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Wandering the gallery space of The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter , on view through September 7th at the New York Public Library, feels like stepping back into a comforting, colorful, and perhaps forgotten world. There is Alice, with her flowing hair and look of curious surprise. There...
"When those two things collide, the politicial forces of the world and the primal nature of one's own being, sparks fly, and, at least in the dramatic form, you have something that is hopefully quite provocative and interesting. And to me, that intersection of the primal and the political...
One of Ray Bradbury’s most famous quotes is “You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” If that’s true, it stands to reason that getting people to read would, on the other hand, restore a culture and help it flourish. That...
"[T]he role of a community is to protect the solitude of its individuals--I emphasize solitude rather than loneliness. At the same time, one of the roles of the individual artist is to trouble the community. It’s a paradox, this mutual relationship of trouble and support." --...
Next year’s Big Read grantees—whom we’ll announce next Tuesday—had the option to focus their programming around two new books: The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears and When the Emperor Was Divine. While we wait to see which grantees chose what, we started to think about...
The comprehensive budget proposal that President Obama submitted to Congress in March includes a report titled " Analytical Perspectives. " The document lists a series of "Social Indicators," data points meant to contextualize federal spending priorities. There, under the...
Tucked away above the main gallery halls, the library at the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) is filled with its own variety of treasures: rare books, research texts, and yes, even artwork. On May 12, the library will open a small exhibit on Helena Bochořáková-Dittrichová (1894-1980), a...
"The isolation of literary American readers from the wealth of work outside the U.S. is more than unfortunate. It seals us off not only from other ways of being and imagining, but from understanding ourselves and our own culture more deeply, if only by comparison. Conversely, literary...
"There is a reason that people seek out poetry, even if they’ve never read a poem in their lives, even if they think poetry is something totally esoteric or trivial or irrelevant. In the most powerful moments of our lives, in moments of love, passion, birth, death, marriage, all the...
You know what they say: in the end there can be only one. And at the end of the two-day 2014 Poetry Out Loud National Finals, that one was Anita Norman of Arlington, Tennessee. With bold, confident recitations of poems by Stanley Kunitz, Robert Hayden, and Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, the...

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