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  • T. Coraghessan Boyle wins $30,000 for short story writing

    T. Coraghessan Boyle has won a $30,000 lifetime achievement award for short story writing.
  • Spring brings baseball, and its bards, to life

    Spring brings baseball, and its bards, to life
    The two men sat on stools at the tavern, eyes on the television set above the bar. The Cubs were playing the St Louis Cardinals. It was last Sunday night, opening day of a new Major League Baseball season, and a few minutes before the game began one of...

    Debut novel by Atticus Lish wins PEN/Faulkner Award

    A debut novel, Atticus Lish's "Preparation for the Next Life," has won the PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction. Lish will receive $15,000, the PEN/Faulkner foundation announced Tuesday. His multicultural love story was praised by the award's judges for...

    Anna Deavere Smith mines for meaning in 'uhhs,' 'you knows'

    Anna Deavere Smith mines for meaning in 'uhhs,' 'you knows'
    The Baltimore-born writer and performer Anna Deavere Smith looks for the places in language where the intellect breaks down and raw feeling takes over. Nearly always, she finds it in the "uhhs," "you knows," sentence fragments and the other stuff that...

    Keeping literature dirty

    Keeping literature dirty
    I was almost sorry to see the developers of the Clean Reader app — which would have allowed squeamish or morally didactic readers to remove profanity from books — take “immediate action to remove all books from our catalogue”...