In "Situation 5," a short film by Jackson Prize–winning poet Claudia Rankine and photographer John Lucas, a history of racial oppression forms the backdrop to a lyrical meditation on racism, imprisonment, and identity. "My brothers are notorious. Though they have not been to prison, they have been imprisoned. But the prison is not a place you enter. It is no place."
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Polly Courtney, the author of six novels who self-published her latest, Feral Youth (2013), after being frustrated by the "chick-lit" covers assigned to her by HarperCollins, offers the second in her series of how-to videos on self-publishing.
Nobel Prize-winner Gabriel García Márquez, the Colombian novelist whose One Hundred Years of Solitude established him as a colussus of 20th-century literature, died on Thursday in Mexico City at the age of eighty-seven.
Author Roxane Gay, who is profiled in the May/June issue of the magazine, and her editor at Grove/Atlantic, Amy Hundley, chat about Gay's new novel, An Untamed State, about a Haitian American woman who is kidnapped, her wealthy father unwilling to pay the ransom.
When a group of students at New York's Xavier High School wrote to their favorite authors back in 2006, only one responded: Kurt Vonnegut. Dogtooth Films created this video, featuring students at Hove Park School in the UK, to celebrate the late author's inspirational letter to the students, which urges them to make art for its own sake and to "make your soul grow."
In telling the story of the whaleship Essex, which was attacked and sunk by a sperm whale in the southern Pacific Ocean in 1820, novelist Karen Thompson Walker (The Age of Miracles) shows how fear propels imagination, as it forces us to imagine the possible futures and how to cope with them.
"The struggle for true openness and intimacy is a lifelong struggle for all of us, gay and straight alike," wrote Paul Monette in Last Watch of the Night: Essays Too Personal and Otherwise. In 1992, three years before his death, Monette won the National Book Award in nonfiction for Becoming a Man: Half a Life Story, an autobiography detailing his early life and his struggles with his sexuality. Authors David Groff and Carol Muske-Dukes speak about Monette's literary and cultural legacy in this clip from Open Road Media.
"I breathe in infinite curiosity and I write because I must." This short documentary by Jake Cushnir shows poet Gabe Kittle as he writes poems on his Royal typewriter at a Boston subway station.
"Art begins with a lie." Artist Ellen Gallagher explores the combination of words and image through movement in Anne Waldman's poem "The Lie."
Polly Courtney, the author of six novels who self-published her latest, Feral Youth (2013), after being frustrated by the "chick-lit" covers assigned to her by HarperCollins, offers the first in her series of how-to videos on self-publishing.