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Short Stories for $3.99: the Atlantic/Kindle Deal is Not So New

Wednesday Martin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Wednesday Martin

As of December 7, short stories by Christopher Buckley, Edna O'Brien (and by January Curtis Sittenfeld, and presumably many others) are available on Kindle, courtesy of a deal with the Atlantic Monthly.

Irving Penn, Twitter, and the Everydayness of Life

Adam Hanft | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Adam Hanft

Twitphobes complain, "Do I really care if so-and-so picked up the kids or had to wait too long for a latte at Starbucks?" Maybe we do. Maybe we should. Maybe we can.

"A Christmas Carol" Updated By Gerald Charles Dickens (VIDEO)

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The Associated Press -- Gerald Charles Dickens, the great-great grandson of Charles Dickens, performs a one-man interpretation of 'A Christmas Carol' ...

Dickensian Slavery: The Real Expense of the Recession

James M. Lynch | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
James M. Lynch

We've headed back to the workhouse atmosphere of Dickensian England and the view of employee as dispensable "tool" has returned.

10 Best Victorian Detective Stories

The Guardian | James McCreet | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Sherlock Holmes and his predecessor, Edgar Allan Poe's Auguste Dupin, were always fantasy detectives. Their powers of deduction often bordered on the ...

Book Review Roundup

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Here's your weekly book review roundup, in case you missed the weekend's reviews in the midst of your food coma. "Family Album", Penelope Lively The ...

Dickens' Toothpick Up For Auction

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

NEW YORK — An ivory and gold toothpick once owned by Charles Dickens has sold at a New York City auction for $9,150. It was being offered by he...

No Time to Read? Go Short

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

There is a solution to the time crunch: the beauty and brevity of a short story. For those with circumscribed time, short stories deliver, and deliver big time.

Jarndyce vs. Jarndyce

Daniel Krotz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Daniel Krotz

The message of Bleak House is that a lawsuit is the end of reason and not as we presuppose, the beginning of reasoned argument.

Back to the Classics, for Grown-ups

Sarah Schmelling | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Sarah Schmelling

I recommend this assignment to those with the crisp copies of Moby-Dick and Brave New World on display probably just to impress people.

Newspapers, Not Books, Are the Key to Engaging Budding College Students

Danny Groner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Danny Groner

The acts of reading the newspaper and participating in conversation about current affairs are worth more to young college students than interpreting foreign works, no matter their messages.

Obama's Second Hundred Days

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Our look back at Obama's second 100 days will begin with a short overview, and then move on to the categories: "the best of times," "the worst of times," and "the age of (media) foolishness."

Friday Talking Points [87] -- A Tale Of Two Houses

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Simply for acting like a leader this week, Speaker Pelosi wins the Most Impressive Democrat Of The Week award hands-down.

The Best of Times and the Worst of Times

Stewart Acuff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stewart Acuff

We now measure economic progress not by whether unemployment is going down or up -- it's always going down -- but whether we lost more or fewer jobs than we lost the month before.

Quiet Teacher: Part Four

Arthur Rosenfeld | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Arthur Rosenfeld

The final online installment of Arthur Rosenfeld's new novel, Quiet Teacher; a new thriller about the lives, loves, and action adventures of Dr. Xenon Pearl, neurosurgeon by day and vigilante by night.

Brazil's Charmingly Un-PC President

Marilia Duffles | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Marilia Duffles

Like President Lula, I am also Brazilian and occasionally engage in cross-cultural communication with a Brit. My husband.

Little Dorrit Gives Wall Street a Haircut

Les Leopold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Les Leopold

As we know, certain hedge funds and investment groups are whining about getting only 30 cents on each dollar of the Chrysler debt they hold. In financial-speak, they are getting "haircuts."

George Bailey and the Darkness on the Edge of Town

Tom Watson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tom Watson

It's A Wonderful Life has a dark, brooding heart and it openly questions in brutal terms the complaisance of small-town life just after the world's worst-ever conflict, a war that snuffed out tens of millions of people.

VIDEO: Arnold's Christmas Nightmare

Rick Jacobs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Jacobs

2008-12-24-jacobs.jpgHere's a California Carol from the Courage Campaign in time for the Christmas Arnold wants to give us all.

A Dick Cheney Christmas Carol

Stu Kreisman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Stu Kreisman

An excerpt from Dick Cheney's Diary: We turned around and I was back in my bedroom at stately Cheney Manor. "Ronnie? Mr. President?" I whispered, but he was gone.

How We Will Feel if Obama Wins

Lanny Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lanny Davis

On Nov. 5, if Obama is the president-elect, I think most people -- regardless of their party or ideology -- will take pride in the fact that America is a purple nation, not a red vs. blue one.

The Beat (It) Goes On: A Conservative Stampede

Jerry Weissman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jerry Weissman

The McCain-Palin ticket has had a severe impact on the writers of the right and sent them running for the hills. Witness the crescendo of the stampede.