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Literature

Doctors Who Write

Doctors Who Write

“Medicine is my lawful wife; literature is my mistress,” wrote Anton Chekhov, describing his life as both physician and writer.

Literature

If Poetry Was a Place

If Poetry Was a Place

According to Gerardo Diego, Antonio Machado “spoke in verse and lived in poetry.”

Books

Megan Peak – Girldom

Megan Peak – Girldom

Megan Peak will be reading at our monthly poetry reading series, Inner Moonlight on November 14th.

Music

Blending Traditions Into a Single Musical Story

Blending Traditions Into a Single Musical Story

Indrė Jurgelevičiūtė, a Lithuanian folksinger and songwriter, creates melodies that honor the traditions of her country. With the kanklės, a Baltic psaltery instrument, laid out horizontally across her lap, the musician paints fresh musical landscapes.

Literature

Svetlana Lavochkina – At Home in a Second Language

Svetlana Lavochkina – At Home in a Second Language

In assuming the guise of a different language, one can also assume a different persona. Svetlana Lavochkina, a Ukranian author residing in Leipzig, Germany, understands the voyage one makes in crossing from one language to another. From the age of 8, she dreamt of becoming a writer, but she knew she didn’t want to write in Russian, her native language; instead, she sought full creative expression in English.

Literature

Portrait of a Bookstore: Desperate Literature (Madrid)

Portrait of a Bookstore: Desperate Literature (Madrid)

I like to think of Desperate Literature as a transitional space between street and home. Co-owners Terry Craven and Charlotte Delattre see this space as completely fluid. “There’s little distinction between our private life and public life. It’s how we live and what we live for,” Charlotte says. “A very nice version of how we live.”

Books

Sadness Workshop, by Stevie Edwards

Sadness Workshop, by Stevie Edwards

Most of us know the feeling of coming undone, of drifting through a sea of loneliness unanchored, unmoored. After a few cities, relationships, peregrinations, we struggle to find someone who knows our name, let alone remembers it, who can speak to us in a way that feels vaguely familiar, who knows us in a way we all desire to be known.

Interviews

Meeting Laura Pacheco, illustrator of “Reading Quirks”

Meeting Laura Pacheco, illustrator of “Reading Quirks”

Our collaborator, Katy Dycus, interviews the WD’s resident illustrator at her house and studio in Almería, Spain.

Literature

John Ashbery’s Background Music

John Ashbery’s Background Music

John Ashbery passed away on September 3 at the age of 90. I can’t imagine him heeding Dylan Thomas’s call to “rage, rage against the dying of the light.”

Literature

Ethel Brilliana Alec-Tweedie and the Athletic “New Woman”

Ethel Brilliana Alec-Tweedie and the Athletic “New Woman”

At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, every country sent at least one woman competitor. An unprecedented event. In Rio de Janeiro last year, 45% of the 11,000 competing athletes were women. But more than 120 years ago, before Serena and Venus Williams, Katie Ledecky and Simone Biles were household names, the Olympic Games prohibited women’s involvement. There just wasn’t any space for women in the collective “public sphere.”

Literature

Writers in Motion

Writers in Motion

When Charles Dickens invited guests over for dinner, it was his tendency to take them on a little pre-dinner stroll. Some four hours later, the famished group returned back to his home for their later-than-planned meal. The ‘Sketches by Boz’ author was used to walking hours at a time. He sketched life by traversing it, gathering up material through close inspection of daily encounters.

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