isaac albeniz at piano, 1901

Isaac Albéniz – Fête-Dieu à Seville

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“Iberia”, by Isaac Albéniz, is a masterpiece for the piano. Composed in 12 pieces that are separated evenly into four books, it takes nearly an hour and a half to perform. “La Fête-Dieu à Seville”, or ‘Corpus Christi in Seville’, ends the first book with an evocation of the that town’s annual festival, including processions and the marchers’ steps fading behind the church bells.

Francisco Pereira Frankfurt Book Fair 2013

Francisco Pereira, Author of the 16-Word Book

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Francisco Pereira’s work is hard to classify. Is it literature, poetry, or art? His book is a permutation of sixteen words, not all of which are unique, and his booth attempts to tell the history of writing in four discrete parts, from scrolls to iPads. But what can be said in sixteen words?

"Why Poetry?" Exhibit

Why Poetry?

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In the International Hall of the Frankfurt Book Fair is the Center for Politics, Literature, and Translation. Lining the walls of that stage are photographs of poets holding handmade signs, an expression of why they do poetry.

screw printing press

How To Print A Book

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A costumed actor from the Gutenberg Museum demonstrates how to make a book and provides the opportunity for a slightly ranging, deranged meditation on the development of the art of bookmaking.

neko case artist profile

Neko Case — NIGHT STILL COMES

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I don’t know enough about Neko Case to sell her on hype. One YouTube commenter raved ‘She doesn’t write songs, she writes life!’ That’s quite a statement. I don’t know about that. But I do know this song is awesome. And it has one of the best choruses ever. Check it out. “Night Still Comes” from her album The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You.

Will Self New Statesman

Why Will Self is a Pessimist

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Will Self’s arguments for pessimism in New Statesman are less convincing than they are persuasive. Built from a sum of personal reflection, experience, and received wisdom, they amount to a best practice guide for how to live a life.