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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.

Arizona Airheads

Paul Stoller | Posted 04.16.2012 | Politics
Paul Stoller

Now that the campaign surge of Pennsylvania's "favorite son," Rick Santorum, keeper of public "morality," has turned media attention to the culture wars, it behooves us to consider what kind of social devastation small-minded culture warriors can precipitate in America.

Chick Lit is Dead, Lover Lit is In

Warren Adler | Posted 04.15.2012 | Books
Warren Adler

Intimate Kennedy staffers have often told the story of the two girls in the typing pool, dubbed "Tweedledum" and "Tweedledee" who were called upon frequently to utilize their servicing skills for the president's needs.

Literature as an Experiment

Paul Ruth | Posted 04.15.2012 | Books
Paul Ruth

Literature as an experiment engages both the reader and the text in an equal synthesis of interpretation. In this sense, literature becomes an experience, which experimentation must be used to understand it.

Where e-Books Fall Short, Print Delivers

Joseph Sutton | Posted 04.11.2012 | Denver
Joseph Sutton

Publishers are going back to the drawing board to see where they can innovate with printed books to keep readers interested.

The Librotraficante Behind the Movement to Smuggle "Wetbooks" Back Into Arizona

Paula Beltrán | Posted 04.08.2012 | Latino Voices
Paula Beltrán

Diaz is behind theLibrotraficante movement, arguably the most creative of responses to the Tucson's School District's controversial decision.

Anne Bronte's Religious Imagination

Michael Gilmour | Posted 04.07.2012 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

For readers interested in the intersections of theology, the Bible, and creative writing, Anne Brontë's books offer a wealth of fascinating material,

Living Legends: An Interview With the Incomparable Nikki Giovanni

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 04.07.2012 | Black Voices
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

The second installment of "Living Legends" features one of America's foremost poets and intellectuals, Nikki Giovanni. Her literary works investigate a plethora of topics, from jazz to racism and are extremely individualized messages conveyed through a range of emotions.

Yüksel Arslan's 'Artures' (VIDEO)

VernissageTV | Posted 04.04.2012 | Arts
VernissageTV

The Kunsthalle Zurich is now presenting for the first time a selection of over 200 works since 1959 outside of Turkey. The exhibition has its focus on Arslan's Artures, works on paper using a unique technique with special paints.

Poetry Not Considered Manly Enough For Soldiers Dealing With Trauma

Kevin Bell | Posted 04.03.2012 | Home
Kevin Bell

U.S. infantrymen have been given the idea that poetry isn't for tough guys. It's also our loss as soldiers because it has robbed many of us of the chance to grasp what it means to be so fiercely human that we are willing to kill each other and to die.

A Remedy to "Good Job!" and "Way to Go!"

David Kersh | Posted 04.01.2012 | Parents
David Kersh

I am torn about this, meaning I find myself saying "good job!" or "way to go!" like my fellow soccer parents, but I feel I am doing a "bad job!" as a parent by doing it.

Gold, Guns and Books: the Meyomesse Affair

Deji Olukotun | Posted 03.24.2012 | World
Deji Olukotun

Writer Enoh Meyomesse landed in Yaounde, Cameroon after a trip to Singapore on November 22. As he deplaned, the national police detained him, searched his belongings, and accused him of stealing gold as part of a sophisticated coup d'état against President Paul Biya.

Pornography for Mommies

Julie Gerstenblatt | Posted 03.19.2012 | Comedy
Julie Gerstenblatt

I heard about this book from a friend, who spoke in hushed tones over the tops of her children's heads as we waited in line for tables one Sunday at the local diner. That's how you know a book is really dirty, by the way, because of the hushed tones.

Priceless: The Value of Nothing

Paul Schwennesen | Posted 03.18.2012 | Arts
Paul Schwennesen

The beauty of price, in contrast, is that it represents a consensus, a vote as it were, of the collective judgment of something's relative value. A Rembrandt's worth is not "incalculable" but is actually $33 million at Christie's.

Why Can't Art Be Instructive?

Carla Seaquist | Posted 03.16.2012 | Arts
Carla Seaquist

Why can't Art instruct? In addition to providing entertainment, consolation, beauty, and a reflection of our humanity by holding "the mirror up to nature," why can't Art also teach us a thing or two?

Palaces, Camels, Salman, and Oprah: If It's January, It Must be the Jaipur Literature Festival

Victoria Lautman | Posted 03.13.2012 | Chicago
Victoria Lautman

To describe the Jaipur Literature Festival as the rambunctious love-spawn of the mercantile-minded Frankfurt Book Fair and free-spirited Woodstock barely scratches the surface of this spectacle.

Voice To Voice: Writers Edmund White and Felice Picano Discuss Gay Literature

Posted 01.11.2012 | Gay Voices

This month we've invited several LGBT authors to participate in our first ever Voice to Voice conversation series. Throughout January we'll feature in...

The Day Before Happiness

Mark Axelrod | Posted 03.07.2012 | Books
Mark Axelrod

Clearly, De Luca is indebted to the poetics of prose (if not to poetry) since there are no fewer than 50 instances in which he uses similes and an almost equal number of metaphors. It's apparent, too, that the use of such poetic devices are a kind of mainstay of his art.

Interview With Maura Kelly, Author of Much Ado About Loving

Teddy Wayne | Posted 03.04.2012 | Books
Teddy Wayne

The authors of Much Ado About Loving have made a living musing over the vagaries of the human heart, and have put in their time in the dating trenches of New York City.

Hitchens: Arch-Fundamentalist?

Roger Housden | Posted 02.26.2012 | Religion
Roger Housden

For all his posturing and bombast, Christopher Hitchens devoted his life to what he believed in, and that is as good a legacy as any.

Please, Just Get Married Already: The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 02.26.2012 | Books
Ilana Teitelbaum

The Marriage Plot is entertaining but I was hoping for more substance in a novel that is being hailed as a literary classic in the making.

Saint Christopher

Sean Carman | Posted 02.20.2012 | DC
Sean Carman

Was Christopher Hitchens a good friend, an entertaining comrade, and the embodiment of a journalistic ideal? Or was he a writer of tremendous gifts who never quite found the true north of his compass?

Is A Newspaper Column Literature?

Errol Louis | Posted 02.13.2012 | Books
Errol Louis

It's only a matter of time before the newspaper column takes its rightful place as a recognized and respected form of literature, every bit as vital as its more celebrated cousins, the short story and the novel.