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"To Kill a Mockingbird

It's Atticus Again....

Bil Hitchcock | Posted 01.13.2017 | Politics
Bil Hitchcock

Occasionally I pick up my well-thumbed copy of To Kill A Mockingbird when I feel out of sync with the world around's a wonderful grounding too...

Obama Uses 'To Kill A Mockingbird' To Remind Americans Of The Importance Of Empathy

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 01.10.2017 | Politics

President Barack Obama in his farewell address to the nation Tuesday argued that empathy for those who are different is an essential pillar of democra...

Screen View: Comedy Blu-rays for the Season

Steven Suskin | Posted 12.14.2016 | Entertainment
Steven Suskin

If you are looking for film comedy to get through the holiday season--and many readers are no doubt looking for aid in combatting the current gloom--y...

Gregory Peck's Children Mark Centenary In Rome, Praising Dad's Integrity

Juliet Linley | Posted 10.21.2016 | Entertainment
Juliet Linley

"Our dad loved Rome, felt at home in Rome, and it was like a homecoming every time he returned," says Anthony Peck, as he and his sister Cecilia spend...

A Dozen Do's and Dont's for the 2016 Common Application College Essay Prompts

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 06.21.2016 | College
Elizabeth Benedict

Alongside my college counseling work, I've written six novels and taught creative writing to college students and adults for decades. You don't need to write a novel to get into college, but you do need to adopt some of the essentials of writing creatively to make your application essays sing.

The Tragedy of Teaching To Kill A Mockingbird in Middle School

Kelly Suellentrop | Posted 02.25.2017 | 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.

A Context for Hope: Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird

Ellin Jimmerson | Posted 02.19.2017 | Religion
Ellin Jimmerson

Harper Lee died today. She would have been surprised, I think, to know what a profound impact her book, To Kill A Mockingbird, in its film form, had o...

How Harper Lee Taught Me to Breathe Deeply, Embrace Life

Karim Shamsi-Basha | Posted 02.22.2017 | Comedy
Karim Shamsi-Basha

I have known Harper Lee for a long time. OK, truth be told, I didn't really know her; I got to photograph her twice. It is no secret that Harper Lee despised attention including writers and photographers, but this writing is not about photographing the literary giant.

What Atticus Finch Taught Me About Feminism

The Huffington Post | Jenavieve Hatch | Posted 02.22.2016 | Women

The first time I ever picked up To Kill A Mockingbird, I was six years old and going through my mother's schoolbag. She was getting her Bachelor's deg...

Harper Lee Through Grandma's Eyes

Kat Katsanis-Semel | Posted 02.22.2017 | Women
Kat Katsanis-Semel

In honor of Harper Lee, I call on all goofballs to take their talent to heart. You never know what could emerge from you, if you give it a sincere shot. And you might be so successful that someone will - one day - tell her grandchild about you.

Remembering Scout, The Real Hero Of Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 02.20.2016 | Arts

The deeply influential and remarkably private author Harper Lee died yesterday, and readers responded with touching reflections on her life and work. ...

11 Beautiful Truths Harper Lee Taught Us About The World

The Huffington Post | Jenavieve Hatch | Posted 02.19.2016 | Women

Harper Lee -- eminent American author of the 1960 novel To Kill a Mockingbird -- has died at the age of 89. Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel focuse...

12 Times Harper Lee's Words Stopped Us In Our Tracks

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 02.19.2016 | Arts

Harper Lee, the beloved American writer best known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird, has died at the age of 89 in her hometo...

Harper Lee, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Of 'To Kill A Mockingbird,' Dies At 89

The Huffington Post | Hayley Miller | Posted 02.22.2016 | Arts

Celebrated American writer Harper Lee, best known for penning the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird, has died at the age of 89. The c...

'To Kill A Mockingbird' On Broadway, As Written By Aaron Sorkin

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 02.11.2016 | Comedy

It was announced this week that screenwriter Aaron Sorkin -- "The West Wing," "The Newsroom," "The Network" and "Steve Jobs" -- will write a Broadway ...

Aaron Sorkin To Make 'To Kill A Mockingbird' Into A Broadway Play

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 02.10.2016 | Arts

Harper Lee's beloved classic To Kill a Mockingbird will be coming to Broadway for the 2017-2018 season, in a new adaptation penned by screenwriter and...

"Be Frank With Me": A Chat With Julia Claiborne Johnson

Mary Pauline Lowry | Posted 02.03.2017 | Home
Mary Pauline Lowry

Julia Claiborne Johnson's debut novel Be Frank with Me is narrated by Alice Whitley, an optimistic, young woman sent from New York to LA to act as ful...

Re-Introducing Harper Lee and the Real Atticus Finch

Michael Schulder | Posted 12.06.2016 | Home
Michael Schulder

Shields became insanely curious about Harper Lee during the 17 years he spent teaching To Kill A Mockingbird to high school freshmen. This is where his curiosity led.

I Don't Think Atticus Would Like It

Bil Hitchcock | Posted 11.05.2016 | Arts
Bil Hitchcock

Monroeville, AL, home of Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird, has produced a staging of the story, in the original courthouse and area upon which it was based... for the last 28 years.

I Yam What I Yam, Ms. Brene Brown: In Strong Defense Of Atticus Finch

Margaret Hession | Posted 10.02.2016 | Home
Margaret Hession

Right now, those who hate Atticus Finch don't hate him because he's racist. They dislike him because he's imperfect and because he signals to them and us, mirror-wise, that we are imperfect too. Where is our false perfected idol gone?

13 Important Stories to Celebrate Banned Books Week

Off The Shelf | Posted 10.01.2016 | Home
Off The Shelf

Greatness often breeds controversy. This has been the case for acclaimed books throughout history. Harry Potter for its glorification of witchcraft, Go Ask Alice for its depiction of harrowing teen drug use, and Brave New World for its unsettling vision of the future, but we love them anyway.

"WeHo Reads: Banned Books" Brings Together Literature, Art and Film

Lisa Derrick | Posted 09.24.2016 | Arts
Lisa Derrick

When the left and right agree on something, it's time to realize that books, art and ideas, even if we disagree with them, are vital to our growth as individuals and as a society.

Murder Mystery: What Happened To Harper Lee's True-Crime Novel?

Associated Press | David Lohr | Posted 01.04.2017 | Crime

ALEXANDER CITY, Ala. (AP) — Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Harper Lee politely knocked on truck driver Robert Louis Burns' door in rural Alabama on...

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

Pamela Feinsilber | Posted 09.02.2016 | Home
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."

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

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 08.26.2016 | 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."