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International

The Nobel Literature Prize Sexual Assault Scandal, Explained

While it right now is the time of the year when the Nobel prize winners are announced, it seems to be quiet about one particular prize: the literature one. For the first time in almost 70 years, there won’t be any Nobel literature laureate; instead, two people will be awarded the prize in 2019 instead of one. It’s all due to a crisis within the academy that awards the prize, caused by a massive corruption and

Europe/UK

Brits, Help Save Your Local Library

British libraries have been under the threat of budget cuts since 2010. The funding of libraries was cut £25m and fell to £919m in 2016 from £944 in 2014. A number of authors have joined hundreds of protesters in the campaign to save the libraries throughout England, including Michael Rosen, author of We’re Going On a Bear Hunt, who told The Guardian: “How hypocritical of a government that claims to be on the side of the disadvantaged for

Op-ed

Why Studying Orientalism Should Be Mandatory Today

Studying the work of cultural critic Edward Said and his seminal theory of Orientalism should become, in my opinion, a rite of passage for every student. Many students at New York University Abu Dhabi, my current place of study, agree that the prevalence of Said’s ideas on Orientalism is so enmeshed within the fabric of our curricula that it may be regarded an academic tradition – and rightly so, I say. Even if Said’s text

Asia

Interview with Tammy Ho: Hong Kong Poet, Editor and Founder of Cha: An Asian Literary Journal

Tammy Ho is a Hong Kong poet, editor and an assistant professor at Hong Kong Baptist University. She is also the founder of Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, the city’s first free and online literary journal. Throughout her career, she has written and published many of her pieces that have been translated into other languages. I talk to her about her work, Hong Kong’s literary environment and the impacts of writing in general. Tammy describes herself as the

Entertainment

“I Believe In Being Kind To The People Who Read My Books”: An Interview With Iain S. Thomas

Iain Thomas’ first ever blog post dates back to July 5th 2007, its title being “Thank God You Found This”. It was a couple years later, in 2009, that that same post became the central idea of Thomas’ first book titled after his blog: I Wrote This For You. It’s no surprise that this book, and the ones that followed, added more followers to the author’s already growing online and “real-life” following. Thomas’ style is very

Mental Health

‘Bibliotherapy’: How Reading Literature Can Help You Cope With Mental Illness

“…There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” – Shakespeare, Hamlet (Act 2, Scene 2) Throughout the day we read down our timelines and feeds on social media, yet – many of us fail to explore texts to widen our knowledge on the world or help us grow, feel better about ourselves. In our society, it seems as though everything is constant: new news, new updates, new pictures. In this generation

Entertainment

Four Short Stories By Women Writers You Need To Read

High school is a nightmare for any passionate reader. From four hour soccer play offs to endless math homework, SAT prep, club meetings and dance- there is just so much a measly twenty four hours can handle. The result? Almost zero time (or brain space) to devote yourself to a novel. But I’ve been doing this long enough, and I’ve felt my way around a reading schedule that is both rewarding, and also easy enough

Race

In a Country So Diverse, Why Are Publishing Agencies So White?

  It was Sunday morning. I’d been waiting for this Sunday morning since I first submitted my piece to the literary magazine more than six months ago; today was the day that I was going to receive a decision. It’s taken me several months of writing and editing to produce my piece. I’d written it about my experiences growing up as an Asian-American, the obstacles I faced, and the dialogue I was trying to reinvent

Entertainment

Iain S. Thomas: The Author Who Will Make You Feel at Home

Books are amazing, poetry is superb; there’s nothing like reading a good book with a nice cup or glass of whatever your beverage of choice is. Some books, some authors, some words and phrases and sentences just make you feel okay. Not literally okay, reading how Dumbledore died shattered my heart into thousands of pieces, but I was okay at the same time. It’s just that feeling of knowing that what you’re reading is great

LGBT+

4 LGBT+ Poets You Should Know About

Sitting in our literature classes the curriculum is often riddled with aged white heterosexual males. Now – I am partial to a bit of Dickens, and Shakespeare. However, diverse writers are not often touched upon in great lengths, I find. Different visions, ideas. Sexuality is often still very taboo. When, in truth, sexualities of all kinds, love of all types is raw yet beautiful. We may all wonder, as we flick through our pieces by

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