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March 5, 2015

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.

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March 4, 2015

Someone would ask me how I was and I would promptly answer “prose.” You’d look down at the inscription I’d written and somehow it would only say “prose.” Prose existed before my thinking. It was a threshold.

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March 3, 2015

"I am very conscious that the crime novel has taken on a lot of the trappings of the social novel. But it most interests me for its ability to lure people into feeling genuine empathy."

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February 27, 2015

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.

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February 26, 2015

For the relaunch of The PEN Ten interview series, guest editors Randa Jarrar, Natalie Diaz, Nicole Sealey, Alex Segura, and Ken Chen will introduce us to the writers, editors, and translators they admire.

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February 25, 2015

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.

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February 24, 2015

But I was not a destroyer of worlds. Not really. I had destroyed one world, singular, and it was just a very small one. I hadn’t even meant to create it.

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February 24, 2015

"There is no responsibility of the writer that is different from the responsibility of the human being."

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February 24, 2015

The massacre at Charlie Hebdo in January 2015 brought urgent questions about censorship, satire, offense, and artistic responsibility to the forefront.

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February 23, 2015

As part of "Guantánamo Diary: An Evening of Reading and Conversation," Molly Crabapple read "I See His Face" from Mohamedou Ould Slahi's memoir.

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