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"The Review is based on the idea that highly skillful, intelligent people can write about any subject." Directed by Martin Scorsese and David Tedeschi, this documentary, which airs September 29 on HBO, traces the fifty-year history of the New York Review of Books.
"What hit me first before the meaning of the poetry was the musicality, the phrasing, the rhythm of it." Inspired by a recording of Dylan Thomas poems read by actor Richard Burton, choreographer Christopher Bruce created this performance piece for the Scottish Ballet. The dancers move without music, using only Burton's voice and Thomas's words as inspiration.
"I've met very few cabdrivers who set out to be cabdrivers." Where To? A Hack Memoir by Dmitry Samarov includes illustrations by the author capturing his encounters with fellow cabdrivers, drunken passengers, and potholes. Samarov's book was published this month by Curbside Splendor, a Chicago-based indie press that was featured in a previous installment of Small Press Points.
The Detroit-based nonprofit Write a House is a writers residency program that renovates vacant homes and gives the homes to writers. The organization supports the literary arts, vocational education, and neighborhood stabilization. Read more on the program in the September/October issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.
Julia Fierro, founder of the Sackett Street Writers' Workshop in Brooklyn, New York, speaks on the desire to portray the new American woman's experience in her debut novel, Cutting Teeth (St. Martin's Press, 2014). Fierro is featured in "The MFA Alternatives: Independent Writing Workshops" by Michael Bourne, in the new issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.
Marysue Rucci, editor in chief at Simon & Schuster, speaks about her immediate response and connection to the story and characters from We Are Not Ourselves, a forthcoming debut novel from Matthew Thomas. Read more on the backstory of this novel in "A Day in the Life of a Publishing House" by Michael Bourne, in the new issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.