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New York City Opera Files for Bankruptcy

New York City Opera, known for 70 years as the “people’s opera” for its affordable tickets, revealed as much as $10 million in assets and debt in a bankruptcy petition it filed Thursday after years of declining income and a failed fundraiser.

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Michael Douglas Highlights Son’s Confinement in Emmy Speech

The actor used his Emmy win Sunday to draw attention to the plight of Americans held in solitary confinement, including his son.

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Afghan Women Risk Lives to Write Poems

Although some female poets in Afghanistan have been killed by their male family members for penning poetry, many see it as an outlet to express their inner and outer worlds during a time of great national turmoil.

Posted on Sep 25, 2013 READ MORE



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Sam Jackson on Obama, Republicans and Civil Disobedience

In a new Playboy interview, the highest-grossing actor of all time, who has made an art of the f-bomb, says Barack Obama should “be fucking presidential,” and, on GOP obstruction, “there was a time we would be in the streets about this shit.”

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Celebrated Statesman, Artist Killed in Kenya Attack (Audio)

Professor Kofi Awoonor, former chairman of Kenya’s Council of State and a poet of African decolonization, was among those killed in the attack on the Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi on Saturday.

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On Chelsea Manning and Privacy, Cumberbatch Still Sides With Authority (Updated)

After reading Benedict Cumberbatch’s full, unedited remarks on the punishment of Chelsea Manning and government destruction of privacy, published Monday at The Guardian, I believe his meanings as originally reported remain intact.

Posted on Sep 14, 2013 READ MORE



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DC Gives Poor Excuse for Nixing Batwoman’s Lesbian Wedding

The co-publisher of the iconic comic book said Batwoman can’t marry the woman of her dreams because “heroes shouldn’t have happy personal lives,” The Independent reports.

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From the Rubble of the Syrian Civil War, Visceral Poetry Arises

Turning away from the religious metaphors of the past, Syria’s new verse relies on realistic, raw descriptions inspired by war and expresses the hope for a united country to be formed. But the outspoken nature of this emerging literary tradition comes at a price.

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Poet and Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney Dies at 74

No anthology of Irish poetry (or, arguably, contemporary poetry) is complete without an entry penned by Seamus Heaney. Friday, the literary world lost a treasure when the renowned bard died in Dublin, after being hospitalized due to a fall.

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Crime Writer Elmore Leonard Dies at 87

Along with his literary contributions, the author’s crime thrillers became part of the American cultural conversation through screen adaptations of several of his stories. He died Tuesday at his home in Michigan at age 87.

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