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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
  • The Watchlist: July 2017

    Every month, Words Without Borders reviews editor M. Bartley Seigel shares a handful of recently released or forthcoming titles he’s excited about, books he hopes you’ll agree are worth all

  • On Translating Jeroen Janssen

    Michele Hutchison’s translation of an excerpt of Jeroen Janssen’s Abadaringi appears in the July 2017 issue: Divided Countries. Last year WWB asked me to edit a feature on Flemish

  • International Reads for Wherever You’re Traveling this Summer

    When traveling abroad, see the sights, eat the food, take pictures—but don’t forget to read the stories! We’ve selected nine works from our archives to help you dive into literary depictions of

  • Remembering Elvira Vigna: 1947–2017

    WWB editor and translator Eric M. B. Becker remembers the Brazilian writer, who passed away on July 10, 2017. On Sunday morning, July 9, I was on the island of Sal, Cape Verde, preparing for the last of my panels

  • The City and the Writer—In Rio de Janeiro with Alberto Mussa

    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 “I Hear Your Voice”

    In Young-ha Kim’s I Hear Your Voice, translated by Krys Lee and published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the narrator, Donggyu, and his friend Jae grow up on the streets of Seoul and seek friendship,

  • Woman Creature

    “Woman Creature,” a short story by Brazilian writer and Machado de Assis Prize-winner Sheyla Smanioto, draws on the same polyphonic expression as her São Paulo Prize-winning

  • It Was Her World, Too—Translating Biljana Jovanović

    John K. Cox’s translation of Biljana Jovanović’s “Lida, Danilo, and the Others” appears in the June 2017 issue. For Words without Borders’s Queer Issue VIII, I translated a

  • Writing Against the Grain

    Photo: Courtesy of Dana Awartani and Athr Gallery   The four writers featured in the July 2017 issue of Words without Borders are among the over 150 artists coming to London this month as part of the biennial Shubbak


New York Review of Books

The New York Review of Books

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  • The Nose of the Master
    “Henry James and American Painting,” a compact but wonderfully heterogeneous show at the Morgan Library, includes a comprehensive selection of Jamesian portraits along with other paintings of and by his friends. James liked sitting, and the...
  • The Artist’s Closet
    When I was a senior in high school, I wrote to one of my favorite artists, Maira Kalman, and asked if she had interns and if she'd like one. She said I could come reorganize her moss collection, walk her dog, and meet her mother. It was like...
  • A Test for Consciousness?
    Parks: You can’t prove, scientifically, this idea of experience being buffered or delayed in neural eddies. Manzotti: At this stage, no. Neuroscientists can’t disprove it, or prove that the experience is “generated” in the head....
  • Hacking the Vote: Who Helped Whom?
    In the waning days of the 2016 campaign Trump’s data team knew exactly which voters in which states they needed to persuade on Facebook and Twitter and precisely what messages to use. The question is: How did the Russians know this, too? Largely...
  • An Elusive Cold War Star
    When Van Cliburn died in 2013, he was by far the most famous concert pianist in American history, although he had effectively retired from performance decades before. His had been a strange and complicated life.
  • Birds Like Us
    “Quentin Blake: The Life of Birds,” drawn from the archive held by the House of Illustration in London, is a tiny exhibition, but one of pure, quirky joy. Blake is best known as an illustrator of children’s books, including most of Roald Dahl’s....
  • The Making of the Tabloid Presidency
    Joshua Green’s new book, Devil’s Bargain, argues that Trumpism is best understood through the president’s partnership with Stephen K. Bannon, now his chief political strategist. Green has been writing about conservatives since the George W....
  • Raphael Up Close
    Although Raphael for much of the last five hundred years has been celebrated as a prince of painters, today he is widely dismissed as no more than a kind of chief courtier: supreme in grace and rhetoric, yet mannered and unnatural, even insincere....
  • Liu Xiaobo: The Man Who Stayed
    Like late-nineteenth-century scholar Tan Sitong, Liu Xiaobo threw his weight behind a cause that in its immediate aftermath seemed hopeless—in Liu's case, the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests. But with time, history vindicated Tan; I wonder if it...

