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maria-espinosa's picture
Mar.20.2014
Recently I read this engrossing novel by Brenda Webster, in which she writes  through the voice of an aging Italian filmmaker. With uncanny sensibility, Webster enters the inner and outer worlds of Renzo, who is suffering from the onset of dementia. With a loving eye, she depicts Renzo's Rome...
monty-heying's picture
Dec.03.2011
[This is one of the most powerful scene's I have come across in literature. Isaac, a Jewish symphony conductor, speaks to Paula, a Jewish opera singer who has lost her voice after the shock of learning details about her father’s suffering at Auschwitz. As a ten year-old, the father's job had been...
frank-sanello's picture
Nov.29.2011
Portrait of Dr. Gachet by van Gogh La Belle Époque (The Beautiful Age) was a period of great artistic innovation and controversy that began approximately in 1890 and ended exactly on July 28, 1914. That’s the date World War I began when Austria invaded Serbia in retaliation for the assassination...
bob-mustin's picture
Jan.13.2011
The Weekend, by Bernhard Schlink   The book reminds of one of my favorite moves: The Big Chill. Here, too, some old college chums – male and female – gather again after so many years, each in middle age and still a bit confused about what their radical, revolutionary lives back then were really all...
bob-mustin's picture
Jul.26.2009
Imagine that your country has just been involved in a war of extreme moral dubiousness, that it's over now, and you and your fellow citizens are trying to sort out your roles in it, whether those roles have been active or passive, pro or con. Further, imagine that the world wants to hold your...
nina-vida's picture
Jun.04.2009
In 2006 my novel THE TEXICANS was published. The Texas Monitor judged it one of the two best novels of the year. THE TEXICANS was written in my home office in sunny California, absolutely no threat of death hanging over me while I was writing it. The other novel, SUITE FRANCAISE by Irene Nemirovsky...
jayne-lyn-stahl's picture
Nov.28.2008
"For the world is in a bad state, but everything will become still worse unless each of us does his best. So, let us be alert--alert in a twofold sense: Since Auschwitz we know what man is capable of. And since Hiroshima we know what is at stake." From "Man's Search for Meaning,...