April Fool's Redux, Part 1
Raleigh's Brewery Bhavana: 'Flowers, Books, Beer & Dim Sum'
The bookstore in front has a collection of 400 to 500 books on art, food, travel and literature. On the back wall is an expanding library of books from people in the community. Co-owner Vansana Nolintha estimated there are 2,000-3,000 books, and people who visit the space are encouraged to bring a book that's meaningful to them and include a note in the book to explain why.
"The owners see the space as a collaboration between its 'makers,' or the creative forces that are behind the restaurant coming to fruition, and as a connection with the community who has supported them for years," the News & Observer wrote.
"We have a phenomenal team. We have a lot of challenges to come. Our community is so eager and generous," said Vansana Nolintha, adding that Brewery Bhavana is "true to the heart."
B&N to Close Bethesda, Md., Store
"We had discussions with the property owner in hopes of agreeing to an extension of the lease, but unfortunately, we were unable to come to an agreement," said David Deason, a Barnes & Noble v-p. "It has been our pleasure to have served this community and we hope to continue to serve our valued customers at the nearby Rockville Pike and Clarendon Market Common stores."
Obituary Note: Yevgeny Yevtushenko
Yevtushenko also drew criticism, however, for working within the Soviet system and "stopping short of the line between defiance and resistance," the Times wrote. He received state awards, his books were published and he was allowed to travel abroad. Exiled poet Joseph Brodsky once said of him: "He throws stones only in directions that are officially sanctioned and approved." But Yevtushenko's defenders pointed out "how much he did to oppose the Stalin legacy, an animus fueled by the knowledge that both of his grandfathers had perished in Stalin's purges of the 1930s."
"I never called myself a dissident. A rebel, yes," he said in an interview with RT (formerly Russia Today) in 2009. "I was never interested in politics professionally, but I think that a writer cannot be indifferent to politics, because if he is indifferent to politics, he is indifferent to the people."
The Guardian noted that Yevtushenko "gained notoriety in the former Soviet Union while in his 20s, with poetry denouncing Joseph Stalin. He gained international acclaim as a young revolutionary with 'Babi Yar,' an unflinching 1961 poem that told of the slaughter of nearly 34,000 Jews by the Nazis and denounced the antisemitism that had spread throughout the Soviet Union."
Natalia Solzhenitsyn, widow of the late Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, said on Russian state television that Yevtushenko "was a legend both in his very early years and in his mature years, he lived basing on his own principle: a poet in Russia is more than a poet. And he was truly more than a poet since he was a citizen with a clearly defined civil position. I think he will be long remembered as he was a lively person responding to injustice and receptive to major events."
"He's more like a rock star than some sort of bespectacled, quiet poet," Robert Donaldson, former president of the University of Tulsa (where Yevtushenko taught for many years), told the New York Times.
In 1993, at a public celebration of his 60th birthday in Moscow, Yevtushenko read from his poem "Sixties Generation":