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

Entries by Maddie Crum

The Bottom Line: Maggie Nelson's 'The Argonauts'

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2015 | 8:18 AM

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As a poet, Maggie Nelson is concerned with the sufficiency of words -- their ability to accurately convey how we feel, and who we are. As a visual artist, her partner Harry Dodge is less convinced....

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Write Like A Genius With Albert Einstein's Handwriting Font

(1) Comments | Posted May 4, 2015 | 12:47 PM

Albert Einstein -- who once lamented that our technology has exceeded our humanity -- will soon have a font dedicated to his playful scrawl. He may not be rolling in his grave, though. The makers of Albert Einstein Font, Harald Geisler and Elizabeth Waterhouse, have gone to painstaking lengths to...

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Beyond Helvetica: 9 More Résumé Fonts That Stand Out, According To Designers

(5) Comments | Posted May 4, 2015 | 9:00 AM


Times New Roman -- the font found in 12-point size on term papers everywhere -- has officially been snubbed. According to an article on Bloomberg Business, the typeface is a big no-no for résumé, along with the...
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18 Brilliant Books You Won't Want To Miss This Summer

(12) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 10:31 AM

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The year 2015 has already given us a new Toni Morrison masterpiece and a brilliant sophomore opus from Hanya Yanagihara, as well as a few dazzling debuts, but the summer ahead looks no less promising. We've compiled a few of the...

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Η βιβλιοθήκη που περιέχει όλες τις λέξεις και τις αναμνήσεις που έχουμε ξεχάσει

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 10:13 AM

Αν η Βιβλιοθήκη της Βαβέλ του Μπόρχες είναι ένα τεράστιο, άμορφο κατάστημα γραπτών ντοκουμέντων, η Βιβλιοθήκη του Ασυνείδητου του Johnny Love είναι ακριβώς το αντίθετο.

Μπορεί να περιέχει περισσότερα από 100.000 βιβλία, σκάλες και πάπυρου, δεν περιέχει σχεδόν καμία συγκεκριμένη πληροφορία. Αντ' αυτού τα πρότυπα από στοίβες που στεγάζει, όλα...

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These Are My Confessions: What Diary-Keeping Means In An Age Of Oversharing

(6) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 8:26 AM

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Heidi Julavits felt trapped. While vacationing in Germany with a friend, she reluctantly set out on a drive up a narrow, icy road. The further they travelled, the steeper and riskier the climb became. Terrified by her...

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The Dictionary Of Obscure Sorrows Invents New Words For Powerful Emotions

(2) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 8:21 AM

The journey that a made-up word takes from invention to induction into a dictionary -- be it Oxford Online or Merriam Webster's even more selective print edition -- is arduous.

For the latter, decades worth of frequent use is needed, except in the rare instances that a language trend...

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The Unconscious Library Catalogs The Words And Memories We Forget Everyday

(1) Comments | Posted April 29, 2015 | 8:20 AM

If Borges’s Library of Babel is a massive, amorphous store of written documents, Jonny Love’s Unconcious Library is the opposite. Although it houses over 100,000 books, ladders, and scrolls, it contains virtually no concrete information. Instead, its model stacks, constructed from folded and cut paper, are all completely...

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Meet The Little-Known Artist Who Inspired Walt Disney's 'Bambi'

(4) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 8:19 AM

A lone deer stands on a windswept mountain. Though the setting is fresh with spring blooms, he looks still -- almost pensive, like the human figures overwhelmed by nature in so many Romantic paintings.

It’s the work of Tyrus Wong, a Chinese immigrant and WPA artist whose...

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Powerful Doctumentary Spotlights Artists Battling Segregation In Selma

(1) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 8:19 AM

Earlier this year, a spotlight shined on Selma, Alabama, in remembrance of the civil rights march on the Edmund Pettus Bridge that was brutally interrupted by police in 1965. Though the violence of Bloody Sunday catalyzed the successful battle against Jim Crow laws, the city of Selma remains fraught with...

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This Balloon Ride Through Germany Reveals The Landscape's Natural Geometry

(1) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 8:33 AM

In his slim reflection on grief, Levels of Life, Julian Barnes uses an extended metaphor to tell us about the enduring infatuation that held together his marriage to literary agent Pat Kavanagh. “Love,” he writes, “is the meeting point of truth and magic. Truth, as in photography; magic, as in...

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These Nostalgic Microsoft Paint Drawings Will Give You All The Feels

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 8:53 AM

There’s something haunting about the landscapes in Miranda Lorikeet’s creations. A realistic, three-dimensional black rock juts out from placid water, towards a cold swath of blue sky and a perfectly round, red moon. Though the mass of land seems 3-D, the rest of the work is sketchily drafted -- which...

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The Bottom Line: Amelia Gray's 'Gutshot'

(1) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 8:23 AM

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In the title story of Amelia Gray’s latest collection, a man cries out after being shot in the gut: “I’m gutshot!” The punchy line kicks off an absurd comedy of errors, in which the various characters’...

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Andrea Joyce Heimer's Domestic Scenes Recall The Magic Of Everyday Life

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 11:37 AM

To look at one of Andrea Joyce Heimer’s paintings is to feel at once comforted and confused. Bold patterns clutter the walls of her domestic scenes, which lean at implausible angles, distorting your perception. With plants and knickknacks scattered about living rooms and bathrooms, she builds settings of organized chaos....

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'Autism In Love' Shows How Complex Romance Really Is

(9) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 8:21 AM

A young man named Lenny lays in bed playing video games. He hasn’t been feeling as happy as usual lately, so his mom comes upstairs to check on him. The source of his woes, he explains, is that he wants a girlfriend, and he doesn’t have one. He considers making...

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Poet Monica McClure Boldly Confronts The Problem With How We Discuss Abortion

(64) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 9:21 AM

"I was inconsolable when I missed prom and had to pay a woman to pretend to be my mother so I could gain parental consent," Monica McClure writes in her poem, "Dead Souls." The poem is about an abortion, and addresses the topic matter-of-factly, rather than in sentimental or political...

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14 Stunning Designs That Perfectly Illustrate America's Decades-Long Fascination With Posters

(4) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 9:14 AM

Uniquely situated at the point where art and consumerism intersect, posters serve a purpose slightly different than other design objects.

In addition to being aesthetically pleasing and eye-catching, they must convey information, be it the title of a summer blockbuster, the location of an upcoming concert, or the reasons...

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How The Exclamation Mark Went From :-O To ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

(12) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 8:16 AM

Image by Tiara Chiaramonte

A friend of mine who I occasionally Gchat with messaged me last night about a guy she’s been seeing on and off for over a year. The nature of their relationship is precarious because this...
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K.A. Holt On Writing Poems For Kids, And Why Gender-Related Reading Habits Are A Myth

(1) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 3:59 PM

K.A. Holt's poems have energy; to read one of her books is to go on an adventure. Which is why it's great that she's currently so focused on penning poetry for kids and young adults -- she takes the medium back to its playful roots.

"I do think that...

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The Real Reason Why You Love Don Draper, According To Science

(14) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 8:48 AM

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What will become of Don Draper? As the final season of “Mad Men” continues, the debate surrounding our crestfallen hero’s fate grows more tense, and contentious, with each episode.

Will Don get a happy ending...

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