These Photos of Michael Jackson From the 70s Have Never Been Published Before

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TIME

“There are a lot of pictures I never published because they’re for me, [they’re] something personal, something I’m attached to,” Alix Dejean tells TIME.

The Haitian-born photographer, who has been a fixture in New York City’s music scene for more decades than he wants you to know, began photographing the Jackson family in the mid-1970s, at a time when the Jacksonmania was in full swing and when Michael Jackson was starting his solo career. Dejean, who was already well-known for photographing the likes of Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin, swiftly developed a relationship with the Jackson family after being introduced to Michael by Mamadou Johnny Sekka, director of Jackson 5 in Africa, at the film’s premiere.

At that time, record labels hired Dejean to shoot the rockstars, but he cherished the moments in between, when he looked for the raw emotions – Michael quietly anticipating a show in his dressing…

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On Bloomsday, Marilyn Monroe Reading Joyce’s Ulysses

TIME

Every year on June 16, fans of James Joyce worldwide grab copies of his masterwork, Ulysses, don their best Edwardian garb — think bowler hats and neckties, pastel skirts and parasols — and gather to celebrate the life of the acclaimed Irish writer. Why? It’s the date that Leopold Bloom, the protagonist of Joyce’s book, made his famous 1904 journey around Dublin in the vein of Homer’s Odyssey.

One of the 20th century’s greatest novels, Ulysses is known for its revolutionary stream-of-consciousness narrative; countless readers and critics have praised it as a work of genius, while others damn it as an impenetrable, albeit ambitious, Modernist tome. But here’s something you may not know: Marilyn Monroe was a huge fan of Joyce. And Magnum photographer Eve Arnold once photographed her reading Ulysses. In a bathing suit. On Long Island.

The 1955 shoot was reportedly done off-the-cuff: The two had…

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Conquering Finnegans Wake

A Wallpaper Life

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I finished James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake. The Wake had been haunting me for a few years now. I had first discovered in on Listverse’s article about the most difficult literary works every written. Since that point I had constantly researched it, read articles about it and looked up quotes from its pages. Reviews on Amazon and Goodreads dissuaded me from picking up the Wake but the reputation it had as being nearly unreadable kept me constantly anticipating reading it. I knew that one day my curiosity would get the best of me. And it did.

Last week I finished reading Finnegans Wake. The novel lived up to everything I thought it would. It was difficult, opaque, beautiful, inspiring and at times utterly baffling. But you know what? I absolutely loved it. In fact, Finnegans Wake may be one of my favorite books that I have ever read.

But why?

When you…

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Happy Bloomsday: The Lessons I Learned From James Joyce

Joyce’s work is so dense and so expansive that I would be hard pressed to write all of the lessons to be learned from it. But these few stick in my mind.

Everybody have a great day, and remember:

Every life is in many days, day after day. We walk through ourselves, meeting robbers, ghosts, giants, old men, young men, wives, widows, brothers-in-love. But always meeting ourselves.

A Wallpaper Life

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I will tell you what I will do and what I will not do. I will not serve that in which I no longer believe, whether it calls itself my home, my fatherland, or my church: and I will try to express myself in some mode of life or art as freely as I can and as wholly as I can, using for my defense the only arms I allow myself to use — silence, exile, and cunning

As referenced by the title of this post, today I would like to celebrate one of my favorite authors of all time, James Joyce.

Today is his day. The day in which Leopold Bloom, the main protagonist from Ulysses, found his way around Dublin in 1904. The longest day in literature, a day that Joyce used for his canvas, teaching us about ourselves and our history in a way that few authors have…

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Read This If There’s Someone You Can’t Forgive

Thought Catalog

Luis HernandezLuis Hernandez

I hate every cliché that exists about forgiveness.

I know every adage, every piece of advice, every regularly endorsed opinion on the topic because I’ve scoured my way through the literature. I’ve read every blog post about letting go of anger. I’ve written down Buddha quotes and stuck them on post-its to my wall. I know that no part of it is simple. I know the adages are tired. I know the gap between “Deciding to forgive” and actually feeling peace can seem entirely unbridgeable. I know.

Forgiveness is a vast, un-traversable land for those of us who crave justice. The very thought of letting someone walk away scot-free from what they’ve done makes us sick. We don’t want to simply wipe our hands clean. We want to transfer the blood onto to theirs. We want to see the scores evened and the playing field leveled. We want…

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Books With Bite - The Literary Fragments' Blog

Randal Eliot's great debut novel is out now! Randal Eliot’s great debut novel is out now!

You may know that Literary Fragments recently published Randal Eliot’s What Goes and Comes Around. What instantly attracted us to the novel was its clear understanding that conflict and the movement towards its resolution comprise the very essence of powerful literature. Those of you who take advantage of this opportunity to read What Goes and Comes Around’s opening chapter will soon see what we mean. Moreover, you’ll recognise some incisive, fluid characterisation at a highly-charged point of anagnorisis (a literary scene of recognition or discovery). The skillfully-executed stichomythia (dramatic dialogue of alternate single lines) not only adds humour, energy and atmosphere to the text’s exposition, but serves as yet another indication that Randal Eliot’s hybrid-realism is accessibly, entertainingly poignant and relevant.

Chapter One

‘Look here! Your friends might have been born during the last commercial break on Sky ultra-direct debit – and don’t…

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Pride of the Phoenix

“I have been promised that it is not only possible, but in my very nature to be forgiving and use everything in my life for growth (The Wisdom of the Enneagram, 48, 134, 204). But those are hard truths to swallow when you are buried in ashes or blazing in fire. The ability to be hopeful and creative seems all but impossible as your life passes from you.”

Create. Connect. Explore. Reflect.

fawkes(Based on thoughts from April 2014)

I have never thought of the phoenix as a particularly proud bird. Maybe due to my familiarity with the character of Fawkes, Professor Dumbledore’s rather good-natured pet who comes to the rescue of Harry Potter more than once in his time at Hogwarts. I’d always assumed the phoenix to be more noble than proud. Maybe somewhat aloof with an air of regalia.

I could see, though, how such a bird might develop a reputation for having a bit of an ego:  dying and rising, burning gloriously in bright circles of fire, bringing forth scalding white life. I could see why others might view her as proud, boastful of her ability to regenerate. I could see why she’d be the gossip of a gaggle.

That is, until I had been there myself. Felt as if my life had been taken, all hope sucked from my body. Until my spirit had been wrenched and pulled and twisted and…

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Seven Beach Reads for Summer 2015

Arabic Literature (in English)

‘Tis the season:

Grown-Up-Summer-ReadingYoussef Rakha’s Crocodiles, trans Robin Moger (2015). This is a very different book from Rakha’s complex and layered debut, Sultan’s Seal. It’s an epic prose poem, or perhaps a novel-in-prose-poems, and it’s not just racy but also fast-paced, which seems a bit odd to say of poetry. Although Rakha insists it’s fictional, it has a tell-all feel about Cairo’s recent poetry scene, and many echoes of Bolaño. An excerpt of Crocodiles on Qisasukhra.

Amjad Nasser’s Petra, trans. Fady Joudah (2014). Although the most amazing place to read Petra would be Petra, this world-jarring slim collection — a long poem, a travel journal, a meditation on the construction and re-construction of history — takes us to Petra so vividly that you could sit on a beach in Ohio and find yourself transported. So if you’re going to a beach in Ohio, this is probably a must. Buy it now…

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