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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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'Big Voices' Helped Stacey D'Erasmo Find Her Own

Annie L. Scholl | Posted 06.08.2015 | Books
Annie L. Scholl

I think it was (author) Francine Prose who said publication is like the calm before the calm--that you think so much will happen and it doesn't. But when my first book came out (Tea, Algonquin Books, 2000), what I wasn't prepared for was the magnitude of what it felt like internally.

Jake Biondi Releases Third Installment of Popular BOYSTOWN Series

Jake Biondi | Posted 06.03.2015 | Arts
Jake Biondi

"The wait is finally over," Biondi told fans of his 'BOYSTOWN' book series. The third book in the popular 'BOYSTOWN' series was released on May 1, 2015.

Today's Newsrooms = Robo-Journalism, Games, Apps, Gender Equality

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 06.03.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

The "see-Ma, no-hands" automated reporting movement has been used by AP, Bloomberg and Thomson-Reuters in crunching numbers -- business figures and sports scores -- as well as turning out formulaic stories.

Defining Popular -- Not What You Think It Means

Maria Rodale | Posted 05.29.2015 | Books
Maria Rodale

Stepping away from my typical brooding and introspection--such as it is--about my own life, I find myself incrankulous (incredulous + cranky) about the latest news to sweep the publishing industry.

Mark Twain American Voice in Literature Award

Cindy Lovell | Posted 05.28.2015 | Books
Cindy Lovell

Mark Twain was honored during his lifetime by receiving an honorary master's degree from Yale University (1888) and three honorary doctorates. The conferring institutions were Yale University (1901), University of Missouri-Columbia (1902), and University of Oxford (1907).

Post-Postmodernism: Where Does it End?

Dan Truong | Posted 05.28.2015 | College
Dan Truong

Let's operate under the assumption that postmodernism and modernism are real movements and not a load of Dickensian word-filler. There's a lot of debate of what postmodernism actually is.

Birth of a Lion and the Great American Bildungsroman

Mario Tenaglia | Posted 05.27.2015 | Arts
Mario Tenaglia

I was in Philadelphia all day on Saturday. I went to Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell in the morning, the Italian Markets, Reading Terminal, the Barnes Foundation, and Chinatown in the afternoon, and saw The Lion King at the Academy of Music in the evening. It was, in short, an absolutely incredible day.

A Land Where Writers Are Revered

Jeanine Barone | Posted 05.21.2015 | Travel
Jeanine Barone

In the beginning, there existed an island -- uninhabited but for the Arctic fox -- sculpted by snow and ice, wind, water, and fire. This wild, windswept land had no name, until settlers arrived in the 10th century, and made this place their home.

Here's Why Famous Authors Chose Their Fake Names

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 05.18.2015 | Arts

Writers have chosen pen names over the centuries for reasons almost as varied as the names themselves. (We're looking at you, "Dr. Seuss.") While s...

'Youth Is A Lost Utopia'

The European | Posted 05.18.2015 | World

France’s literary enfant terrible, Frédéric Beigbeder, blames J.D. Salinger for his fear of old age. As therapy, he wrote a bold novel about...

Banning Books in the 21st Century

Steven Petite | Posted 05.07.2015 | Books
Steven Petite

Literature is a wonderful and integral part of the human experience. Books have the power to teach us about ourselves and the world around us. They can open up doors to new ideas, new outlooks, and fresh experiences.

Mother's Day Reads: Eight Great Mother Characters in Literature

Allison Pataki | Posted 05.06.2015 | Books
Allison Pataki

In honor of those real-life female figures in your own lives, why don't you consider picking up a book featuring a rich and inspiring mother figure?

Make Like A Sponge!

Lillian Sims | Posted 05.05.2015 | Education
Lillian Sims

I always had the feeling that she might have easily been a great writer or leader in any field, but somehow decided to stay in the same classroom for as many years as I have known her, patiently prying young brains with a methodical, calm, questioning style.

Postmodern Magic

Dan Truong | Posted 06.30.2015 | College
Dan Truong

This past summer, I read the novel Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer. It details the story of one man, whose name happens to be Jonath...

5 Books to Get You Out of Your Literary Comfort Zone

Alexis Jane Torre | Posted 06.26.2015 | College
Alexis Jane Torre

While many of you likely don't have the time to read right now with finals and papers and all that fun stuff, you should remember this list for the summer time. Here is a list of books I've read and enjoyed that'll help you step outside your literary comfort zone!

2015 Poetry Month: An Interview With John Ashbery

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 06.24.2015 | Books
Jonathan Hobratsch

John Ashbery is the author of nearly 30 books of poetry. He has won nearly every major American poetry award, starting with the Yale Younger Poets Prize in 1956.

Lars Norén: Advice to the Young

Louisiana Channel | Posted 06.22.2015 | Arts
Louisiana Channel

Lars Norén is widely regarded as the greatest contemporary Swedish playwright. We paid him an exclusive visit at his apartment in Stockholm to hear...

Remembering the Marvelous Uruguayan Writer Eduardo Galeano

Danny Postel | Posted 06.21.2015 | Books
Danny Postel

My heart has been heavy since learning over the weekend of the death of the radical and marvelously lyrical Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano, whom I had the enormous pleasure of meeting some 20 years ago.

I Salute Thee, Poets!

Daniel Handler | Posted 06.20.2015 | Books
Daniel Handler

This April, as I've done on a bunch of other Aprils, I'm only reading poetry. It's good for the soul and it's a nice way to celebrate National Poetry Month, which otherwise may pass unnoticed, what with Passover, the arrival of Spring and Beverly Cleary's birthday.

Grandma's Tales: On Vietnam, Memories and Transformation

Andrew Lam | Posted 06.19.2015 | Books
Andrew Lam

It was hard to explain then what had happened, what we had always expected as the tragic ending of things, human frailty the point of mourning and grief. And wasn't epic loss what made us tell our stories?