| Apr 24, 2014
| 12:30 PM
"People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them," wrote James Baldwin in "Notes of a Native Son." Much of novelist Emma Donoghue's literary career has involved the liberation of historical figures, often women, from the constraints of the...
| Apr 11, 2014
| 7:56 PM
Reading is such an improbable idea -- a miracle, really. Yet simple squiggles on a page, arranged just so, can convey ideas that change the way we think or introduce to us characters we love for a lifetime. In celebration of reading -- and of this...
| May 9, 2014
| 8:34 AM
It is a savage and sorrowful story, the life of Paul Crump.
It ended in 2002 when he was 72. He died at Chester Mental Health Center in a rural area near the banks of the Mississippi River in that southern part of Illinois known locally as Little Egypt....
| Apr 24, 2014
| 12:05 PM
Charles Moore’s authorized biography of Margaret Thatcher, the great heroine of conservative Britain, has been shortlisted for the Orwell Prize, which is named for a great hero of that country's left.
The Orwell Prize, named for "1984" author...
| Jul 2, 2014
| 1:43 PM
Walter Dean Myers, a celebrated author known for writing books about young African Americans, such as "Monster," "Fallen Angels" and "Hoops," has died. He was 76.
"Walter's many award-winning books do not shy away from the sometimes gritty truth of...
| Jun 20, 2014
The best part about working at a college is that I'm pretty much the dumbest person around.
It's not that I think I'm particularly dumb, it's just that I'm surrounded by people who know a lot of really interesting stuff.
It is simultaneously...
| Jun 6, 2014
She bought her clothes for their colors in secondhand shops — "beautiful reds and oranges, and greens and pinks, and teals and turquoise" — and wore them in happy mismatch. She danced feathers and a few sequins to Alvin Ailey's leopard print...
| Sep 5, 2014
| 5:23 PM
"I don't know, sister,
what I'm saying,
nor do no man,
if he don't be praying.
I know that love is the only answer
and the tight-rope lover
the only dancer. …
—From the poem "Some Days (for Paula)" by James Baldwin
| Sep 4, 2014
| 11:18 AM
His intelligence and wit are legendary. Now you can witness both for yourself when playwright and screenwriter Tom Stoppard presents a free lecture at Yale's University Theatre on Monday at 5:15 p.m. The event is open to the public.
The richly worded...
| Aug 28, 2014
| 2:30 AM
, "Through a Lens Darkly" recounts the lengthy history of that misrepresentation while also celebrating the contrasting, oft-overlooked work of black photographers. Inspired by scholar/museum curator Deborah Willis' 2002 tome "Reflections in Black," a...
| Aug 24, 2014
| 2:30 PM
MTV is taking the conversation into its own hands by airing public service announcements addressing the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., during and before Sunday night's Video Music Awards, a rep for the network confirmed.
The clips are a part of Look Different,...