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I Need to Believe In (the Original) Atticus Finch

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 07.17.2015 | Books
The University of Central Florida Forum

I created Atticus Finch? I never saw the film, but whatever. Of course, I created him. We all did. Lee's character Atticus is no longer hers. He's all of ours now.

Behind the Issue: Sinister Wisdom 97: Out Latina Lesbians

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 07.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Julie R. Enszer

Today is the official release date of Sinister Wisdom 97: Out Latina Lesbians. There are many things that are unique about this issue of Sinister Wisdom.

Harper Lee's New Book: Young Atticus Finch and the Super Hot Vampire Society

Spencer Green | Posted 07.16.2015 | Comedy
Spencer Green

"Ms. Lee--or, as her family and friends call her, Ms. Lee--wanted to try her hand at a novel that would appeal more directly to younger audiences," says Colton LaFenrois, a publicist for Random Del Collins House.

The LiliLite Shelf Is a Triple Threat for Bedside Readers

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.16.2015 | Books
Van Winkle's

The LiliLite, which hit its fundraising goal on Kickstarter, is a triple threat for book-lovers. It stows tomes, sheds light and even bookmarks your page. Made of steamed plywood, the z-shaped shelf mounts to the wall above your bed

Go Set a Watchman: A Draft, Not a Novel

Mary Alice Franklin | Posted 07.16.2015 | Books
Mary Alice Franklin

The first manuscript remained in stasis until it was re-discovered and published as-was-found. According to Andreadis, "Harper Lee wanted to have the novel published exactly as it was written, without editorial intervention"; though, she has not re-read the novel since its re-discovery.

Atticus Finch Is Not a Racist

Galanty Miller | Posted 07.15.2015 | Comedy
Galanty Miller

It's unfair to critique an unread literary work. For all I know, Go Set a Watchman is a brilliant piece of fiction. So I won't criticize the novel itself. But nor will I read it... unless they release it in comic book form and add Batman into the story. I'm just not that interested.

Everything I Ever Learnt, I Learnt From Reading

Hannah Lamarque | Posted 07.14.2015 | Arts
Hannah Lamarque

If there's one thing I know for sure, it's what makes a good book. Sure, I haven't written any of my own any time lately but I sure have read a lot.

Innocence and Experience: Nelle Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird, and Go Set A Watchman

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 07.14.2015 | Books
Anne Margaret Daniel

Not all succeed. Nelle Lee, publishing as Harper, has now done so twice: first, with To Kill A Mockingbird, its sales in the hundreds of millions already; and now, with Go Set A Watchman, the presale orders for which have smashed prior records to bits.

TL;DR: Marcel Proust's 'In Search Of Lost Time'

The Huffington Post | Colton Valentine | Posted 07.10.2015 | Arts

July 10th is the bookworm’s Day of Atonement: a holy time that honors the birth of Marcel Proust, gathering avid readers to bemoan the sins -- ...

7 Facts That Bring Order To The Madness Of 'Alice's Adventures In Wonderland'

The Huffington Post | Colton Valentine | Posted 07.09.2015 | Arts

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has, from the beginning, been rather capricious. “I know who I WAS when I got up this morning, but I thi...

From Hypnos to Hamlet to Zombies, a Look at Our Obsession With Sleep and Death

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.07.2015 | Books
Van Winkle's

Where does our cultural conjoining of sleep and death come from, and how has the entanglement of the two concepts persisted throughout time in our major artistic and historic works?

Why Diversity in Children's Literature Really Matters

Jacob Hood | Posted 07.06.2015 | Books
Jacob Hood

Where were the black kids going on thrilling adventures, solving crimes and saving the day that I could identify with? Why couldn't the black kids also just be kids?

Music, Literature and Expansion

Tajci Cameron | Posted 07.06.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Tajci Cameron

My 12-year-old son installed a star-gazing app on our phones and arranged a 21st century star-gazing family experience. The night wasn't particularly ...

Dylann Roof Went to School

T. Elijah Hawkes | Posted 07.02.2015 | Education
T. Elijah Hawkes

Whether it's literature or some other key that opens the door, it's important that school communities explicitly reflect on our readiness to offer these children, and all children, the opportunities for moral development and moral leadership that our nation needs.

The Highly Intelligent, Creative, Self-Destructive White Male in Literature and Film

Steven Petite | Posted 06.26.2015 | Entertainment
Steven Petite

While it is a blatant distortion of how the world really operates, when trying to assess why these characters, who quite obviously resemble real life counterparts as well, say the things they do and live the lives they live when they have so much potential, the answer becomes complicated.

Prominent South Korean Novelist Admits To Plagiarizing Japanese Author

AP | KIM TONG-HYUNG | Posted 06.26.2015 | World

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — One of South Korea's most influential writers admitted Tuesday to plagiarizing a well-known Japanese author in a short sto...

Part and Parcel: Nin Andrews

Hannah Stephenson | Posted 06.24.2015 | Arts
Hannah Stephenson

Beauty leads to vulnerability, and beauty is most often seen as a feminine quality. These concepts are thoroughly, almost obviously embedded in our culture.

5 Fabulous Literary Fathers, in Their Own Words

Meg Waite Clayton | Posted 06.20.2015 | Books
Meg Waite Clayton

You may think you have the best real dad in the world (I certainly do!), but I've pulled together some fictional contenders to rival anyone, along with the quotes that, to me, give an idea why we love them:

17 Timeless Books Our Dads Read To Us When We Were Young

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 06.19.2015 | Arts

Reading to a squirming child can be a bit of a chore, especially the kind of child who demands to hear Goodnight Moon five times every night for a yea...

W. G. Sebald's "The Emigrants"; Stories of Their Time With Relevance Today

Trisha de Borchgrave | Posted 06.18.2015 | Books
Trisha de Borchgrave

There are voices who encapsulate in their writing the angst of being alive in Europe's war-torn 20th century.

My One Exception To The 'I Don't Like Shakespeare' Rule

Reilly Wieland | Posted 06.16.2015 | Teen
Reilly Wieland

I have to admit the cardinal sin of all book lovers: I don't really love Shakespeare.

Reading Jane Austen on the Eve of the Singularity

Rick Rosner | Posted 06.12.2015 | Books
Rick Rosner

Right now, we're in a Jane Austen golden age - a brief window of history in which we have the time and resources to form good marriages (or marriage-like arrangements) and before the science fiction future makes relationships fantastically baroque.

Harold Bloom: Preposterous 'Isms' Are Destroying Literature

Michael Skafidas | Posted 06.10.2015 | World
Michael Skafidas

Bloom: In my view, all these ideologies have destroyed literary study in the graduate schools and in the academies.

Not Your Mother's James Baldwin

Chase Quinn | Posted 06.09.2015 | Black Voices
Chase Quinn

A collage of song, multi-media and narrative poetry, Notes of a Native Song is as much an ode to the prolific artist and author of the essay Notes of a Native Son, as it is a critique of the canonization of Baldwin's work and the sterilization of his public image.

...And Waiting And...

Marcia Liss | Posted 06.09.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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