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My Kindle, My Birds and Me

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 04.25.2015 | 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 04.20.2015 | 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 04.12.2015 | 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 04.11.2015 | 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 04.11.2015 | 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 04.11.2015 | 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 04.09.2015 | 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 04.09.2015 | 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 04.07.2015 | 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 04.05.2015 | 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 03.31.2015 | 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 03.18.2015 | 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 03.18.2015 | 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 03.17.2015 | 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 03.14.2015 | 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 03.15.2015 | 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 03.14.2015 | 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 03.10.2015 | 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 03.08.2015 | 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 03.08.2015 | 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.

The Storytelling Power of Sofia Samatar

Diriye Osman | Posted 03.01.2015 | Books
Diriye Osman

Every work of fiction is an attempt at inventing something better, something more textured and accommodating of the multiple possibilities of human experience than our present conditions allow. Sofia Samatar has upped the stakes of what is possible.

Creating Yourself with Words

Diriye Osman | Posted 02.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

There's a renegade thrill to Vonnegut's wisdom. Going into the arts as a career can render you into fiscal dreck, but the act of producing art, particularly writing, will endow your interiority with a sense of plenitude, of satisfaction that is hard to replicate.

Emily Zola at Target

Susan Harlan | Posted 02.28.2015 | Women
Susan Harlan

Emily moved forward as if propelled by a mysterious force of desire. The lingerie department impressed her with its sublimity and grace. She swept past the Gilligan & O'Malley camisoles, robes and nightgowns in pinks and purples, nude Spanx shorts and bins of panties.

The Books We Loved in 2014

The New York Public Library | Posted 02.22.2015 | Books
The New York Public Library

Each year, millions of books make their way through The New York Public Library system. With so many books to choose from, it would seem an impossible task for our librarians to select their favorites. But, shockingly, it wasn't nearly as difficult as we thought!

10 Surprising Literary Facts For Christmas

Oliver Tearle | Posted 02.21.2015 | Books
Oliver Tearle

Charles Dickens's earliest piece of writing about Christmas was a short sketch -- published when Dickens was in his early twenties -- describing the perfect Christmas dinner.