For the first time since the invention of television, there’s a sole female anchor of a major TV news network. Only three others have served as co-anchors. I, for one, think Katie Couric’s been ready for this for a long time (as have all of us). She’s co-anchored "The Today Show" for fifteen years, after […]
One of my favorite lit mags, Tin House, has just released its International issue. Among other hot features, there’s new fiction by José Saramago, new poetry by Seamus Heaney, Lynn Chandhok, and Frederico García Lorca, interviews with Lynn Davis and Binyavanga Wainaina, and essays by Francine Prose and Ann Gelder. Miss the art of storytelling? […]
In Massachusetts, a male student has filed a federal lawsuit charging sex discrimination in his public high school. He wants boys to be given credit for sports and to be excused from the school’s community service requirement. Caryl Rivers and Rosalind Chait Barnett opine in The Washington Post that this lawsuit is one among many […]
They’re still strong and spirited. See what’s up at april10.org and also here. Thanks to Daily Kos for the links.
This past weekend, I was at the kickass WAM! conference (the acronym stands for Women-Action-Media-Exclamation Point) put on by the Center for New Words in Cambridge. Among many other things, the conference spawned the blog you see before you now. The best part of the whole weekend, though, was to be among so many smart, […]
My Sistersby Stanley Kunitz Who whispered, souls have shapes?So has the wind, I say.But I don’t know.I only feel things blow. I had two sisters oncewith long black hairwho walked apart from meand wrote the history of tears.Their story’s faded with their names, but the candlelight they carried,like dancers in a dream,still flickers on their […]
The shortlist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award has been announced, the Guardian reports. Last year’s winner was Edward P. Jones’ The Known World. This year’s honorees are: Graceland by Chris Abani Maps for Lost Lovers by Nadeem Aslam Havoc, In Its Third Year by Ronan Bennett The Closed Circle by Jonathan Coe An […]