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Because of Her, I Rise: 5 Lessons Learned from Maya Angelou

Lindsey Mask | Posted 07.29.2014 | Women
Lindsey Mask

Let us not lessen the impact a single life can have in this world. Like moments in history before today and surely for moments yet to come, this day i...

The Top 10 Workout Songs For April

Chris Lawhorn | Posted 06.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Chris Lawhorn

Winter's over, and this month's top 10 list is full of tracks that'll propel you into the great outdoors.

Who Might Get Slimed At This Year's Kids' Choice Awards?

AP | CHRIS TALBOTT | Posted 03.29.2014 | Entertainment

It's time to slime a few hapless guests on the Kids' Choice Awards. The 27th annual awards are back with some of today's top stars scheduled to atten...

The Top 10 Workout Songs For January

Chris Lawhorn | Posted 03.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Chris Lawhorn

Kicking off the new year is an eclectic bunch of workout jams. Pharrell Williams turns up with a jaunty number for which he filmed a 24-hour long music video. The band American Authors continues a climb up the charts with a song you might know best from a Lowe's commercial.

The Power of a First Sentence

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 12.16.2013 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

I'm often struck by the opening sentence of a novel or short story. It can draw me in and set expectations for what's to come. This isn't always true, of course, but a story's first line is the author's opening salvo.

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: American Authors Couldn't Write A Better Year; Plus... You, I, and the "Joy" of Foy Vance

Jon Chattman | Posted 11.25.2013 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Their current buzzworthy single is named "Best Day of My Life," but it's probably the best year American Authors' have ever had. In 2013, the Brookly...

If Hemingway Tweeted

Carl Pettit | Posted 09.21.2013 | Comedy
Carl Pettit

Great ideas often need to simmer before they're ready to come out. These days, anyone working in the media (guilty) needs to know how to leverage various digital platforms in order to promote their brand and content.

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Igniting Blondfire; Joshua Radin's "Wings" Take Flight

Jon Chattman | Posted 07.17.2013 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Blondfire's new alt-rock single "Waves" sounds like something Olivia Newton John would be singing in the 1980s, and a song I'd be pumping through my W...

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Tres! American Authors, Hunter Valentine, and Clementine & The Galaxy

Jon Chattman | Posted 02.18.2013 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Today marks my final "A-Sides" of the year, and I have to just thank you all for reading the columns and watching the sessions. This series has been s...

Edith Wharton Is Hot

Lev Raphael | Posted 08.19.2012 | Books
Lev Raphael

Nobody's expecting Wharton to ever be as popular as Jane Austen. After all, Wharton had a much more jaundiced view of life than Austen did, and she's unlikely to be hijacked as a writer of romances, the way Austen has been.

Can The Great American Novel Exist?

Kevin Hayes | Posted 05.15.2012 | Books
Kevin Hayes

Can the phrase "Great American Novel" only be applied to realistic novels that attempt to capture the mainstream American experience? Or can it be applied to other novels that are more diverse in terms of either subject matter or literary approach?

6 Things I Learned From Charles Bukowski

James Altucher | Posted 12.09.2011 | Books
James Altucher

Charles Bukowski was disgusting, his actual real fiction is awful, he's been called a misogynist, overly simplistic, the worst narcissist, (and probab...

Chicago To Open First Museum Dedicated To American Authors?

chicagotribune.com | Sandra M. Jones, Tribune Reporter | Posted 08.28.2011 | Books

Malcolm O'Hagan, an Irish engineer with a love for great literature, is bringing his dream to Chicago. ...

Philip Roth Didn't Deserve Booker Prize

Anis Shivani | Posted 07.19.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

"There is powerful literature in all big cultures, but you can't get away from the fact that Europe still is the center of the literary world...not th...

PHOTOS: Authors And The Trees That Inspired Them

Richard Horan | Posted 07.15.2011 | Books
Richard Horan

On a family vacation from Wisconsin to Dauphin Island, Alabama, we stopped at Lincoln's home in Springfield, IL to take a tour. In the front parlor there was a photograph of Honest Abe hanging on the wall.

The Island Of Herman Melville, The State Of Cormac McCarthy: Literary Map Of America

Posted 06.22.2011 | Books

Would you rather live in the state of Black Elk or Maya Angelou instead of Montana or Arkansas? The island of Melville looks a little cold, so instead...

Why Do Americans Write Such Great Coming-Of-Age Novels?

guardian.co.uk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Is this merely coincidence, or is there something else at work here? Do American writers absorb Bildungsroman aptitude alongside fluoridated water and...

Is Shirley Jackson One Of The Greatest American Writers?

Salon | Andrew O'Hehir | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The Shirley Jackson Awards for excellence in "literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic" were awarded over the weekend, and...

Is Lionel Shriver America's Best Living Writer?

The Millions | Kevin Frazier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

With her new novel, So Much for That, Lionel Shriver strengthens her already credible claim to the title of best living American writer. This won't s...