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The Pen Name Is Mightier Than the Sword Name

Jeff Klima | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Jeff Klima

Congratulations, you've decided to completely devote yourself to the endless, droning monotony that is professional writing. On the world's s...

Life of Bro: A Chronology

Gregory Beyer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Gregory Beyer

Topher Smith is recognized as one of the United States' foremost "bros." The following chronology accompanies The Library of America's recently-published volume of Smith's collected writings.

Lydia Davis: Miniatures from a Mind on Fire (AUDIO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Christopher Lydon

Theo Cote photoLydia Davis keeps popping up in conversation as a favorite writer of our favorite writers -- Rae Armantrout, the Pulitzer poet, among t...

Literary Mentorships: Some Of The Most Famous And Successful From History | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Most aspiring writers daydream about having a successful author drop into their life, recognize their talent, and help them get published. That might ...

Mohammed Hanif's AfPak: A Case of Exploding Absurdities (AUDIO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Christopher Lydon

Mohammed Hanif, the Pakistani novelist, is observing from Karachi that "even the believers" don't believe in the war in Afghanistan anymore.

'Catcher In The Rye' Sequel? | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

If you've ever wondered what happened next to the young Holden Caulfield, wonder no longer: you'll shortly be able to find out -- unless you're Americ...

Huck Finn's N-Word: Preserving Artistic Integrity or Ethnic Property Rights?

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Irene Monroe

As Americans we have a hard time talking about race in this country when the n-word is not involved. And when this epithet is, predictably, we behave schizophrenically.

A Few Words In Defense of the N-Word, in the Novels of Mark Twain

Mikhail Lyubansky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Mikhail Lyubansky

While racial insensitivity and avoidance of discussions about racism are real problems in classrooms, removing racially objectionable content from literature cannot possibly be effective in anything other than eliminating discomfort.

A Writer's Rant About Simon & Schuster's Dip Into the Celebrity Cesspool

Jane Devin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jane Devin

Unlike Snooki, I have never aspired to be anything other than a writer. It's not a a temporary infatuation or a quick way to cash in on fleeting celebrity status.

A New Year's Resolution to Restore an Author's Sanity

Melanie Benjamin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Melanie Benjamin

My New Year's resolution is to stop reading those "death of publishing as we know it" articles, because they don't affect me. I'm going to keep writing, for as long as I can.

David Bromwich on the "Disappointment in Obama" (AUDIO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christopher Lydon

David Bromwich, the Sterling Professor of English at Yale, reads Barack Obama like a book -- as if he were a book, that is. With the novelist Zadie ...

A(nother) Christmas Carol (VIDEO)

Carol Hartsell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Carol Hartsell


Literary Guerrillas Take Barnes & Noble

Alex Vadukul | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Alex Vadukul

Outside the Union Square Barnes & Noble people were huddling in the frigid cold. Dale Peck wore a bomber hat and coordinated with supporters by phone for a book reading -- on the pavement.

Best Jewish Book of 2010

Brad Hirschfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Brad Hirschfield

Most "Best of" lists tell us more about the list-makers than about anything else. This one is probably no different, but that doesn't mean that it isn't useful in to think about what were the best Jewish books of 2010.

Christmas Letter 2010

Jerry Zezima | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

Since I am in the holiday spirit (and, having just consumed a mug of hot toddy, a glass of eggnog and a nip of cheer, the holiday spirits are in me), I have once again decided to follow in that great tradition of boring everyone silly by writing a Christmas letter.

Fanfare for the Common Man

Jeff Klima | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Jeff Klima

I am never the first to admit when I am wrong, but nor are Bill Clinton, Roger Clemens, or the Pope. I am, however, the first to admit when I...

Elaine Kaufman Memories: Elaine's Owner Made It Special | PETER KHOURY | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

With Elaine's passing on Friday, memories of the many entertaining nights spent in her place and of her one-liners are coming to mind as quickly as th...

Childrens' Books: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Nancy Chuda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Nancy Chuda

The relationship author Salman Rushdie shares with his sons became the focus of his own literary epiphany.

Development Work Includes Literary Translation? You Sure?

Ming Holden | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ming Holden

In order to explain the importance of literary work to the broader project of social justice, international exchange, and democracy, I might need to s...

Holiday Bonus: Why I'm Releasing a Deleted Scene From my Novel on Cyber Monday

Matt Stewart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Matt Stewart

Last winter, as I was editing my debut novel, The French Revolution, I confronted a thorny section detailing a wild Christmas scene which my editor ha...

On Names

Jeff Klima | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jeff Klima

There is a two-fold complaint nestled in the plumy thicket of today's screed, good people. And while they (the individual issues of the complaint) are...

Blackberries Off: Ten Essential Movies For Easily Distracted Twenty-Somethings

John Farr | Posted 06.12.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

What if we only had a month in which to force our young adult offspring to see ten essential movies before they succumbed entirely to short-form digital content? My own personal picks.

Dennis Lehane: Between Dorchester Ave and Sunset Boulevard (VIDEO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Christopher Lydon

Dennis Lehane so rules the neighborhood of Noir ("Nwaaah," as we say in Boston) that he gets street credit for work he didn't write, like "The Departe...

ART AND DRUGS: High Society, Exhibit On Mind-Altering Drugs In History And Culture

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

We all hope that the art we view can inspire us, as the audience, to take a different perspective on an age old question; to make the familiar unfamil...

Did you know there is a "Frugal" literature?

Jonathan Ezer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jonathan Ezer

In an article in the latest Atlantic Monthly, I just found out about the "frugal" literature. Until today, I had no idea bookstores were teeming with...