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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.

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 | Home
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.