| Dec 18, 2014
| 7:12 AM
In her introduction to "Skylight," Spanish journalist Pilar del Río notes that in 1953, José Saramago sent a manuscript to a publisher, where it languished in a slush pile for 36 years. The publisher, while moving offices, discovered the manuscript,...
| Dec 4, 2014
| 7:02 AM
Who I am
Gabriel Bump from South Shore.
One unique thing about me
I power through books I love. I need to slow down and savor them. But I guess that's what second, third, and fourth reads are for.
"Beyond the Game: The Collected...
| Nov 15, 2014
| 9:00 AM
The photographs of young black men are startling in their contrasts: a slave in chains, a professor in a suit; a body dangling from a lynch mob's rope, a musician with a violin. The images illuminate a nation's racial divide and how African Americans...
| Oct 30, 2014
| 6:34 AM
In 2003, Azar Nafisi dazzled the world with "Reading Lolita in Tehran." It's the Iran-born author's passionate exploration of literature and intellectual freedom told through the story of brave women who secretly read and discussed American novels in...
| Nov 25, 2014
| 5:18 PM
To the editor: The U.S. Supreme Court's much-reviled decision in the matter of Dred Scott (1857) remains the stark reality in America in 2014: Black persons have no rights that a white police officer is required to respect, including the right to life. ("...
| Nov 26, 2014
| 3:00 AM
November has been a good-news/bad-news month for the climate struggle.
The U.S. and China just inked an historic agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions, but that accord is imperiled by the American electorate.
We have just entrusted Congress to a...
| Nov 28, 2014
| 2:26 PM
I have been teaching a long time, so I felt I was past "firsts." Then, I received my first letter from prison.
I had this student a few semesters ago in a developmental reading and writing class, and he was very upfront about the electronic monitoring...
| Oct 30, 2014
| 6:34 AM
In an understandably cynical mood about the fractured state of American government, one might be inclined to wonder: When so much of politics and what politicians say is fiction to begin with, what does a reader need with political fiction?
| Nov 9, 2014
| 2:30 AM
Harry Belafonte gave one of the all-time great acceptance speeches at Saturday night's Governors Awards, citing Hollywood's often-shameful power to influence attitudes, and challenging the heavy-hitters in the room to instead create works that allow...
| Oct 22, 2014
| 11:51 AM
In the November issue of Vanity Fair, Bruce Handy has a long piece about the history and future of Paris’ Shakespeare and Company bookstore, my call for greatest bookstore in the world. A warren of rooms and bookshelves that fill a 17th century...
| Oct 9, 2014
| 10:43 AM
Claudia Rankine's laugh comes out of the body as an explosion of complex contradictions: mirth, disappointment, irony, dismay. Sitting in her living room in Claremont, where she is a professor at Pomona College, the 51-year-old poet relies on laughter...