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What Noise Against the Cane

Longlisted for the 2021 National Book Award for Poetry

"Bailey invites us to see what twenty-first-century life is like for a young woman of the Black diaspora in the long wake of a history of slavery, brutality, and struggling for freedoms bodily and psychological."—Carl Phillips, from the Foreword

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"Beam Us Up, Mr. Scott"

September 8, 2021

The New Yale Book of Quotations uses pioneering research methods to trace famous quotations to their true origins. In particular, extensive searching of online historical books and newspapers has been employed to improve upon our knowledge of quotation provenances and histories. One result of these investigations has been the shedding of light on familiar misquotations.

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Artists and the Rothko Chapel: 50 Years of Inspiration

September 15, 2021

The Rothko Chapel is a place of pilgrimage: artists and art lovers are drawn by the cycle of 14 paintings that Mark Rothko created specifically for the site; religious people are seeking out its spiritual meaning and participate in interfaith events that echo beliefs from various cultures; activists pay homage to the powerful sculpture outside the Chapel, Barnett Newman’s Broken Obelisk dedicated to Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. or attend the meaningful Óscar Romero ceremony that recognizes leaders that fight for social justice and human rights.

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