| Dec 5, 2010
Every Christmas when I was a child and even as a young adult, I knew which present I would open last. Deep under the tree, covered with fallen needles and those home-made paper ornaments you save for the lowest branches, lay a large box. Originally used...
| May 22, 2011
The FSG Book of Twentieth-Century Latin American Poetry
Edited by Ilan Stavans
Farrar, Straus & Giroux: 729 pp., $50
Here's the answer to a hypothetical "Jeopardy" query: "Who are Pablo Neruda and, um…?"
And now, the question:...
| Jun 4, 2011
| 9:23 PM
Hans Keilson was a newly minted physician in the mid-1930s when the persecution began. As a Jew in Hitler's Germany, he was stripped of the right to practice medicine. A writer, he soon lost that identity too: His autobiographical first novel was pulped...
| Sep 27, 2010
| 4:32 PM
Mary Schmich and I were chatting yesterday afternoon about the realization that begins to set in that, for instance, the next time you leave someplace -- a town, say, that you once visited often or perhaps lived in -- or......
| Dec 24, 2010
| 9:33 PM
Five literary treats that will last through 2011: free short stories, a new app, near-extinct words and author interviews form the Paris Review....
| Jun 28, 2011
| 4:34 PM
Librarians meet, a 75-year-old author weds and an Oscar-winning writer shares his secrets in today's book news....
| Aug 24, 2011
| 4:34 PM
Jorge Luis Borges is celebrated by Google on his 112th birthday....
| Mar 13, 2011
A History, a Theory, a Flood
Pantheon: 531 pp., $29.95
Partway through "The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood," James Gleick describes a technological innovation so transformative that it was heralded as "one of...
| Jan 13, 2011
| 1:08 PM
Esa rāfaga, el tango, esa diablura
los atareados aņos desafia
hecho de polvo y tiempo el hombre dura
menos que la liviana melodia
que solo es tiempo
That devilry, the tango, that wind gust
surely defies the over toiled years
made of dust and...
| Feb 17, 2011
| 12:46 PM
Karin Hillmer: Infinity & Dreams:Photographs inspired by the short stories of J.L. Borges
Silvermine Guild Art Center, 1037 Silvermine Rd., New Canaan. Gallery hours are Wed. to Sat., noon to 5 p.m. & Sun., 1 to 5 p.m. Exhibit runs through Feb. 20. (203)...
| May 15, 2012
| 2:35 PM
DJ Spooky lectures and screens Rebirth of a Nation
$15-$20, 7 p.m., May 17. Mark Twain House, 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford, (860) 247-0998, marktwainhouse.org
D.W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation occupies a particularly peculiar role in the history...
| May 18, 2012
| 11:25 AM
Earlier this year, when Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed a 100-book required reading list for his compatriots, it provoked anxiety, rekindling memories of Soviet-era censorship. The furor underscored an important point: that literature plays a...