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Literary Hotels: Where famous authors have partied, waited arrest, and -- yes -- even written novels (PHOTOS)

Oyster | Posted 07.15.2013 | Travel
Oyster

Whether they're on business or leisure, with the family or solo, almost all travelers consider a book (or a Kindle, whatever) a must-have while on a t...

Farewell to the Letter: Hello OMG!@e-speak

Terence Clarke | Posted 02.10.2013 | Books
Terence Clarke

Letters hold together. Emails often have nothing to grab on to. Letters call for contemplation and soulful enjoyment. Emails call for very little. So, my wish for the return of real writing has not been fulfilled.

Occup(ied) America: A Literary History

Joe Woodward | Posted 12.26.2011 | Books
Joe Woodward

As I've watched and listened to the nascent movement "Occupy Wall Street," I've been driven to reread a favorite book of mine about America -- The American 1930s: A Literary History.

Mansion That Inspired 'Great Gatsby' To Be Razed

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

SANDS POINT, N.Y. — A 25-room mansion some scholars believe inspired "The Great Gatsby" is to be razed for a subdivision. Randy Bond, village cle...

The Beauty We Fear Part 4: From Mark Twain to Malcom X (Slideshow)

G. Roger Denson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
G. Roger Denson

Even when Americans began to travel to Muslim lands, from the start they displayed a more diverse response to Islam and its mosques, which over the course of a century graduated from the crude to the reverent.

The Beauty We Fear Part 3: The Mosques of Secular Muslim Writers (Slideshow)

G. Roger Denson | Posted 04.10.2013 | Arts
G. Roger Denson

Compared to the European writers discovering the great mosques of Islam for the first time, the mention of mosques is more muted and void of romance to the Muslim secularists inured to them from birth.

The Beauty We Fear Part 2: The Great Mosques of European Novelists and Poets (Slideshow)

G. Roger Denson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
G. Roger Denson

2010-10-25-jdfdf.jpgBy the end of the 19th century, mosques became lyrical, escapist, and hallucinogenic motifs for writers who had never even set sight on them.

The Beauty We Fear: The Great Mosques of the World As Seen Through the Eyes of the World's Great Writers

G. Roger Denson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
G. Roger Denson

2010-10-19-Screenshot20101019at9.17.42AM.pngFor the last three centuries, it's been an aesthetic and cultural conversion that keeps the secular minds of the West returning to the sacred architecture of Islam.

Novels Are Older Than We Think

Guardian | Steven Moore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

At university in the early 1970s, I was led to believe the novel originated in England in the 18th century, and no professor told me otherwise as I pu...