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"Jazz is indescribable. It's not a genre, it's not a style. It's the language of the spirit. It's a behavior. Jazz equals courage and creativity. Jazz is the creative process, it's a human necessity for discovering. The greatest tool to end racism has been jazz. Blacks and...
"...[I]t's just finding that human connection that all of us are a part of. We are all connected, so we all have the same wants and needs and desires for ourselves and for our children, our grandchildren, and if you go back far enough, we all come from a rural background. Every single one...
"When I [was] four or five years, I started to play on this instrument, [the cimbalom.] But if you’re not studying the instrument, you can lose a lot. Even today... I take the hammer and every day make the exercise [of playing]." -- Nicolae Feraru, 2013 NEA National Heritage Fellow...
Video of Julia Alvarez - 2009 National Book Festival "Nothing human is alien to the pen of a novelist. And when we read, nothing human is alien to us either." —Julia Alvarez, speaking at the 2009 National Book Festival Love literature? See which authors will be speaking this weekend...
“I don’t think any poetry is written that isn’t primarily written to the self, in a way… I’m always talking to myself. But I seem to want somebody else to listen to it. I need, I do want an audience. So it’s a strange thing. It’s a very private...
“If you’re creating things, you’re doing things that have a high potential for failure, especially if you’re doing things that haven’t been done before. And you learn from those things. No matter how you cut it, you say, “Well, that didn’t work,” or...
“If you want to be an innovator in a style, you need to be a preservationist also, because until you can speak the stylistic language fluently, you can’t really understand how to innovate in the style.” — Andy Statman, 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellow Read our full...
“On the surface it's very hard to pinpoint how [mathematics and fiction] mesh with each other. But if you dig down a little deeper, we're all human beings and we have a limited amount of tools at our disposal. And I think our minds probably use the same kinds of techniques to solve...
“I am obsessed. This obsession drives me to gobble up books as though they were candy---drives me to spend eight hours a day at the keyboard, to turn down social engagements, give up on hobbies---and to constantly mine the world for material to bring to the page.” --- Benjamin Percy...
"How did I find my voice? I don’t think it’s something that you find and you say, "Ah-hah, I have a voice," done, move on. For me, finding my voice is an exercise in daily-ness. And I don’t care who we are or where we find ourselves, especially as women. I think it...

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