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The Messiness of Love, Family and Identity: Q&A With Lysley Tenorio

Larissa Archer | Posted 07.23.2012 | Books
Larissa Archer

Monstress does what all the best art does: it reveals the nuanced depths of people one might otherwise overlook or casually judge and dismiss. And it does this without polemic or the tiresome earnestness some writers succumb to when doing or attempting to do the same thing.

Review: Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

Richard Z. Santos | Posted 07.22.2012 | Books
Richard Z. Santos

A day at Texas Stadium is more than enough time for 19-year-old, Silver Star-winning Billy Lynn to see all that's wonderful and troubling about America.

In Memoriam: Aris Sevag -- Making a Great City Greater

Christopher Atamian | Posted 07.18.2012 | New York
Christopher Atamian

Over the years, Aris Sevag was the most humble of voices as he penned numerous articles, translations, commentaries and essays -- many devoted specifically to the lives of Armenian-Americans.

Writer Carlos Fuentes Dies

Mariela Dabbah | Posted 07.17.2012 | Latino Voices
Mariela Dabbah

Whether you agreed with his point of view or not, Carlos Fuentes always had something to say about literature, culture and politics.

On the Resurgence of Occupy Wall Street: Five Must-Read Books

Joe Winkler | Posted 07.15.2012 | Books
Joe Winkler

Not only do mainstream outlets simply disregard or grossly simplify important events and ideas in the Occupy Wall Street movement, but they also neglect to mention the publication of important books that clarify, criticize, buttress, and provide a holistic view of the movement.

The Art of Passionately Hating at Least One Classic Author

Nick Kolakowski | Posted 07.15.2012 | Comedy
Nick Kolakowski

Not that you need to unleash your inner Conan the Barbarian to make a point about literature. But given how intellectuals inevitably harbor well-tended lists of likes and dislikes, not confessing a deep hatred of, say, John Milton's poetry will compel other learned types to view you with suspicion.

50 Shades of Every Day Life

Tom Falco | Posted 07.09.2012 | Comedy
Tom Falco

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Literary Recipes: Walt Whitman's Cranberry Coffee Cake

Nicole Villeneuve | Posted 07.03.2012 | Food
Nicole Villeneuve

Among Whitman's collection of papers are the few recipes he liked enough to preserve -- one for coffee cake. Whitman's letters have inspired my new personal philosophy: Live every day with sass, and with several slices of cake.

Toni Morrison: Building an American Home

Richard Z. Santos | Posted 07.03.2012 | Books
Richard Z. Santos

Searching for home -- for a safe place to rest your head, grow a family, and be part of a community -- occupies the heart of Morrison's body of work. How fitting then that her latest book has such a simple title: Home.

Stupor's Steve Hughes, Washed in Dirt

Vince Carducci | Posted 06.30.2012 | Detroit
Vince Carducci

Quite often when I read mainstream American social science, I'm reminded as to how much I appreciate literature. This occurred to me again recently as I perused the latest issue of the zine called "Stupor."

A Bold New Literary Festival in Haiti

Deji Olukotun | Posted 06.30.2012 | World
Deji Olukotun

Two years after Georges Anglade's death, PEN Haiti announced its re-emergence on the international literary scene with full fanfare last weekend.

Wislawa Szymborska, Nobel Poet: An Appreciation

Carla Seaquist | Posted 06.23.2012 | Books
Carla Seaquist

What I prize most about Wislawa Szymborska is her readiness to confront the big classic themes -- life, death, history, war, reality, love -- and to do so with a voice that combines the fire of the Resistance with a proper humility.

What Katie Roiphe Missed About Women's Fantasies

BuzzFeed | Posted 04.17.2012 | Women

It finally has the world talking about female sexual desires. Shift's Amy Odell and Anna North discuss the latest critique of the book in the new issu...

Reevaluating Ownership

Jennifer Hamady | Posted 06.06.2012 | Small Business
Jennifer Hamady

Trademarks are becoming as common as commas, yet with a far greater impact than overused punctuation. While the legal lockdown of conversational language is progressing, the copyright law and rights are being thoroughly challenged.

The Irish Irish vs. The Irish Americans... in San Francisco

Terence Clarke | Posted 06.05.2012 | Home
Terence Clarke

As any real Irishman who has met one of his American counterparts will tell you, the Americans are different. The American Irish seldom use their accent to elaborate a story or to make it pleasing.

David Bellos on Being Translated

Nataly Kelly | Posted 05.28.2012 | Books
Nataly Kelly

What's it like to have your own work translated if you're an author who is also a translator? This was a question recently faced by David Bellos, the author of Is That a Fish in Your Ear?

Linguine, Literature and Laughter

Charlie Carillo | Posted 05.27.2012 | Books
Charlie Carillo

My career as a writer leads me to the conclusion that three "L" words make life worth living: Linguine, literature and laughter. In this video you'll see how to make a good red sauce for linguine, while hearing crazy stories about literature.

The Undergraduate Whisperer: No "Right Answers"? Wrong!

Rebecca Schuman | Posted 05.12.2012 | College
Rebecca Schuman

Did you hear about that philosophy final where the professor came in and wrote "Why?" on the chalkboard? And a student got an A+ by answering "Why not?" I guaran-effing-tee you this has never happened in the history of college.

Literary Recipes: Louisa May Alcott's Apple Slump

Nicole Villeneuve | Posted 05.09.2012 | Books
Nicole Villeneuve

2012-03-09-Screenshot20120309at12.08.47PM.jpgAlcott loved the dish so much that she nicknamed her house after it. Orchard House famously provided the setting for Little Women.

'What's Chauvinism?'

Jayanti Tamm | Posted 05.02.2012 | Women
Jayanti Tamm

An uncomfortable silence filled the classroom. No one had started writing a response to the question I had written. Finally, one student raised her hand."What does 'chauvinist' mean?"

Is William Faulkner Sexy? Hell Yes!

Scott Alexander Hess | Posted 05.02.2012 | Books
Scott Alexander Hess

All of Faulkner's books are ripe with both overt and subtle sexuality. His novel Sanctuary, about a debutante who is taken hostage in a farm house (sometimes referred to as his potboiler), is wild, beautiful, brilliant and very sensual.

He Should Have Been There All Along: Let Us Remember What Democracy Is All About

Pam Allyn | Posted 04.28.2012 | Books
Pam Allyn

Are we really so uncertain and so unsure of how stable our society is that we would become this afraid to share the perspectives of those who have experienced feelings of isolation -- or loneliness in our society or who have a different story to tell?

Should We Still Be Using The Term 'Ethnic Literature'?

Krys Lee | Posted 04.24.2012 | Books
Krys Lee

There's nothing wrong with the term "ethnic literature" in its original intentions, but I am interested in what happens beyond the marketing of "ethnic literature." Reading ethnic writers reflects a greater trend towards an openness to world literature, but it isn't mutually exclusive to other reading experiences.

The Gift of Heartbeats

Carol Hoenig | Posted 04.17.2012 | Books
Carol Hoenig

Human nature often encourages us to live in the present but when the present has little to offer, the past becomes much more important to a daughter wanting to know much more about her father.

Dreaming of Dresses: Transgender Books for Children

B.J. Epstein | Posted 04.16.2012 | Books
B.J. Epstein

I am unfortunately aware of no texts about transgender characters for readers between 5 and 12 or so. However, there are a couple of picture books, which at least can be used with children up until the age of 5 or 6, regardless of whether they are themselves trans or know any trans people.