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"To Kill a Mockingbird

I Don't Control a Lot of Things, But I Can Control What I Read

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 08.26.2015 | Black Voices
The University of Central Florida Forum

There was the time this summer when my 13-year-old daughter asked me questions that I didn't know how to answer: "Will the police help me if I need help? Will they kill me, mom? Will they kill you?" I didn't want to answer her, because the truth of the matter is that I could have answered each of those questions with, "It's possible."

A Timeless Beach Read to Treasure and Savor

Off The Shelf | Posted 08.25.2015 | Books
Off The Shelf

Writers come and go with new generations. Young readers today might not know Rosamunde Pilcher. But her books remain as timeless as the classics. I treasure all her books, but The Shell Seekers is her masterpiece. Do yourself a favor: pick up a copy and savor every word.

The Liberation of Atticus Finch

Byron Williams | Posted 08.20.2015 | Books
Byron Williams

But Watchman reveals a truth central to the human condition: None of us are as moral as the ideals we embrace, not even Atticus Finch. There is perhaps no better example than Thomas Jefferson.

Still Setting the Watchman

Barbara Stark-Nemon | Posted 08.13.2015 | Books
Barbara Stark-Nemon

Here are five reasons I still think Go Set a Watchman is important, worth reading and if not a great and enduring literary event, then at least a very interesting one.

Even Harper Lee Isn't Allowed To Ruin Mockingbird

Eric Mink | Posted 08.05.2015 | Books
Eric Mink

Protecting the transcendent magic of To Kill A Mockingbird is now the responsibility of the middle school and high school teachers who will introduce the work to new generations of readers. I'll tap into the novel's optimism for the future and say I'm hopeful the teachers will succeed.

A Watchman Sets a Mockingbird Free

Michelle Blair Wilker | Posted 08.03.2015 | Books
Michelle Blair Wilker

With the recent discovery and publication of Go Set a Watchman we are faced with disillusionment of our first fictional love, but we have earned clues into the writing process of a literary genius and opened up a much-needed dialogue about literature and race relations.

Reading "To Kill a Mockingbird" as an Adult

Lev Raphael | Posted 08.03.2015 | Books
Lev Raphael

Flannery O'Connor damned the novel with pretty faint praise when it came out: "I think for a child's book it does all right." That seems unduly harsh (and unfair to YA literature). What works best for me as an adult reader is the slow accretion of local color, the barbed social comedy, and the graceful prose.

Growing Up: The Transition From To Kill a Mockingbird to Go Set a Watchman

Emily Hay | Posted 07.31.2015 | Teen
Emily Hay

Go set a Watchman is about growing up and realizing that your own parents are no more than flawed human beings too, learning how to stand by your own values -- set your own watchman if you will -- and still be able to live alongside those you disagree with.

Five Reasons to Read Go Set a Watchman

Loretta Bolger Wish | Posted 07.30.2015 | Books
Loretta Bolger Wish

Whatever its flaws, editors saw enough potential in Watchman to help cherry-pick its flashbacks and fashion them into To Kill a Mockingbird. Nothing can diminish that masterpiece. Not even the more modest work that formed its foundation.

Deconstructing Atticus Finch: In Praise of Monroe Freedman

Bennett L. Gershman | Posted 07.24.2015 | Books
Bennett L. Gershman

Nobody is perfect, not even Atticus Finch. But to a generation of readers -- including lawyers -- the Atticus Finch portrayed in Harper Lee's just-published novel "Go Set a Watchman" is not the Atticus Finch of Lee's classic novel "To Kill a Mockingbird. "

What if it's not About Atticus?

Kristine Holmgren | Posted 07.23.2015 | Books
Kristine Holmgren

If you are reluctant to read Watchman because you love Atticus, get over yourself. This best-seller is not about an old, white man. It's about a strong, iconoclastic, brilliant woman -- powerful and caring.

Go Set A Watchman: A Lesson on Inclusion in the Literary Industry

Deborah Plummer | Posted 07.21.2015 | Books
Deborah Plummer

As a multicultural society, we can no longer afford segregation in the publishing industry comprised of select gatekeepers who define the literary landscape based on their worldview. Words create worlds and the literary industry should represent a much broader one.

