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

Entries by Maddie Crum

Poetweet Turns Your Twitter Feed Into A Strange Work Of Art

(2) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 11:58 AM

Is poetry nothing more than a mashup of ephemeral observations jammed into a template? Well, no.

But, operating under that playful assumption, a new site called Poetweet will place lines from your Twitter feed into one of three poetic styles, and the results are hilarious.


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The Book We're Talking About: 'A History Of Loneliness' By John Boyne

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 9:31 AM

A History of Loneliness
by John Boyne
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $26.00
Publishes February 3, 2015

The Book We're Talking About is a weekly review combining plot description and analysis with fun tidbits about the book.

What we think:

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Rejected Cover Designs For Mo Yan's 'Frog'

(1) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 9:06 AM

Rejected Covers is an ongoing series for which artists reveal their inspirations and unused design ideas for popular titles. Below, Nayon Cho, Senior Designer at Penguin, discusses the process of designing the cover for the latest novel by Mo Yan, a Chinese Nobel Prize winner. Yan's latest book explores the...

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초판 발행 당시 혹평을 받았던 10편의 고전도서

(1) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 1:55 AM

문학 평론가의 일은 어렵다. 책에 예술적인 가치가 있는지 판단하고 독자에게 권장할 만 것인지 결정해야 한다.또 책의 성공 가능성을 예측(또는 좌우) 하는 역할도 하는 데, 이 일이야말로 진짜 어려운 것이다. 그래서 요즘은 부정적인 평론에 가치가 있는지를 따지기도 한다. 작가들도 대중의 격려가 필요하다는 의견과 함께 책에 대한 전문가의 평론과 집단지성의 반응에 차이가...

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Walter Dean Myers: 'Once I Began To Read, I Began To Exist'

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 8:17 AM

The following is an excerpt from Scholastic's Open a World of Possible, a book tied to the publisher's reading initiative aimed to donate books and raise literacy levels. This essay, "I Am What I Read," is by the late Walter Dean Myers, a Newbery Award-winning children's book writer...

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Why Virginia Woolf Should Be Your Feminist Role Model

(26) Comments | Posted January 25, 2015 | 10:09 AM

Although Virginia Woolf is now accepted as a major writer and an early feminist, her work wasn't embraced or widely anthologized until nearly 50 years after her novels were published. Though many of her stories don't adhere to the informal strictures of modernism -- she often voiced her...

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12 Classic Books That Got Horrible Reviews When They First Came Out

(50) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 9:22 AM

Reviewers are tasked with the daunting challenge of critically assessing a work's artistic merit, and determining whether a book is worth readers' valuable time. They are often also expected to predict -- or influence -- a novel's future, an assignment that may be impossible to fulfill with complete accuracy. Which...

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James Patterson's Disappearing Book: Sales Gimmick Or Future Plot Device?

(15) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 1:29 PM

How many books have you been “meaning to read”? Personally I’ve avoided contact with the third of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels since Christmas (I know it’ll be all-consuming) and am ashamed to admit I don’t even own a copy of War and Peace for similar reasons. But if you were...

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New Authors, Fret Not. Most Successful Authors Made Their Mark After 30

(2) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 9:15 AM

Although he published his first book at 27, it wasn't until two decades later, after the release of A Prayer for Owen Meany, that John Irving published his most well-known book. Such an arduous career arc isn't uncommon in the world of literature -- unless you're an anomaly like Douglas...

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Rejected Cover Designs For Edith Pearlman's 'Honeydew'

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 8:56 AM

Rejected Covers is an ongoing series for which artists reveal their inspirations and unused design ideas for popular titles. Below, Little, Brown Senior Designer Lauren Harms shares the process of selecting a spare yet melancholic image that suits the touching quality of Edith Pearlman's acclaimed short stories, for her latest...

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The Book We're Talking About: 'The First Bad Man' By Miranda July

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 8:56 AM

The First Bad Man
by Miranda July
Scribner, $25.00
Publishes January 13, 2015

What we think:

It’s not surprising that Miranda July’s first novel was praised by Lena Dunham, who lauded her “ability to...

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13 Warm Quotes To Help You Through The Freezing Winter

(1) Comments | Posted January 9, 2015 | 9:09 AM

With the promise of fresh starts, holiday breaks and cheap champagne behind us, January is mostly just very cold. Like, record-breakingly cold. So cold, in fact, that the prospect of doing anything other than planting yourself firmly on your couch, emerging from a mountain of blankets only to order take...

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Salman Rushdie Responds To Charlie Hebdo Attack, Says Religion Must Be Subject To Satire

(43) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 1:59 PM

In response to today's shooting at French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, Salman Rushdie released a statement defending the art of comedic criticism, writing, "I stand with Charlie Hebdo, as we all must, to defend the art of satire, which has always been a force for liberty and against...

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7 Stunning iOS Apps For Fiction Lovers

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 9:03 AM

The best novels are immersive -- either their plots compel readers to turn page after page, or their ideas buzz wildly in our minds. But novels necessarily don't inundate all of our senses. Unlike most other artistic mediums, much of the sensory legwork must be completed on the part of...

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Literary Magazine Editors Share New Writers To Look Out For

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 8:38 AM

In the unlikely event that your well of reading recommendation resources has run dry, we've gathered together to-read lists from a handful of esteemed literary magazine editors. Below, the editors of Narrative Magazine, A Public Space, AGNI and The Southern Review have suggested emerging storytellers to keep an eye on....

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Facebook's Book Club Might Be The World's Largest

(2) Comments | Posted January 5, 2015 | 9:56 AM

Even intimate book clubs can be burdensome, what with their rambling and wine-soaked (though often fruitful!) discussions. So imagine participating in one with over 30 million members. Behold: Mark Zuckerberg's newly announced book club.

The idea came from the Facebook founder's call-out on his personal page for...

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Cheers To Ernest Hemingway's Black Currant Liqueur

(6) Comments | Posted December 31, 2014 | 9:12 AM

Although he didn't actually say, "Write drunk. Edit sober," serious academic research suggests that Hemingway might've been a proponent of alcohol. (The Sun Also Rises isn't exactly a 200-page drunk-fest, but close enough.) When asked about downing martinis before writing, Hemingway responded:

"Jeezus Christ! Have you ever heard...
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10 Authors On The Spirit Of Giving

(3) Comments | Posted December 24, 2014 | 8:59 AM

Readers raised on C.S. Lewis's comforting Narnia series know the author had a penchant for writing frankly -- if sometimes a little dogmatically -- on the virtues of selflessness. In The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Edmund's desire for enchanted and tasty Turkish delight, given to him...

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The Best Books Of 2014? Here's The Ultimate List

(20) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 9:15 AM

Last week we shared an infographic created by designer David McCandless that suggests To Kill a Mockingbird is likely the most-recommended novel of all time (or at least of recent times). But what are critics and readers suggesting you pick up this year?

HuffPost Books assembled a...

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