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Culture, The Exhibitionist Wendy Lesser Hears the Heart of Shostakovich in Quartets Written Under Stalin's Rule

Wendy Lesser Hears the Heart of Shostakovich in Quartets Written Under Stalin's Rule

No foreign sky protected me, No stranger's wing shielded my face. I stand as witness to the common lot, Survivor of that time, that place. -- Anna Akhmatova, 1961 How does an artist work in the context of an…
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June's Literary Events

Thursday, June 2 Selling paperbacks has never been more revolutionary. It was pretty damn revolutionary before, in the beginning, when open-minded booksellers saw paperbacks as the great democratizers of literature because the masses could afford them. Technology now having democratized…
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Culture, Books Native Speaker

Native Speaker

English is my first, last, and only language. I don't say this proudly, and it's not for lack of trying. I took Spanish in high school and remember enough of it to ask for a drink and a room (or…
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Nothing Remains the Same: Rereading and Remembering

By Wendy Lesser Houghton Mifflin (May 2002), $24 People are lousy readers. We keep hoping for that "perfect" reading, during which we gather deep meaning out of every line, but few people concentrate that well, and even fewer writers are…
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