V1agra C1alis

1I didn’t get it at first. I thought she was kidding. Viagra, Cialis, your woman will want to keep going all night. I won’t say I didn’t blush. But… More

A Reservoir of Freedom

We have come to the end of one of the most illustrious, unruly, and eventful congresses in the history of International PEN. Have so many brilliant writers ever gathered… More

On Writing

A young student once wrote to the French novelist André Gide to ask him whether he should try to become a writer. “Only if you have to,” answered Gide,… More

Admiration

The girl listens in amazement as the cryptic novelist reads a chapter of his latest novel. When he finishes, everyone applauds. She manages to maneuver herself into a strategic… More

Black Mirrors

But when the years turn into a long train tired of its own whistles and exhausted by the stations, you try something else similar to forgetfulness. More

Don’t Snatch Àbèní

Don’t Snatch ÀbèníI cannot handle farming,I am lazy,I cannot hunt small games,My wife has matured,I do not have money!The owner of twenty slaves must not take her,The master of… More

Get the Free Speech News You Need

protesters in face masks carrying old Belarusian national flags

PEN America has a new weekly newsletter, PEN Points, bringing you a digest of the biggest free expression news of the week, plus the analysis and insights you trust from PEN America experts.