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In 1966, author Jorge Luis Borges told an interviewer, “I think nowadays, while literary men seem to have neglected their epic duties, the epic has been saved for us, strangely enough, by the Westerns.” It’s true that the soundstages of Hollywood—commercially driven and...
In honor of Valentine's Day, we asked our Facebook friends to tell us about their first literary crush. Here's what they had to say: I think I have to go with Jane Eyre. Then and now, I view her behavior as so admirable. She has a hard road to hoe but she traverses everything with dignity...
Washington is a tourist’s dream: we’ve got more monuments and museums than you can shake a stick at. But in between the grand marble memorials are a number of smaller literary landmarks, which are often regrettably easy to miss. Here are a few that are worth seeking out. Henry Wadsworth...
"I... write to give voice to the lion’s tale, after the proverb, 'Until the lion tells its history, the story of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.' I write to challenge notions of a social hierarchy, to give my readers hope that we can work to eliminate social inequality...
The Maltese Falcon hinges on the trials and and tribulations of our anti-hero, detective Sam Spade, who is brilliantly portrayed by Humphrey Bogart in the faithful film adaptation. However good the film may be, it does not come close to the experience of reading the book. What's more, the film...
The long, breathless wait is over: the new issue of NEA Arts is now live for your reading, viewing, and listening pleasure. This issue focuses on the concept of inspiration, and the many ways it can affect an artist's practice . As we conducted interviews for the magazine, artists allowed us to...
It’s rare that an NEA grantee doubles as one of Salon.com’s sexiest men alive. But for anyone who has read Justin Torres’s debut novel We the Animals , it’s clear that this is a rare writer indeed. Published in 2011, We the Animals is the story of how a pack of three young...
We love reading our favorite writers on the page, but seeing their faces on the street? Now that’s a special pleasure all its own. So feast your eyes on what happens when street art gets literary, and check out the unique ways Big Read authors and others have been used to transform our public...
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To call Esopus a magazine is a bit of a misnomer. Showcasing the broadest possible spectrum of creative endeavors, the lush, encyclopedia-thick volume is an exercise in printed ingenuity, filled...
It ain’t always easy to get recognition as an artist, particularly in Washington. We’ve got plenty of memorials for presidents and world leaders, and there’s no shortage of statues portraying generals on horses. But only one musician has been commemorated with a statue of his own...

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