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When Was the Last Time You Received a Post Card?

Andrew Lam | Posted 09.16.2012 | Home
Andrew Lam

The first few post cards I ever saw were scenes of Paris in winter. I recall a sun-drenched afternoon in my grammar school courtyard in Sadec, deep in the Mekong Delta where school children lined up to see real post cards from Paris mounted inside a glass box.

Improving Children's Literature in Digital Spaces

Daniel Donahoo | Posted 09.16.2012 | Education
Daniel Donahoo

How do we know if a digital book is of a quality to support children's literacy development? An answer to this question must be constructed by all who contribute to a child's growth as a literate person.

Want to Know How Cassandra Clare's Widely Anticipated Clockwork Princess Begins?

William Henderson | Posted 09.16.2012 | Books
William Henderson

Two hours and about 30,000 tweets later, the full cover was revealed, #ClockworkPrincess was a worldwide Twitter trending topic, and fans of the series were already critiquing what the cover does -- and doesn't -- show.

The Most Important Summer Read for Women: 'How A Person Should Be'

Toni Nagy | Posted 09.12.2012 | Books
Toni Nagy

How a Person Should Be is centered around Sheila Heti's quest to uncover this philosophical riddle: who am I really? And is that the person I should be? It is one of these rare gems that every woman should read.

Tucson's Great Book Revival: "Freedom Summer" Celebrates Chicano Literary Godfather Mario Suarez

Jeff Biggers | Posted 09.11.2012 | Books
Jeff Biggers

Literary scholar Francisco A. Lomelí singled out Suarez for his "groundbreaking, even daring" stories, which captured the complexity of life in Tucson's historic barrios.

Opinion: Engineers Aren't Smarter Than English Majors

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 09.10.2012 | Education
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By Meredith Wade There are a million different types of intelligence, most of which are pretty difficult to quantify. Shocking, I know. But it’s ...

Oxford: Literary Legend

Fern Siegel | Posted 09.08.2012 | Travel
Fern Siegel

Oxford is sui generis, literally "of its own kind." Poet Matthew Arnold described it as "that sweet city with her dreaming spires." It is home to the oldest university in the English-speaking world. To pop culture fans, Oxford is something more.

Gold, Guns and Books Part II: The Meyomesse Affair

Deji Olukotun | Posted 09.08.2012 | World
Deji Olukotun

In January, I wrote about the bizarre case of the imprisonment of writer Enoh Meyomesse in Cameroon, a country with a terrible record on free expression. Why is Mr. Meyomesse still in prison?

Ernest Hemingway: Bacon-Wrapped Trout With Corn Cakes

Nicole Villeneuve | Posted 09.02.2012 | Books
Nicole Villeneuve

Ernest Hemingway has become such a legendary character, it's hard to think of a recipe that could match his macho reputation. Whether on a Cuban beach or the African savanna, Hem was a fan of the good life -- and that included good food.

When Books And Real Life Meet

Mia Aquino | Posted 08.31.2012 | Books
Mia Aquino

The first book club I ever joined was HuffPost Book Club, and these past few weeks I read "The Night Circus" along with the rest of you.

Sexy Lit Before Fifty Shades of Grey

Scott Alexander Hess | Posted 08.29.2012 | Books
Scott Alexander Hess

Following are five novels that, in pre-Twitter, YouTube, Facebook times, went viral (or at least had readers gasping and gossiping) in a printable sort of way.

First Steps Toward the Dark Side

Rachael Berkey | Posted 08.28.2012 | Books
Rachael Berkey

I'm made uncomfortable by my shadowy thoughts of getting rid of my shelves and shelves of books and just carrying around an e-reader forever. Imagine how much easier it would be for me to move?

Oh the Bitten Mouth

Tamsin Smith | Posted 08.26.2012 | Arts
Tamsin Smith

Any man who serves me Edna St. Vincent Millay with a shot of Jim White and dashing references to New Order, Robert Johnson, Astral Weeks, and The Cure, needn't bother with "hello." I surrender utterly.

Perpetual Virginity: Five Writers Who Turned Unrequited Love Into Literary Gold

Christopher Zara | Posted 08.26.2012 | Books
Christopher Zara

Here are five literary giants whose hearts were impaled by Cupid's arrow in the most brutal way. Rather than wallow in self-pity, these tortured scribes picked themselves up and stabbed Cupid right back -- with their pens.

Harry Potter: The Norton Ridiculously Expanded Edition (With Criticism)

Martin Marks | Posted 08.25.2012 | Comedy
Martin Marks

For the cost of one cup of coffee, you too can help feed a poor, starving child actor from southwest Knightsbridge -- specifically, those that aren't at work building Ms. Rowling's new moat.

Review: Operation: Montauk

Rachael Berkey | Posted 08.19.2012 | Books
Rachael Berkey

I wasn't really sure what I was getting into when I started Operation: Montauk, but I ended up pleasantly surprised. Fast-moving and exciting, there a...

A Love Letter To Muslim Fathers

Ayesha Mattu and Nura Maznavi | Posted 08.17.2012 | Religion
Ayesha Mattu and Nura Maznavi

There is a disconnect between these extreme depictions of Muslim men and what I -- and most other American Muslim women I know -- have experienced directly.

His Own Harshest Critic

Joseph Sutton | Posted 08.08.2012 | Books
Joseph Sutton

Spurious seems committed to solving the paradox of one who has committed his life to thinking, to understanding, but on any given day would rather play Doom on his cellphone.

Stories to Remember in an Unkind World

Gail Vida Hamburg | Posted 08.07.2012 | Impact
Gail Vida Hamburg

There are some stories one can't bear to hear, for to hear them is to lose a slice of our solidarity with all humanity, and to feel a sense of utter cosmic loneliness.

God Loves David Brooks

Marty Kaplan | Posted 08.04.2012 | Religion
Marty Kaplan

David Brooks writes that, "Many people today have not been given vocabularies to talk about what virtue is..." The trouble isn't that we lack a moral vocabulary; it's that that language has long been a mask for wielding power.

Security With the Written Word

Rachael Berkey | Posted 08.02.2012 | Books
Rachael Berkey

There are few ways to make me feel more exposed than to set me somewhere to wait with nothing to do. I blame my mother for this idiosyncrasy. The prob...

Classic Literature Isn't Dead: No Ifs, Ands, or Buts

Isabel Kaplan | Posted 06.03.2012 | Books
Isabel Kaplan

Now, you might ask: What does the number of times the word "because" appears in a given work tell us about whether or not an author was influenced by classic literature? Nothing. The conclusions presented in the paper would be laughable -- if they weren't being taken seriously.

The Nuyorican Poets Café, in the Words of Ed Morales, Author, Lecturer, Journalist, Nuyorican

Camilla Webster | Posted 07.30.2012 | New York
Camilla Webster

The Nuyorican Poets Café, the legendary venue that opened first in the mid 1970s, closed in the early '80s and then re-opened in the late '80s, is one of the cultural gems that keep NYC the hotbed of creativity that it has always been.

Top 10 Books of the New Edge

Jonathan Talat Phillips | Posted 07.29.2012 | Religion
Jonathan Talat Phillips

Spiritual counterculture are harder to define, hosting a multidimensional mix of spiritual awakening, new media activism, visionary art, punk attitude, permaculture principles, Burning Man aesthetic and Occupy ideologies.

Stage Door: February House

Fern Siegel | Posted 07.23.2012 | Arts
Fern Siegel

The trials and tribulations, both artistic and personal, of this singular crew would make a compelling story. However, the characters of February House are drawn in brushstrokes; there isn't enough at stake.