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Freeman's Love, October 2020 In a time of contentiousness and flagrant abuse, it often feels as if our world is run on hate. Invective. Cruelty and sadism. But is it possible the greatest and most powerful force is love? In the newest issue of this acclaimed series, Freeman’s Love asks this question, bringing together literary heavyweights like Tommy Orange, Anne Carson, Louise Erdrich, and Nobel Prize winner Olga Tokarczuk alongside emerging writers such as Gunnhild Øyehaug and Semezdin Mehmedinović. Mehmedinović contributes a breathtaking book-length essay on the aftermath of his wife’s stroke, describing how the two reassembled their lives outside their home country of Bosnia. Richard Russo’s charming and painful “Good People” introduces us to two sets of married professors who have been together for decades, and for whom love still exists, but between the wrong pair. Haruki Murakami tells the tale of a one-night stand that feels like a dying sun. Together, the pieces comprise a stunning exploration of the complexities of love, tracing it from its earliest stirrings, to the forbidden places where it emerges against reason, to loss so deep it changes the color of perception. In a time when we need it the most, this issue promises what only love can bring: a solace of complexity and warmth.

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"An arc is a beautiful geometric form. No wonder the image endures even as history wobbles." Todd Gitlin on the defeat o...
12/22/2020
‘We Are Not Saved. We Are Reprieved.’ On the Defeat of Donald Trump

"An arc is a beautiful geometric form. No wonder the image endures even as history wobbles." Todd Gitlin on the defeat of Donald Trump on Literary Hub

https://lithub.com/we-are-not-saved-we-are-reprieved-on-the-defeat-of-donald-trump/

“I leave Sisyphus at the foot of the mountain! One always finds one’s burden again. But Sisyphus teaches the higher fidelity that negates the gods and raises rocks. He too concludes that all …

"Other than wild nature itself—places still vast enough to rekindle in us what Wallace Stegner called “the birth of awe”...
12/21/2020
On the Solstice: Deep Winter Dreams of the Spring to Come | Literary HubLiterary Hub

"Other than wild nature itself—places still vast enough to rekindle in us what Wallace Stegner called “the birth of awe”—the thing I think we must guard most carefully within the frail vessels of our bodies is the abstraction of hope. What we need now is a hope enucleated with the germ, the thread, of grit. (I love that Stegner called the landscape of his beloved American West 'the geography of hope.')"

For Debra Gwertny and Barry Lopez. Rick Bass on the darkest of times.

For Barry Lopez and Debra Gwartney There have been some big ideas every now and again that masquerade as truth, or shortcuts to truth—ideas that find cunning attachment to the lock-and-key architecture of the hemispheric globes of our brains. These artificial truths weigh as heavily upon us, I sup...

The Enduring Appeal of ‘Devil in a Blue Dress’  by John Freeman, who will be talking to Mosley tomorrow night at 8pm EST...
12/15/2020
‘Devil in a Blue Dress’ has the best opening line

The Enduring Appeal of ‘Devil in a Blue Dress’ by John Freeman, who will be talking to Mosley tomorrow night at 8pm EST, as part of Alta magazine's California book club, alongside special guest, Edwidge Danticat---- scroll to bottom of article to find details about the book club https://www.altaonline.com/california-book-club/a34947697/walter-mosley-devil-blue-dress-john-freeman/

Walter Mosley’s debut novel presented Easy Rawlins as a guide to the complexities of life as a Black man in post-WWII Los Angeles.

"Translation is a prolonged event that the oeuvre has been waiting for, to be reborn in a different space from the one i...
12/14/2020
On Translating Poems While Riding the Metro in Rome

"Translation is a prolonged event that the oeuvre has been waiting for, to be reborn in a different space from the one in which it was originally conceived."

