The PEN Ten
The PEN Ten is PEN America's biweekly interview series curated by Lauren Cerand.
The writer might have no responsibilities whatsoever, but the translator has only responsibilities—or at least that’s the popular perception. That’s why we’re always failing—according, again, to the popular perception. It’s not, of course, how I...Read More  »
Unfortunately, too little progress has been made, globally, since Solzhenitsyn smuggled his Nobel acceptance speech out of the Soviet Union as negatives in a tape deck in 1970. Even today, people all over the world are being forced into exile,...Read More  »
After I eat breakfast I clear off the table and wheel in my ergonomic chair which I have to keep in the bedroom for space reasons. The light is nice in the living room, and it’s near my stereo so I can listen to Howard Stern when I get bored. Then...Read More  »
I think constantly about aging and dying. Given my age and illness, this is in no way surprising, but the specter of a horrible death hovers over my waking and dreaming life. At the end of his self-portrait, Roland Barthes by Roland Barthes,...Read More  »
"I think writing should be a sacrifice, and feel like one—how else could the act of constructing narratives, stories, lies, deceptions, ever be kept honest, if not through demanding so much of its participants that the disingenuous cannot afford...Read More  »
I did just have the opportunity to spend some time with a couple of the members of Pussy Riot, and the message they seemed to want to send to their imprisoned bandmates, and to the world, was—and I’m paraphrasing—“We’re still out here fighting. And...Read More  »