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Writer in Residence Francine Prose writes about how little honesty mattered in the U.S. election. "If all politicians lie, all that matters is what they lie about."
Joseph O'Neill reads his short story “Pardon Edward Snowden,” from the December 12, 2016, issue of the magazine.
Chris Claremont became an industry icon by emphasizing the importance of character development, storytelling, and melodrama in his long career at Marvel Comics.
Peter Filkins reflects on this year’s election season with three poems in The Common, a prominent literary magazine based at Amherst College.
Author Porochista Khakpour talks about supporting Bard students and amplifying her activism after the election.
Distinguished Writer in Residence Francine Prose discusses her new novel, Mister Monkey, on Weekend Edition.
"Conventional narratives tend to demonize attackers, but Mahajan’s novel instead investigates them to reveal very human desires and frustrations, from the mundane to the political."
Bard writer in residence Wyatt Mason looks at the Chicago-based artist who, for more than 40 years, has made it his mission to paint black figures into the canon.
If you missed Alan Cumming in conversation with WAMC's Joe Donahue at the Fisher Center on October 16, you can listen to the whole event on the Book Show.
"Tender and artful ... a sophisticated satire, a gently spiritual celebration of life, a dark and thoroughly grim depiction of despair, a screwball comedy, a screwball tragedy."
In this essay from The Artists' and Writers' Cookbook, photographer An-My Lê remembers her grandmother making substitution pho after the family moved from Vietnam to Paris.
Libraries in the United States have been quietly waging a war in defense of free speech and privacy since the September 11 attacks, writes Francine Prose.
Professor Sante observes the indignation around Dylan's Nobel win, arguing that the writer deserves the award for using the power of words to change the time he inhabited.
Brian Conn's story "The Guest" appears in the third volume of Undertow's Weird Fiction series, their "biggest and most ambitious volume to date."
Beloved satirical writer David Sedaris is best experienced in person: "his tone and delivery at once dry, understated, gently caustic and bemused by the world’s absurdities."
Bard writer in residence Francine Prose reviews The Loser, David Lang’s "beautiful and startlingly original opera."
Norman Manea has been named the winner of the 2016 Literary Award in Romance Languages from the Guadalajara International Book Fair. He is the first Romanian author to receive the honor.
Bard writer in residence Teju Cole examines the visual narrative of the iconic images of protestors in the Black Lives Matter movement.
Bard writer in residence Francine Prose discusses why she teaches the short fiction of Mavis Gallant at every opportunity.
MFA writing professor Hoa Nguyen's poems "Ode to Second Chances (Late February)" and "O Prosperity" are featured in Hyperallergic's monthly poetry series.
With entrancing prose, Teju Cole's "bold, honest" collection of essays invites readers into pressing contemporary issues of race identity, social media, and the literary community.
Professor Mason traces the development of the audiobook from 1926 when Rilke envisioned author-poets reading their own poetry on the newfangled phonograph.
Writer and artist Rikki Ducornet, recipient of the Bard College Arts and Letters award, constructs a series of paper scrolls in response to Margie McDonald's whimsical sculptures.
In honor of Marcel Proust’s 145th birthday, six contemporary writers urge readers in this frenetic cultural moment to take the time to enter into Proust’s world.
Professor Luc Sante meditates on the disappearance of junk shops, their cultural identity, and the possibility of transcendence amid the junk.
A young Neil Gaiman spent his shillings on Batman comics, and they made him want to write stories of his own. Excerpt from Gaiman's new collection, The View from the Cheap Seats.
"Over the course of the fifth century BCE, tragedy evolved into an ideal literary vehicle for exploring, and often questioning, the political, social, and civic values of Athens itself."
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is one of the most commonly taught texts in schools. Prose explores the novel's strange origins, complex structure, and timeless themes.
Artist Kate Stone '09 and writer Hannah Schneider '09 met at Bard; now they've created a "poignant and witty" collection of illustrated short stories.
"[A]n adult reading experience may be a 'dip' compared with the child’s 'soak,' writes Francine Prose, Bard writer in residence.
Writer in Residence Wyatt Mason profiles choreographer, dancer, and Bard partner Bill T. Jones, who is making some of the most personal work of his career at age 64.
Bard Writer in Residence Francine Prose travels with three generations of family to one of her favorite places on earth and wonders: Can you ever go back again?
Chris Claremont has written more X-Men comics than anyone else, and his work has had a major impact on the franchise and the superhero genre generally.
Professor Manea was welcomed warmly to his native Romania this week for an event celebrating the author as a national literary treasure ahead of his 80th birthday.
"I found myself going back to my childhood at Bard," writes Ducornet. "That campus had provided me so many amazing experiences."
Professor Manea talks about the joy of reconnecting with friends in Bucharest, Romanian political life, the Islamic State, and his work in progress.
Professor Rosenberg is the last surviving member of the Varian Fry group, which helped rescue hundreds of artists and intellectuals from the Nazis in World War II.
Distinguished Writer in Residence Teju Cole reflects on the ethical implications of displaying found photographs of African Americans in the age of digital photo tagging.
Acclaimed Somali writer and Bard professor Nuruddin Farah discusses his novel Maps as part of the World Service’s Identity Season.