On translating poetry on the Roman subway...by Damiano Abeni, the translator and co-curator (with John Freeman) of Nuevo Poesia Americana. On the Freeman's channel in Literary Hub today.

https://lithub.com/on-translating-poems-while-riding-the-metro-in-rome/

The translator is a close reader. –Charles Simic, Snowy Morning Blues […] Or else: all is translation and every bit of us is lost in it (Or found […] –James Merrill, Lost in Translation * Under the…

On caring for patients when her father became one, Saroj Kunnakkat tells a powerful tale of 202 family life & medicine. ...
12/11/2020
Diary of a Covid Year

On caring for patients when her father became one, Saroj Kunnakkat tells a powerful tale of 202 family life & medicine. Thank you Diksha Basu for sending this to me, and Saroj for the strength and grace to write it.

https://lithub.com/diary-of-a-covid-year/

It was early April. The pall of coronavirus (also known as SARS CoV2 causing the disease COVID-19) had already made its home across the country for just over a month. The streets in Cleveland had b…

Barry Lopez, today on the Freeman's channel."Bob helped pioneer something new and unprecedented in Western wildlife scie...
12/11/2020
Barry Lopez on the Wolf Biologist Who Changed His Life as an Environmentalist

Barry Lopez, today on the Freeman's channel.

"Bob helped pioneer something new and unprecedented in Western wildlife science— the inclusion of traditional indigenous knowledge (TIK) in peer-reviewed wildlife publications."

p.s. Just because John is heading to Alfred A. Knopf, Freeman’s is absolutely continuing, a new one’s coming in ‘21 on CHANGE because change is what we all need.

https://lithub.com/barry-lopez-on-the-wolf-biologist-who-changed-his-life-as-an-environmentalist/

In the fall of 1975 I read a scientific report that made me sit up straight in my chair. It was entitled “The Eskimo Hunter’s View of Wolf Ecology and Behavior” and appeared in a peer-reviewed volu…

"'What I’m wondering,” the audience member asked, “is who gets to not have to try? Because clearly not everyone can fail...
12/09/2020
A New Story By Rachel Kushner: “The Mayor of Leipzig”

"'What I’m wondering,” the audience member asked, “is who gets to not have to try? Because clearly not everyone can fail and be hailed a success.'

This question sounds tricky, on account of the negatives that must be canceled to arrive at the meaning, which wasn’t not hostile, to use the questioner’s style of self-canceling negatives."

Wake up today to Rachel Kushner's new and marvelous story today on Literary Hub. She is a force.

....https://lithub.com/a-new-story-by-rachel-kushner-the-mayor-of-leipzig/

Cologne is where cologne comes from. Did you know that? I didn’t. This story begins there, despite its title. I had flown to Cologne from New York, in order to meet with my German gallerist—Birgit …

"James Dickey, the famous American poet who grew into the famous American alcoholic poet, a sad ruin by the end of his l...
12/07/2020
On James Dickey and the Truths That Matter

"James Dickey, the famous American poet who grew into the famous American alcoholic poet, a sad ruin by the end of his life, was never shot down in the jungle, as he used to tell his firstborn son." from Paul Henrickson on the Freeman's channel.

Paul Hendrickson, a former staff writer at The Washington Post, teaches nonfiction writing at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of seven books. His Sons of Mississippi won the 2003 National Books Critics Circle Award. He is working on a book about his father and World War II.

https://lithub.com/on-james-dickey-and-the-truths-that-matter/

Here he is, 26, forever young, team leader of Flight C in the 549th Night Fighter Squadron of the VII Fighter Command of the Seventh Air Force, on Iwo Jima, in either the spring or summer of 1945, …

"Today the world is engaged in a full scale combat of narratives, ranging across religion, science, history and much mor...
12/04/2020
Aminatta Forna and Maaza Mengiste: A Conversation and Cover Reveal

