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July 18, 2014

Poker. That is what I call him. He is my only friend. We met during military training. He is twenty-one. He likes the afternoon sun, and he is not a homosexual.

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July 17, 2014

The best literature for children both reflects and responds to changing social mores and realities.

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July 17, 2014

After all, our prime minister has been complaining about this so-called art for a long time. Art is beautiful and esthetic, it’s pleasant to the eye and ear, it moves the human spirit. But in the name of so-called art, things are created that are ugly, coarse, dangerous and provocative, making people brood, promoting terrorism.

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July 16, 2014

Mercilessly I’m spared: / others drink the red wine in the cellar. / More and more weightless / my body: the clothes on the pole / are an image of me I agree with. / I’m living too long. That’s okay.

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July 15, 2014

A writer like Nadine Gordimer is rare. She was one of those great ones who challenged the human faculty for reading because her writing never conformed to the norms of the practice but rather was constantly reaching forwards into realms of possibilities.

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July 15, 2014

No torsos, no chests, no bellies, just eyes that gazed at her, craved her, carved her into something unnatural, something ugly and immortal. Mailin chased this version of herself in the mirrors. The body always deformed, resembling not a peach, but a stalk - inedible and tough.

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July 14, 2014

Over the past year, 10 PEN Members volunteered their time as part of the new PEN Writers in the Schools program to help students learn to use writing as an expressive tool.

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July 14, 2014

Nadine Gordimer was a remarkable author activist who did as much as anyone to rouse the conscience of the world to the iniquities of apartheid in South Africa.

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July 11, 2014

Time isn’t kind to objects like an “Employee of the Month” award or an “In honor of your service” plaque, which are objects meaningful to only one specific person in one specific place or time.

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July 10, 2014

Former PEN American Center President Anne Hollander passed away Sunday at the age of 83. 

Described by the poet and her lifelong friend Richard Howard as “shamefully literary,” Hollander is celebrated for revolutionizing how we study and write about fashion and clothing.

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