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The author of Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, and Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, turns her attention in her new book, Gulp: Adventures in the Alimentary Canal, to a day in the life of bacteria in your gut.
The PEN/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award, which "honors a writer whose critically acclaimed work has drawn a wide audience and helps us to understand the human condition in original and powerful ways," was recently given to Philip Roth. Watch his speech at the awards ceremony, held at New York City's American Museum of Natural History.
The author, whose fourth novel, Jewelweed, is being published this month by Milkweed Editions, answered questions from the audience following a recent reading from the book at the Driftless Writing Center in Viroqua, Wisconsin. Rhodes, who was injured in a motorcycle accident in the early 1970s, was the subject of a profile back in 2008. Read "After the Flood."
Directed by James Franco, who also stars as Darl Bundren, As I Lay Dying will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival later this month. Based on the 1930 classic by William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying, which was filmed in Canton Mississippi, is the story of the death of Addie Bundren and her family's quest to honor her wish to be buried in the nearby town of Jefferson.
David Foster Wallace gave the commencement address to the 2005 graduating class of Kenyon College, a speech that became widely known only after the author's death. In this video, which features an abridged version of the orginal audio recording of the speech, The Glossary puts into motion the late author's invaluable life advice, which culminates in a simple, elegant explanation of the real value of education....
"Poetry gave me something that school didn't" says CJ Suitt, one of three subjects in this documentary, directed by Garret Warner, that follows spoken word poets from North Carolina. In front of live audiences they search for what is personal and universal, what Maya Angelou called "a brave and startling truth."