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"Human beings are always going to want to create beautiful things. Language is one medium in which to do that. You can do it with paint, you can do it with clay, you can do it with words. It's all coming from the same fountain," says Kevin Devaney, a street poet in Santa Cruz, California.
"Irony just brushes past a question and leaves you with a thought about it," says Martin Amis. "Satire is meant to be much more vigorous and vehement, the suggestion being that you actually want to change reality—you're agitating for change." A paperback edition of the British novelist's satiric novel, Lionel Asbo: State of England, was published by Vintage last month.
Watch some of the creative professionals inside Random House, including Chip Kidd, who designed the magazine's January/February 2010 issue, explain how they approach new cover designs and tell some stories behind a few memorable covers, including those for the Stieg Larsson books.
"We must strike down the insidious lie that a book is the creation of an individual soul laboring in isolation. We must strike it down because it threatens the overall quality and breadth of American literature," says the New York Times bestselling author (who has more than 1.5 million Twitter followers, a fantastically popular Tumblr page, and more than a million YouTube subscribers) in his acceptance speech for the Indie Champion Award from the American Booksellers Association.
What happens when a dream you've held since childhood doesn't come true? As Lisa Bu adjusted to a new life in the United States, she turned to books to expand her mind and create a new path for herself. She shares her unique approach to reading in this talk about the magic of books from TEDTalks.
The third and final installment in a series of readings and discussions celebrating the tenth anniversary of the PSA Chapbook Fellowships, which are sponsored by the Poetry Society of America, features Camille Rankine, the 2010 fellowship recipient, and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Cornelius Eady, who selected her for the honor.
The author most recently of Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter (2010) and Magic Hours: Essays on Creators and Creation (2012), as well as coauthor with Greg Sestero of The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made, forthcoming in October, talks with the Los Angeles Review of Books at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at the University of Southern California on April 21, 2013.