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The City and the Writer: In Lugano with Fabiano Alborghetti

Special Series / Switzerland, 2014 If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.  —Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities   Can you describe the mood of Lugano as you feel/see it? Hard to say: Lugano is a three-sided die. One side is the most popular: Lugano is a bustling financial market, but this lurks under the surface. The second...

Festival Neue Literatur This Week in New York

The Festival Neue Literatur has been around since 2010.  This festival of new writing from the German-speaking countries (Austria, Germany, and Switzerland) is put on in New York every year, in February, by a consortium of cultural institutes.  It takes place over a long weekend and consists of a series of linked readings and conversations that involve U.S. writers as well.  I’m serving as its curator this year. The idea behind the festival is that there is such a...

The Man in the Travel Trailer

"Impossible" must be eliminated from our vocabularies! —Napoleon Bonaparte Professor Pizier lives in a trailer. In order to be prepared, as he says. He's set for his getaway. His bags are packed. He has ten canisters of gasoline and if need be, could escape to North Africa via Malaga and Algeciras without stopping at a pump. If "they" come, they won't catch him. They caught him forty times. They locked him up in a camp forty times—but he always managed to slip out....
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