2013 Literary Awards Celebration
We're extending our Literary Awards Celebration online with excerpts from all of this years winners, including Larry Kramer, Robert Hass, and Katherine Boo.
The PEN Ten with Shya Scanlon
BY PEN America
Unfortunately, too little progress has been made, globally, since Solzhenitsyn smuggled his Nobel acceptance speech out of the Soviet Union as negatives in a tape deck in 1970. Even today, people...
Ten Kliks South
BY Phil Klay
Sanchez takes out a notebook and starts doing the math. “Divide it by nine Marines on the gun, and you, personally, you’ve killed zero point seven something people today. That’s like, a torso and...
Three Poems by Montreux Rotholtz
BY Montreux Rotholtz
like a smashed stone fruit, our meeting was / disgusting and all take.
The writer might have no responsibilities whatsoever, but the translator has only responsibilities—or at least that’s the popular perception. That’s why we’re always failing—according, again, to the popular perception. It’s not, of course, how I see things.
When I tell people about my impending trip, I try to avoid the word “Africa,” though I can’t explain why. I am struck by the timidity, the lack of specificity of the euphemism I adopt: “I got a grant to spend a month in Ethiopia,” I say. “Have you ever been to that part of the world?”