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Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby

In case “one of the greatest novels of the 20th century” doesn’t catch your curiosity about The Great Gatsby… In December 2012, Baz Luhrmann (director of Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge) will release his adaptation of The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, and Spiderman, I mean, Tobey Maguire. The trailer for the film was […]

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“On Doomsday, I will say aloud,/I came from the world with my heart full of hope”

A beautiful, sobering article by journalist/poet Eliza Griswold about “Why Afghan Women Risk Death to Write Poetry.”  Griswold visits with members of a secret group of Afghan women who risk the punishment of their fathers, brothers, and husbands to write poems exploring their hopes and desires. When discovered, women have been beaten, and sometimes killed, for writing their […]

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