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Why J.K. Rowling Has Failed Readers: A Letter From a Concerned Fan

Jason Pinter | Posted 11.28.2012 | Comedy
Jason Pinter

Dear Mrs. Rowling, let me state for the record that I have not read your new novel, The Casual Vacancy, and though I have not skimmed one single page, I must be honest about the depth of your deception, lies, and skullduggery.

'Sandcastle and Other Stories'

John Malik | Posted 11.28.2012 | Books
John Malik

Mr. Bogdanovitch's characters range from contemptible wretches to disinterested observers; satisfied to watch life or death pass in front of them as they chronicle the tedium of life.

Book Bloggers vs. Literary Critics: A Response

Foz Meadows | Posted 11.26.2012 | Books
Foz Meadows

There's something rather satisfying about using the Huffington Post, a venue built on blogging, to respond to Peter Stothard's alarmist claim that book bloggers are ruining literature.

A Grey Day in Edina

Ann Bauer | Posted 11.24.2012 | Books
Ann Bauer

Everyone's a headline writer on Twitter. Technology mainstreamed words the way cheap, mass-manufactured automobiles made everyone a driver. Who, these days, needs a livery cab?

Literature of the Soul

Ombretta Di Dio | Posted 11.24.2012 | Books
Ombretta Di Dio

My affair with books reached an obsessive level of magnificence, from Louisa May Alcott to Jane Austen and George Orwell. I read whatever I could find in my parents' house. Reading was a part of my daily routine, just like eating or drinking water.

Why Huffington Went Literary

Nicholas Miriello | Posted 11.21.2012 | Books
Nicholas Miriello

Though there have been grumblings about new technologies' detrimental effect on more traditional forms of literature, we believe that these media are not mutually exclusive. We can hold on to, and elevate, the things we love about books and still embrace the worlds opened up by more recent developments.

How Rick Moody Writes

Electric Literature | Posted 11.19.2012 | Books
Electric Literature

I have written things in appalling circumstances. In the worst motels, on scraps of paper and envelopes. And oftentimes the reduced circumstance takes me to creative places I wouldn't go otherwise.

Israel's Wizard of Oz on the Anarchy of Jewish Civilization

Khaled Diab | Posted 11.18.2012 | World
Khaled Diab

Amos Oz is one of Israel's foremost novelists and public intellectuals. A few years older than the state he has dedicated his soul to, his fertile imagination has held a creative mirror up to this young society.

Timeless Truths

Arianna Huffington | Posted 11.21.2012 | Books
Arianna Huffington

There's a kind of truth that you can only get through untruth -- through fiction. And that's why we're now adding fiction and poetry to our menu at Huffington.

The Banning of Harry Potter

Deji Olukotun | Posted 11.07.2012 | Books
Deji Olukotun

Harry Potter is now the most banned book in America, according to the American Library Association. But these books have taught children to read, to think, to write and to criticize, all hallmarks of free expression.

Henry James: Vanilla Ice Cream with Brandied Peaches

Nicole Villeneuve | Posted 11.06.2012 | Books
Nicole Villeneuve

For the James family, canning peaches was one way to keep that taste of summer all year round. Add a little brandy to the syrup before canning them, and you have an extra-special treat; spooned over ice cream, they were James' favorite dessert.

Book Trails: Reacquainting Children With Reading (VIDEO)

Bus 52 | Posted 11.04.2012 | Books
Bus 52

Before there were video games and the internet, there were books. Ask a baby boomer what it was like growing up and you'll hear about all of the wonderful outdoors and the magic that a good book has on the imagination.

WATCH: Jon Stewart vs. Literature

Posted 08.24.2012 | Comedy

Continuing with The Daily Show's week of back-to-school-related supercuts, Jon Stewart and The Best F#@$king News Team explain literature to us all. ...

Dear Sue Grafton, You're Hopelessly Out of Touch

Jane Devin | Posted 10.21.2012 | Books
Jane Devin

The truth is, Sue Grafton never had to compete in a market driven by celebrity, pop culture, and social media connections. I doubt that, if submitted under a pseudonym, her initial works would be met with the same reception today.

Yula Beeri and the Hive NYC

Anthony Papa | Posted 10.17.2012 | New York
Anthony Papa

Angels do live in Brooklyn. And one of them is Yula Beeri, an Israeli composer, musician and performer. With her community of artists called the Extended Family, Beeri has opened the HIVE NYC a converted loft performance space in Brooklyn.

PHOTOS: Cigarettes In Literature

Peter Ashley | Posted 10.15.2012 | Books
Peter Ashley

Oscar Wilde was in good company as a smoker. In fact, amongst the great writers of the last 150 years it's well-nigh impossible to find anyone who didn't rely on tobacco to see them through long hours scratching away with a pen or tapping at a typewriter.

How Do You Stay in a Story?

Rachael Berkey | Posted 10.14.2012 | Books
Rachael Berkey

Next time you're feeling yourself pulled out of a novel for whatever reason, give another medium a shot. You may find a new way to read in the process.

A Teacher's Reach: A Vietnamese-American Writer Remembers His First Teacher

Andrew Lam | Posted 10.13.2012 | Education
Andrew Lam

The man who stood at the entrance to my New World was my first English teacher, Ernie Kaeselau. He passed away recently, and though I hadn't seen him in decades, the news of his demise left me unexpectedly bereft.

The Title Dilemma

Warren Adler | Posted 10.13.2012 | Books
Warren Adler

A great title is an art form unto itself. Indeed, a great title does not necessarily signify a great book and vice versa.

Why Humanities?

Daniel Little | Posted 10.12.2012 | College
Daniel Little

Parents and siblings are sometimes a bit baffled when their student declares a passionate interest in the humanities. Why can't she pursue a practical degree like accounting or computer science? What is the use of a dozen courses in the humanities?

Hey Writer! What's Your Brand?

Holly Robinson | Posted 09.30.2012 | Books
Holly Robinson

When did writers start being brands? This question led me through a maze of other squirrely musings. If you write a memoir, are you forever a memoirist? What happens if a thriller writer dares to try his hand at romance?

It's Our Responsibility

William E. White | Posted 09.30.2012 | Education
William E. White

Who's responsible for instilling in our young people an appreciation for history and citizenship? Many of us -- teachers, educators, and members of the public alike -- are very concerned about the demise of social studies.

Readers' Choice: 20 Books That Every African-American Must Read

The Huffington Post | Patrice Peck | Posted 07.31.2012 | Black Voices

Earlier this month, we brought you 50 Books That Every African American Should Read, a comprehensive list of novels spanning across multiple genres, a...

In Praise of the Alphas

Elizabeth Blackney | Posted 09.28.2012 | Books
Elizabeth Blackney

Gimme a genius, righteous, hot, alpha male hero and all will be right with the world. So sayeth the ladies who are tired of geek culture, video games, and soft hands.

Quoting Shakespeare Sparingly

Nick Kolakowski | Posted 09.22.2012 | Books
Nick Kolakowski

Quoting William Shakespeare is a little like breathing: every living person does it. "He's dead as a doornail," your roommate will say as she flips through the newspaper obits, never realizing she's just quoted part of a couplet from Henry VI.