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April 20, 2015

I was smaller then / One road went through me / No airport / I drove him home / There had been a wreck / On the interstate / I sat in traffic / My wallet on the seat / In between my legs.

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April 18, 2015

PEN American Center mourns the loss and celebrates the life of German PEN member, honorary PEN president, and Nobel Laureate Gunter Grass, who died on Monday, aged 87.

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April 18, 2015

PEN American Center is deeply saddened by the passing of Eduardo Galeano, one of Latin America's most iconic writers and famed for his journalism, novels, and political satire examining the idiosyncracies and injustices of history.

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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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