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Today is the birthday of Ian
McEwan, born in Aldershop, England, in 1948. His
father was an army officer and the family moved a lot
during his childhood, living in East Asia, Germany and
North Africa. In 2002 he discovered that he had
an older brother who had been conceived before his
parents were married and had been given up for
Women In Translation
With the buzz for Women In Translation Month gaining momentum, you may be wondering, "Where do I begin? I don't know of any female translated authors"... read on
And I Quote...
Nothing overtly significant need be happening in a poem. The doors of perception may be no bigger than a speck of dust, but when any one of them opens it is as if the whole of life were swirling behind it ~ George Szirtes
Let NPR transport you: by literary train, plane, car, bike, boat, foot, city transit, horse, baloon, rocket ship, time machine and even the odd giant peach. Bon voyage! (Taxes and fees not included)
Read Haruki Murakami's short story Yesterday in the current issue of The New Yorker.
Olivia Laing looks back on the great female writers who sought refuge in the bottle and salvation on the page.
Alfred, Lord Tennyson
He clasps the crag with crooked hands;
Close to the sun in lonely lands,
Ring’d with the azure world, he stands.
The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;
He watches from his mountain walls,
And like a thunderbolt he falls.