The Odyssey Archive

Round–Up: The Odyssey, Barnes & Noble, and the PEN Translates Awards

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From the first English translation of The Odyssey by a woman to Barnes & Noble's holiday campaign, we've rounded up the latest literary news.

Reentry

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In literature, a return to a previously inhabited place or state often becomes a means of measuring. Here we are, back in the same place, yet not quite the same. What has changed, and what hasn’t, and what does that balance of sameness and difference do to us?

On Reading Less

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A part of me believed that the amount of books I read revealed whether I had a good year, whether I’d done more than I expected or had failed to keep up.

Bodily Shifts

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I’m currently about five months pregnant with our second child, and I’m finding this state no less strange the second time around. It’s plenty of other things too—miraculous, exciting, fascinating, wonderful—and I’m very grateful for it; but in describing the actual daily, bodily experience, that’s the word that first

Literary Blueprints: The Monster

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Despite the simple title, the Monster is perhaps one of the most complicated, shifting characters in literature, past and present. Much of defining the Monster means defining ourselves and our views of the world. No other character relies so much on perspective to explain who (or what) the evil

Do-Overs: Summer Odyssey

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Each June, my thoughts turn toward home. Toward my kids, bare feet, homemade dinners, and naps. Toward real life. I’ve taught high school for 13 years, I’ve learned to ride the waves of feeling that come during each season of the school year. June means home, and as my

We Have Something to Say

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Inside most classrooms lives a beast, many-eyed. If you’ve been a student in a classroom, especially in those early grades when a year lasts an eon, you’ve been part of this beast. You saw your elementary-school teachers with a collective, sharpened vision (their combovers, fluffy perms, paunches, thick, magnifying

On Writing “What the Desert Said” by Kimberly Meyer

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Over the quiet Christmas week, a few of the contributors to our Fall 2012 issue, guest edited by Patricia Hempl, will look back and reflect on their work in the magazine. Today, Kimberly Meyer discusses her essay “What the Desert Said.” —Andrew Ladd, Blog Editor “What the Desert Said”

Broken Plank & Immortal Veil

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Guest post by Peter B. Hyland In book five of The Odyssey, the sea goddess Ino comes to the aid of a storm-tossed Odysseus. She emerges from the waves and loans him her veil, a talisman that ensures he will arrive in one piece on the island of Scheria,