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The Gamble And The Payoff: Don Winslow On Pushing Boundaries

Jason Pinter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jason Pinter

If I thought that a reader might experience a scene better as a film than as a novel, then I wrote it in screenplay form; if I thought that a scene would read better as poetry than as narrative prose, then I wrote it as poetry.

Roz Chast: The New Yorker, Children's Books and a Bird Named Marco

Rebecca Serle | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Serle

Recently, I talked with Roz Chast about her career, how things have changed in the thirty-plus years she's been an artist in New York, and why she chose this moment to begin writing for children.

Turning "Nothing" into Something

Tom Davis | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tom Davis

Robin Friedman has written a series of critically acclaimed children's and young-adult novels that explore the trivial -- though often humorous -- experiences of kids as they grow up.

You Don't Have To Read My Book To Be My Friend

Melanie Benjamin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Melanie Benjamin

Writers alone cannot keep the publishing industry afloat with our book buying dollars, and we have to stop thinking that we can.

eBay's Literary Odditites

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Inspired by Salinger's toilet -- which was listed for sale on EBay for $1 million -- Jacket Copy decided to see what other literary-ish items are cur...

Time to Revive Thomas Mann

Richard C. Morais | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Richard C. Morais

I had to grow up before I could read Thomas Mann. Several times in the course of my life I picked up The Magic Mountain, only to find out I did not have the stamina to complete the book.

The Stewardship Report on Connecting Goodness Announces Editorial Calendar

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Read More: Romeo and Juliet, Film, Chicago, Bono, Literature, Carolyn B. Maloney, South Africa, Nelson Mandela, The Luce Index, Life Style, Mu Sochua, Photography, SOS Children’S Villages, Josh Silverman, Cancer, HIV & AIDS, Heal the World, Valentines, Performing Arts, Orphan Care, Social Change, Palitha Kohona, Bangladesh, Oprah Winfrey, Social Gospel, Jamaica, Jimmy Carter, India, Hillary Clinton, Human Rights, Huffington Post, Hinduism, Skype Interviews, Judaism, Economy, Novels, Washington, Gay Rights, South Asia, Better the World, New Delhi, Gay Immigration, Stewardship Report, Jlsr, Port-Au-Prince, John Lee, Women’S Issues, Love, Bill Clinton, Michelle Obama, Dalai Lama, Wal-Mart, Health, New York City, Muhammad Yunus, Haiti, Orphans Interntional Worldwide, Cambodia, New York Times, Relationships, Going Green, Museums, Buddhism, Dance, Helping the Unfortunate, Europe, Puerto Rico, Human Rights Watch, Jim Luce Stewardship Report, Sri Lanka, West Virginia, Universal Human Rights Declaration, Chinese, Episcopal Presiding Bishop, Child Care, Jim Luce, Unions, Dr. Steven Becker, Humanism, Alaska, Food Stamps, Holiday Season, Unsung Heroes, Bettering Humanity, Americas, Los Angeles, Barack Obama, Education, Care, Shyam Selvadurai, Christianity, Arianna Huffington, Connecting Goodness, Worldvision, World Affairs, George Bush, Finance, Children, Nhat Thich Hanh, Music, Thought Leaders, United Nations, Arts, Foster Families, Intergenerational Romance, Desmond Tutu, Goodness, Environment, Elie Wiesel, Travel, Federico & Co., Conflict Resolution, Fine Arts, Katharine Jefferts Schori, Religion, Islam, Developing World, Africa, Unicef, Politics, Theater, Mid-East, Global Citizens, Interracial Love, Connectivity, Culture, Gay Marriage, Tikum Olem, Aga Khan, Jon Sirota, Poverty, Asia-Pacific, Media News
Jim Luce

A bright new face has been added to the crowded Web, drawing a large readership and uploading more than 900 stories in its first twelve weeks. Still ...

A Lost Girl, a Fake Diary, and a Forgotten Author

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Thomas Gladysz

Today, few have heard of The Diary of a Lost Girl, the now-forgotten Margarete Böhme, or the controversy which once swirled around the book's authorship.

Lover Man: The Samuel Steward Story

Brooks Peters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Brooks Peters

Like the groundbreaking book Gay New York by George Chauncey, Secret Historian reveals a vital subterranean culture, thriving throughout the early part of the 20th century.

