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Book Review: The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt

Art is always a generous endeavor. It creates for us the stuff of our dreams, the things we wished we could dream, the divinity of the unuttered words on the tips of our tongues. There is a primal comfort in encountering a work of art that is born of love. Some art, often the best art, comes from the hands of one whose sole guiding principle, when you really get down to the miraculously gilded tacks that hold the whole enterprise together, is an unbounded, irrepressible love: for mankind, for the world, for the word. This is philanthropy in its truest sense.

Theater Community Focuses on Babel Author Suzan-Lori Parks

In just a few short weeks, Just Buffalo Literary Center will welcome Suzan-Lori Parks as the next speaker in the BABEL series. The first African-American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize in Drama, Parks is only the second playwright to be featured in the BABEL line-up. (The first was Ariel Dorfman back in 2007.) In anticipation of Parks’s visit, the theater community is getting in on the BABEL excitement with a series of events which will give WNYers the opportunity to see some of the most innovative dramatic works of our time on the stage.

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