"Today the world is engaged in a full scale combat of narratives, ranging across religion, science, history and much more. We have both—you and I—grown up knowing that every narrative has more than one version." Aminatta Forna and Maaza Mengiste in conversation about Aminatta's forthcoming book from Grove Atlantic (May 2021)

https://lithub.com/aminatta-forna-and-maaza-mengiste-a-conversation-and-cover-reveal/

Tumbuktu, Tehran, London, Freetown, Honolulu, New Orleans. These are but a few of the compass points visited in The Window Seat, Aminatta Forna’s debut collection of essays, which Grove/Atlan…

"The shoe display at Auschwitz is a kind of panorama: it both centers wickedness and reduces it to its attributes, rende...
12/02/2020
On Visiting Auschwitz and Grappling with the Climate of Evil and Injustice

"The shoe display at Auschwitz is a kind of panorama: it both centers wickedness and reduces it to its attributes, renders it the way one boils down a poison; everything here stands for something else." Anna Badkhen Maps the Complexities of Personal Grief in the Context of Global Tragedy.

https://lithub.com/on-visiting-auschwitz-and-grappling-with-the-climate-of-evil-and-injustice/

How do you prepare yourself for war?, a friend asked me. It was spring and we were in Dakar, walking up the Atlantic coast; below, the outgoing tide French-kissed basalt rocks into a blues vastness…

This week in Italy, New American Poetry from Edizioni Black Coffee drops thanks to fearless publisher Sara Reggiani. Poe...
11/30/2020

This week in Italy, New American Poetry from Edizioni Black Coffee drops thanks to fearless publisher Sara Reggiani. Poetry from Robin Coste Lewis, Lali Longsoldier, Terrance Hayes, Tracy K Smith, Kim Addonizio, Aracelis Girmay, Kay Ryan, Lawrence Joseph, and more! Edited by John Freeman and Damiano Abeni

https://www.edizioniblackcoffee.it/libri/nuova-poesia-americana-volume-2/

Freeman's issue on (tainted) Love. Today at 12pm PST, as part of the PDX Book , John Freeman talks with Raven Leilani, B...
11/17/2020
Tainted Love: Rebecca Dinerstein Knight & Raven Leilani with John Freeman - Literary Arts

Freeman's issue on (tainted) Love. Today at 12pm PST, as part of the PDX Book , John Freeman talks with Raven Leilani, Becky Dinerstein about messy, obsessive relationships. Festival https://literary-arts.org/event/pbf-dinerstein-knight-leilani-freeman/

Obsession and lust, sex and death, preoccupy these sharp, wickedly funny novels about young women entangled in messy, obsessive relationships. Moderated by John Freeman.

"People don’t always need to see a tyrant fall, to be ousted, to realize that our hopes of a better world have finally b...
11/12/2020
The Fall of Trump: On Presidents, Dictators, and Life After a Regime

"People don’t always need to see a tyrant fall, to be ousted, to realize that our hopes of a better world have finally been realized, triggering an ecstatic outburst."

Francisco Goldman on the fall of Trump from the Freeman's channel.

https://lithub.com/the-fall-of-trump-on-presidents-dictators-and-life-after-a-regime/

It was 1986, late afternoon and snowing pretty heavily in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and people were pouring out onto Eastern Parkway, charging up and down through the snow in their long winter coats…

Reminder: Love.
11/03/2020
Barry Lopez: Love in a Time of Terror

Reminder: Love.

This world is just a little place, just the red in the sky, before the sun rises, so let us keep fast hold of hands, that when the birds begin, none of us be missing. –Emily Dickinson, in a letter,…

"And over the past weeks, that hum has ramped up to a shriek, punctuated by the steady drumbeat of headlines" from Monic...
10/29/2020
Dear Vote, or Why This Election Day I’m Coming Out of the Boiler Room

"And over the past weeks, that hum has ramped up to a shriek, punctuated by the steady drumbeat of headlines" from Monica Youn on doing the important work of voter protection on election day h/t Literary Hub

https://lithub.com/dear-vote-or-why-this-election-day-im-coming-out-of-the-boiler-room/