Apocalypse Now

Tamsin Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Tamsin Smith

Couldn't we, shouldn't we, be applying a bit of mouth-to-mouth to bring the great literary works, these beautiful creatures back to life for ourselves and for each other?

Why Should We Celebrate Jonathan Franzen? Because Books Still Matter

Jason Pinter | Posted 06.16.2011 | Books
Jason Pinter

On the cover of one of the most widely read magazines in the country, a writer is looking directly back at us, and we are being told that His. Craft. Matters.

The Paris Review: Can Editor Lorin Stein Make It Relevant Again?

ft.com | Trevor Butterworth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

There can be only one rational response to the longueurs of a Manhattan August, when the city becomes a tropical marinade and everyone who can is eith...

Contemporary Literature's Most Memorable Moms

Flavorwire | Caroline Stanley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

As James Joyce once wrote, "Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world a mother's love is not." Sweet, right? While we'd agree that ...

Phenomenally Yours: A Sit-Down With Dr. Maya Angelou

Cheryl Wills | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Cheryl Wills

When I walked into her plush, brightly decorated Harlem brownstone on a hot day last month, Dr. Maya Angelou was seated on a fire-engine-red chair and was the picture of health.

The Best-Dressed Characters In Literature

flavorwire.com | Judy Berman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

If you're the kind of person who's into transformational mid-life journeys told with self-deprecating charisma, the you're probably pretty psyched abo...

"Find a Chinese Wife Now," Thanks to Ads by Google

Deanna Fei | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Deanna Fei

After I wrote my first blog post here, I felt a certain sense of satisfaction. I felt like I'd excavated something difficult about ethnicity and gender and literature and identity. Imagine my shock when I saw the ads by Google.

Why the Ferocity of Attacks on the Bridge Builders?

William K. Black | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
William K. Black

June Carbone and Naomi Cahn, co-authors of Red Families v. Blue Families, were interviewed on MSNBC. After reading the web responses to their interview, it dawned on me that it is their effort to build a bridge that the "dividers" most fear.

At the Foot of the Master

Richard C. Morais | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food
Richard C. Morais

Chef Floyd Cardoz, executive chef at New York's esteemed Tabla, is equally at home with Western haute cuisine and with the spicy dishes of his Indian-Goan heritage.

Ode to A Bookish Mom

Richard C. Morais | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Richard C. Morais

After a family dinner, while we were hitting the cookies, my father launched into the hair-raising story of how he, his sister, and his parents traveled from Alesund, Norway, to Newfoundland, Canada, in 1942.

Go Big on Bastille Day

Matt Stewart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Matt Stewart

One year ago today -- Bastille Day -- I released my debut novel The French Revolution on Twitter. It got some pretty good attention, and last fall I landed a traditional book deal with Soft Skull Press.

Literary Market Making

Richard C. Morais | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Richard C. Morais

Under pressure to produce credible copy in far-flung corners of the globe for Forbes, I developed my reporting technique: I always headed first to the local food markets and had a meal.

Are Indian Books Romanticizing Maoist Rebels?

The Washington Post | Shilpa Jamkhandikar and Rina Chandran | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

They have been called India's biggest enemy, but Maoist rebels are also the unlikely subjects of a recent rash of movies and books that some say are r...

Graham Robb's Paris: 18 Arrested Explosions (AUDIO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Christopher Lydon

Graham Robb is making France irresistible again. His new book, Parisians, delivers nearly a score of long anecdotes about famous people in real scenes beyond imagining.

Egyptian Group Seeks to Ban One Thousand and One Arabian Nights

Firas Al-Atraqchi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Firas Al-Atraqchi

In the latest effort to censor texts considered to be "offensive to the public good", an Egyptian NGO is attempting to ban the popular book One Thousand and One Arabian Nights.

The Girl Who Fell from the Sky Explains What it Is to Be Mixed and Happy

Marcia Dawkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Marcia Dawkins

Rise above. Take flight. Move on. That is the message delivered so elegantly by Heidi Durrow. That's why this reader's recommendation is to pick it up. Check it out. And, most importantly, think and talk it through.