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    The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

    Before being cast as Princess Leia in Star Wars, Carrie Fisher thought she knew about fame. Her mother is Debbie Reynolds, star of various MGM musicals, while her father was the crooner Eddie Fisher, who caused a sensation when he left Reynolds and their young children to marry Elizabeth Taylor. But the fame that Fisher…

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    how I make a poem

    If a poet should ask me how I make a poem I should say I’ve always wondered myself. If Ilse asked me how I make a poem I should tell her It is a very complicated and arcane process In simplest analogy it is rather like making a pterodactyl pie First you mix your piecrust…

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    The Saturday poem: Adventure Flight

    by Lemn Sissay Third planet from the sun, this spinning earth. Thousands of football cups but only one is first. Here comes the light to break the pitch: the new day. Crowds wake! Clouds break! The adventure is under way. I will not waiver. I will not fail. I will not cower. When under great…

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    A History of Russian Nihilism

    An understanding of the Russian nihilism of the 1860s begins with an attempt to understand the concept of nihilism. This is naturally difficult because if there is a word that has even more loaded, and negative, connotations than anarchism it would be nihilism. This is particularly because the primary vehicle of our modern understanding of…

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    Federico García Lorca was killed on official orders, say 1960s police files

    Newly released documents contain first admission by Franco-era officials of their involvement in 1936 death of Spanish poet and playwright Lorca makes a broadcast for Spanish radio station Union Radio SA, circa 1929. Photograph: Popperfoto/Getty Playwright and poet Federico García Lorca was arrested and killed on the orders of rightwing military authorities in Granada, according…

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    Judge opens investigation into death of Spanish poet Federico García Lorca

    Judge opens investigation into death of Spanish poet Federico García LorcaGarcía Lorca’s death, possibly in 1936, remains a mystery after the site where he was believed to be buried was excavated in 2009 without finding remains Spanish playwright and poet Federico Garcia Lorca makes a broadcast for a Spanish radio station in 1929. Photograph: Popperfoto…

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    What is Literature?

    The quest to discover a definition for “literature” is a road that is much travelled, though the point of arrival, if ever reached, is seldom satisfactory.  Most attempted definitions are broad and vague, and they inevitably change over time.  In fact, the only thing that is certain about defining literature is that the definition will…

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