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'Sonic Peace': Troubling poetry about the modern world

/ Sep 30, 2017

'Sonic Peace': Troubling poetry about the modern world

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“Sonic Peace,” which won the Chuya Nakahara Prize in 2006, is in the classic “artist-versus-modernity” vein. It rings with contemporary loneliness, solitary figures awake in the night and vending machines glowing in the gloom. Many of the voices are personified electronic devices, our phones ...

Proust paid for good reviews of his masterpiece

Sep 29, 2017

Proust paid for good reviews of his masterpiece

The French writer Marcel Proust paid for glowing reviews of the first volume of his "Remembrance of Things Past" to be put into newspapers, letters by the great author reveal. The novelist wrote the notices himself and sent them to be typed up by his ...