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Tales from the past to titillate and educate while giving you a lens on the present and future.

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    Intellectual heavyweight Jean Genet wrote powerfully about a friend's prison death. A French singer took the words and made them a song.

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    It involves laugh bags, vampire teeth and a king who rises from the dead. What is it with Sweden?

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  • 02/10/16--21:00: Rules for Burning Books
  • A professed lover of literature makes a case for book burning.

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    Jacob Kushner remembers a Ghanaian poet, two years after the terrorist attack that killed him.

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    Fifty years after Eliot's death, the sound of the 20th century's great conservative poet can still conjure St. Louis, Great Britain and the impending fog of war.

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    The nation that has birthed a bevy of literary talent has one more treat for us.

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    A hip-hop artist and slam poet's debut novel hits the U.S. this year - and we peg him as a new great.

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    This island nation's literary scene remains limited and guarded today. But Cuban literature holds remarkable promise.

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    Hold your engines, NASA. Mars needs intellectuals and thinkers on board spaceships, too.

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    Children's author Shel Silverstein was once a cartoonist at Playboy and a regular in Hugh Hefner's pleasure dome.

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    We spoke with playwright Kathleen Warnock about her reading series, which has been running monthly since 2004.

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    Ethio-jazz singer-songwriter Meklit is using birdsong and science to craft intricate melodies and create a sound all her own.

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    Booker-shortlisted author, musician and poet Jeet Thayil sounds like Burroughs and Baudelaire embraced.

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    Emi Mahmoud, winner of the 2015 Individual World Poetry Slam, turns tragedy into art.

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    Singaporean poet Alvin Pang has a rare flair for the relevant and lyrical alike. Hear him read on race, fathers and the concept of success.

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    National Poetry Month is full of all manner of love of metered verse. Yep. Full of it.

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    You don't have to be a depressed celebrity to find solace in one of the Sufi mystic Rumi's most unforgettable poems.

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    She might be the next Calvino - except she's got one more language on him. Meet a strange and beautiful poet and writer.

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    Francophone poet, novelist and scholar Abdourahman Waberi jokes that he's the "Dante of Djibouti." Which is a surprisingly big job.

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    Meet the chatty writer behind Microsoft's artificially intelligent bot.

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