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2016 Poetry Month: An Interview With James Richardson

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 04.01.2016 | Books
Jonathan Hobratsch

James Richardson is most recently the author of By the Numbers, which was a finalist for the 2010 National Book Award, and During, just published, which won the Poetry Society of America's Castagnola Prize for best book-in-progress. He teaches at Princeton University.

8 Glorious and Triumphant Novels of Scientific Discovery

Off The Shelf | Posted 03.31.2016 | Books
Off The Shelf

By Leora Bernstein | Off the Shelf Your dusty old high school biology textbook might have been dull beyond redemption, but a glorious novel of scient...

One-On-One With Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life Screenwriter Kara Holden

ScreenCraft | Posted 03.29.2016 | Entertainment
ScreenCraft

"I believe my experience in acting is invaluable to my writing -- it has given me a true ear for dialogue and a feel for pace as well as a deeper understanding of character."

The Stripped Word and Naked Girls

Leslie Zemeckis | Posted 03.29.2016 | Chicago
Leslie Zemeckis

Naked Girls Reading sounded like a fabulous evening; naked beauties sitting around reading literature to a paid audience. What a novel idea for a literary salon. But which came first, the nudity or the literature?

The Business of Creativity

Heather Martin | Posted 03.11.2016 | Business
Heather Martin

"We must do our work for its own sake, not for fortune or attention or applause." ― Steven Pressfield in The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks &...

11 Women Throughout History Who Wrote About Sex

The Huffington Post | Tricia Tongco | Posted 03.11.2016 | Arts

In celebration of Women’s History Month, we've decided to honor women writers of the past and present who have written fearlessly about sex. Today, ...

9 of the Best Travel Books

Jacada Travel | Posted 03.03.2016 | Travel
Jacada Travel

Travel has inspired some of the greatest novels of all time. Here are just some of our favourites.

Poet, activist, icon Sonia Sanchez: still "BaddDDD" As Ever

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 03.01.2016 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

"Someone asked me, "'Why do you write?' And I said, 'Because I wanted to tell people how I became this woman with razor blades between her teeth.'"

Jonathan Franzen: Books Made Me Survive

Louisiana Channel | Posted 02.26.2016 | Arts
Louisiana Channel

We visited Jonathan Franzen at his California home, where he shared his approach to writing character-driven novels and his thoughts on being a writer in America: "I play for 'Team Literature' and so I'm on the lookout for things that threaten the team."

The Tragedy of Teaching To Kill A Mockingbird in Middle School

Kelly Suellentrop | Posted 02.26.2016 | Education
Kelly Suellentrop

As if on cue, eighteen or so sets of preteen eyes would turn and stare at me, sitting behind them at a desk with a small ballpoint tattoo on the bottom left corner. They were looking for the tears I had promised them.

Thoreau's Nephew: Romania's Literary Slaughterhouse

Tara Skurtu | Posted 02.24.2016 | Arts
Tara Skurtu

Poets be warned. Only in Romania is there a poetry reading series known as the slaughterhouse. It's called Thoreau's Nephew (Nepotu´ Lui Thoreau) and...

Janice Magazine Is The Antidote For Our Short Comedic Attention Spans

The Huffington Post | John Trowbridge | Posted 02.24.2016 | Comedy

Gone are the days where one could walk down the street, pick up a physical copy of The Onion, finger through a couple pages, and enjoy a laugh that so...

An Illiterate Walks Into an MFA Program

Benjamin Rubenstein | Posted 02.19.2016 | Comedy
Benjamin Rubenstein

Despite having written two nonfiction books, I don't know how to write. Shh. Have you ever done something without knowing how but you just did it anyway and could never explain it? That's me for writing, and now I'm attending a low residency Master of Fine Arts in creative writing program for fiction.

Joseph Brodsky Explains Perfectly How to Deal With Critics and Detractors in Your Life

James Clear | Posted 02.16.2016 | Healthy Living
James Clear

The best thing that can happen to bad advice is that it becomes irrelevant, ignored, and forgotten. In the words of Brodsky, "it's the echo that counts." Negativity doesn't deserve a louder voice. Spend your time echoing something worth hearing.

'Interior Darkness,' A Conversation with Peter Straub

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 02.16.2016 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Peter Straub needs no lengthy introduction. As a novelist and poet, he has received many literary honors including the Bram Stoker Award, the World Fantasy Award, and the International Horror Guild Award.

Love, Medieval Islamic Style

Michelle M Hamilton | Posted 02.13.2016 | Books
Michelle M Hamilton

One of the most important scholars of the medieval Islamic world, Abū Muḥammad ʿAlī ibn Aḥmad ibn Saʿīd ibn Ḥazm (994-1064), an Andalusi legal scholar and philosopher dedicated an entire book-length study, Ṭawq al-Ḥamāmah, to the nature of love.

The Art of Loving

Chris Castiglione | Posted 02.10.2016 | HuffPost Home
Chris Castiglione

The Art of Loving (by Erich Fromm, 1956) is rare in its ability to treat love as an active art, rather than a passive "falling into," In the book From...

Nurturing The Young Social Justice Writer

Christine Stoddard | Posted 02.09.2016 | Impact
Christine Stoddard

While the other girls wrote about princesses and high school Queen Bees, Emily* wrote about Harriet Tubman. Her first piece in the week-long creative writing workshop began as an academic essay, but ended up being creative non-fiction.

Why I Quit My Book Group

Lev Raphael | Posted 03.16.2016 | Comedy
Lev Raphael

Okay, the snacks were great, and so was the wine. But the books were awful. I wanted to have fun, but everyone kept voting for books that were depressing. They called them "classics."

Wrestlemania Matches: The Norton Anthology of Literature Edition

Paul Lander | Posted 02.05.2016 | Comedy
Paul Lander

Wrestlemania Matches: The Norton Anthology Of Literature Edition Brett Hart of Darkness vs. Sgt. Slaughter House Five Rowdy Roddy Pippa Longstocking...

The Conversation You Missed: Russia's Dissident Writers Spoke in New York City On Media, Literature, and Censorship

Mariya Parodi | Posted 02.04.2016 | New York
Mariya Parodi

Edward Snowden and Ludmila Ulitskaya exist in the same world. Ulitskaya, one of Russia's most famous novelists, scientists, and playwrights, and Edwar...

What We Can All Learn About Marriage From Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

James J. Sexton | Posted 02.04.2016 | Entertainment
James J. Sexton

If you're anything like me, you've been waiting for something as entertaining as Downton Abbey to come out, holding out but little hope. Alas, your tiny hope is not to be in vain!

Octavia E. Butler Wrote The Story Of Her Success Years Before It Happened

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 02.26.2016 | Black Voices

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the death of Octavia E. Butler, the Hugo Award-winning science fiction writer best known for the novels Kindre...

Scott A. Trimble's Visionquest

Shana Nys Dambrot | Posted 01.26.2016 | Arts
Shana Nys Dambrot

In his process-oriented palimpsestic landscapes and portraits, Trimble works at a prolific headlong pace, alone, in a race to execute ideas to his satisfaction before the next ones appear, fully formed, to disrupt the steady silent slap of paint hitting canvas.

The 1 Reason This Is the Only List Article I Will Ever Write

Rebekah Williams | Posted 01.19.2016 | Arts
Rebekah Williams

I used to believe list articles catered to lazy readers, those wanting to skim through an article and read no more than 40 words, all of which would be boldfaced. Then a more upsetting reason for the plethora of these glib, kitschy articles crossed my mind: The real problem is lazy writers.