BY DENISE LEVERTOV
Wind, Water, Stone
for Roger Caillois
Friend and fellow writer Tim Z. Hernandez posted his one-on-one radio interview with Layli LongSoldier from Words on a Wire:
FINAL DAY TO ENTER
Deadline: Thursday, November 30, at midnight, PDT.
The Fall Story Contest is open to all writers, and all entries will be considered for publication.
• $2,500 First Prize
• $1,000 Second Prize
• $500 Third Prize
• Ten finalists receive $100 each
Since 2003 Narrative has proudly published emerging writers alongside established authors, and we continue to look for exciting, meaningful new writing.
Narrative reaches a worldwide audience of 250,000 readers, and our contest winners and finalists have seen their exposure in Narrative bring great attention to their work.
Works from Narrative often appear in collections such as the Best American Short Stories, the O. Henry Prize Stories, the Pushcart Prize series, and many others.
We look forward to reading your work.
As the general editor of the Norton Anthology of World Literature, Harvard professor Martin Puchner is superbly qualified to cover the subject of The Written World: The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, Civilization. Circling the globe and spanning human history from the invention of writing to the Internet age, Puchner’s book is a lively account of how literature has transformed humanity.
The Written World proceeds in roughly chronological fashion, but Puchner structures his narrative around what he identifies as four stages of the story of literature: small groups of scribes responsible for assembling foundational texts like the Hebrew Bible; “teachers’ literature” (written accounts of the words of charismatic figures like Jesus and the Buddha recorded by their followers); the emergence of individual authors like Cervantes; and the era of mass production and mass literacy. Whether it’s the development of paper or the invention of the printing press, Puchner is also comfortable discussing the decisive impact of technology on the creation and dissemination of literary texts at every stage.
As he brings his account to a close, reflecting on the challenges rapid technological change will pose when it comes to preserving our literature for future generations, Puchner recognizes that we are “still in the middle of this, an ongoing story.” Whatever form our literature may take in the coming centuries, this stimulating history leaves little doubt that its influence on every aspect of human life will be profound and enduring. —Harvey Freedenberg, attorney and freelance reviewer
Discover: Harvard professor Martin Puchner offers an invigorating global survey of literature’s influence on the course of history.