Atticus Finch, Representative American

David S. Reynolds | Posted 07.21.2015 | Black Voices
David S. Reynolds

Even America's most admirable people were products of their respective cultures. We can learn from their repugnant moments, just as the older Atticus can serve as an example not to follow. But we should treasure the moments when these figures transcended their times and stood for democracy in the broadest sense.

Harper Lee's 'Go Set A Watchman' Sales Hit 1.1 Million

Associated Press | Katherine Brooks | Posted 07.21.2015 | Arts

NEW YORK (AP) — Critics dismissed it as a rough draft for "To Kill a Mockingbird" and readers despaired over an aging, racist Atticus Finch. Bu...

The "Mockingbird" That Might Have Hatched -- But Didn't. A review of "Go Set a Watchman"

Chris Bohjalian | Posted 07.20.2015 | Books
Chris Bohjalian

Enormous changes? You bet. But not unheard of in the evolution of many novels. I have made edits to drafts of my own work every bit as dramatic. Exhibit A? "The Double Bind" was originally a first person novel. Exhibit B? There was no courtroom drama in my earliest pages of "Midwives."

The Art of the First Draft

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.20.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

A few years ago, a film historian unearthed what he claimed was the only existing copy of the first version of John Cassavetes' film, Shadows. He ultimately was told to cease and desist because he had no right to the film.

Atticus Has Left the Building

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 07.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

With people spray-painting rebukes on statues of John C. Calhoun and Robert E. Lee across the South, who would have thought the first icon to be pulled off his pedestal would be Atticus Finch?

Harper Lee's Complex Heroes

Tom Morris | Posted 07.17.2015 | Books
Tom Morris

There's almost too much to talk about in the new book Go Set a Watchman. I loved it, then I hated it, and then I loved it again. Finally, I went away deeply impressed by the way it raises fundamental social, political and personal issues of a philosophical nature.

I Need to Believe In (the Original) Atticus Finch

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 07.17.2015 | Books
The University of Central Florida Forum

I created Atticus Finch? I never saw the film, but whatever. Of course, I created him. We all did. Lee's character Atticus is no longer hers. He's all of ours now.

It's Time to Go Set a Watchman

Kate Oberdorfer | Posted 07.16.2015 | Entertainment
Kate Oberdorfer

There is no such thing as Atticus Finch. That is the hard truth that I took away from the Tuesday sunrise I spent with Harper Lee's highly anticipate...

The Fall of Atticus Finch

Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith | Posted 07.16.2015 | Books
Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith

To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel and all of us should have remembered that. Novelists get to create the world that they want. Atticus was a fictional character but we needed him to be different.

Harper Lee's New Book: Young Atticus Finch and the Super Hot Vampire Society

Spencer Green | Posted 07.16.2015 | Comedy
Spencer Green

"Ms. Lee--or, as her family and friends call her, Ms. Lee--wanted to try her hand at a novel that would appeal more directly to younger audiences," says Colton LaFenrois, a publicist for Random Del Collins House.

Go Set a Watchman: A Draft, Not a Novel

Mary Alice Franklin | Posted 07.16.2015 | Books
Mary Alice Franklin

The first manuscript remained in stasis until it was re-discovered and published as-was-found. According to Andreadis, "Harper Lee wanted to have the novel published exactly as it was written, without editorial intervention"; though, she has not re-read the novel since its re-discovery.

'Go Set A Watchman' Feels Like A Fanfic You Never Expected To Read

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 07.16.2015 | Arts

White parents are crestfallen. High school English teachers befuddled. American literature buffs horrified. The publication of Harper Lee’s...

Atticus Finch Is Not a Racist

Galanty Miller | Posted 07.15.2015 | Comedy
Galanty Miller

It's unfair to critique an unread literary work. For all I know, Go Set a Watchman is a brilliant piece of fiction. So I won't criticize the novel itself. But nor will I read it... unless they release it in comic book form and add Batman into the story. I'm just not that interested.