Luljeta Lleshanaku

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Luljeta Lleshanaku reads from her collection Haywire: New & Selected Poems (Bloodaxe Books, 2011) in English translation and in the original Albanian, and talks about how history, politics, and religion have informed her writing. Lleshanaku’s new collection, Negative Space (New Directions, 2018), translated from the Albanian by Ani Gjika, is featured in Page One in the May/June issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Philip K. Dick

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Nearly all of his forty-four published books were science fiction, but Philip K. Dick, who died in 1982, has influenced countless writers and filmmakers with sociological, political, and metaphysical themes that trenscend genre. The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick, edited and introduced by Pamela Jackson and Jonathan Lethem, forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt this fall, is the author's final work.

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Ready Player One

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Ernest Cline’s debut novel, Ready Player One (Crown, 2011), a dystopian science fiction adventure following a teenager’s quest for fortune through a virtual reality game, has been adapted into a feature film. Directed by Steven Spielberg with a screenplay by Cline and Zak Penn, the film stars Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg, and Tye Sheridan.

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Carl Phillips

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In this excerpt from P.O.P. (Poets on Poetry), an ongoing documentary shot and edited by Rachel Eliza Griffiths in partnership with the Academy of American Poets, poet Carl Phillips, whose eleventh collection, Double Shadow, was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2011, reads a poem and talks about a song that matches the mood of the poems he’s been writing lately.

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Wonderstruck

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“This is a story about what makes us different and about having the courage to find the place where we belong.” In this film adaptation of Brian Selznick’s novel Wonderstruck (Scholastic Press, 2011), two children from two different eras set out on quests in New York City. Directed by Todd Haynes with a screenplay by Selznick, the film stars Oakes Fegley, Julianne Moore, Millicent Simmonds, and Michelle Williams.

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Rebel in the Rye

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Danny Strong’s directorial debut, Rebel in the Rye, is a biopic portraying J. D. Salinger’s earlier years, focusing on his service during World War II and the 1951 publication of The Catcher in the Rye. The film is adapted from Kenneth Slawenski’s biography J. D. Salinger: A Life (Random House, 2011), and stars Zoey Deutch, Nicholas Hoult, and Kevin Spacey.

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