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Democracy Now!

Democracy Now! is an independent daily TV & radio news program, hosted by award-winning journalists Amy Goodman and Juan González. We provide daily global news headlines, in-depth interviews and investigative reports without any advertisements or government funding. Our programming shines a spotlight on corporate and government abuses of power and lifts up the stories of ordinary people working to make change in extraordinary times. Democracy Now! is live weekdays at 8am ET and available 24/7 through our website and podcasts.

Words Without Borders

Words Without Borders

Words Without Borders:The Online Magazine of International Literature
  • In the Absence of Words: An Interview with Verónica Gerber Bicecci

    Geoff Bendeck speaks with Verónica Gerber Bicecci about her novel Empty Set, translated by Christina MacSweeney and out this month with Coffee House Press.   It feels rare these days to encounter books

  • Yoko Tawada’s Dystopian Novel “The Emissary” Delivers a Bitingly Smart Satire of Present-Day Japan
    On Translating Davide Reviati’s “Spit Three Times”

    Jamie Richards’s translation of Davide Reviati’s “Spit Three Times” appears in the February 2018 issue, International Graphic Novels: Volume XII. Davide Reviati’s graphic novel Spit

  • Flinging Open Literary Doors: A Dispatch from the 2018 ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival

    Janice Pariat attended and presented at the 2018 ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, which took place January 25–29 in Jaipur, India.   Early in 2017, I made a resolution to read largely, if not

  • Single Translators Seek Same: The WWB Lonely Hearts

    Valentine’s Day is upon us, and while some will take this opportunity to celebrate their beloveds, others continue to search for potential partners. It’s difficult to find an appropriate match under any

  • 5 Erotic International Reads That Will Make You Blush This Valentine’s Day

    In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’re dipping into stories about love’s agonies and ecstasies from our archives. From secret fantasies to the body of the beloved to the feeling of language on

  • The City and the Writer: In Minneapolis–Saint Paul with Leslie Adrienne Miller

    If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains. —Italo Calvino, Invisible

  • First Read—From “The Endless Summer”

    Madame Nielsen’s The Endless Summer is a passionate love story about a Danish woman and a much younger Portuguese artist. Translated from the Danish by Gaye Kynoch and forthcoming from Open Letter Books, the

  • Well-Meaning Plans Give Way to Destructive Obsessions in Andrés Barba’s “The Right Intention”

    The New York Review of Books

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    • Words to Live By
      From the moment of my diagnosis, I pondered the nature of love: Had I left my sons enough of it? Does love endure? Is love bankable? I stumble upon the answer courtesy of an illness that forced me to look back on a childhood marked by loss and...
    • Luther vs. Erasmus: When Populism First Eclipsed the Liberal Elite
      Erasmus was an internationalist who sought to establish a borderless Christian union; Luther was a nationalist who appealed to the patriotism of the German people. Where Erasmus wrote exclusively in Latin, Luther often used the vernacular, the...
    • Congo for the Congolese
      Beneath Congo’s soil lies an estimated $24 trillion in natural resources, but this wealth is also the source of untold suffering. Today, more Congolese are displaced from their homes than Syrians, Iraqis, Yemenis, or Rohingyas, yet their miseries...
    • Roth Agonistes
      During his early writing years in Chicago, Philip Roth began each morning by shouting at the young face peering out from the mirror at him: “Attack! Attack!” The force of Roth’s attack, sustained for more than a half-century, is what made his...
    • ‘The Twilight Zone,’ from A to Z
      The Twilight Zone’s most prevalent themes are probably best distilled as “you are not what you took yourself to be,” “you are not where you thought you were,” and “beneath the façade of mundane American society lurks a cavalcade of...
    • Hell of a Fiesta
      In the spring of 2017, and all through the year, social media feeds in Venezuela were filled with images of deprivation and despair: long lines of people hoping to purchase food; women fighting over a stick of butter; mothers who could not find...
    • Frank O’Hara & ‘the Skies of Italy in New York’
      The collaboration between Frank O’Hara and Italian artist Mario Schifano is fully realized in the eighteen-page-long Words & Drawings, just published by the Archivio Mario Schifano in Rome. What might have made Schifano’s art look a...
    • The Peculiar Business of Being Russian-American in Trump’s USA
      On the campaign trail, Donald Trump praised Vladimir Putin’s “leadership,” called him “brilliant,” and said he would “get along” with him. For Russian-Americans like myself, this was when Russia came home. “Holy autocrats” and “Father Tsars” have...
    • Ghost Whisperers
      The men and women in prisons across this country have an American song to sing, a story to tell. Even as there is an increased concern that our society has become too punitive, few of us know what that song might sound like. Arts programs in...


