Literary Artists

Bad literature is a form of treason. ~ Joseph Brodsky

Frank Marshall Davis – Obama’s Mentor

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Frank Marshall Davis (1905-1987) was a journalist, poet and Communist Party USA activist in Chicago and Hawaii. In Hawaii he was a mentor to a young Barack Obama. The FBI file on Davis, consisting of 601 pages and covering the years 1944-1963, means that Davis was under investigation or surveillance for at least 19 years. […]

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Rob Long and Harry Shearer on Uncommon Knowledge

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This week on Uncommon Knowledge, Hollywood odd couple Rob Long and Harry Shearer discuss their unusual friendship, politics, and show business. Rob Long Rob Long is a writer and television producer in Hollywood, California, USA. As a screenwriter and executive producer for the long-running television program Cheers, he received Emmy and Golden Globe nominations in […]

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John Ashbery, Poet

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John Lawrence Ashbery was born July 28, 1927. He is an American poet. He has published more than twenty volumes of poetry and won nearly every major American award for poetry, including a Pulitzer Prize in 1976 for his collection Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror. Renowned for its postmodern complexity and opacity, Ashbery’s work still […]

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Marilynne Robinson, Essayist

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Robinson (née Summers) was born and grew up in Sandpoint, Idaho, and did her undergraduate work at Pembroke College, the former women’s college at Brown University, receiving her B.A., magna cum laude in 1966, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Washington in 1977. […]

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Chuck Palahniuk, Short Story Author

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The author of “Fight Club” is not necessarily known as a “Short Story Writer,” however Palahniuk is a believer in the Ray Bradbury ritual of writing a short story every day. Many of his stories have ended up in his novels without the reader realizing they were originally independent tales. In one novel “haunted” he […]

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