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  • Feng Xiaogang
    “China’s Spielberg” Feng Xiaogang On Censorship

    “I believe that 1942 is the closest that you can get to an Oscar-level film for China because of the censorship.” In this interview, The Hollywood Reporter‘s Scott Feinberg had a chance to ask the celebrated writer/director Feng Xiaogang about censorship in China, as well as his life and career.

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  • Situation: A visual poem by Tarık Günersel
    Overture

    The poem “Overture” is a “statement with a wish,” writes Tarık Günersel. He shares his short poem in 32 languages, including English and the Turkish original, with translations provided by fellow writers and PEN members from around the world. Günersel is PEN Turkey president.

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  • Aleph
    Notes on Leaving

    “When you face up to those in power you always do it from the periphery, whether you are in a neighborhood in Maracaibo, a housing estate in Valencia, a university in Caracas, or in any other part of the world.” Venezuelan writer Israel Centeno on exile and the ongoing struggle with having left.

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  • Ye Fu and Friends
    Rice-Delivery-Party

    On the rise and fall (for now) of the popular Butcher Shop, an innovative philanthropic e-commerce project that provides financial aid to families of political prisoners. The venture is organized by Rice-Delivery-Party, a writer/activist collective led by the author and blogger Ye Fu.

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  • Bar
    Hard Luck Bar

    “Like any other bar in any city on earth, nothing was overwhelming…” Traveling the American Midwest six years later, Egyptian writer Hamdy El-Gazzar finds a familiar bar full of characters, life, and creative inspiration.

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