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10 Greatest Travel Books Of All Time

Budget Travel | Posted 02.22.2014 | Travel
Budget Travel

Despite their differences in genre and style, these books all give an unforgettable sense of place -- whether that place is a small patch of ground, an entire continent, or just the wrinkles of the writer's mind.

Christmas, Fact and Fiction

Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D. | Posted 02.21.2014 | Religion
Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D.

Human beings are story-telling creatures. Stories help us to understand our world, to find our place in it and sometimes our purpose, too. So, the distinctions we draw between fact and fiction are rarely as absolute as we might wish them to be.

An Irresistible Invitation From Diane Ravitch

Vicki Cobb | Posted 02.21.2014 | Education
Vicki Cobb

I was surprised and delighted by a recent shout-out about one of my Huff Post entries by Diane Ravitch, a brilliant and tireless crusader to save public education in the face of the Common Core State Standards. Diane claims in her post that she and I disagree about the CCSS.

Software Takes Command: An Interview with New Media Theorist Lev Manovich, Part 1

Illya Szilak | Posted 02.15.2014 | Books
Illya Szilak

Many of us have become daily producers/reproducers of cultural content, and it is technology that has made this possible.

Taking Back The Pen Is a Dawn of Hope for Detroit

John B. Stimpson | Posted 02.03.2014 | Books
John B. Stimpson

Taking Back The Pen is an incredible story about Rachel's tenacity to overcome adversity. What most people would call Hell, she called home for most of her life.

A Volcanic Eruption Can Lead to an Eruption of Learning

Vicki Cobb | Posted 01.25.2014 | Books
Vicki Cobb

There is only one way to prepare people who live near an active volcano for a life-threatening eruption -- evacuation. But when? How accurately can we predict when it will blow? How do we measure volcanic activity?

A Writer's Obligation

Paul Florez | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
Paul Florez

As writers, we ultimately sell ourselves out. When I find the courage to write about my family, friends or some unassuming stranger, I'm not revealing a truth about them. I am revealing a truth about myself.

The Day That Could Have Brought Down Robert Oppenheimer

Shirley Streshinsky | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Shirley Streshinsky

Three women were central to the scientist's life. One was his best friend. One was his great love. One was his wife. And two of them were members of the Communist Party USA.

Writing Taboo

Tracy Strauss | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Tracy Strauss

While sexual abuse may be the context of my memoir, it is not my story. My story, in fact, is not about trauma or anything remotely "taboo" -- my story is about transcendence.

Art Can Save Education and Lives

Vicki Cobb | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Vicki Cobb

It's not news that literacy and art are connected. There are studies that prove this. But you don't need an investment from the government do a small step in this direction. For the cost of a wonderful children's book you can open children's eyes to possibilities of art and improve their literacy skills at the same time.

Common Core State Standards, Rules and Art

Vicki Cobb | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Vicki Cobb

Policies, laws and now the Common Core State Standards are all sets of rules designed to guide and shape human behavior. These rules are implemented...

The Casual Versatility of Some Hardworking Writers

Dave Astor | Posted 10.15.2013 | Books
Dave Astor

And literature's MVP (Most Versatile Producer) is... Actually, I'm not sure. But any author who can write very different types of novels deserves an award.

Praise for Annie Rachele Lanzillotto's Writing

Michael Carosone | Posted 09.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

I had the privilege of attending one of Annie Rachele Lanzillotto's events for her two new books: her memoir, L Is for Lion: An Italian Bronx Butch Fr...

Author Platform: Use the News to Boost Your Book & Platform

Jennifer S. Wilkov | Posted 08.12.2013 | Books
Jennifer S. Wilkov

Using the news can help boost the visibility of your book, your platform and you! Themes run through your platform and book, whether it is fiction or...

Our Naked Lives: Essays From Gay Italian American Men

Michael Carosone | Posted 08.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

My book is a continuation of my work on giving voices to marginalized peoples, groups, and communities. The theme that stitches all of the essays together to create a colorful tapestry is the intersection of sexuality and ethnicity.

In Bonnets or Sweat Pants, We're Cultural Historians

Holly Robinson | Posted 06.01.2013 | Books
Holly Robinson

Whatever subjects we choose, as women writers we are cataloging historical and cultural events in ways that go far deeper than the two-dimensional stories told by photographs. We get into the heads of our audience in ways that movies still can't.

Horizons Unlimited: True Stories of Trauma and Triumph

Helen Davey | Posted 03.27.2013 | Books
Helen Davey

As a psychoanalyst, I'm always struck by the fact that truth is much more fascinating than fiction. The real story of Dorothy and George Putnam and Amelia Earhart is a poignant, heartbreaking, and absorbing tale about real people living amazing lives.

The Los Angeles Public Library's Best Books of 2012

The Los Angeles Public Library | Posted 02.05.2013 | Los Angeles
The Los Angeles Public Library

Looking for holiday gift ideas for your bookish friends and relatives? Something good to read in the new year? Or are you just as obsessed with those year-end lists as we are?

Biographies: The Novels of Nonfiction?

Dave Astor | Posted 12.11.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

Plot? Before reading a biography, we often don't know all the specifics of how the subject's life proceeded (except, perhaps, that she or he eventually died). So a biography can be as revelatory as a plot-driven novel.

Why Huffington Went Literary

Nicholas Miriello | Posted 11.21.2012 | Books
Nicholas Miriello

Though there have been grumblings about new technologies' detrimental effect on more traditional forms of literature, we believe that these media are not mutually exclusive. We can hold on to, and elevate, the things we love about books and still embrace the worlds opened up by more recent developments.

Can Stricter Federal Guidelines Fix America's Literacy Crisis?

Posted 07.15.2012 | Education

As American students continue to fall behind foreign peers, 45 states and Washington, D.C. have adopted the Common Core State Standards, a new set of ...

"Keep Your Book Warm" and Other Tips for Fighting Writer's Block

Holly Robinson | Posted 06.30.2012 | Books
Holly Robinson

No matter how long you've been writing, you've probably experienced that panic-induced paralysis known as writer's block. If you want to tame the symptoms of this debilitating condition, here are some home remedies to try.

LiePad: Why Nonfiction Writers Must Never Change the Facts

Brandt Goldstein | Posted 05.21.2012 | Media
Brandt Goldstein

Can a writer working in the realm of nonfiction ever change the facts because he's Making Art or Delivering an Important Message? The view of basically every respected journalist is Hell No. But a new book takes the opposite view.

Not Many Novels From Some Novelists

Dave Astor | Posted 05.02.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

There are various reasons why some authors have sparsely populated canons. Some die young or relatively young. Some deal with ill health. Some feel they've said all they want to say in their minimal output.

What's My Genre, Anyway?

Ming Holden | Posted 02.04.2012 | Books
Ming Holden

The appropriation of a piece of literature to a certain genre is a process descriptive of the political moment in which the text finds itself; it's indicative of what's permitted to be described as fact in a particular cultural atmosphere, whether it's intended to be or not.