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A Q&A with Daniel Klein
A Q&A with Daniel Klein

In Every Time I Find the Meaning of Life, They Change It, philosopher Daniel Klein looks back at a notebook of quotes he collected in his younger days.  


He called them ‘pithies’—a playful mix of philosophical aphorisms dealing in hedonism, existentialism, pessimism, humanism, post-modernism and the list goes on. A kind of philosophical fridge door. They are not necessarily all mantras to live by, but they’ll all get you thinking.

An Exclusive Story by Elizabeth Harrower
An Exclusive Story by Elizabeth Harrower

Read senior editor David Winter’s excellent introduction to Elizabeth Harrower’s work, including a short Q&A and an exclusive story—‘The Retrospective Grandmother’.

Carys Davies Wins the 2015 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award
Carys Davies Wins the 2015 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award

Congratulations to Carys Davies, author of The Travellers and Other Stories, on being awarded the prestigious 2015 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award for The Redemption of Galen Pike. The Award is the single biggest prize in the world for a collection of short stories.


Below is the introduction given at the presentation on Saturday 26 September 2015 by Ladette Randolph, editor of Ploughshares and one of the three judges of this year’s award. Ladette kindly allowed us to reproduce it here.

History’s People, Margaret MacMillan
History’s People, Margaret MacMillan

What if Hitler had been killed in the trenches in World War I? Or what if Stalin had died during his appendix operation in 1921? Can we really consider the history of the twentieth century without placing such figures somewhere in the story?


In this year’s highly anticipated Massey Lectures, internationally acclaimed historian Margaret MacMillan gives her own personal selection of the memorable figures of the past, women and men, who have changed the course of history and directed the currents of their times.