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Directed by Katja Esson, Poetry of Resilience is a documentary about six international poets who individually survived Hiroshima, the Holocaust, China's Cultural Revolution, the Kurdish Genocide in Iraq, the Rwandan Genocide, and the Iranian Revolution. For more information, visit www.poetryofresilience.com.
Samuel Menashe, the first poet to receieve the Neglected Masters Award from the Poetry Foundation, in 2004, died Monday night in his sleep. He was eighty-five years old. In this clip, from the WNYC series "Know Your Neighbor," Menashe is seen in his New York City apartment, where he lived for fifty years.
Mary Johnson, a former nun in Mother Teresa's order, the Missionaries of Charity, talks about her new memoir, An Unquenchable Thirst: Following Mother Teresa in Search of Love, Service, and an Authentic Life (Spiegel & Grau). Watch the video then read Eryn Loeb's article about Johnson in the current issue of the magazine.
In response to the "I Hate Reading" Facebook page (which is "liked" by nearly half a million people), Lindsay Thompson, an account manager at AbeBooks, created this brief appreciation of books. And if you find this inspiring, check out one of several (sadly less popular) "I Love Reading" pages that have popped up on Facebook.