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A Visit To Canterbury And Its Extensive Literary Connections

AP | By NORM GOLDSTEIN | Posted 06.05.2014 | Travel

CANTERBURY, England (AP) — After nearly 1,000 years, murder in the cathedral is still luring visitors to Canterbury. It was in the Ca...

Historical Origins of Valentine's Day

Nancy Rubin Stuart | Posted 04.15.2014 | Religion
Nancy Rubin Stuart

Unable to protest, soldiers and their sweethearts sought help from a benevolent priest with miraculous healing powers named Valentine. Legend has it that the cleric secretly marry those couples.

The Rise of the New Book

Jeff Klima | Posted 11.27.2013 | Books
Jeff Klima

So desperate and hungry were people for accessible fiction that "speaks their language," they turned a bastardized Twilight f**kfest fan-fiction turnip into a pop culture phenomenon. Imagine how well something as sexy as a contemporary Tropic of Cancer or Lolita would do in this day and age?

We Will Be Fooled Again: The Strange Pleasures of Narrative Trickery

Evan Gottlieb | Posted 10.05.2013 | Books
Evan Gottlieb

For readers, the pleasures of the unreliable narrator seem to lie primarily in the challenges they offer our critical and interpretive faculties. Can we figure out the narrator's trustworthiness (or lack of it) before the other characters do?

Another Surprising Secret to Great Novels

Jeff Klima | Posted 02.01.2013 | Books
Jeff Klima

"If your book ain't wrote with ease, it's weak on the wet, brown breeze." You can thank me when you're prolific.

How to Enjoy Reading Shakespeare

Joseph Smigelski | Posted 06.23.2012 | Home
Joseph Smigelski

When you finally meet William Shakespeare on his own turf, his language begins to open new doors in your consciousness.

Poet Ted Hughes Will Be Honored Alongside Chaucer

AP | ROBERT BARR | Posted 02.05.2012 | Home

LONDON — British poet Ted Hughes is being honored with a memorial stone in Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey, joining a line of great British w...

A Pound Of Flesh: Extraordinary Literary Debts

flavorwire.com | Posted 09.18.2011 | Books

Today marks the release of David Graeber’s new book, Debt: The First 5,000 Years. In this red-bound tome, Graeber explains the concept of debt and c...

Unlikely Heroines In Literature

flavorwire.com | Posted 07.09.2011 | Books

Sometimes even the most literary among us need some suggestions. And who better to oblige than the authors themselves? Welcome to Bookshelf, wherein w...

Royal Wedding Questions

Maggie Van Ostrand | Posted 06.30.2011 | Style
Maggie Van Ostrand

Well, I don't know about the rest of you but I'm weddinged out. There hasn't been this much media coverage of an event since Lindsay Lohan's last arre...

A Brief History Of The Word 'Sh*t-Faced'

Slate Magazine | Paul Collins | Posted 06.19.2011 | Books

Some years ago, Slate contributor Paul Collins became curious about the history of the word bonkers. After a letter to the editors of the Oxford Engli...

Reading As An Equalizer: What James Joyce, Shakespeare Can Teach Us Today

Rick Ayers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Rick Ayers

Kiberd reminds us to hold on to, and honor, the truly democratic project that education must be.

The Biblical Definitions Of The Pursuit Of Happiness

Philip Reynolds | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Philip Reynolds

How should we construe the right to pursue happiness? The problem is that the words "happy" and "happiness" are used today in variety of interrelated but distinct senses.

Monty Python's Terry Jones -- Renaissance Man

Carole Mallory | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Carole Mallory

Whether taking on Chaucer, challenging Ireland's most doggedly held beliefs of the Middle Ages, or having a child out of wedlock with a woman more than half his age, Terry Jones is not afraid to take on the establishment.

How to Enjoy Reading Shakespeare

Joseph Smigelski | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Joseph Smigelski

When you finally meet William Shakespeare on his own turf, his language begins to open new doors in your consciousness.

13 Books Nobody's Read But Says They Have (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Gabe Habash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Books are a funny thing. For hundreds of years, reading has been considered one of the highest forms of enlightenment. Because of the meaning and valu...

Top 10 British Pubs In Literature

The Guardian | Richard Francis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

After setting his latest novel in an English pub, Richard Francis drops in on his favourite literary drinking dens, from the Tabard in Chaucer's Cante...

An Academic Outpost of Heaven

Tom Morris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Tom Morris

There's a particular alternate reality experience that I highly recommend. It happens to take place at an academic outpost of heaven. Forty five minu...

Individual Stories, Universal Truth: 'One Amazing Thing' by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

Divakaruni portrays in beautiful prose, haunting characters, and a luminously and ominously developed plot, the universal and individual qualities of the search for meaning in life, as well as the search's timelessness.

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.

Gypsy Brides on Sale and the Money Side of Traditional Matrimony

Jane Minogue | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jane Minogue

Marriage compromises love because marriage is a commercial arrangement; it can involve an exchange where people are considered as commodities.

Ranking The Best Poets Ever

John Lundberg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Lundberg

In 1971, James Dickey wrote a letter listing the top ten living American poets. Slotted in third place behind Ezra Pound and W.H. Auden was...James D...