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Madame Bovary

Who Needs "Likable" Characters? Not Jonathan Franzen, or Me

Pamela Feinsilber | Posted 09.05.2015 | Books
Pamela Feinsilber

I really perked up when the conversation turned to the notion of likability. Who says we have to like a character? Yet Franzen claims that "the safest thing" in writing fiction is not caring what the reader wants, in the sense of realizing, "Not everyone will like this guy."

Popcorn Preview: Gemma Bovary

Leslie Sisman | Posted 06.26.2015 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

How did Martin know that Gemma was going to fall for Hervé? How did Martin know that Gemma would grow bored with Charlie? Is he going to let events play out right under his nose, without doing a thing to stop them?

How Do You Approach Sex in Fiction?

Warren Adler | Posted 01.10.2015 | Books
Warren Adler

I am well aware that any depiction of human relationships in a novel cannot ignore the fact that sex, however described or disguised, is a primal motivating condition of our existence. Indeed, even if the act itself is not referred to in action or description, it is always there, however coded, and can't be ignored by reader or writer.

Live from the Toronto Film Festival: Wednesday, Sept. 10

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.11.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Entitlement is also an issue in Noah Baumbach's wonderfully acidic While We're Young, which captures a pair of Gen-Xers, Josh and Cornelia (Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts), at a crisis point.

Women's History Month Spotlight: Advice From the 19th Century, on Loneliness and Doubt, Horses, Vacuum Cleaners and the Nature of Time

Carole DeSanti | Posted 05.28.2013 | Books
Carole DeSanti

In honor of women's history month and to celebrate the paperback publication of The Unruly Passions of Eugénie R., I arranged an interview with Eugénie R. herself (heretofore known only as my fictional character) to find out how this 19th century woman feels about our 21st century world.

Anna Karenina as The Bureaucrat's Wife: The Fight for Women's Identity in Book Titles

Alma Katsu | Posted 01.12.2013 | Books
Alma Katsu

What might the world have lost if, instead of letting memorable women in literature stand on their own two feet, we'd been given forgettable titles like Anna Karenina: The Bureaucrat's Wife.

When a Great Teacher Dies... and Lives On

Richard Walden | Posted 02.29.2012 | Education
Richard Walden

My 10th grade World History teacher, Patricia Logsdon, died this week at age 88. She spent 40+ years teaching at Culver City (CA) High School. Normal...

The 11 Greatest Affairs In Literature

2011-09-30-Screenshot20110930at3.08.55PM.jpeg | Amy Hertz | Posted 12.03.2011 | Divorce

Story courtesy of Barnes And Noble Review. By Amy Hertz The love that leads to marriage begins with so much promise. But, in books as in life, ...

PHOTOS: 15 Cool Book Covers That Didn't Make The Cut

nytimes.com | Posted 07.16.2011 | Books

For authors, choosing a book cover is the fraught moment their very private creation starts putting on its game face and getting ready to enter the ma...

The Writer and the Fallowed Field

Joe Woodward | Posted 07.07.2011 | Books
Joe Woodward

Gustave Flaubert wrestles with the ravages of old age, religion, the joy and heartbreak of love, children, and more. Though each of these stories is just some 40 pages long, they loom larger in the imagination.

The Word: Black Authors On Power Of Reading And Writing

Marita Golden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Marita Golden

I knew I wanted to interview a diverse and celebrated group of African Americans writers because they have been so important to the vitality of American literature.

Madame Bovary: The Exquisite Corpse

Joe Woodward | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Joe Woodward

As I've been reading this new Davis translation of Madame Bovary, familiar feelings have come rushing back to me. I always hope things will turn out differently, and this translation is no exception.

Reading In Public

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

It's been too long since we've shared with you the pulse of the people. It's a little segment we like to call Reading In Public! Here's how it works:...

Why Is Emma Bovary So Misunderstood?

The New Republic | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The author of minimalist short stories, Davis would seem an unlikely match for Flaubert, with his love of metaphor and obsession with detail. In compa...

Literary Glamour: Playboy and the House of Waris Welcome Their Fabulous Friends to Celebrate Their New Salon

Melissa Berkelhammer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Melissa Berkelhammer

Gerard Butler joined the festivities at a hush-hush after party at the Boom Boom Room, which lasted well into the night. Need any more convincing that this was the place to be Wednesday evening?

Bertha In 'Jane Eyre,' Emma In 'Madame Bovary': Were The 'Mad' Heroines Of Literature Really Sane?

BBC News | Vivienne Parry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The violent and feral Bertha Rochester in Jane Eyre, the mysterious Woman in White whose escape from an asylum begins Wilkie Collins's gripping thrill...

Remembering Jennifer Jones and A Perfect Afternoon at the Movies

Penelope Andrew | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Penelope Andrew

Jennifer Jones always defied easy analysis, so much the better for us to simply surrender to her films themselves.

Breaking Up: Best Books Not To Read Right After (PHOTOS, POLL)

Huffington Post | Amy Hertz and Jessie Kunhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

There's no good time to go through a break up and the holidays are just about the worst. The last thing you want to do is rub salt into a wound by rea...

Culture Zohn: Sex vs. Spirituality in Thais

Patricia Zohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Patricia Zohn

2008-12-10-zohnpull.jpg If you were going to choose a way to celebrate the season where spirituality fights tooth and nail with sex on a daily basis, this could not be a better way to go.