    The Neglected Books Page

    www.NeglectedBooks.com: Where forgotten books are remembered
    • If Hopes Were Dupes, by Catherine York (Pseudonym of Ann Farrer) (1966)
      Reading Jessica Mitford’s memoir of the critic, novelist, and poet Philip Toynbee, The Faces of Philip (1984), I stumbled across a mention of a book that turns out not only to be neglected but (at the moment) unattainable outside a couple dozen libraries: Ann Farrer’s 1966 memoir of her struggles with depression and the relatively... Read...
    • Lord, I Was Afraid, by Nigel Balchin (1947)
      I have a mild fascination with unreadable books. Mild because I often lack the courage or persistence to take them on, fascination because I often have the nagging sense that I should. By “unreadable,” I don’t mean truly unreadable, like the book of Pi to the millionth digit or whatever length it is, but dauntingly... Read more
    • Fido Couchant, by P. B. Abercrombie (1961)
      I’ve reached the point where I’m no longer surprised to find that even after decades of looking for neglected books, I can still stumble across completely unfamiliar books and authors. A perfect example is P. B. (short for Patricia Barnes) Abercrombie, who wrote about eight novels, most of them comedies, between the early 1950s and... Read more
    • The Rat, by G. M. A. Hewett (1904)
      It’s something of a guilty pleasure to come across a children’s book that doesn’t exactly seem to have been written with children in mind. Take The Rat, by G. M. A. (George Mottram Arthur) Hewett, the first in a series of “Animal Autobiographies” published by Adam and Charles Black in the early 1900s. I give... Read more
    • “Death at Teatime,” by K. Arnold Price, from Little Reviews Anthology 1945
      Death at Teatime That afternoon when everything stopped at four o’clock the houses suddenly looked old as fossils cold in the rigid sunlight transfixed from prehistoric time. Sound raved up in spate from College Green, released from utterance for there was now no more to be said: released from laughter for there would be no... Read more
    • Kenneth Fearing, Poet
      If poetry didn’t have a bad rap in the eyes of American readers and publishers, the poems of Kenneth Fearing would never go out of print. They’d be shelved alongside the crime novels of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler and read just as often. One of his novels–The Big Clock (1946)–has attained that status. It’s... Read more
    • Obituaries, by William Saroyan (1979)
      When he was a young man with aspirations to become a writer, William Saroyan set himself a daily task to write for at least an hour and produce at least a few pages, no matter how good, bad, or irrelevant the results. It established a discipline that served him well for over fifty years, helping... Read more
    • “Lament,” by Brenda Chamberlain, from The New British Poets
      Lament My man is a bone ringed with weed. Thus it was on my bridal night, That the sea, risen to a green wall At our window, quenching love’s new delight, Stood curved between me and the midnight call Of him who said I was so fair He could drown for joy in the salt... Read more
    • Free E-books of Dorothy Richardson’s Pilgrimage — and a technical note
      Almost two years ago, I embarked upon my most ambitious and, it turned out, most rewarding reading task, working through the thirteen books of Dorothy Richardson’s Pilgrimage. (Richardson referred to it as a single novel and each book as a chapter.) At the time I wrote: … while a complete scholarly edition of Richardson’s work......
    • The Collected Stories of Rhys Davies (1955)
      We spent our Christmas week in a cottage in north Wales and I could not pass the time without taking the opportunity to read a long out-of-print collection of stories by one of Wales’ finest writers of the 20th century, Rhys Davies. The Collected Stories of Rhys Davies is one of the many perhaps not... Read more

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