Liberty’s Language

NEW YORK - As the ultimate guardians of language and its complexity, writers have always felt the need to deal with the great crises of their time. In those… More

Homophobia’s Reach

American democracy provides inspiration by example (rather than by military occupation) to people all over the world who are seeking justice and freedom. And it is important to note… More

Torturers and Terrorists

So now we think we know who took some of the photographs at Abu Ghraib. The works attributed to Specialist Jeremy Sivits are fated to remain among the indelible… More

Larry McMurtry testimony

Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and Administrative Justice of the House Judiciary Committee Chairman: Jack Brooks My name is Larry McMurtry. I am a writer. I have published several novels, including… More

Resolution on the United States of America

The Assembly of Delegates of International PEN, meeting at its 69th Congress in Mexico City, Mexico, 22–28 November 2003, Alarmed by actions by the U.S. government and U.S. military… More

A Shock to the System

Natural disasters often lay bare a society's grim realities and sometimes shock citizens into political action. Twenty years ago today, a catastrophic earthquake in Mexico City shook that society… More

Living With the Dead

Oakland, Calif.—And where do the dead go after they have sucked down their last breaths and drowned in the rafters of their homes? After they have died in the… More

Notes from the Attic

It’s time to talk about my life at Yeo’s house. I had never been there before. It was through a chance meeting that I ended up moving into her… More

Let Man Remember

Let man remember throughout his life he’s on his way toward death:each day he travels only a little so he thinks he’s always at rest—like someone sitting at ease… More