The Neglected Books Page Where forgotten books are remembered
  • Among the Dangs, by George P. Elliott (1961)

    I’ve never found anything written by George P. Elliott entirely satisfying–yet I keep coming back to his work. Considered a rising talent in the 1950s, when his short stories such as “The NRACP” and “Among the Dangs” began appearing in anthologies and to be mentioned as some of the more significant works in then-contemporary American... Read more

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  • The Conspiracy and Other Stories, by Jaan Kross (1995)

    I recently had the chance to travel to Estonia for the first time, to attend a conference in Tallinn. In the spirit of this trip, then, I took along a copy of The Conspiracy, a collection of stories by one of the leading Estonian writers of the last 50 years, Jaan Kross. I was thoroughly... Read more

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  • The Russian-Estonians, from The Conspiracy and Other Stories, by Jaan Kross (1995)

    In a year such as 1947, a Russian-born Estonian was only a zemlyak, a compatriot of mine, to a most problematical degree. Such trusties with their partly, or wholly, unidiomatic phrases, their doubting and distrustful eyes who had, since the war, seeped into the university, from the dean of faculty right down to posts among... Read more

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  • Cold Tales, by Virgilio Piñera (1988)

    In “The Fall”, the first story in Virgilio Piñera’s collection, Cold Tales (Cuentos Frios), the leader of two mountaineers climbing a peak slips and falls. The fall pulls his partner down after him, and the two plummet, topsy-turvy, down the mountainside, colliding into rocky outcrops and losing limbs along the way. By the end, all... Read more

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  • An Anonymous Book, from Progress of Stories, by Laura Riding

    An anonymous book for children only was published by an anonymous publisher and anonymously praised in an anonymous journal. Moreover, it imitated variously the style of each of the known writers of the time, and this made the responsibility for its authorship all the more impossible to place. For none of the known writers could... Read more

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  • The Sex Without the Sentiment, by Thyra Samter Winslow (1957)

    When I reviewed Thyra Samter Wilson’s first short story collection, Picture Frames, I wrote that there was “No room for nostalgia in this tough cookie’s heart.” In the thirty-plus years that separated Picture Frames from her last collection, The Sex Without Sentiment, Winslow seems to have squeezed a little in. But as her title proclaims,... Read more

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  • Progress of Stories, by Laura Riding (1935; 1971; 1982)

    Laura Riding’s Progress of Stories is something of a litmus test for readers. For some, it is a neglected masterpiece, a revolutionary work in the development of fiction, a book like no other. For others, it a book like no other … in its pretentiousness, its relentless interruptions to remind the reader that he/she is... Read more

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  • The Locomotive, from Cold Tales, by Virgilio Pinera

    A locomotive–the biggest in the world–advances on a very narrow embankment. It’s the biggest locomotive in the world because it has surpassed the previous model, which–until the appearance of this one that runs on a narrow embankment–used to be the biggest in the world. It’s so big that you wouldn’t even see the other one... Read more

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  • The Backbone of the Herring, by Curtis Bok (1941)

    “It has been said that a judge is a member of the Bar who once knew a Governor,” Curtis Bok quips in the first story in his collection of judicial stories, The Backbone of the Herring. With this opening line, the reader immediately gets a sense of Bok’s easy-going humor and self-deprecation. Although John Lukacs... Read more

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  • A New Paragraph, from The Birth of a Story, by William Sansom (1972)

    A new paragraph, a white breath for the eyes, is becoming more and more a necessity nowadays, with the accelerated pace of things in general and I would say certainly with readers reluctant to face too large a block of words with no relieving white space. Look at a page of Simenon, an economical writer... Read more

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