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Maddie Crum
Maddie Crum is the Books Editor at The Huffington Post.

Entries by Maddie Crum

Take A Ride In India's Vibrant, Joyful Art Taxis

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 3:21 PM

In the bustling city of Mumbai, taxis will crowd popular areas, waiting for passengers to hop inside. In order to secure customers, some drivers amp up the look of their vehicles, adding lights, glitter balls or sound systems, making their service more than merely functional. 

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So, Should You Read Jonathan Franzen's New Book, 'Purity'?

(1) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 2:55 PM

Arguably the most anticipated novel coming out this fall is Jonathan Franzen's Purity, the story of a young girl who tries to work for the Internet but has a horrible time. It's also about many other things, which we discuss below.

Franzen's books are hailed...

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The Bottom Line: 'Paulina & Fran' By Rachel B. Glaser

(0) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 10:46 AM

When Paulina first notices Fran, she’s drawn to her blonde ringlets, quiet jokes and inventive outfits. These traits may sound like a shallow basis for friendship, but Paulina has a knack for granting purely aesthetic details an air of drama and importance. She is, after all, entering...

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Jennie Ottinger’s Lovely Homage To The Books You'll Never Finish

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 2:04 PM

A dazed couple stands stiffly beside one another. The man wears a stethoscope and stares blankly ahead; the woman gazes distractedly off in the distance. Dangling airily above their heads, a messy script reads, "Madame Bovary." It's one of Jennie Ottinger's lovely redesigned book covers, which she...

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Get Lost In These Maps Of Fictional Literary Worlds

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2015 | 4:33 PM

If you’re looking for something -- a geographic landmark, your childhood home, a favorite spot near your college campus -- it shouldn’t take you more than a few clicks to find it. Programs like Google Earth, miraculous though they may seem, have made people like

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Comic Recalls The Accidental Brewing Of The Very First Beer

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2015 | 1:36 PM

Where does that crisp, summery IPA you guzzle on weekends come from? Today, the answer is pretty straightforward. But when, and why, did humans start brewing beer in the first place? A new comic book attempts to explain, with beautifully calligraphic panels, the early days of crafting...

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Your Complete Guide To Bookish Back-To-School Swag

(0) Comments | Posted August 18, 2015 | 5:11 PM

The days are slowly getting shorter as we slip into the crisp season of fall. Aside from rolling your eyes as you witness the unthinkably long lines grow outside of Starbucks for pumpkin-inspired sweets, it's a time to ponder the important things in life: sweater vests, comfortable...

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7 Stunning 'Lolita' Book Cover Redesigns

(0) Comments | Posted August 18, 2015 | 10:10 AM

The following is an excerpt from Lolita - The Story of a Cover Girl: Vladimir Nabokov's Novel in Art and Design, edited by John Bertram and Yuri Leving. In it, 80 graphic designers reimagine the iconic cover of Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita. There are also multiple essays by...

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These Delicate Drawings Are The Handiwork Of A Very Smart Computer

(1) Comments | Posted August 17, 2015 | 5:15 PM

Hundreds of stray threads fray at the edges of a mesmerizing geometric tapestry. But the image wasn't woven, or even drawn by hand -- it's the visual manifestation of a convoluted equation, crafted by Iranian math artist Hamid Naderi Yeganeh.

Of course, the fields of...

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This Photographer Wants Women To Stop Worrying About Conventional Beauty

(0) Comments | Posted August 17, 2015 | 2:54 PM

A young girl lazes on her back, her Botticelli-like hair falling in waves. It’s a beautiful image, complete with hazy, diffused light falling evenly upon its subject, in the style that’s been popularized on Tumblr and in catalogs that use beauty as a sales tool.

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14 Women Writers Who Dominate The Universe Of Sci-Fi

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2015 | 4:24 PM

In Karen Russell’s “Reeling for the Empire,” a crew of girls are transformed into thread-spinning silkworms, duped by a dark and mysterious man promising a better future. Each girl spends long hours spooling her own inner, colorful cloth, only to have it collected and, presumably, sold. It’s a...

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Over 15 Years' Worth Of Dazzling Art At Burning Man

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2015 | 5:37 PM

In 2014, two multistory human figures could be seen rising from the desert in Nevada, locking arms and eyes in a close embrace. From a distance, their sandy skin made it seem as though they’d risen from the ground, benevolent Titans watching over those who paid them...

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In A Statement About Privacy, This Artist Tracks Himself At All Times

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2015 | 3:51 PM

The government may be watching him, but Hasan Elahi is too busy watching himself to worry.

His work, at first glance, is banal -- a long scroll of mundane happenings, ordinary dinners, and other mostly mild events that make up a life. A toilet bowl,...

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Haruki Murakami’s Early Stories Aren’t Just For Superfans

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2015 | 2:50 PM

At a season opener for an unpopular baseball team, Haruki Murakami lounged in the sparsely populated bleachers with a beer. In the first inning, the new guy on the team hit a clean double with the crack of his bat, and wham! An epiphany landed cleanly...

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Early, Unfinished J.R.R. Tolkien Story Headed To Bookshelves

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2015 | 11:12 AM

While A Song of Ice and Fire fans twiddle their thumbs, waiting for George R.R. Martin to buckle down and write, J.R.R. Tolkien’s estate will release a fantasy story to whet their appetites for geekery.

Called The Story of Kullervo, it’s one of...

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Geeking Out With Felicia Day

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2015 | 5:55 PM

Felicia Day wants to be your friend.

She might be an adorkable TV starlet -- she’s been on "Buffy," and appeared on SyFy’s "Eureka" -- but she’s also the founder of a geeky web series that emphasizes its community forums as much as...

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That Time A YA Book Won The Pulitzer Prize For Fiction

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2015 | 3:31 PM

Immature, embarrassing, fundamentally uncritical. Too often, the way we talk and write about Young Adult books is conflated with the way we talk about young adults, as though it’s teens doing the writing, unarmed with critical distance.

In fact, it’s almost...

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Anatomy Lessons With Alexandra Kleeman

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2015 | 3:35 PM

A, the beautiful if a little wayward heroine of Alexandra Kleeman's debut novel, spends a lot of time on the couch. It doesn’t help that her boyfriend, C, seems devoid of interests that aren’t at least tenuously related to Shark Week, and her roommate,...

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8 Famous Authors On The First Book They Ever Loved

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2015 | 9:28 AM

What does it mean to love a book? Should it be relatable? Beautiful? Must you share common interests? Is it not just as exciting to curl up with one you don't fully understand?

The one I'm most passionate about, which is to say the one...

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Why I (Mostly) Read Books By Women Writers

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 3:34 PM

At first, it was an accident.

I was a freshman in college and was taking a 45-minute plane ride home to visit my parents. Due to some mixture of indecision and neuroticism (What if we crash?! I didn’t want to be stranded on...

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