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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.

Reflections on My BOYSTOWN Series

Jake Biondi | Posted 02.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Jake Biondi

Once I recognized my passion for interesting characters and continuing storylines, an idea was born: What if I created my own continuing drama that consisted mainly of gay characters? I started to ponder the idea more and more, and in June 2013 I began writing my drama focused on gay characters, BOYSTOWN.

Kiran Desai: The World Arrived in Books

Louisiana Channel | Posted 02.15.2015 | Arts
Louisiana Channel

Because she spent her childhood in an India, that had not yet opened its doors to the larger world, Indian novelist, Kiran Desai, had only her knowledge from books to rely on, before she later became an immigrant.

Remembering a War Within the Korean War

John R. Eperjesi | Posted 02.09.2015 | Books
John R. Eperjesi

Rather than simply be read as celebrations of individual freedom, these novels ought to be understood as critiques of a divided Korea.

What Martin Scorsese's 'The 50 Year Argument' Tells Us About Today

Christine Deakers | Posted 02.07.2015 | Media
Christine Deakers

The 50 Year Argument, a literary documentary on The New York Review of Books directed by Martin Scorsese, available through HBO, is not necessarily the tour de force that only pats the intellectual echelon on its cashmere-and-tweed-backs, which some may expect.

Truly a Lady

Paula Gordon | Posted 02.02.2015 | Media
Paula Gordon

Meeting P.D. James made me rethink my aversion to titles I associate with monarchy. She was an authentic lady long before she was a Lady. She earned that title, of course, which made the honorific sweeter.

Copycat Culture: Adapting to a World of Adaptations

Evan Gottlieb | Posted 01.18.2015 | Books
Evan Gottlieb

When it comes to fiction -- which today includes television, movies, video games, and other narrative media -- copying someone else's ideas is nothing new.

The Woman Who Decided to Save the History of the Human Soul

Steven Crandell | Posted 01.17.2015 | Impact
Steven Crandell

Mary Conover Mellon was only 33 when she first heard a speech by Dr. Carl Jung, a pioneer in psychology and one of the great thinkers of the 20th century.

First Indian Literary Festival at Columbia a Hit

Jim Luce | Posted 01.17.2015 | Books
Jim Luce

Under the direction of my good friend Aroon Shivdasani, the first literary festival of the Indian American Arts Council (IAAC) with Columbia Universit...

3 New Books for the Skier's and Rider's Library

Liftopia | Posted 01.14.2015 | Travel
Liftopia

I don't know if you call it a "ski-brary" or a "librare-ski," but here are three books that we'd recommend adding to that dusty old stack of tattered ski literature sitting on your corner shelf.

Why Cornel West Loves Jane Austen

Kathleen Anderson | Posted 01.12.2015 | Books
Kathleen Anderson

A "great book," to West, is one that most effectively addresses "the challenge of trying to be a decent person in the world. There is no more fundamental question."

Art & the Tyranny of the New

Steven Crandell | Posted 01.06.2015 | Arts
Steven Crandell

I think it's time to create a market for art that deepens the spirit, not makes it shallower, a market to encourage art that taps into wisdom and truth that has lasted for generations, eons, as long as memory has served humanity.

10 Words Every Writer Needs To Know

Oliver Tearle | Posted 01.04.2015 | Books
Oliver Tearle

Here are ten unusual words that sum up the writing experience, and our attitudes to writing, in one way or another.

Celebrating Words and Wordsmiths in Mumbai

Pranay Gupte | Posted 01.04.2015 | Books
Pranay Gupte

Indeed, it's tempting to say that of all the 70 or so literary and artistic festivals that are held in India annually, the Mumbai LitFest certainly has become the "maximum." Don't miss it next year. I won't.