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The third installment of Akashic's Drug Chronicles series, The Heroin Chronicles, edited by Jerry Stahl, includes stories by Eric Bogosian, Lydia Lunch, Nathan Larson, Ava Stander, and many others. In this video from Open Road Media, Stahl talks about William Burroughs, the difference between an alcoholic and a junkie, and how he selected the pieces for the anthology.
The author (and, yes, son of Stephen King) talks about the process of writing his first novel, Double Feature (Scribner, 2013), about a young man coming to terms with his life in the process and aftermath of making his first film. King's first book, We’re All in This Together: A Novella and Stories, was published by Bloomsbury in 2005.
The acclaimed Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe died earlier today at the age of eighty-two. A statement released on behalf of his family described the author as one of the great literary voices of his time, whose wisdom was an inspiration to all who knew him. The Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan said Professor Achebe would live forever in the hearts and minds of present and future generations. BBC's Bilkisu discusses his legacy with Stephen Sackur.
The short film "The Me Bird" is a visual interpretation of Neruda's poem of the same name, which ends: "That's why I come and go, / fly and don't fly but sing: / I am the furious bird / of the calm storm." 18bis, the graphics studion in Rio de Janeiro that created the film, explains the imagery: "The frames depicted as jail and the past as a burden serve as the background for the story of a ballerina on a journey towards freedom. A diversified artistic experimentation recreates the tempest that connects bird and dancer."
The author of more than ten collections of poetry and several volumes of essays, criticism, and memoir, Orr welcomes viewers into his home (and his writing cottage) in Charlottesville, Virginia, in this video directed by Guy Shahar, part of the Cortland Review's series Poets in Person.