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Jackie K. Cooper

A Peach of a Pair Is an End of Summer Hit

Jackie K. Cooper | July 31, 2015 | Books
Summer is winding down. The kids are almost back in school. The trips to the beach are becoming fewer and fewer. Still there is time for one more good beach read and luckily for readers everywhere we have a "peach" of a book by Kim Boykin
Tony Bartolone

What We Found at 'The End of the Tour'

Tony Bartolone | July 31, 2015 | Arts
The End of the Tour is a careful exploration of one of the most intelligent, observant and complicated minds of the twentieth century. David Foster Wallace had an unmatched appreciation for the minute details of our ever-expanding modern world. And he was able to articulate them.
Pamela Feinsilber

A Harem of Translators: Isaac Bashevis Singer at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

Pamela Feinsilber | July 31, 2015 | Books
Singer wanted a translator who wouldn't share the spotlight, and thus began his employment over the years of some 40 unknown women, a few of whom didn't even speak Yiddish.
William Kenower

What We Want Most

William Kenower | July 31, 2015 | Books
A great book is a work of love -- not craft, not intelligence, not discipline, but love. And that love expresses itself in this question asked and answered over and over again: What do I most want to say?
Steven Suskin

On the Shelf: You Fascinate Me So

Steven Suskin | July 31, 2015 | Books
From 1927 to 1931, six major Broadway composers were born: (in order of appearance) John Kander, Charles Strouse, Jerry Bock, Cy Coleman, Stephen Sondheim and Jerry Herman. Coleman is now favored with his first full biography, You Fascinate Me So by Andy Probst [Applause].
Poetry Foundation

High and Low

Poetry Foundation | July 31, 2015 | Books
A glance at celebrity websites and magazines serves to confirm that it is possible to make a living by taking photos of very famous people doing very ordinary things: walking dogs, pumping gas, dropping children off at daycare.
Francis Levy

"Too Wet to Play"

Francis Levy | July 31, 2015 | Books
There are bungee jumpers and skydivers, solitary cliff climbers (they look like ants when you when you see them scaling rock faces from the distance) elite mountaineers, free divers (who don't use tanks), long distance swimmers (who have to worry about sharks), triathaletes and stock car racers.
Nicholas Agar

Why Techno-Optimism Is Dangerous

Nicholas Agar | July 31, 2015 | World
A good prediction about how I would feel if I suddenly gained access to the technologies of Star Trek translates into a bad prediction about how they will affect society as a whole. Overlooking hedonic normalization leads us to exaggerate the joyfulness of the future and to overstate the joylessness of the past.
Off The Shelf

The Bestselling Memoir from Trailblazing Ballerina Misty Copeland

Off The Shelf | July 31, 2015 | Books
As an associate editor at Emily Bestler Books, I have a wonderful list of authors, all of whom I adore. They're moms, and former military, and screenwriters, and Australians, and stay-at-home dads. They live in cities and in the country; they are male and female; they're tall and short and in-between.
Larry Paros

The Down and Dirty on Being "Gay"

Larry Paros | July 31, 2015 | Books
Although there exists much controversy among scholars, the word most likely derives from the Old English gal for "lewd" and"lascivious" (which also gave us quite a "gal," a nineteenth-century British term for a prostitute) rather than the more obvious gai, from Provence in southeastern France, a word which earlier referred to courtly love and its literature.
Marie Solis

Writing on Writer's Block

Marie Solis | July 30, 2015 | Books
Since I've graduated from college, I've been suffering from horrible writer's block. The kind that makes you lose complete faith in yourself and in your trade.
Donald Cohen

Save Your Public Library!

Donald Cohen | July 30, 2015 | Politics
Earlier this month, in yet another win for local control, leaders in one central Florida county rejected a proposal from a for-profit library management company to take over their public library.
David Henry Sterry

Alice Carbone on Building Community, Writing, Sex, and Getting a Book Deal

David Henry Sterry | July 30, 2015 | Books
I first met Alice Carbone when we connected about sex and addiction. I spent a lot of my life being addicted and having sex. Then trying to not be addicted and not have sex.

July's Best Bets

Kirkus | July 30, 2015 | Books
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Nell Minow

New Yorker Cartoonist Matthew Diffee on His Book: Hand-Drawn Jokes for Smart Attractive People

Nell Minow | July 30, 2015 | Books
Matthew Diffee's cartoons for the New Yorker are deliciously funny, wickedly clever, and drawn with endless wit and skill. His Rejection Collection books gave us a chance to see the best of the hundreds of cartoons turned down by the New Yorker editors.
Loretta Bolger Wish

Five Reasons to Read Go Set a Watchman

Loretta Bolger Wish | July 30, 2015 | Books
Whatever its flaws, editors saw enough potential in Watchman to help cherry-pick its flashbacks and fashion them into To Kill a Mockingbird. Nothing can diminish that masterpiece. Not even the more modest work that formed its foundation.
Brittany McMillan

From Spirit Day to 2 Billion Under 20

Brittany McMillan | July 31, 2015 | Books
On October 20th, 2010, I asked people all over the world to wear purple to stand up to homophobic bullying, to show support for the LGBTQ community and to remember the lives of the boys and girls who die by suicide every year because they don't feel comfortable in their own skin.
Brandi Megan Granett

The Balance Project: A Conversation With Susie Orman Schnall

Brandi Megan Granett | July 30, 2015 | Books
Susie Orman Schnall's novel, The Balance Project, follows the perils of the overworked assistant to America's Darling of Balance, Katherine. Both Lucy and Katherine's stories call into question whether or not women can have it all--both a successful work and family life.
Jeremy Shure

Book Review: Uncommon Stock and the Literary Hat Trick

Jeremy Shure | July 30, 2015 | Books
Like many, I was glued to my television a few weeks ago when Carli Lloyd's hat trick lead the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team to their first World Cup in sixteen years.  An epic feat to cap off a thrilling and consistently awesome run. In sports like hockey and soccer,...
Steve Karras

Dr. Susan Block's The Bonobo Way: The Evolution of Peace Through Pleasure

Steve Karras | July 30, 2015 | Books
Internationally acclaimed sex educator Dr. Susan Block (known widely as "Dr. Suzy") just might hold the key to world peace. Her latest book, The Bonobo Way: The Evolution of Peace through Pleasure, is an impactful, often hilarious how-to guide...
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