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For April, we reached renown writer Murathan Mungan. He prepared, in his words, a “7×7” reading list for young readers, consisting of books that are a must for every library…  “The books I chose for you are gathered with respect to modern literature. I chose seven books which are, in my opinion, a must for …

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  War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy’s epic novel of Russia in the Napoleonic wars, has for some time borne the unfortunate, if mildly humorous, cultural role as the ultimate unread doorstop. (At least before David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest or Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle.) The daunting length and complexity of its narrative can seem uniquely forbidding, though it’s …

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Portland-based artist Kate MacDowell (previously) continues to construct discomfiting combinations of human and wildlife elements in her porcelain sculptures. She builds each piece by hand, and often layers in details after hollowing out the main form, whether it is a fox’s body encasing a human skull or a human brain filled with flora and fauna.  MacDowell describes …

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(Note: This article is translated into Polish here.) Recently, I was talking with a teacher and friend about self realization. He made a simple comment that the soul is the sum total of all of our experiences. It struck me how this meant that every experience adds to our soul, and there is no experience that can detract …

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A book documents how typewriters have been used to create astonishing works of graphic art for more than a century. One quality that seems to define humanity isn’t just its compulsion to create art, but to create art in the most impractical ways. For proof, look no further than Typewriter Art: A Modern Anthology, by …

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Eric Griffiths cared too much about his students’ potential to let them wallow in sloppy thoughts Jun 28th 2018| CAMBRIDGE If Not Critical. By Eric Griffiths. Edited by Freya Johnston. Oxford University Press; 272 pages; $35 and £25. DRESSED in a leather jacket and a shoelace-thin tie, or with Armani trousers flapping around his trainers, Eric Griffiths …

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For March we reached out to renown writer, president emeritus of PEN South Africa and a member of the executive board of PEN International, Margie Orford to ask for his reading suggestions to young writers and why she picked them.     1. Chınua Achebe /Thıngs Fall Apart (1958) (a line from a poem by WB Yeats) (Nigerian) …

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As İlkyaz, we work to introduce three young writers every month. We translate these works, which are be made up of a short stories or poems, into English and endeavour to introduce them to readers outside of Turkey. March’s works are now live and can be found below. This, we hope, will create new audiences …

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