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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.

Shakespeare Is Shakespeare

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Jonathan Hobratsch

In an effort to do my academic duty to save young minds from going astray, I present to you ten of the most obvious reasons that William Shakespeare is the author of the works of William Shakespeare.

Behind the Scenes at the Chicago Literary Awards

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 01.01.2012 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

It is wonderful to live in a city so rich of history, so rich of character, so rich of talent and art. But do we celebrate it enough?

FanGirls and Boys: It's Cool to Be Excited About Books!

Rachael Berkey | Posted 12.27.2011 | Books
Rachael Berkey

I love to read. There's no surprise there anymore. I have given up trying to explain it to people who don't understand. Mostly this is because I rarely cross paths anymore with people who aren't avid readers like me.

Not in Someone Else's Words

Isabel Kaplan | Posted 12.22.2011 | Books
Isabel Kaplan

I have thought about and read Goldsmith and his work, although perhaps the reading was unnecessary. Goldsmith doesn't want people to actually read his books.

Speeding Up And Slowing Down: A Reason For Reading Books

Edward Hendrickson | Posted 12.18.2011 | Home
Edward Hendrickson

The Internet has brought along with it a need for speed and instant gratification. With this we've abandoned difficult reading because, frankly, allowing our minds to decay through an episode of Spongebob is easier.

Literature's Most Attractive (And Repellent) Leading Men

Posted 12.11.2011 | Books

By Christine Spines via Word & Film Stephenie Meyer’s decision to produce “Austenland” — a film about a woman so obsessed with the taciturn...

GADLING: 10 Landmarks For Lovers Of Western Literature

www.gadling.com | Jessica Festa | Posted 12.09.2011 | Travel

Are you an enthusiast of everything Voltaire? Can you not get enough of Shakespeare and James Joyce? If you are a lover of Western literature, add the...

Announcement Of The Nobel Prize For Literature 2011 (LIVE UPDATES)

Posted 12.06.2011 | Books

Who will win? Who do you want to win? Why does everyone care so much? Follow our coverage here, and let us know your thoughts in the comments! You can...

Faulkner, Hemingway, Hesse...And Dylan?

Time | Posted 12.05.2011 | Fifty

Bob Dylan as a Nobel Prize winner likely isn't a common conversation in mainstream America. But there is no questioning the singer's impact on pop ...

Who Will Take The Nobel In Literature?

AP | MALIN RISING | Posted 12.05.2011 | Home

STOCKHOLM — Is it time for the Nobel Prize in literature to come from the east? After last year's South American win and years of European domi...