Germany Year Zero

History is constantly torn between science and art. Sometimes, people try to resolve this dilemma by pulling art, and fiction in particular, toward the scientific, sometimes, by stressing the artistic side of science, and, sometimes, by calling it a void argument. But how do we avoid a question inscribed in the ambiguity of the very …

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A Woman is Like a Cow

Just before I reached puberty, my Maltese father told me, “A woman is like a cow, always with one eye opened and one eye closed.” And I wondered if he’d meant only my mother. Just before my wedding day, my father told me what he’d meant: “A woman always pretends she can’t see anything, but …

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Susan Orlean

Susan Orlean

"I like the mental puzzle involved with dealing with a real situation rather than one that you can just arbitrarily choose to change. And frankly I like the social mission of writing non-fiction."

John Edgar Wideman Portrait

The second African-American to win a Rhodes Scholarship, John Edgar Wideman is the author of 11 novels, including most recently Two Cities. He has also written four short-story collections and is a widely published essayist and social critic.

John Waters Portrait

John Waters has made 15 films, including Hairspray, Pink Flamingos, Serial Mom, Pecker, and most recently, Cecil B. DeMented. He has also done some acting. Learn more about filmmaker John Waters by visiting the Internet Movie Database and his faculty page at the European Graduate School.

Studs Terkel Portrait

Studs Terkel authored over two dozen books, including: Hard Times, Working, RACE, The Good War (which won a Pulitzer), Coming of Age, My American Century, and The Great Divide.

Simon Schama Portrait

Columbia University history professor Simon Schama's books include The Embarassment of Riches: An Interpretation of Dutch Cultures in the Golden Age (1987); Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution (1989); Dead Certainties (1991); Landscape and Memory (1995); and Rembrandt's Eyes (1999). He has also been an art critic for New Yorker Magazine.

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