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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.

7 Happiness Theories I Reject

Gretchen Rubin | Posted 02.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Gretchen Rubin

As audacious as it may seem to contradict venerable figures such as John Stuart Mill, Flaubert or Sartre, I disagree with some of their views about the nature of happiness.

Reading Traffic Reports to Obama

Brian Joseph Davis | Posted 02.12.2012 | Books
Brian Joseph Davis

If writing and the avant-garde have a node point in 2011, it's poet and critic Kenneth Goldsmith.

The Mystery of Love

Warren Adler | Posted 02.12.2012 | Books
Warren Adler

Through the composing and imaginings of thirty volumes of novels, numerous short stories, plays, and poems, I have been wrestling with the mystery of attraction.

9 Great Books To Give This Holiday Season

Angela Flournoy | Posted 02.12.2012 | Black Voices
Angela Flournoy

With time running out until Christmas, we thought we'd share some of our favorite reads from the past year. Great books make great gifts.

Students Meet Sid -- Siddhartha, That Is!

Claudia Ricci | Posted 02.07.2012 | Books
Claudia Ricci

If you're on a spiritual quest to find your SELF, or even if you're not, you might enjoy reading Hermann Hesse's Siddhartha.

How (Not) to Write a Sex Scene

Isabel Kaplan | Posted 02.01.2012 | Books
Isabel Kaplan

An incredible number of literary heavyweights have been insulted with spots on the Bad Sex shortlist over the past 19 years. Which begs the question: Has sufficient attention been paid to the art of writing sex scenes?

Is Nathaniel Hawthorne More Relevant Than Ever?

Big Think | Posted 11.30.2011 | Fifty

How can Americans think their way out of the current economic crisis? According to Lisa New, professor of English at Harvard University, Americans oug...

Edith Pearlman, PEN Award Winner, On Success Late In Life

Debra Ollivier | Posted 01.29.2012 | Fifty
Debra Ollivier

Why Edith Pearlman is not known to a broader audience is a mystery on par with how the pyramids were built -- so suggests Ann Patchett in the introduction to Pearlman's Binocular Vision: New & Selected Stories.

Which Lit Character Would You Have Over For Thanksgiving?

Annemarie Dooling | Posted 11.23.2011 | Books

The holiday season is a peculiar beast. You're systematically torn from your daily activities into a whirlwind of mistletoe and ribbons, and plunked d...

The Gravity Of Success

Christopher Meeks | Posted 01.21.2012 | Books
Christopher Meeks

Last month, I started poetry in my Introduction to Literature class. Poetry always begins with around twenty faces out of twenty-five masked with dread, wariness or doubt. "I don't like poetry," a few might say. I hold my ground and reply, "That's like exclaiming you don't like oxygen."

Why I Can't Write Like A White Guy

Jaswinder Bolina | Posted 01.18.2012 | Books
Jaswinder Bolina

My father says I should use a pseudonym. "They won't publish you if they see your name. They'll know you're not one of them. They'll know you're one of us."

Engaging Palestinian Literature: A Jewish Journey Into Empathy

Joe Winkler | Posted 01.14.2012 | Religion
Joe Winkler

I harbor no delusions of literature solving political problems. The truth is much more complicated. But literature illuminates complexity.

Westway Ho! Stewart Home at Performa 11

Paul McRandle | Posted 01.14.2012 | Home
Paul McRandle

Home is difficult to capture: A revolutionary bootboy trapped in the postmodern eighties, he issued an ostensible manifesto on Neoism, reinvented psychogeography, and proceeded to spin off so many mythologies that for a time the man himself seemed unlikely to have ever lived.

11 Drinks To Pair With Your Favorite Books

Steven Weinberg | Posted 01.10.2012 | Books
Steven Weinberg

As the winter months roll in, what's better than cozying up with a great book? Cozying up with a great book AND a drink to match. So crack open a book, crack open a bottle and enjoy these book and booze pairings.

Prisoners Finding Their Voices Through Poetry and Prose: The 2011 PEN Writing Benefit Reading

Anthony Papa | Posted 01.09.2012 | Impact
Anthony Papa

People often ask me where I got my start as a writer and where I learned my craft. When I tell them that I honed my writing skills in prison from a maverick writer, they do a double take.