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Kaveh Akbar on Poetry

We have to say it in a way that will delight the ear or the tongue or the mind of a reader who will never know us. It’s the only way in. And to do that, we have to be capable of imagining that reader, imagining them wholly, gassy and distracted by their phone and […]

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My pals at 7Days2Vote have been putting out a really interesting, insightful series of interviews with US voters over the last week. The last one is coming out this evening (CET) and around noon (EST) You can find all (English language) interviews on youtube, facebook, and on their blog, which also includes more info on […]

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Sick and tired of the usual, grueling day-to-day coverage of the US presidential election? Yeah, me too. Yet there are still 10 days to go until the watershed election day..  Besides the repetitive email scandals on one side and gross sexist, racist rambling on the other side, there are still challenging issues and fascinating stories. […]

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“The Handmaid’s Tale is more relevant today, we’re further down the track.”

Margaret Atwood sat down for a great interview with Literary Hub’s Grant Munroe. They talked about the Hulu series based on The Handmaid’s Tale, Donald Trump, Salem witch trials, paper books and vinyl coming back, birds and housecats, and her numerous projects, including an upcoming novel based on Shakespear’s The Tempest.  Here is just one […]

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“I don’t believe in men. I’ve never met a man in my life.”

Today, Guernica Magazine published a great, insightful and inciting interview with South Asian trans performance duo DarkMatter. For instance, this is how they expand upon the above statement that Alok never met a man: Janani Balasubramanian: I think what Alok was saying with the idea of how we’ve never met a man in our lives, […]

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Elizabeth Alexander and Hilton Als on Dreams and Obsession

The New York Public Library podcast is a treasure trove of great recorded conversations. This week, the institution released a particularly fascinating talk between poet Elizabeth Alexander – who read her poem “Praise Song for the Day” at President Obama’s inauguration – and writer Hilton Als. They discuss Alexander’s work in poetry and academia and her […]

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Mavis Staples: Action What a terrifying time to rise our voices / But see I’m not left with minimal choices / I gotta put it into action / Doing it A too Z / Until I set myself free Mavis Staples is one of the greatest gospel, soul and R’n’B singers. With her family’s group. […]

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The whole thing of working in all these different mediums, it’s just so that I can always be playing hooky from one of them. I can always be rebelling against my boss. Miranda July in an interview with The Believer (via)

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But seriously. What harm comes from supplying people with birth control, condoms, Pap smears, and cancer screenings? Jennifer Lawrence: ‘I Am a Successful Woman Who Has Not Had a Pregnancy’ Quote of the day from Jennifer Lawrence in a Glamour interview discussing Planned Parenthood.

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All Songs +1: Laura Jane Grace And Lauren Denitzio On Surviving In Punk

This All Songs Considered +1 podcast is a really great conversation with Laura Jane Grace (Against Me!) and Lauren Denitzio (Worriers) about punk, art, touring-as-real-life and gender identity.  The Worriers’ first LP Imaginary Life, produced by Laura Jane Grace and featuring the song They/Them/Theirs, is amazing, too All Songs +1: Laura Jane Grace And Lauren […]