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Going Back to Hong Kong -- One Year After

Jeffrey Wasserstrom | Posted 11.20.2015 | World
Jeffrey Wasserstrom

I had been in Hong Kong briefly exactly a year before I gave that talk, at a time when the 2014 protests were still underway and this, as well as the nature and interests of the audience that came to hear me speak, gave a special meaning to that part of the festival.

Sherry Turkle On The Power Of Talking (Face To Face)

Boston Globe | Madeline Wahl | Posted 11.19.2015 | Technology

“Who in this cafe is talking?” Sherry Turkle looks around a trendy coffee shop in Downtown Crossing. The walls are lined with old tomes, a...

Finding Storybook Love

Simon Tam | Posted 11.16.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Simon Tam

Tonight, I picked up Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami from the bookshelf. I found an old bookmark a few pages i...

No, Hate, You Cannot Have Paris

Flynn Coleman | Posted 11.15.2015 | World
Flynn Coleman

I have lived some of the greatest days of my life in Paris. I have loved there, had some of the most profound love story moments of my life there. That is Paris, for me, and for many others. So hate, you cannot have Paris.

5 Reasons Why Short Stories Are Easier to Adapt Than Novels

ScreenCraft | Posted 11.13.2015 | Books

This Post originally appeared on the blog ScreenCraft. ScreenCraft is dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed through educational ...

The Middlemarch Millennial

Christopher Witte | Posted 11.12.2015 | Books
Christopher Witte

Take a step back and this intergenerational warfare, fought across the trenches of technology-swayed narcissism and entitlement, arguably resembles a more fundamental and timeless sort of conflict -- the pitting of emergent youth against traditionalist elders.

Writing for Our Post-9/11 Times: Part II

Carla Seaquist | Posted 11.12.2015 | Arts
Carla Seaquist

A superpower also has a moral responsibility to handle its power appropriately. Similarly, its artists have a responsibility to consider the "can" and the "should."

Writing for Our Post-9/11 Times: Part I

Carla Seaquist | Posted 11.10.2015 | Arts
Carla Seaquist

The basic question is: As writers, what is our relationship to our times?

Reading the Humanities Promotes Emotional Intelligence and Leadership Capacity

David Brendel | Posted 11.09.2015 | Business
David Brendel

The implications of these ideas, and the opportunities they present for the business world, are profound. Reading and discussing great humanities texts can guide and encourage people to think in a more disciplined fashion about human experience and interaction.

Literary Fiction: Gateway to Reality

Andre Averbug | Posted 11.04.2015 | Books
Andre Averbug

Fiction is an amazingly flexible platform. It develops the reader's capacity to absorb details. It lets us navigate on the most intimate side of things, sharpening our understanding. Diving into particular characters, it makes us humanize the experiences.

Do I Hope My Kids Dance? Sure. But I Hope They Do This A Hell of A Lot More.

Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo | Posted 11.03.2015 | Parents
Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo

As a busy mother of two with an unpredictable work schedule and tendency to fill whatever openings do exist in my schedule with anything to help satiate an unhealthy desire to be SuperWoman, little time is left to read. But the result is more grand than ever I expected.

Diversity In Picture Books

Melanie Hope Greenberg | Posted 10.29.2015 | Books
Melanie Hope Greenberg

Picture book crafting challenges me to depict life in its simplest forms. At the same time the craft is multi-dimensional. I've always enjoyed paintings which tell several stories captured in a single frame.

Yan Lianke: Understand the Enemy

Louisiana Channel | Posted 10.29.2015 | Arts
Louisiana Channel

"Feeding myself through writing made me fall in love with literature."

The Definitive Book Review of Ta-Nehisi Coates' Between The World And Me

Kelley Calkins | Posted 10.27.2015 | Comedy
Kelley Calkins

Overall, Between the World and Me would make for a powerful addition to any bookshelf, lap, bedside table, hand, or desk. Its masterful lettering, mostly monochromatic jacket, and appropriately thick pages are a treasure to behold.

Happy 400th Birthday, Don Quixote!

Daniel A. Olivas | Posted 10.26.2015 | Latino Voices
Daniel A. Olivas

Don Quixote was originally published in two volumes, in 1605 and 1615. Accordingly, this year marks the 400th anniversary of the complete novel's publication. In celebration, Restless Books has published a new edition of the Ormsby translation.

The Global Search for Education: Celebrating Alice -- Listen to the Real Alice

C. M. Rubin | Posted 10.16.2015 | Books
C. M. Rubin

The book would change Carroll's life forever, but it might never have happened if a young girl had not inspired the previously unpublished children's book author to write one of the greatest children's books of all time.

5 Lessons Die Hard Can Teach Us About Storytelling

ScreenCraft | Posted 10.13.2015 | Entertainment

This Post originally appeared on the blog ScreenCraft. ScreenCraft is dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed through educational ...

How Books@Work Is Bringing Humanities to the Front Line

Kimberly Connor | Posted 10.13.2015 | Education
Kimberly Connor

While Books@Work may not be attached to a particular social movement, its modest goals to encourage employees to reflect on how they do their jobs and live on a daily basis has the potential for a wide-reaching effect.

Tiger Dad

Jalees Rehman, M.D. | Posted 10.12.2015 | Parents
Jalees Rehman, M.D.

Our younger son was about eight years old, when we found out about a wonderful opportunity to inculcate the love of literature into our children: The Chicago Printers Row Literature Festival!

Herta Müller: On Inger Christensen

Louisiana Channel | Posted 10.08.2015 | Arts
Louisiana Channel

Herta Müller (b. 1953) is a German-Romanian novelist, poet and essayist. Müller is noted for her works depicting the effects of violence, cruelty and terror, typically set in communist Romania during the Nicolae Ceausescu regime, which she herself experienced.

A Thrilling Compendium of Queer Kenyan Lives

Diriye Osman | Posted 10.07.2015 | Arts
Diriye Osman

This is an anthology that demands to be read again and again for its sheer ambition, scope and quiet power. The NEST Collective is to be commended for putting together such a thrilling and vital addition to the global LGBT literary canon.

Make Time for Rhyme

Susan B. Katz | Posted 10.06.2015 | Books
Susan B. Katz

I grew up on a diet of books by the master rhymer, Dr. Seuss. I devoured Green Eggs and Ham, the Sneetches and that crazy cat on the loose. As a teacher for 20 years, I did lots of rug read alouds. Rhyme sure does please the little listener crowds.

Henning Mankell: Theatre Resembles Life

Louisiana Channel | Posted 10.06.2015 | Arts
Louisiana Channel

Since the very beginning of his career, Henning Mankell (born 1948) has taken an immense interest in theatre. As long ago as in the 1970s, he worked with Swedish theaters, writing and staging plays.

Profiling the 15 Types of Movie Villains

ScreenCraft | Posted 10.09.2015 | Entertainment

Before we get into the logistics of what makes a villain a villain, what drives them, and what types of villains fit best into any given genre or story, we must first define the word and differentiate it from another classic cinematic term -- "antagonist."

Banned Book Week at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library

Kimann Schultz | Posted 10.02.2015 | Books
Kimann Schultz

Here it is already again, Banned Book Week at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library. Used to be it was merely colored leaves and jack-o-lantern decorations that heralded the arrival of the Autumn season.