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"If you've ever tried to make a student loan payment with a credit card and you find out the loan and the credit card are issued by the same bank, I think you'll understand the characters in this book," says Jim Gavin about his debut story collection, Middle Men (Simon & Schuster). For this and other new and noteable books, check out this issue's Page One.
Manal Al Sheikh says it is dangerous for her to be a writer in her hometown of Nineveh, Iraq, so the exiled poet tries to inspire her readers online from Stavanger, Norway. This short film, directed by Roxana Vilk and aired on Al Jazeera English, explores the Middle East through its contemporary poets as they struggle to lead, to interpret, and to inspire.
Local poets in Parachinar, a remote village in Pakistan that is bordered by the Tora Bora region of Afghanistan, in an area that has been torn apart for years by secretarian violence, hold an annual poetry festival with hopes that poetry can bring together diverse communities for peace.
Former Marine Anthony Swofford, author of the memoirs Jarhead: A Marine's Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles (Scribner, 2010) and Hotels, Hospitals, and Jails (Twelve 2012), is one of six writers featured in Rochelle Spencer's "Books and Babies," an article in the new issue of the magazine that takes a look at the challenges of being a parent and an author. In this video, Swofford talks about his experience serving in and writing about the military as well as some misconstrued facts about combat veterans returning home from war.
The Love Song of Jonny Valentine by Teddy Wayne explores the underbelly of fame in twenty-first century America's celebrity culture, told through the eyes of an unforgettable child. Here the author, whose first novel, Kapitoil, was published by Harper Perennial in 2010, endorses his own book.
In Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder, which opens tonight in New York City, director Christopher Felver reveals the poet's true role as a catalyst for numerous literary careers and for the Beat movement itself. The documentary features one-on-one interviews with Ferlinghetti as well as appearances by Allen Ginsberg, Dennis Hopper, Dave Eggers, and others. For more opening dates, visit the First Run Features website.
The key to Malcolm Gladwell's success? "I happened to be doing things that I wanted to do and they happened to strike a chord at a certain point." Or maybe it isn't quite that simple. The author of Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, and other books goes on to say, "Mastery is one thing; success and popularity are another."