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Converting Classics Into Comics: Bringing Literature into the 21st Century

Tim Chen | Posted 11.30.2011 | Books
Tim Chen

With such greats as Watchmen, Maus, and The Sandman series more-or-less universally esteemed as true works of literary merit, few modern critics continue to write comics off as juvenile smut.

Poetry and the National Defense

Kim Roberts | Posted 11.14.2011 | DC
Kim Roberts

Ten years after 9/11, Washington, D.C. still holds its defensive crouch. How could we help but find this subject creeping into our literature?

Annemarie Dooling

'If You Had Told Me As a Result Of 9/11 My Life Would Be Better, I'd Never Have Believed You'

HuffingtonPost.com | Annemarie Dooling | Posted 11.09.2011 | Home

"If you had told me that 10 years later, as a result of 9/11, of all of this, that my life would actually be better, I'd never have believed you." ...

On Dialect, Dialogue and Good Books

Angela Flournoy | Posted 11.06.2011 | Black Voices
Angela Flournoy

A recent conversation about Ebonics got me to thinking about Faulkner and James Baldwin, and the way certain dialects in this country get no respect.

You Should Date an Illiterate Guy

Jason Pinter | Posted 10.08.2011 | Books
Jason Pinter

Date a guy who doesn't read. You'll find him in a bar, already on his third or fourth smoky glass of amber, staring at you through glassy eyes.

Balanced Life -- Looking for Some Reading Suggestions in Children's or Young-Adult Literature?

Gretchen Rubin | Posted 10.03.2011 | Healthy Living
Gretchen Rubin

Every Wednesday is Tip Day, or List Day. This Wednesday: Some reading suggestions in children's and young-adult literature. I've written many tim...

Most Undateable Book Characters

Posted 10.02.2011 | Books

We've surely fallen victim to dating people who we weren't well matched with. Hasn't everyone? But at least we've never dated murderers, drug addicts...

Yuppie Lit: Books About The Filthy Rich

flavorwire.com | Posted 10.01.2011 | Books

Macy Halford recently wrote in the New Yorker‘s Book Bench that she happened upon the “hipster lit” section of Bookhampton while browsing in its...

Numbers In Literary Publishing: You Have One Sentence

Peter Brown Hoffmeister | Posted 09.27.2011 | Books
Peter Brown Hoffmeister

Big rejection numbers in publishing are not important. Big numbers in general are not important. No, the number to worry about is one. One. That's how many sentences you have to impress an agent or editor.

"Kissing" Books Could Have Saved Borders

Gail Vida Hamburg | Posted 09.23.2011 | Books
Gail Vida Hamburg

As men wearing suits analyze the death of Borders, it's become clear that none of them grew up kissing books. They blame book readers, digital books, Amazon, and the recession for the demise of the chain when they should be blaming the executives.

Lucas Kavner

'Moby Dick' Gets A Makeover. On Every Single Page.

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucas Kavner | Posted 09.11.2011 | Home

While other high school freshmen were playing video games or going to baseball practice, Matt Kish was reading the unabridged edition of "Moby Dick" i...

20 Rules For Translating Literature

Arabic Literature (in English) | By Mlynxqualey | Posted 09.06.2011 | Books

When I first began gathering "rules for translating," in the vein of these "rules for writing" (and these), I was expecting newspapers and magazines t...

Why Writing Is Bad For You

guardian.co.uk | Posted 09.06.2011 | Books

We live in a literary environment that - a little uneasily, I often think - feels the need to justify the reading and study of imaginative literature....

Why Casey Anthony Will Not Get A Book Deal

Jason Pinter | Posted 09.05.2011 | Books
Jason Pinter

After the media tsunami surrounding the Casey Anthony verdict, 'analysts' have come forward stating she could reap nearly seven figures for a book deal. That's a crock and here's why.

Do You Know The Real Ernest Hemingway?

usatoday.com | Posted 08.30.2011 | Books

It's been 50 years since Papa died on July 2, 1961. How much do you know about the iconic writer's life? Answer these ten questions:...

How Comics Became Literature for Adults

Douglas Wolk | Posted 08.27.2011 | Books
Douglas Wolk

Thanks to accidents of economics, flashes of artistic inspiration, and flukes of both government and culture, comics have really "grown up."

Literary Twitter: @DadBoner

Aaron Belz | Posted 08.23.2011 | Technology
Aaron Belz

So, again, how permanent are digital media? Just about as permanent as we want their contents to be. Whole dynasties may be lost, as Shelley's "Ozymandius" illustrates, but @Dadboner is an example of a literary artifact worth preserving.

Literary Divas You Can’t Help But Love

flavorwire.com | Posted 08.22.2011 | Books

There are divas and there are their lesser-known male counterparts, divos; the thing that unites them is their willingness to make demands and to do w...

Independent Publishers: Saving Jobs And Literature?

The Chronicle of Higher Education | Posted 08.22.2011 | Books

This year I attended two very different writing-centered extravaganzas: the annual conference of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) a...

8 Worst Literary Marriages

Huffington Post | Anna Bahr | Posted 08.12.2011 | Divorce

When we think about the most memorable couples in literature, most of us would probably name the pairs immortalized for their great romances--Mr. Darc...

A Fighting Lion: Exercises in Awesome Titles

Jeff Klima | Posted 08.07.2011 | Comedy
Jeff Klima

Bar none, the best tool in your author toolbox is a title. Not some suck-ass combination of words culled from your manuscript, supposedly embodying so...

Fictional Characters You Want To Sleep With

januarymagazine.blogspot.com | Posted 07.31.2011 | Books

If you could hook up with a character from fiction, who would it be?...

Booked for Controversy: An Interview With James Andrew Miller, co-author of Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN

Jason Pinter | Posted 07.24.2011 | Books
Jason Pinter

"I've already heard from people at ESPN who've gotten their hands on excerpts or in one case the whole book, and they were pleased, because they said it was an honest account, warts and all."

7 Quirky Ways Students Learn Shakespeare

Posted 07.10.2011 | Education

Springtime may bring April showers and May flowers, but the spring weather also brings students out to parks to perform Shakespeare. Outdoor public ...

What Your Literary Tote Bag Says About You

Vol. 1 Brooklyn | Posted 07.11.2011 | Books

The Strand Bookstore tote: You probably don’t really live in New York. Either that or you’re a freshman at NYU....