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April 17, 2015

Stone was but stone, and marble belonged to the hills, they said. The patient carving and chiseling of men long gone would not remain to remind us that we could be gods, if we wanted to.

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April 16, 2015

Written by filmmakers Jack Baxter and Joshua Faudem and illustrated by cartoonist Koren Shadmi, Mike’s Place depicts the true story of the fateful 2003 Tel Aviv bombing.

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April 14, 2015

We are no longer living in an era of the printed word radiating outward from author toward readers. Words come in short bursts, ideas ping-pong, thinking itself has become collective. The group thinks together. Sometimes this is good.

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April 10, 2015

With perfect provocation, I still refuse to turn. Why trade my world for the one they’ve relentlessly prepared and preferred for me, hour after hour, day after day?

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April 9, 2015

In this vivid illustrated narrative, a woman falls victim to a brutal sexual assault, then joins forces with the Goddess Parvati to fight against sexual violence.

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April 8, 2015

The fishermen who scale and gut their catch / discover a river in the bellies of the fish. // In the river shines a sandbar where some boys play soccer.

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April 8, 2015

The hilarious and social media-savvy Jennifer Weiner discusses what “Jennifer Weiner-ish self promotion” really is, and why it works.

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April 7, 2015

"Are they influences? My obsessions are numerous and varied and therefore lead me to my greatest obsession: to be still, to know silence within, to be so still that in the words of that poet—I forget his or her name—shy creatures will come close to me in order to see their faces."

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April 3, 2015

He injured me is how we met. He kicked me in the shin in the line for free wine.

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April 2, 2015

In this visually arresting debut, Leila Abdelrazaq beautifully captures the everyday life stories of Ahmad, a young boy raised in Baddawi refugee camp in northern Lebanon.

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