Louise Glück 

When the train stops, the woman said, you must get on it.  But how will I know, the child asked, it is the right train?  It will be the right train, said the woman, because it is the right time.  A train approached the station; clouds of grayish smoke streamed from the chimney.  How terrified I am, the child thinks, clutching the yellow tulips she will give to her grandmother.  Her hair has been tightly braided to withstand the journey. Then, without a word, she gets on the train, from which a strange sound comes, not in a language like the one she speaks, something more like a moan or a cry.


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Pynchon in Mexico 

Dan Sinykin

In 1962, about the time V. was in galleys, Thomas Pynchon moved from Seattle to Mexico: first to Mexico City, then Guanajuato, then back to Mexico City. We know this from a batch of letters he sent to Faith Sale...

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American Literature in the World Graduate Conference

April 9 & 10: 4 panels of papers, plus readings by Ruth Ozeki, publication workshop with Gordon Hutner, and "Scholars as Writers" workshop with Jill Lepore.


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Nov 3:  Louise Glück in conversation on her new book of poetry, Faithful and Virtuous Night

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