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Podcast: Page-Turner May 2, 2014 Fiction Podcast: Joyce Carol Oates Reads Cynthia Ozick On this month’s fiction podcast, Joyce Carol Oates reads “The Shawl,” by Cynthia Ozick, which was published in The New Yorker in 1980. In the story, a woman called Rosa and Stella, a teen-age girl, are shipped off to a Nazi concentration camp. Rosa smuggles her baby, Magda, into the camp using a shawl that keeps Magda miraculously quiet, and which Stella envies for its warmth: It was a magic shawl, it could nourish an infant for three days and three nights. Continue Reading >> April 16, 2014 Poetry Podcast: Michael Dickman Reads Ellen Bryant Voigt This month on the Poetry Podcast, Michael Dickman reads “Cow,” by Ellen Bryant Voigt, which juxtaposes the pastoral aspects of farm life with its violent realities: a girl held out a handful of grasscalling the cow as you would a dog no diceso what if she recoiled to see me burst from the house with an axeI held it by the blade I tapped with the handle where the steaks come from

Books have a big future - Readmill 99% Invisible Radiotopia My Good Man | Boston Review “My Good Man”—that was what she called him. Good for what? was what most people asked, but all my ma would do was smile. He hung around a lot the spring and summer I was seven, and since he was strong enough to bring in a full kerosene can, she let him stay on through the winter. After a while, she willed the whole reservation to forget his real name. Everyone started calling him MGM, which eventually evolved into Gihh-rhaggs, the Tuscarora word for lion. My ma was off cleaning houses for white women in the rich village below the reservation five days out of seven and spent most Saturday nights serving guests at cocktail parties for those same women. I would stand on a dining-room chair and zip them both up after they’d gotten dressed in my ma’s bedroom, the backs of their white collars closing on my fingers like huge flower petals. Gihh-rhaggs generally stayed out of the way while my auntie was there. I don’t remember exactly when Gihh-rhaggs took over waking me. “Dave?”

7 Essential Books on Music, Emotion, and the Brain by Maria Popova What Freud has to do with auditory cheesecake, European opera and world peace. Last year, Horizon’s fascinating documentary on how music works was one of our most-liked pickings of 2010. We love the work of neuroscientist and prolific author Oliver Sacks, whose latest book, The Mind’s Eye, was one of our favorite brain books last year. Why music makes us feel the way it does is on par with questions about the nature of divinity or the origin of love. Never ones to pass up a good ol’ fashioned erudite throw-down, we can’t resist pointing out that the book’s final chapter, The Music Instinct, may be the juciest: It’s a direct response to Harvard psycholinguist Steven Pinker, who in a 1997 talk famously called music “auditory cheesecake” and dismissed it as evolutionarily useless, displacing demands from areas of the brain that should be handling more “important” functions like language. Patel also offers this beautiful definition of what music is: Donating = Loving

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