literature

literature

BY Yahia Lababidi June 04, 2016

“Let yourself be silently pulled by what you love.” Weaving poesy with mellifluous prose, an Egyptian poet celebrates the power of the lyrical art to bring us closer to the divine, and to ourselves.

BY Ben Bagocius May 22, 2016

Our culture celebrates masculine gruffness and aggression. But what about masculine affection? In the poetry of Emily Dickinson, a devotee finds strength to love freely, and a new kind of masculinity.

BY Krista Tippett May 02, 2016

Beloved Irish poet John O'Donohue on beauty's true grit, and finding it in the transformational edges of our daily lives.

BY Julia Travers April 11, 2016

An offering for the literary yogis in our midst… the unexpectedly harmonious partnership of words and asana.

BY Ben Bagocius February 13, 2016

Einstein and Darwin were some of our most poetic writers. But a bifurcation has taken place, a rupture in the disciplines. A literature professor celebrates the natural symbiosis of the world of facts and the creative word.

BY Andréana E. Lefton November 28, 2015

An unexpected exchange catalyzes a conversation about the essential truths of aphorisms and paring the excess without violating the mystery.

BY Omid Safi September 08, 2014

Lists can be fun. How about we create a community of learning and sharing for continued growth!

BY May 22, 2012

Loving the woodcut feel of these book cover illustrations for the Evelyn Waugh

BY May 10, 2012

“You can listen to silence Reuven. I’ve begun to realize that you can listen to silence and learn from it. It has a quality and a dimension all its own. It talks to me sometimes. I feel myself alive in it.”
—Chaim Potok from The Chosen.

BY May 04, 2012

Imagine you’re a rare-books librarian, and you come across a note in a book signed “P. Revere.” If your name is Marie Malchodi, this happened to you three weeks ago.

BY March 19, 2012

Charles Dickens says a human response that shames us can also change our hearts.

BY January 18, 2012
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BY December 12, 2011

A fuller version of the quotation Brueggemann offered in our interview.

BY March 03, 2011

L.A. Book Club on Israeli LiteratureOnce a month, in and around Beverly Hills, a word-of-mouth club, comprised of all Israelis, meets at alternating members’ homes to discuss Hebrew literature by Israeli authors.

“It’s interesting because we all know each other so well,” says Orna Yaron, who along with her husband Meir, helped start the club and are the only remaining members of the 40 attendees of the first book club meeting in 1989. “We know each other’s political inclinations, personal and family situations. We analyze the literature, but everybody comes from his own experience. It’s like group therapy sometimes.”

BY February 02, 2010

A reflection on the enduring imprint of fictional characters like J.D. Salinger's Holden Caufield.

BY November 20, 2009

Previous "On Being" guest, Adele Diamond, tells a story about meeting the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India at a Mind and Life Institute dialogue. We highlight some of the passages Adele Diamond presented to the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala — including texts from Rabbi Heschel, Bashevis Singer, Rachel Naomi Remen, and Henri Nouwen.

BY November 06, 2008

McCullough's reference to Mad Max and Death Wish prompted us to put together cinematic revenge moments for the program. In the end, it didn't fit but why not let you hear them?

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