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  • Happy scandalous anniversary to Allen Ginsberg's 'Howl'

    Happy scandalous anniversary to Allen Ginsberg's 'Howl'
    On this date, March 25, in 1957, Allen Ginsberg helped make literary history. That's because 520 copies of his poem "Howl" were seized by U.S. Customs agents on charges of obscenity. Ginsberg and his publisher, City Lights, would fight those charges -- and win.
  • Ruth Lily Poetry Prize, for $100,000, to go to Marie Ponsot

    Ruth Lily Poetry Prize, for $100,000, to go to Marie Ponsot
    Poet Marie Ponsot will be awarded the Ruth Lily Poetry Prize in June, it was announced Monday. The Ruth Lily Poetry Prize, which comes with an award of $100,000, is given to a poet for lifetime achievement. Ponsot's career began in the 1950s; her book...

    Jay Caspian Kang impresses with 'The Dead Do Not Improve'

    -------------------- The Dead Do Not Improve A Novel Jay Caspian Kang Hogarth: 272 pp, $25 -------------------- Jay Caspian Kang's debut novel, "The Dead Do Not Improve," demands to be accepted on its own terms. Moving past the era in which...

    Your 2013 Sundance reading list

    The Sundance Film Festival is well under way, giving us a preview of the independent features that may soon be coming to screens near us. The mix is interesting and sexy this year, and includes a good share of auteurs who've both written and directed...

    Karl Rove likes reading Jorge Luis Borges. Yes, that Karl Rove.

    Karl Rove: Fox News commentator, conservative who caused consternation on election night, major Republican strategist. And fan of metafictional writer Jorge Luis Borges. Yes, really. The news comes from Rove's own website (via Twitter). Since 2010, Rove...