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  • Review: 'The Book of My Lives' by Aleksandar Hemon

    Review: 'The Book of My Lives' by Aleksandar Hemon
    Aleksandar Hemon, the 48-year-old Bosnian refugee who has become one of this city's literary rock stars, can amuse and he can devastate. That he does both in his second language, wielded with precision and elegance, has earned him comparisons to Nabokov and Joseph Conrad.
  • Paperback Writers: Sunlight and shadow in 'Los Angeles in the 1930s'

    Paperback Writers: Sunlight and shadow in  'Los Angeles in the 1930s'
    Created by FDR in 1935, in the depths of the Great Depression, the Federal Writers' Project (a small part of the wider Works Progress Administration) was a make-work agency that gave jobs to about 6,500 writers, editors and researchers before closing shop...

    O, Miami verses the world

    O, Miami verses the world
    P. Scott Cunningham (photos by Beth Black) On a recent Wednesday morning in Miami’s Design District, P. Scott Cunningham settled into a corner table of a clamorous French bakery, his back to the window facing Second Avenue, its parade of cars...

    Poetry's refrain is ever near

    Poetry's refrain is ever near
    For Caroline Kennedy's 50th birthday, several of her close friends presented her with poems to mark the occasion. They understood the significance of poetry in her life, how she learned to understand it by looking through volumes, deciphering marks in...

    Patt Morrison Asks: The poet, W.S. Merwin

    An Idaho resort hotel's verdure is not the wild tumble around W.S. Merwin's beloved Hawaiian home, but disciplined grass and orderly stands of trees. Not, perhaps, the sort of trees Merwin had in mind when he wrote, "On the last day of the world I would...