PEN America Blog
As the new PEN president, Solomon takes over from journalist and award-winning non-fiction writer Peter Godwin, who led the Board during a three-year period of organizational expansion.
The audaciously creative Amanda Palmer put her own spin on our PEN DIY series as she took to the stage in front of a packed house at the Ace Hotel. Amanda Palmer is a rock-star, performance artist, author, and crowd-funding pioneer. Her memoir, The Art of Asking, is part manifesto and part revelation, celebrating her fearless efforts to understand and pursue twenty-first century rules of exchange in love, life, and art.
In the introduction to Can Asians Think?, Kishore Mahbubani expressed his disappointment that the book had not triggered the debate he felt was much needed.
Everything in and of war in war. / Every flight and branch and wing, / A body of war: a woman brushing a boy’s hair— / War—the wild turkey napping in the shade— / War—In what shall we trust? What will resist / Even this declaration of war? Certainly not the houses / Or the crow obliterated against the window.
The massacre at Charlie Hebdo in January 2015 brought urgent questions about censorship, satire, offense, and artistic responsibility to the forefront.