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Maddie Crum is a Books and Culture Writer at The Huffington Post.

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Why Do We Laugh At Kanye West’s Anger?

(1) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 5:10 PM


The only time I saw Kanye West perform, he came onstage very, very late. I was covered in dirt and sweat, as most Bonnaroo Music Festival attendees are, but I was determined to hear my favorite album of the past few years, “Graduation,” performed IRL.

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Floating Library Proves Books Should Be Shared In Improbable Places

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 12:37 PM


Books can transport you to faraway lands and sunny escapes -- which may be just what readers need as winter winds down. But your reading material needn’t be island-based to get you in a mood for adventure.


Next week, from Feb. 11...

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The Bottom Line: ‘The Lost Time Accidents’ By John Wray

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2016 | 6:26 PM


When Orson Card Tolliver -- one of many funny, pitiable characters in John Wray’s ambitious new novel -- tries to write a book that’s devoid of time-related descriptors, all he’s able to churn out is smut. Three-boobed aliens and variations on intergalactic desire populate his popular...

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Here's What Witchcraft Can Teach Us About Feminism

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2016 | 2:14 PM


Later this month, debut director Robert Egger’s terrifying “The Witch" -- which won the Best Director Prize in the U.S. Narrative Competition at Sundance last year, not to mention boatloads of praise -- will finally hit theaters. It’s being touted as a horror film...

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On 'Happiness,' A Muddy Word For A Muddy Feeling

(0) Comments | Posted February 1, 2016 | 3:38 PM


You know that feeling you get when you're at dinner with friends -- or maybe it's someone you're just getting to know -- and excited talk of great books or new movies carries on long past the scrounging up of your meal's last crumbs?


In...

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Ilustrador de livros infantis transforma curiosidades em desenhos FOFOS

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2016 | 4:09 PM

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Stunning Font Collection Reflects The Fleetingness Of Memory

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2016 | 3:46 PM


Whether you’ve tried and failed to remember if you turned off the oven in your apartment miles away, or squabbled with a friend over the details of your first meeting, you know memory is a funny and mysterious thing.


Its ebbs and...

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Womens' Bodies Go Unedited In All-Girls Photo Collective

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2016 | 9:57 AM


A neatly manicured hand rests behind a woman’s back. She’s got long, lovely hair and her bright, tight underwear lends the photo an air of intimacy -- but as far as fulfilling an idealized fantasy of prettily displayed womanhood, the scene stops there. Between her filed...

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An Ode To Dana Scully, An Inspiration To Hard-Nosed Women Everywhere

(1) Comments | Posted January 26, 2016 | 5:13 PM



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Sci-fi buffs and Roswell truthers have much to celebrate with this week’s return of “The X-Files”: a long-awaited update on the status of star-crossed lovers Mulder and Scully’s relationship; mantra-worthy observations...

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10 Other Magical Books 'Harry Potter' Fans Should Read

(0) Comments | Posted January 25, 2016 | 5:10 PM


Inspired by J.K. Rowling’s occasional plot twists -- revealed on social media long after the series has satisfyingly concluded -- you’ve decided to re-read Harry Potter, swapping in a new pronunciation of “Voldermort,” or a new interpretation of Snape’s character.


Which is...

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Pop Culture’s Housewife Problem, Explored

(1) Comments | Posted January 22, 2016 | 4:45 PM


In the otherwise cheery suburban dwellings of North America lives a lethargic subspecies of the phylum "Housewifius disgruntledus," kingdom "Mammalia." 


She has been observed spending long hours nestled on a pre-fab floral couch, downing glasses of red wine, curlers in her hair, watching...

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What Makes A First Kiss So Great? One Artist Tried To Find Out

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2016 | 3:36 PM


The magic of a great first kiss might be incomparable. Time, prone to stubbornly trudging forward, manages to slow down. All the newness, fluttery feelings and fulfilled expectations crash together in a perfectly romantic moment.


At least that’s how we talk about...

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How One Author Used Twitter To Write A Thrilling Choose Your Own Adventure Story

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2016 | 5:03 PM


When Twitter announced that it would allow users to create two-question polls, the news was met with the usual groaning aversion (remember the star-to-heart debacle?). Sarcastic and nonsensical uses of the new tool cropped up across the social network.


While writer...

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What I Learned From Taking Off My Clothes In Public

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2016 | 2:49 PM

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Write Your Own Eerie Tale With The Edgar Allan Poe Short Story Generator

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2016 | 9:22 AM


On the 207th anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe's birthday, residents of his hometown are celebrating with appropriate weirdness by watching a man mysteriously dressed in black make a toast near the writer's grave.


If you don't live in Baltimore, or if you're generally...

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13 adaptações de livros que chegarão aos cinemas em 2016

(0) Comments | Posted January 18, 2016 | 9:32 PM

Parece que 2016 não será o ano em que os direitos de O Apanhador no Campo de Centeio, de J.D. Salinger, serão cedidos para uma adaptação cinematográfica do livro. É uma má notícia para quem, como eu, é uma fiel devota da obra.

Mas com tantos livros excelentes ganhando espaço...

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The Bottom Line: 'The Portable Veblen' By Elizabeth McKenzie

(0) Comments | Posted January 18, 2016 | 2:09 PM


You’ve heard this story before.


Boy meets girl. Boy spends inordinate amount of time at girl’s charming, time-tattered home in a rapidly gentrifying corner of Palo Alto. Boy proposes marriage to girl, who reluctantly accepts, worried about the security of her newly...

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Χαθείτε μέσα σε αυτούς τους τρισδιάστατους χάρτες από ανακυκλωμένα βιβλία που μοιάζουν με πραγματικά τοπία

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2016 | 7:24 AM

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Μια σχεδόν λευκή κορυφή ξεπροβάλει πάνω από μια λίμνη με νερό, επισκιάζοντάς τη. Από απόσταση, το βουνό αυτό μοιάζει να είναι γεμάτο με δεκάδες μικρές αυλακώσεις που, αν εξερευνηθούν από κοντά, θα αποκαλύψουν απόκρημνες κορυφές και ιλιγγιώδεις λόφους.

Για την ακρίβεια, αν μισοκλείσετε τα...

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The Dystopian Books That Put A Fresh Spin On The Old Genre

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2016 | 5:53 PM


If popular fiction books are to be believed, the world as we know it is definitely ending, and soon -- the only question is when, and how.


A firm belief in an eminent doomsday isn’t the only thing that keeps people reading...

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A Children's Book Illustrator Turns Little-Known Facts Into Art

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2016 | 12:12 PM

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