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

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Poet Aja Monet Confronts Police Brutality Against Black Women With #SayHerName

(25) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 3:31 PM

"Melissa Williams,” Aja Monet reads, “Darnisha Harris.” Her voice is strong; it marches along, but it shakes a little, although not from nerves. She’s performing a poem that includes the forgotten names of girls and women who’ve been injured or killed by the police. She...

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10 Cuban Photographers You Should Know

(7) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 8:28 AM

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More than 100 years ago, a broad slab of concrete was placed along the seashore in Cuba, stretching five miles from Old Havana to the city’s business district. The Malecón was intended as a barrier -- it would protect Havana from high...

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Millennial Comedian And Writer Alex Edelman Says The Term Is A 'Garbage Phrase'

(8) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 3:01 PM

"I don’t like the myth that we’re lazy. I don’t like the myth that we’re apathetic and disconnected from other people in real ways."

Writer Alex Edelman is a millennial, but he doesn't like the label much, nor does he enjoy the way Generation Y is characterized in the media...

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Shakespeare's Real Portrait Discovered, According To Historian

(15) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 10:34 AM

An image of a mustached and rather imperial-looking man surfaced online yesterday, but it might be more than an everyday history-book drawing. One scholar claims it's the only authentic portrait ever made of William Shakespeare.

The depictions we're used to seeing of him -- older, balding, and with a...

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A Conversation With Adam Thirlwell About His Novel 'Lurid & Cute'

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 10:33 AM

Adam Thirlwell's novel Lurid & Cute is more than an homage to Lolita -- although it consciously references entire characters and scenes from the classic book. Nabokov's love letter to the beauty and power of language may be the gold standard as far as this theme is concerned, but Thirlwell...

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The Bottom Line: 'The Life And Death Of Sophie Stark' By Anna North

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 8:54 AM


After failing an IQ assessment, Sophie Stark explains her problem with the test makers in her characteristically matter-of-fact tone, “They tell you stories that don’t make sense and ask you questions where the answer could be anything. It scared me. I just decided...

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11 Fun And Fabulous Children's Books From Around The World

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 9:03 AM

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The quaint cover of The Giving Tree, with its loosely sketched lines, speaks to the quiet power of the story. Regardless of what you think of the book’s mildly macabre message –- selflessness comes at a cost –- there’s no refuting that...

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Chris Harrison's 'The Perfect Letter' Is The Best Worst Book We've Ever Read

(6) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 8:48 AM

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Do you love romance? Do you love reading? Do you love "The Bachelor"? Are you from Texas? If you answered "yes" to any two of those questions, do we ever have a book for you. "Bachelor" host Chris Harrison, as you...

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Photographer Captures The 'Simpler Times' Of The 1960s With Hilarious Barbie Portraits

(4) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 8:28 AM

Friends lounge poolside, showing off carefully styled hair and colorful one-piece swimsuits. Though they’re kicking back, their poses are rigid, and they lean at uncomfortable angles. Come to think of it, their proportions are off, too; their legs stretch on and on, and their necks are implausibly long and slender....

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10 Incredible Bits Of Advice From Famous Writers' Commencement Speeches

(8) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 8:50 AM

"You get to decide what has meaning and what doesn't," David Foster Wallace wrote in a rare moment of candor. Though the advice might seem out of place in one of his winding, playfully cerebral novels, it fit right in as the thrust of his commencement speech at Kenyon College,...

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How Do You Photograph A Memory?

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 8:18 AM


A collage of faces, blurred or aged with time, lurk inside an eerie work by Sally Mann. Though hazy and obscured, they stare head-on at the photographer and viewer, haunting them like ghosts.

Mann’s work, which aims to capture the atmosphere of...

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Theresa Duncan's Feminist Video Games Are Everything That's Right About The '90s

(3) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 8:27 AM

Illustration from Theresa Duncan's Chop Suey, restored by Rhizome

Long before Zoe Quinn’s moving attempt to enlighten others about the experience of mood disorders through her interactive fiction game Depression Quest, Theresa Duncan was making waves with her feminist CD-ROMs. And although Quinn’s...

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Seis cosas que (seguramente) no conocías de Salvador Dalí

(1) Comments | Posted May 12, 2015 | 11:47 AM

Has admirado su bigote, te has maravillado ante sus relojes, cayéndose, deshaciéndose, pero ¿sabías que estaba tremendamente obsesionado con las coliflores? En honor al nacimiento de Salvador Dalí —un evento que afirmaba recordar en detalle—, ocurrido un 11 de mayo de 1904 (hace 111 años), hemos examinado algunos de los...

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Nell Zink's Feminist Epic 'Mislaid' Examines The Sacrifices Of Marriage

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2015 | 8:11 AM


The women in Nell Zink’s books may not live in bell jars, but they might as well. Her debut novel, The Wallcreeper -– which made a splash thanks to an unabashedly violent plot peppered with hilarious quips -– centers on Tiffany, a young...

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HENSE's Spectacular Down Under Street Art Rises Above The Rest

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2015 | 8:08 AM

Amoeba-like shapes bubble across a curved, concrete structure, gracing the functional building with a playful air. The pink circles seem to dance across a yellow background, and the effect is both natural and energizing. The design is certainly an upgrade from what its canvas looked like before –- a drab...

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6 Πράγματα που δεν γνωρίζατε για το Σαλβαδόρ Νταλί

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 7:02 PM

Σαν σήμερα γεννήθηκε ένας από τους σημαντικότερους Ισπανούς σουρεαλιστές ζωγράφους, ο Σαλβαδόρ Νταλί. Σήμα κατατεθέν του ήταν φυσικά το ξεχωριστό του μουστάκι και τα «λιωμένα» ρολόγια του. Αλλά ποιος γνωρίζει ότι είχε εμμονή με το κουνουπίδι; Παρακάτω θα διαβάσετε 6 πράγματα που ίσως δεν γνωρίζατε για αυτή την ιδιαίτερη προσωπικότητα:

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Holy Buckets, Batman: It's Poetry For Comic Book Fans!

(4) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 7:58 AM

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One is crafted to make you think and feel; the other’s designed to make you laugh. But two seemingly opposed types of art -- poetry and comics -- have more in common than you’d expect. Both, after all, are meant to transport...

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6 Things You Didn't Know About Salvador Dalí

(24) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 7:58 AM

You’ve admired his mustache, you’ve marveled at his melting clocks, but did you know that he was utterly obsessed with cauliflower? To honor the day of Salvador Dalí's birth -- an event he claimed to remember in detail -- we've examined the lesser-known facts about his strange and enviable life....

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7 Moving, Must-Read Memoirs Coming Out This Year

(4) Comments | Posted May 8, 2015 | 9:34 AM


‘Tis almost the season for outdoor reading, on beaches or park benches or quiet front lawns. So, we’d like to shout from the rooftops a few excellent books worth basking in.

Getting lost in a novel can prove difficult if said story doesn’t immerse...

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‘Autism In Love': filme mostra como um simples romance pode ser tão complexo

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2015 | 7:04 PM

Um jovem chamado Lenny está deitado na cama jogando videogame. Não tem se sentido feliz ultimamente, por isso sua mãe sobe as escadas para saber como ele está. O motivo de sua tristeza é que ele quer ter uma namorada, e não tem. Está pensando em criar um perfil para...

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