Dear Vote, I’ve spent years of my life thinking about you, I’ve written your name millions of times. But this is the first time I’ve addressed you directly. Tonight, the red V of your name was writ…

In case you missed last night's talk about LOVE with editor John Freeman, Daniel Mendelsohn (author of Three Rings: A Ta...
10/23/2020
Books & Ideas Audio – What We Talk About When We Talk About Love – 1:14:21

In case you missed last night's talk about LOVE with editor John Freeman, Daniel Mendelsohn (author of Three Rings: A Tale of Exile, Narrative and Fate), Mieko Kawakami (author of Breasts & Eggs), and Valzynha Mort (author of Music for the Dead and Resurrected)

https://radiopublic.com/books-ideas-audio-6nKDaY/s1!d6ab4

Three Freeman’s contributors from three different genres, born on three different continents, talk about the way love makes a story, a poem, and the shape of a memoir. Mieko Kawakami is the award winning author of Breasts & Eggs, her North American debut, and is declared by Haruki Murakami as ...

10/21/2020
Festivalul Internațional de Literatură de la Timișoara

Today, John Freeman and Sasa Hemon at the book festival in Romania

„Neîntrerupta introducere la temă” - Două dialoguri ce pleacă de la eterna adaptare a scriitorului în exil, dar și de la nostalgia ce-i însoțește fiecare carte scrisă în noua lume.

# Scriitorul și eseistul bosniaco-american Aleksandar Hemon, în dialog cu scriitorul și criticul literar John Freeman

From Fugitive Atlas (published 10/20/20) by Khaled Mattawa, whose work also appears in Tales of Two Planets (August 2020...
10/21/2020
“Psalm Under Seige”

From Fugitive Atlas (published 10/20/20) by Khaled Mattawa, whose work also appears in Tales of Two Planets (August 2020) edited by John Freeman

https://lithub.com/psalm-under-seige/

Speak the body’s thrift, the blood and breath sustained by a candle flame, remembrances encircle like moths. No seagulls when fishermen return empty-handed to Arwad. Locust-ravaged Idlib fields, th…

“I suddenly realized that the lives of many more children and adults than I’d thought were being sustained by invisible ...
10/07/2020
Sayaka Murata on Making Friends with Imaginary Aliens

“I suddenly realized that the lives of many more children and adults than I’d thought were being sustained by invisible aliens“

Sayaka Murata on making friends with aliens.

https://lithub.com/sayaka-murata-on-making-friends-with-imaginary-aliens/

Ever since I was a child, I’ve felt closer to extraterrestrials than I have to humans. I don’t remember when I first grasped the concept of “aliens.” I think I must already have known about them in…

“The precariousness of dignity, more than its eternal lack, cuts to the root of poverty and vulnerability.” John Freeman...
10/06/2020
How Halldór Laxness Brings the Heroic to the Everyday

“The precariousness of dignity, more than its eternal lack, cuts to the root of poverty and vulnerability.” John Freeman on the moral power of Halldór Laxness.

https://lithub.com/how-halldor-laxness-brings-the-heroic-to-the-everyday/

In the spring of 1927, the Icelandic novelist Halldór Laxness had reached a crisis point in his young life. He had begun his journey as a writer in Reykjavik in 1919, making his debut at just seven…

https://www.mcnallyjackson.com/event/freemans-love-enriquez-oyehaug-mcmillan-virtual-eventOctober 13, 6pm, at McNally Ja...
10/06/2020
FREEMAN'S Love (Enriquez, Oyehaug, McMillan) VIRTUAL EVENT | McNally Jackson Books

https://www.mcnallyjackson.com/event/freemans-love-enriquez-oyehaug-mcmillan-virtual-event

October 13, 6pm, at McNally Jackson Books, join John Freeman, Gunnhild Øyehaug, Andrew McMillan, and Mariana Enriquez for the launch of the next issue of Freeman's as they discuss Love. Register at McNally J. Link below

Mariana Enriquez was born in Buenos Aires and published her first novel in 1995. Since then she has worked as a journalist and teacher and has published novels and several collections of short stories and nonfiction. Her story collection Things We Lost In the Fire has been translated into twenty-five languages.

