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Jack Kerouac’s hometown celebrates the centennial of his birth

Jemma Stewart of Somerset, England: ‘I’m spending my first day ever in America at the Jack Kerouac grave. I didn’t study him in school. I found him by…

John Milton sells the copyright to Paradise Lost for £10 (1667)

John Milton was an anarchist, didn’t believe in the Trinity and wrote pamphlets about the merits of divorce, and wrote Paradise Lost “I don’t believe any of you…

We Could Use a Shelby Foote Today

One of the greatest American Civil War historians saw nobility in the stars and bars. Photo: Shelby Foote (1916-2005)Credit: Flickr/CreativeCommons/MemphisCVB 29 NOVEMBER 2017 HAWKINS BAY James Porteous 29…

Watch: TCM Remembers (2021)

A yearly tradition, TCM Remembers celebrates the life and work of bright lights that will never fade. 22 December 2021 | James Porteous | Clipper Media #TCMRemembers the…

Making sense of Hannah Arendt

A new biography illuminates this most complex of political thinkers. 06 December 2021 | DANIEL BEN-AMI | Spiked For anyone interested in political ideas the first encounter with…

Review: ‘O Pioneers!’ by Willa Cather (1913)

In 1913, The Times declared Cather’s “novel without a hero” to be “American in the best sense of the word.” Credit:Lily Snowden-Fine Sept. 14, 1913 | The New…

Life After Loneliness: Learning how to Build a New Life for Yourself

After her second divorce, author Saima Mir finally realised that no one was coming to rescue her and she began to build a new world for herself. Photo:…

Watch: Anthony Burgess (documentary)

04 October 2021 | James Porteous | Clipper Media Fans of the work of Anthony Burgess have grown weary of pointing out that he wrote quite a few…

Dorothy Parker Finally Gets a Final Resting Place, 54 Years Late

Photo: Cropped – David Dee Delgado for The New York Times (original below) | With additional photos, quotes and video The beloved author wrote many witty epitaphs but…

Gertrude Stein’s memoir of the ‘lost generation’

Photo: Gertrude Stein, 1934. Photographer: Carl Van Vechten An interesting, if somewhat overly critical look at Gertrude Stein and her The Autobiography of Alice B Toklas. Personally I…

Sylvia Plath: Will the poet always be defined by her death?

(Image credit: Alamy) Since Sylvia Plath died in 1963, she’s been turned into a crudely tragic symbol. As she inspires more biographies, will we ever get closer to the…

Obituary: William F. Nolan – Prolific SciFi Writer (Logan’s Run) (93)

Photo: William F. Nolan and Ray Bradbury The American author wrote hundreds of stories in the science fiction, fantasy, horror, and crime fiction genres as well as as a screenwriter. 18 July 2021 |…

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