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March 5, 2015

Singer-songwriter, author, and social media goddess Amanda Palmer performs her unreleased song "The Thing About Things" from her upcoming album, as part of the PEN DIY series.

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March 5, 2015

Singer-songwriter, author, social media goddess, and musician Amanda Palmer performs her fiery "Ukelele Anthem" as part of the PEN DIY series.

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March 5, 2015

Singer-songwriter, author, social media goddess Amanda Palmer performs her song "Gaga, Palmer, Madonna; A Polemic" as part of the PEN DIY series.

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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 5, 2015

Rock-star, author, and crowd-funding pioneer Amanda Palmer put her own spin on our PEN DIY series, delivering advice on how to write a book, a song, a blog, a tweet, and how to deal with haters. She also used social media to crowd source questions.

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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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