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The Poetry Of Travel

Peter Mandel | Posted 01.28.2013 | Travel
Peter Mandel

Poetry. Poetry and travel. Do they go together? Are they secret lovers -- or at least good pals?

Etgar Keret on How Writing Saved Janet Frame

Electric Literature | Posted 01.26.2013 | Books
Electric Literature

Where does the need to make up a story come from? I think that every time I've ever read a story, that question echoes in my mind.

Sometimes a Girl Just Needs to Read

Rachael Berkey | Posted 01.26.2013 | Books
Rachael Berkey

Don't take offense when I disappear. I just need to hang out in some make believe for a while, that's all.

Read Up!

Christopher Carter Sanderson | Posted 01.25.2013 | Books
Christopher Carter Sanderson

What's key about communicating is the formation of meaning. And that doesn't happen on the page. It happens in the mind of the reader. That's who you have to care about, and that's where you do your work as a writer.

Video in the House of the Word: How e-Lit Intersects With Cinema

Illya Szilak | Posted 01.20.2013 | Arts
Illya Szilak

In his cell phone movie, Mark Amerika uses extensive subtitles to pay homage to the art-house films that inspired him and act to create a liminal space wherein the imaginative operations of the viewer's mind are revealed and encouraged.

An Ode to Older Characters in Literature

Dave Astor | Posted 01.14.2013 | Books
Dave Astor

There's something to be said for older characters. How were their personalities shaped by easy or difficult childhoods? Did they succeed or fail as adults? Did they learn some lessons?

'Shh-Thanks-Givin': My First Thanksgiving in America -- A Former Refugee Remembers

Andrew Lam | Posted 01.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Andrew Lam

We had arrived in America with nothing but rags in our backpacks and a few ounces of gold that my mother had tucked into her money belt. An impoverished aunt took us all in. Soon there were 10 people crowding together in Auntie Lisa's tiny two-bedroom apartment in San Francisco.

Anna Karenina as The Bureaucrat's Wife: The Fight for Women's Identity in Book Titles

Alma Katsu | Posted 01.12.2013 | Books
Alma Katsu

What might the world have lost if, instead of letting memorable women in literature stand on their own two feet, we'd been given forgettable titles like Anna Karenina: The Bureaucrat's Wife.

PHOTOS: Couple Uses Books In AWESOME Way

The Huffington Post | Erin Migdol | Posted 11.09.2012 | Weddings

Towers of books aren’t typically used as party decorations. But when Cindy Yee and Sam Affolter began planning their wedding, they wanted to make su...

The Death Of The Novel And The Rise Of E-Lit

Illya Szilak | Posted 01.08.2013 | Arts
Illya Szilak

Installation view of Noah Wardrip-Fruin's "Screen" from the Second Electronic Literature Collection "The slow erosion of a reading public that began...

My Books, My Friends

Sheenie Ambardar, M.D. | Posted 01.07.2013 | Books
Sheenie Ambardar, M.D.

Words truly have the power to soothe our souls and comfort our spirits, to offer us a glimpse of other worlds, and to shine light on our own hopes and dreams. The more I read, the more I know, but more importantly, the more I get to know myself.

The Post-Colonial Presidency: Our Man Obama

Andrew Lam | Posted 01.06.2013 | World
Andrew Lam

As a refugee from Vietnam, a country colonized by the French and then fought over by the Americans and the Soviet Union, I see the Obama presidency as spelling the end of a 500-year-old colonial curse.

Good Criticism: The Act of Giving a Guided Tour of the Artistic House

Gabrielle Linnell | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Gabrielle Linnell

I'm not sure why I love reviews so much and find the reading of criticism so difficult. Maybe it's because reviews are more fun. But it's been helpful to think of criticism not as the enemy of creativity, but as its complement.

Pen USA Litfest: Why I Like Writers

Kate Gale | Posted 12.26.2012 | Books
Kate Gale

Coming to this event reminded me of everything I love about PEN. The writers who make up PEN care passionately about the freedom to write whether it's in the classroom or for journalists abroad.

Some Recent Noteworthy Fiction From Israel

Alan Elsner | Posted 12.26.2012 | Books
Alan Elsner

In the upcoming Israeli election, the one thing most parties seem reluctant to discuss is the deadlocked peace process with the Palestinians and the whole painful, tangled and conflicted issue of relations between Jews and Palestinians. Israeli authors have no such qualms, as four recent works demonstrate.

A Wealth of Wealthy Characters in Literature

Dave Astor | Posted 12.26.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

Like Mitt and the president, wealthy fictional protagonists vary in that some are "to the manor born" while others become affluent from their own hard work. Literature's rich characters also vary in their likability -- ranging from appalling to appealing.

Hedgefunders, Part 4: From Colleversity to Collever-City

Dr. Robert Weisbuch | Posted 12.24.2012 | College
Dr. Robert Weisbuch

The best way for the liberal arts, for colleges and universities, to create a renaissance in the twenty-first century is not to become more separate and abstruse but to become more worldly -- more cosmopolitan and real, but on our own terms.

Why I Love Nick Hornby

Andrea Grossman | Posted 12.16.2012 | Los Angeles
Andrea Grossman

You can't be a great writer without being a great reader. We know why Nick Hornby is such a terrific novelist, screenwriter and columnist: it's not only what he reads, but how he reads.

Beach Reads: The Extent of the Word 'Literature'

Ombretta Di Dio | Posted 12.15.2012 | Books
Ombretta Di Dio

Let's face the inevitable truth that vacuity is a part of life that sometimes appears to be necessary, but let's not get caught in the false belief that we can call everything we put our eyes on "literature."

WATCH: Tom Wolfe Gets Back To Blood In Miami

| Miami New Times | Posted 10.11.2012 | Miami

This article courtesy of Miami New Times. By Ciara LaVelle A small motorboat meandered through the 2011 Columbus Day Regatta, carrying just a dr...

The Best of #Mitterature

Stefan Sirucek | Posted 12.10.2012 | Books
Stefan Sirucek

Late Sunday afternoon I made some jokes on Twitter using the hashtag #Mitterature that mashed up the public persona of Mitt Romney with well-known book titles. Like "Cayman Treasure Island" or "The Wind in the Willards."

Why Lena Dunham's Advance Is Not as Crazy as It Seems (Or: The Earn-Out Fallacy)

Jason Pinter | Posted 12.10.2012 | Books
Jason Pinter

Without question, $3.5+ million is a lot of money. But that doesn't mean it's necessarily a bad business deal. Let's examine why, with a simplified version of the way publishing economics work.

Literature in Miniature

Electric Literature | Posted 12.10.2012 | Books
Electric Literature

2012-10-10-ElectricLit.jpg While the word counts of Alex Epstein's "microfictions" may rarely reach triple digits, the stories from his new collection, For My Next Illusion I Will Use Wings, occupy the space of something much larger.

Books: The Ultimate Vanishing Species

Michael Levin | Posted 12.08.2012 | Books
Michael Levin

It used to be that a standard feature of the home of the upwardly intellectually mobile was a shelf of books -- a display of erudition to all visitors. Alas, books and the bookshelves groaning under their weight are going the way of the landline.

Q-and-A With Marten Weber, Author of Benedetto Casanova and Bodensee

Kergan Edwards-Stout | Posted 12.08.2012 | Gay Voices
Kergan Edwards-Stout

Martin Weber graciously took the time to answer some questions as to his work, writing process, and issues with which the LGBT community grapples.