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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....

How Will Ebooks Change the Author Experience?

Jason Pinter | Posted 07.10.2011 | Books
Jason Pinter

In the end, the act of writing a book will not change. Yet as the publishing world changes, as do the ways in which readers digest books, many of the most meaningful moments in an author's career will be lost or different in a way to make them unrecognizable.

How Literary Death Match Crowdsourced Its Way Around The World

bookmachine.org | Posted 07.06.2011 | Books

Literary Death Match is a competitive literary night which began in New York and has spread to 33 cities worldwide, including London, Cardiff, Dublin ...

PHOTOS: Mark Twain Classic Reinterpreted

Posted 06.28.2011 | Arts

Tim Rollins and K.O.S portray a visual investigation of three important pieces of classic literature by bringing forward their contemporary message. F...

The Island Of Herman Melville, The State Of Cormac McCarthy: Literary Map Of America

Posted 06.22.2011 | Books

Would you rather live in the state of Black Elk or Maya Angelou instead of Montana or Arkansas? The island of Melville looks a little cold, so instead...

An Open Letter to Donald Trump: You Are Not A Good Writer

Jason Pinter | Posted 06.13.2011 | Books
Jason Pinter

Dear Mr. Trump, after reading your letter to the New York Times regarding Gail Collins's article about you, I had to clarify one thing: you are not a good writer.

Unearthly Voices: Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 06.08.2011 | Books
Ilana Teitelbaum

One of the persistent motifs of Beyond Black is the triviality that pervades the spirit world: the idea that the dead are just as preoccupied with the temporal as they were in life.

The Translator Takes Center Stage

Nataly Kelly | Posted 05.29.2011 | Business
Nataly Kelly

"We labor in obscurity." These are the words of a literary translator who contacted Nina Sankovitch recently, as reported in her excellent post, "Foun...

Literature Leaps into the 22nd Century, Lands Awkwardly

John Lundberg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Lundberg

As scientists improve their ability to manipulate the genome, will a market might emerge for people who want to imprint quotes into their own DNA, or even their children's, as a sort of genetic tattoo?

Ten Literary Lines To Raise Your Glass To

Alex Palmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Alex Palmer

Many great writers have also been great drinkers and their advice around this habit will either want to make you keep going or will stop you forever. But do try not to spit out your scotch laughing at the wit.

Seeing Red -- "Look, Jack, It's Over!!"

Claudia Ricci | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Claudia Ricci

Jack turns to face her. "So, what happened? You think...Jesús ditched you?" The question feels like a punch to her gut. She sets the turkey pan on the granite counter.

Found in Translation: Honoring Literary Translators

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

I recently received an email from a reader who admonished me for not recognizing just who made it possible for me to read all those wonderful books from around the world: the literary translators.