PEN World Voices Festival
April 23, 2011, 5:55 am
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This week I had Jakab Orsos and Michael F. Moore in the studio to talk about the PEN World Voices Festival.  Jakab, first-time director of the Festival, and Michael, a translator from Italian and member of the PEN Translation Committee, came in loaded to discuss some pretty intense and interesting issues, including the role of the public intellectual in today’s society and translator rights.

This year’s Festival includes discussions on everything from David Foster Wallace’s posthumous novel, The Pale King, to a roundtable discussion on the legal and moral ramifications of making classified information accesible to the public.  Some specific Festival events include “Poetry: The Second Skin”, described to me only as a “literary extravaganza” exploring the music in poetry and the poetry in music,hosted by Laurie Anderson, and “Written on Water”, the opening night reception to be held in the Chelsea Piers Lighthouse and featuring readers like Malcolm Gladwell and Deborah Eisenberg.  Also, if you live in the Highline/Standard area or are attending the Festival, don’t be surprised if you run into Harold Bloom, Jonathan Frazen, or Yusef Komunyakaa.

PEN is an international literary and human rights organization.  Salmon Rushdie is currently serving as PEN president, following the likes of Arthur Miller, Normal Mailer and Susan Sontag.  The PEN World Voices Festival will be taking place around New York City from April 25-May 1.


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