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"Romance, an Acid-Bath Baptism" by D.S. West

“It was just a passing comment, but she planted the idea. I know I shouldn’t make anything of it, but I don’t understand why she said that. 1,874 more words

Literature

These Simple Instructions?

Dear Unnamed Cable Provider,

This is a cordial heads-up that you will soon be receiving a bill from my new counsellor.  The process of packing and mailing back my dad’s no-longer-needed cable paraphernalia, which I entered into with can-do optimism, reduced me quickly to quivering congealed salad. 791 more words

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Yann Martel - Life of Pi

“You must take life the way it comes at you and make the best of it.”
Yann Martel, Life of Pi

Books

These walls.

These walls used to inspire me. They used to foster within me the ability to complete any assignment. Now as I sit at my desk to write a paper, my mind blanks. 221 more words

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Artwork: Lana Turner Has Collapsed

By Georgia Peppe, BFR Editorial Staff

This charcoal and ink drawing was inspired by Frank O’Hara’s poem, “Lana Turner Has Collapsed.” I had always loved the poem, and was inspired to draw this image when my English GSI this semester said O’Hara was one of her favorite poets. 115 more words

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Get to Know the Arab Authors on 2015 Man Booker International 'Finalists List'

The 2015 Man Booker International announced its ten-strong “finalists list” today, and — unsurprisingly, since the judging committee is chaired by Marina Warner and includes Arabist Wen-chin Ouyang — it includes two very worthy authors who write in Arabic: 538 more words

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Daniel Casey reblogged this on Misanthrope-ster and commented:

I went out to my library after the Man Booker finalists were announced with the intention of getting the two most recent books by each. I realized in my days of editing Gently Read Literature that I had already read some Hoda Barakat (even though I failed to generate enough reviews of her work). I was only able to get Amitav Ghosh's Sea of Poppies and The Hunger Tide. So here is perhaps the best English language Arabic Literature blog out there providing some much needed info.

Bath Literary Festival, 1. Two authors, two issues.

New authors might sit back and consider the undercurrent in their fiction. Despite a variety in the subject matter, authors may unconsciously repeat themes that have marked their lives. 514 more words

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