26 June 2009 0 Comments

When poets do the talking

A new book examines the lives of Palestinian poetsBy Matt Beynon Rees – on GlobalPost JERUSALEM — Whenever Palestinian and Israeli artists get together for public “dialogues,” it always seems to end with the Israelis saying, “We’re sorry,” and the Palestinians responding, “Screw you anyway.” That was how it went at a literary conference in […]

10 June 2009 0 Comments

Warm Guns and Whingers: Happy-Guru Eric Weiner’s Writing Life

What’s happiness? A large income, Jane Austen said. Absolute ignorance, according to the delightfully morbid Grahame Greene. Or John Lennon’s less delightfully morbid warm gun. Whatever else it is, happiness is done to death. But where it is? That’s something new. The genius of Eric Weiner’s New York Times bestseller “The Geography of Bliss: One […]