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Ashley Rindsberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Ashley Rindsberg

At the end of the writing, editing, considering and worrying that makes a book, I have to think that every writer is left with a question: why did I write this?

Dirty Old (Literary) Men: Writing's Filthiest Perverted Geniuses | Nina MacLaughlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

There has been a lot of talk about books and sex in this space lately, and it's not just because of yesterday's holiday. Anyone who has taken English ...

Your Favorite Star-Crossed Lovers In Literature: Expect The Unexpected, Not Romeo And Juliet (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Zoe Triska | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Though Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet are the classic star-crossed lovers in books, and the play from which the phrase originates, we decided to add s...

Ten Sexy Literary Innuendos

Alex Palmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Alex Palmer

Anyone composing a steamy note or text message for their valentine this year could learn from what the greats have written about sex -- and what they haven't.

A Celebration of the Pen Over the Sword

Dilara Hafiz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Dilara Hafiz

Is there any space for intellectual discussion in Karachi, Pakistan? At the Karachi Literature Festival, the answer is a resounding "Yes!"

Upstairs, Downstairs at The New Yorker: An 86th Anniversary Appreciation

Brenda Peterson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Brenda Peterson

When I showed up for my first day of work at The New Yorker magazine in 1972, I was greeted by my theatrically busy boss, "Quick, quick, we've got three deadlines today!"

Cashing In on an Author's Death (18th Century Edition)

Stephen J. Gertz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Stephen J. Gertz

When a famous author dies, an industry of postmortem exploitation begins. All, of course, with the very best of intentions.

Beloved Mentor: A Tribute to Brian Jacques

Jason Pinter | Posted 06.16.2011 | Books
Jason Pinter

I eagerly devoured the entire Redwall series, exploring the world Brian Jacques created, learning the histories of its characters, reaching out to know everything about this creation that had passed from Jacques's mind into my own.

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...