Happy Birthday, Pablo Neruda: Quotes about Life (and Love)

Born in Chile on July 12, 1904, we recognize Pablo Neruda 112 years later as a political activist and eclectic poet. As a Communist holding several Chilean governmental posts, Neruda faced danger when Radical Party presidential candidate Gabriel González Videla turned against the Communist Party.

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Just in Time for Valentine’s Day: Some of Our Favorite Literary Love Quotes

It probably doesn’t surprise anyone that Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us. The media shows us two reactions to this little, commercial holiday: 1) the lovey dovey people feeding each other heart-shaped chocolates into their perfect, air-brushed mouths, and 2) single, bitter people, doubling down on the BOGO chocolate at the local grocery store. Many of us,…

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Top Ten Pick-Up Lines in Literature

For the Power of Words, I give you Exhibit A: Arthur Miller (Death of a Salesman, The Crucible) and Marilyn Monroe. As Exhibit B: Salman Rushdie (The Satanic Verses, Midnight’s Children)  and Padma Lakshmi. I could go on. Here are ten great lines from literature that just might help you get lucky, too.  1.  “The only way to…

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At the Intersection of Poetry and Music

Four adaptations of poems set to music: some tender, some bizarre, all personal homages to poems and their masters. Enjoy! “I’m Nobody! Who Are You?” by Emily Dickinson Composed by Israeli singer-songwriter Efrat Ben Zur. I’m nobody! Who are you? Are you nobody, too? Then there’s a pair of us — don’t tell! They’d banish…

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Was Pablo Neruda Murdered?

 “I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my…

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