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I have an iguana. Today I watched the iguana eat a snowball. It was the first snow of the year, and as Danielle and I watched the snow, each comparing it to past snows, it occurred to her that the iguana, our proxy child, and a South American creature by nature, had never experienced this. She collected a fist-sized ball and we brought it to him, snug under his Repti-Lamp in our bedroom. The first time his iguana eyes had seen a snowball, and he stepped back, then attacked and ate it, because this is what we do with the unfamiliar.

Dr. Mickey Hess’s Untitled story Featured in McSweeney’s

It teaches us how important it is to recognize the power of something new in our lives. The PEN America Masterclasses start April 28th and promise to be filled with the new and inspiring. Join us. 

Even in this black and white photograph, barely covering her bad skin, short hair in black curls, a map of veins along her neck stretched taut like guitar strings, glittering brown eyes half-open to close, smooth hard jaws with skin stretched to an open mouth hungry for the microphone a few inches away—she is pulling back as if taking a deep breath…and my narration ends there. I always wonder what it is she is going to sing—without the song she sings, the photograph is incomplete, it always leaves me hungry.

Read Mrs. Shaw by Mukoma Wa Ngugi here.

2014 PEN World Voices Anthology.

tylerknott:

This week, I was so fortunate join forces with the amazing PEN America, one of the most amazing literary organizations in the country who work very hard to, in their words, “ensure that people everywhere have the freedom to create literature, to convey information and ideas, to express their views, and to make it possible for everyone to access the views, ideas, and literatures of others.”  They have an unbelievable event coming up, the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, from April 28th through May 4th in New York City.  They wanted my help spreading their word, and it’s a word I believe is so absolutely vital to be spread. 
Right now, there are authors and writers being persecuted for their works.  These wordsmiths, these authors, need help from people like me, from people like you, to guarantee their safety, their release in many cases, and their freedom to express their beliefs in whatever way they see fit.  The persecution of artists must come to an end, and on the opening night of the World Voices Festival, this exact topic is going to be discussed.  The theme:  On The Edge.  Some of this planet’s most prominent writers and thinkers will be on hand to share their views on the issue. 
Please, follow the link, or head to worldvoices.pen.org or follow them on Instagram @Pen_America to get more information. 

tylerknott:

This week, I was so fortunate join forces with the amazing PEN America, one of the most amazing literary organizations in the country who work very hard to, in their words, “ensure that people everywhere have the freedom to create literature, to convey information and ideas, to express their views, and to make it possible for everyone to access the views, ideas, and literatures of others.”  They have an unbelievable event coming up, the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, from April 28th through May 4th in New York City.  They wanted my help spreading their word, and it’s a word I believe is so absolutely vital to be spread. 

Right now, there are authors and writers being persecuted for their works.  These wordsmiths, these authors, need help from people like me, from people like you, to guarantee their safety, their release in many cases, and their freedom to express their beliefs in whatever way they see fit.  The persecution of artists must come to an end, and on the opening night of the World Voices Festival, this exact topic is going to be discussed.  The theme:  On The Edge.  Some of this planet’s most prominent writers and thinkers will be on hand to share their views on the issue. 

Please, follow the link, or head to worldvoices.pen.org or follow them on Instagram @Pen_America to get more information.