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The Enduring Power of the Humanities

Laura Skandera Trombley | Posted 03.02.2015 | Education
Laura Skandera Trombley

I've been invited to speak about the "Enduring Power of the Humanities," and while I believe in the topic (with a double major in English and humanities I better) the humanities really best speak for themselves. Yet the humanities have increasingly found themselves under attack.

Ne Me Quitte Pas

Diedre A. Ware | Posted 02.27.2015 | Fifty
Diedre A. Ware

Nina Simone's music stirs the soul. I liken it to one awash in the Holy Spirit in a Baptist church on a Sunday morning. Her classical piano finesse infused with her jazzy and bluesy gospel voice is heard in all of her music, especially in all of her civil rights protest songs.

Book Review: Hobo Pete and the Ghost Train by Sandy Pheat

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 02.25.2015 | Books
Christopher Zoukis

Hobo Pete tells the eerie tale of three boys in 1963 Appalachia, who encounter a local hobo with whom they have something in common: they each hear the passing of a ghostly train in the night.

Book Review: Conspiracy Theory by Mike Enemigo

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 02.24.2015 | Books
Christopher Zoukis

Conspiracy Theory is a gritty story of drugs, crime, and the underground rap music scene in Sacramento, California, written by someone who knows whereof he speaks. Mike Enemigo, a Folsom Prison lifer is the Impresario of The Cell Block, an up-and-coming publisher of crime, urban fiction, and non-fiction.

Books: A Journey of Self Discovery

Bisila Bokoko | Posted 02.23.2015 | Impact
Bisila Bokoko

Growing up, reading was my favorite hobby. I was obsessed with books. Indeed, books were best friends I would spent countless hours with and draw inspiration and strength from. With a book you are never alone.

My Kindle, My Birds and Me

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 02.23.2015 | Books
Lionel Rolfe

After several years of deliberation, I finally purchased a Kindle. I now own my very own digital reading device which has all the books I can read on it. There's lots that's unsettling about the device, but that's not entirely bad -- just caused a bit soul searching.

Would Someone on This Train Please Tell Me I'm Hot?

Greg Schwem | Posted 02.18.2015 | Comedy
Greg Schwem

It was time to assume the reading-while-commuting position, something foreign to me since I rarely read on subway cars and never while standing up.

Romeo Is a Dirtbag. So Why Is Romeo and Juliet Our Favorite Love Story?

Lois Leveen | Posted 02.11.2015 | Books
Lois Leveen

A story in which a 13-year-old girl is seduced by a deceiving cad who turns out to be a killer, then is convinced by a prevaricating priest to fake her own death, and finally ends up committing suicide for real -- this should not be a global model of a love story.

The Difference Between British and American Poetry

Robert Peake | Posted 02.09.2015 | Books
Robert Peake

Contemplating the similarities and differences between British and American poetry, having steeped myself in both for some time now, I have been slicing my experiences as a reader along two axes: innovation and craft.

Confessions of a Literary Addiction

Rachel Verlik | Posted 02.09.2015 | Books
Rachel Verlik

I'm comfortable admitting I'm addicted to reading. I would spend my last dollar on a book, and I have no shame admitting that. I love all that I've learned through books, and the comfort it gives me.

The Mountain

Allison Gruber | Posted 02.09.2015 | Books
Allison Gruber

Brian took me and Josephine to a bar on Armitage where the bartenders let us drink, where Josephine made me dance, where they played the kind of music we liked: Jane's Addiction, Fugazi, Joy Division.

Music as a Mold: AIRA's Artistic Redemption

Max Dorfman | Posted 02.09.2015 | Entertainment
Max Dorfman

There's a lot of unbelievable things that happen in life--and really, the least believable are the bad things; the things we don't see coming, the things we can't and won't understand.

Seven Manners Through Which Schools Are Killing Creativity

Rajat Bhageria | Posted 02.09.2015 | Education
Rajat Bhageria

Schools are killing creativity. But rather than just sharing articles and liking pages, let's actually do something about it; educators, implement some of these ideas, and comment on how they go. Let's bring on the education revolution, together!

Writers and War: Does Phil Klay's Redeployment Signify a Cultural Shift?

Sarah Stodola | Posted 02.05.2015 | Books
Sarah Stodola

In his celebrated recent book of short stories, Redeployment, Phil Klay takes the imbroglio that was the Iraq War and turns it into the pulsing sum of very individual experiences.

Our 9 Favorite Vegetarian Cookbooks

Food52 | Posted 02.04.2015 | Taste
Food52

Add a few to your shelf and that new you will be eating pretty well in 2015.

Teaching the Bible as Literature in Public High School –- Part 14

Frank Breslin | Posted 01.29.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

The Greek view of the ethical life is an interesting contrast to that of the Bible's. A different tone and mood pervade these aphorisms than what one finds in the Old and New Testaments. More significantly, the motivation for leading an ethical life is worlds apart from that of biblical morality.

Teaching the Bible as Literature in Public High School -– Part 12

Frank Breslin | Posted 01.16.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

Students also received aphorisms for extra credit and homework. In the assignment below, students reacted to any 10 aphorisms from each of the three featured authors by giving two reasons why they agreed or disagreed with each aphorism.

Classic Movies and Books Released for the Over 50 Female!

Stephanie D. Lewis | Posted 01.16.2015 | Fifty
Stephanie D. Lewis

Frocky Horror Picture Show: Terrifying tale about a female looking for the perfect dress for her 30th high school reunion. Close your eyes during the special effects Spanx scene... shudder!

Five Ways Ghostwriting Is Good for the Soul

Danielle Wolffe | Posted 01.15.2015 | Books
Danielle Wolffe

Ghostwriting is the craft of translating people's spoken stories onto the page. Ghostwriters either share credit with the person the story is about; or disappear and gracefully let him/her take full credit.

Why Do We Force Students to Read Shakespeare?

Rajat Bhageria | Posted 01.13.2015 | Education
Rajat Bhageria

As time goes on, perhaps even the CollegeBoard will realize that they should focus more on modern applications than classical ones, and perhaps one day more of the novels high school students read can be similar to contemporary novels and works.

The New Magazine Every Socially Aware Person Needs to Read

Charlotte Lieberman | Posted 01.13.2015 | Arts
Charlotte Lieberman

As a recent graduate of Harvard, I am perhaps too familiar with particular, traditional metrics of success that have come to be embraced by our societ...

New Book Erases the Boundary Between Poetry and Nonfiction

Seth Abramson | Posted 01.12.2015 | Books
Seth Abramson

Published by Subito Press and distributed by Small Press Distribution, As We Know is a masterpiece of cross-genre exploration by two artists at the top of their game -- and already well-known for challenging generic boundaries.

A Writer's Guide to Surviving Trauma

Diriye Osman | Posted 01.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Diriye Osman

Whenever readers ask me how I started writing, I find myself stumped, because I know people want their anecdotes edited and perfectly formed. The real...

My Top Ten Most Anticipated Books of 2015

Allison Pataki | Posted 01.06.2015 | Books
Allison Pataki

If you're looking for a reason to get excited for the New Year, I've got ten for you.

What's in a Clerihew? Plenty

Stephen Kuusisto | Posted 01.06.2015 | Books
Stephen Kuusisto

If there's a better form of poetry for the Twitter Age, I don't know it. "Haiku" you say. Yes, fast and obscure fits the bill, but unlike Haiku, the Clerihew shoots off deft sparks because its intentions are overtly comic.