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October 23, 2008

Arts and Inspiration in the Collapse 2

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Perhaps thanks to my day job, which puts me in close proximity to each day’s market carnage and keeps my nose in the business section, I’ve been thinking a lot about troubled economy and what it might mean for the arts. There is an accepted notion that poverty inspires art, and Wikipedia even has an […]

October 15, 2008

A Little Publisher Hits the Big Time 1

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This guest post comes to us from Daniel E. Pritchard. Daniel works in production, sales, and marketing for David R. Godine, Publisher, in Boston. He has now read The Prospector. He is also a co-founder of The Pen & Anvil Press, The Boston Poetry Union, and writes a regular blog on literature and culture called […]

October 6, 2008

On Rooftops and in the Bazaar 2

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A brief series on my recent Mediterranean trip. Part four: Istanbul. We were on the top floor of a restaurant on Istiklal, a bustling pedestrian thoroughfare in the Beyoglu neighborhood of Istanbul. It was our fourth and final stop of an afternoon eating marathon, and our harried but very professional waiter dropped a plate of […]

September 28, 2008

Paradox and the Turkish Seaside 0

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A brief series on my recent Mediterranean trip. Part three: Bitez. I first heard it when we were walking down the red brick path that separates the sand from the beachside bars and restaurants (Full English Breakfast, anyone?) in Bitez. It was a buzzing, wailing sound, undulating and crackling. “That’s the adhan, the call to […]

September 21, 2008

Tiny Island 5

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A brief series on my recent Mediterranean trip. Part two: Nisyros. The woman at the information desk scrawled a pair of Greek words onto a post-it and handed it through the window to us. “Give this to the cab driver” she said. We were in the airport on the island of Kos and we were […]

September 17, 2008

The Travelers Get Their Bearings 1

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I’m back from my trip to Greece and Turkey. We landed on Saturday night, and I’ve only just recently had a few moments to reflect on where we went and what we saw. (And thanks very much to The Millions contributors for taking care of The Millions while I was gone. It was a treat […]

September 10, 2008

Reading Andre Dubus in Iowa 2

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This guest post comes to us from Sana Krasikov. Krasikov is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the author of the debut short story collection, One More Year, which the New York Times calls, “a sensitive book about the economics of relationships: how they can become subtle transactions by people trying to pull […]

August 30, 2008

David Brooks and the BoBo Shuffle 2

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Yesterday, as Emily was writing her response to David Brooks’ most recent New York Times column, I was stewing about exactly the same topic. I had been similarly inspired a few months back, when Kevin wrote on the rise of pop-intellecutalism, but had found myself too enervated to complete a post. Now, spurred by Emily’s […]

August 20, 2008

We don’t live in Rabbit Angstrom’s world anymore, though maybe we wish we did 1

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The early years of this century have inspired an uncommon amount of speculation about America’s advancing age. The Olympic Opening Ceremony in Beijing, and the ensuing changing-of-the-guard buzz it inspired, was only the latest, and most pointed, example of the creeping feeling that America, while hardly a senior citizen, might be past its prime. The […]

August 6, 2008

Happy Belated Birthday James Baldwin (August 2, 1924 – November 30, 1987) 0

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Buzz Poole, the managing editor of Mark Batty Publisher, has written for numerous publications, and is an infrequent contributor to The Millions. Keep up with him and his adventures in surprising iconography at the Madonna of the Toast blog. The first time I encountered James Baldwin, when I read Another Country, his work resonated immediately. […]