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November 23, 15

“Hey, Captain Dixon, can you get me a television?” It sounded like Tony. “Sure,” he said, “they’re installing televisions for all of you.” “Really?” John asked. “Fuck no!” he answered. Read More  »

November 23, 15

Under the very best of circumstances, it’s hard to get a solid night’s sleep in prison. For one thing, your mattress is only half an inch thick. Then there’s the noise—too erratic and discordant to tune out, too jarring and abrasive to ignore. Read More  »

November 23, 15

We’re super loud and clumsy with our movements, because we’ve just done enough heroin and Xanax to get us comfortably almost to Portland, a 10-hour bus ride. Inconspicuous? We don’t know the meaning of the word. Read More  »

November 23, 15

He grows and he grows and still dreams of space. But along come friends to show him how to get there. A little plastic bag no bigger then his thumb. Read More  »

November 5, 15

Lee Klein is the recipient of a 2015 PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant for his translation of what Roberto Bolaño called Moya's best work. Moya invokes Bernhard's most characteristic mode: the electrifying tirade. Read More  »

October 29, 15

GO is a coming-of-age novel that depicts the life of an ethnic Korean student living in Japan. WInner of Japan's Naoki Prize, it was adapted into a critically acclaimed film of the same name. Read More  »

October 23, 15

Our PEN Podcast features Zadie Smith reading from her novel "On Beauty" at the 2006 PEN World Voices Festival. Read More  »

October 22, 15

Jennifer Croft is the recipient of a 2015 PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant for The Books of Jacob by Olga Tokarczuk, which was awarded the 2015 Nike Literature Award, Poland's highest literary honor. Read More  »

September 25, 15

Rachel Eliza Griffiths reads and excerpt from Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye. Read More  »

September 25, 15

Yesterday the mother stood in court and explained that she had forgiven her son. No sooner were the wounds healed that he had dealt her, than she was setting off to her son’s prison bringing preserves and other delicacies she had forgone. Read More  »