Gunnhild Øyehaug was born in Norway in 1975 and is an author and teacher at the Academy of Creative Writing in Vestland. She has an MA in comparative literature from the University of Bergen, and has written poetry, novels, short stories, essays, and scripted a feature film and a short film. Her novel Wait, Blink was longlisted for the National Book Award in 2018. Her most recent publication is the novel Presens Maskin (Kolon, 2018; “Present Tense Machine”).

Andrew McMillan’s debut collection, physical, was the first ever poetry collection to win the Guardian First Book Award. It also won a Somerset Maugham Award and was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. In 2019 it was named as one of the top twenty-five poetry books of the last twenty-five years by the Booksellers Association (UK). His second collection, playtime, was published by Jonathan Cape in 2018; it was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation for Autumn 2018, a Poetry Book of the Month in both the Observer and the Telegraph, a Poetry Book of the Year in the Sunday Times, and won the Polari Prize. Andrew is a senior lecturer at the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University and lives in Manchester.

https://www.mcnallyjackson.com/event/freemans-love-enriquez-oyehaug-mcmillan-virtual-event

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Happy 2020! I know you are just a bit busy but will there be a new Freeman's issue in 2020? I own most of the existing issues. Cheers! The Artsmaven in Chicago
Just got my copy. Happy New Year’s Reading Eve to me!
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American writer, author, literary critic and Freeman magazine editor John Freeman's poem, in my Tamil translation.❤️ வழியாக.. (Via) - ஜான் ஃப்ரீமேன் (John Freeman) பாரிஸில் ஆண்கள் சிவப்பு கால்சட்டைகளில், பெண்கள் நாய்களுடன் நான் பின்தொடர்கிறேன் உன்னை அவர்களின் தோற்ற மயக்கமாக. இது குளிர்ச்சிமிகுந்த ஜுலை, லாவெண்டர் மலர்கள், தூசி நிறைந்த தெருக்களின் தளங்கள், மோட்டார் சைக்கிள்கள், மற்றும் சிகரெட் புகை. பின்னர், அங்கிருந்தது ஸெய்ன் நதி, யாருமற்ற இறுதிச் சடங்கின் கண்ணியமான பண்டைய இரவு. ஒரு சுண்ணாம்புக் கூழாங்கல் கொடுக்கப்பட்ட நேரத்தை ஒருபோதும் பெறுவதில்லை, நதிக்கு எல்லாம் தெரியும் எடுத்துக் கொள்கிறது இறுதியில். நான் உன்னை இழந்தேன் பாண்ட் மேரி பாலத்தின் பின்னால், அந்திக் கருக்களின் தந்திரத்தில் அத் தருணம் ஒரு நதி என்பது ஒரு சாலை, ஒரு பாதை, முடிவற்ற பிரகாசமாகிறது. தமிழில் : கௌதம சித்தார்த்தன் (Gouthama Siddarthan) ******** Via - John Freeman In Paris of men in red trousers, women with dogs. I follow you through their maze. It was cool for July, the lavender blossoms, dusty slap of the streets, motorcycles, and cigarette smoke. Then there was the Seine, ancient, night with the dignity of an un- attended funeral. One limestone pebble at a time given and never received, the river knows everything is taken in the end. I lost you at the bridge, behind Pont Marie, twilight’s night trick, that moment a river is a road, a path, eternal brightness.
So angry with these people right now
Hi Freeman's: If a writer (me, say) wanted to submit their material to the magazine...how would one do so? I checked the website but did not see an easy solution. Maybe I missed something obvious.