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"When you read it you realize that everything is constantly changing, and that that is, at least often, the key to a great story..." Ben Marcus, editor of the short fiction anthology New American Stories, published this week by Vintage, talks about one of his favorite things: Ovid's Metamorphoses.
"Today, I broke your solar system. Oops. / My bad. Your graph said I was supposed / to make a nice little loop around the sun." Fatima Asghar reads her poem "Pluto Shits on the Universe," which was published in April in Poetry magazine, at the 2015 Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam in Rockford, Illinois.
"I strongly believe that writing is an act of courage—it's almost an act of physical courage." Ta-Nehisi Coates talks about the personal strength necessary for writing, and reflects on his experience with breakthroughs. Coates's memoir Between the World and Me, published by Spiegel & Grau this week, is an exploration of racial history in the United States.
An updated version of director Mary McDonagh Murphy's documentary Harper Lee: Hey, Boo airs tonight on PBS. Harper Lee's second novel, Go Set a Watchman, will be released by HarperCollins on July 14, fifty-five years after the publication of To Kill a Mockingbird (Lippincott, 1960).