, ‘Chatterley’ Defender, Dies 
  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:45:56 GMT 
    In a landmark obscenity case, Professor Hoggart stepped up to defend an explicit novel that was censored in Britain for more than three decades.


ArtsBeat: Dodge Poetry Festival Set to Return to Newark 
  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:17:36 GMT 
    The festival will include former poets laureate and a tribute to Amiri Baraka.








ArtsBeat: A New Class of American Academy Fellows 
  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:34:00 GMT 
    The American Academy of Arts and Sciences has elected 204 new members, including Al Pacino and Jules Feiffer.








ArtsBeat: Poetry Profiles: Louisiana State University Press 
  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:05:30 GMT 
    An interview with MaryKatherine Callaway, the director of LSU Press.








Children’s Books: ‘The Day I Lost My Superpowers’ and ‘Flight School’ 
  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:15:00 GMT 
    Two new books remind us that children’s outsize desires are often best fulfilled imaginatively.








Critic’s Notebook: ‘All God’s Dangers,’ a Forgotten Autobiography 
  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 01:29:16 GMT 
    “All God’s Dangers,” a sharecropper’s story that won a National Book Award in 1975, still rings true 40 years later.








Books of The Times: ‘A Bintel Brief’ Is Liana Finck’s Graphic Book of Letters 
  Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:00:27 GMT 
    “A Bintel Brief” is Liana Finck’s graphic rendering of poignant letters written by Jewish immigrants a century ago to an advice columnist at The Jewish Daily Forward.


ArtsBeat: Digital Public Library of America Marks a Year of Rapid Growth 
  Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:11:59 GMT 
    The project, aimed at providing online access to the nation’s cultural repositories, has tripled in size since opening in 2013.








Bookends: Is It O.K. to Mine Real Relationships for Literary Material? 
  Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:01:26 GMT 
    Francine Prose and Leslie Jamison discuss what they make of writers mining actual relationships for material.








Mexico Honors a Colombian Writer Whom Many Considered One of Their Own 
  Tue, 22 Apr 2014 02:22:33 GMT 
    For some writers and admirers, it seemed fitting that the first public memorial service for Gabriel García Márquez took place in Mexico City, where he had lived for many years.


Books of The Times: ‘Love, Nina,’ by Nina Stibbe 
  Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:47:49 GMT 
    “Love, Nina” is a collection of letters by Nina Stibbe from when she worked for Mary-Kay Wilmers, longtime editor of The London Review of Books.








Books: ‘Our Mathematical Universe’: A Case for Alternate Realities 
  Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:25:54 GMT 
    In his new book, Max Tegmark compellingly argues that everything that can happen does happen — in at least one of an infinite number of universes.








ArtsBeat: Claudia Rankine Wins $50,000 Poetry Prize 
  Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:21:45 GMT 
    Ms. Rankine is the eighth winner of the Jackson Poetry Prize, awarded by Poets & Writers.








Essay: Gabriel García Márquez’s Work Was Rooted in the Real 
  Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:37:38 GMT 
    Gabriel García Márquez’s fantastical stories gained dramatic and emotional force from their deep roots in reality.








ArtsBeat: Elizabeth Spencer Wins Rea Award 
  Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:30:15 GMT 
    Ms. Spencer, 92, won the award for short fiction for work that is “alert to the otherwise unobserved vital nuances of our most secret selves.”








Doris Pilkington Garimara, Aboriginal Novelist, Dies at 76 
  Mon, 21 Apr 2014 02:51:06 GMT 
    Ms. Garimara’s 1996 novel, “Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence,” helped awaken Australians to the plight of the Aborigines and was made into a film.






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