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The Bohemians of San Francisco

Terence Clarke | Posted 10.04.2014 | Books
Terence Clarke

If, like me, you live on Russian Hill in San Francisco, or if you care for fine and adventurous writing, Ben Tarnoff's The Bohemians: Mark Twain and The San Francisco Writers Who Reinvented American Literature is for you.

Not That Anyone Gives a Damn, But...

Warren Adler | Posted 10.04.2014 | Comedy
Warren Adler

For those of you who got a kick out of my first Nobody Gives a Damn, But... column, inspired by the great sportswriter Jimmy Cannon, I offer thanks. T...

Haiti: Free the Word

PEN American Center | Posted 10.04.2014 | Arts
PEN American Center

PEN Haiti celebrated its 3rd Libérez la Parole festival of literature from July 18 to July 27 in the cities of Gonaives, Petit-Goave, and Thomassin, Haiti.

When it Comes to Leveling the Playing Field for Women Writers, VIDA Reminds us that Women are Not Alone

Janice Sands | Posted 10.01.2014 | Arts
Janice Sands

With the pervasiveness of gender inequality in nearly every arena, it's heartening to know that there are passionate individuals and organizations out there working hard to affect change.

The Metamodernist Manifesto: The Rebirth of the Author

Seth Abramson | Posted 10.01.2014 | Books
Seth Abramson

Nobody is made happy by any of this; indeed, its existential utility has increasingly proven to be a net negative, even as its formal coherence (once a strong suit) has begun to erode in the Internet Age.

Confessions of a Translator: The PEN Ten With Michael F. Moore

PEN American Center | Posted 09.28.2014 | Books
PEN American Center

I sometimes have to translate a sex scene, which makes me squeamish. I want to cover my eyes with my hands, but then I wouldn't be able to type.

She Found Herself at Iguazu

Christine Hannon | Posted 09.23.2014 | Travel
Christine Hannon

Today, she was a poet, for she lived many lives, today. She moved around the world and she remained still to watch the world move. She lived between the lines of the novel she carried.

How to Stop 'Saving' the English Major

Ryan Chapin Mach | Posted 09.29.2014 | College
Ryan Chapin Mach

I sometimes lie awake at night cursing the heavens, wishing that God had never forged a love of the written word from the steel of my very soul and instead forged something that would have allowed me to invent Candy Crush.

W.B. Yeats and Sligo, Then and Now

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 09.21.2014 | Books
Anne Margaret Daniel

What did Yeats love about Sligo? First, having family there - his mother's people, the Pollexfens and Middletons, were of Sligo. Second, the landscape and freedom to range, both physically, and imaginatively, within that landscape.

Review: 'Disperse the Light' an Exhibition of New E-Lit

Illya Szilak | Posted 09.19.2014 | Books
Illya Szilak

Each year writers, critics and scholars of "born digital" literature congregate at the Electronic Literature Organization conference.

Helping Others Think: A Tribute to Edwin M. Yoder, Jr. at 80

Joel K. Goldstein | Posted 09.17.2014 | Media
Joel K. Goldstein

All of these works have enriched my life, and invite rereading, and I commend them to those who have not yet experienced Ed's help in shaping their thinking and the enjoyment that inevitably comes from reading his work.

Short Stories on New York's Long History

Greg Jacobs | Posted 09.13.2014 | Books
Greg Jacobs

New York is constantly documented throughout film, television, literature, Facebook, Twitter, etc. The glitz and glamour that have become pseudonymous with this city are contrasted by dark and tragic tales of the city that once was.

Happy Birthday, Harold Bloom, Giant of the Canon!

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 09.09.2014 | Books
Robert David Jaffee

For decades, Harold Bloom, the most eminent literary critic of our time, has taught a seminar at Yale, titled "Shakespeare & Originality." The class ...

Universities Make 'Cli-fi' Dreams Come True

J. L. Morin | Posted 09.07.2014 | Education
J. L. Morin

Universities are getting tough on environmental protection as they tackle challenges, through architecture, literature, hard science, and finance, bringing the new genre of climate-change fiction to life.

How This 'Chicana' Writer Is Breaking The Mold When It Comes To Strong Women

Patricia Crisafulli | Posted 09.03.2014 | Fifty
Patricia Crisafulli

In college, Ana Castillo's plan had been to teach art in high school, but she veered from that more conventional path to become a self-taught poet and then a self-taught everything else literary, now with two New York Times Notable Books of the Year to her credit. Today, she is called one of the most powerful voices in contemporary Chicana literature.

Screen Literacy for the Next Generation: How the Arts and Humanities Matter

Christine Henseler | Posted 09.03.2014 | Education
Christine Henseler

In my college classroom I often ask students about their technology habits and, to my surprise, I repeatedly find that this "tech generation" is not as active as we have come to believe.

Conversations on Writing: Interview with Award-Winning Young Adult Author Cindy Pon, Part 2

Write for the Future | Posted 09.01.2014 | College
Write for the Future

By Cora Daniels "Do not be afraid to write. Do not be afraid to explore. Do not be afraid to make mistakes." In Part 2 of our interview with YA f...

7 Beach Reads by International Authors (PHOTOS)

Departures Magazine | Posted 08.31.2014 | Books
Departures Magazine

New releases out of Japan, Hungary, China and more are anything but predictable, adding an international flair to a summer reading list.

Isabelle Thuy Pelaud: How I Found Myself at UC Berkeley

Andrew Lam | Posted 08.31.2014 | College
Andrew Lam

Pelaud had always been an outsider. Born in 1965 to a French father and a Vietnamese mother who didn't speak much French, she grew up in rural France feeling isolated, both geographically and culturally. She had trouble making friends and didn't do well in school. No one believed that she would amount to much.

SHORTLISTED: The 2014 PEN Literary Awards

PEN American Center | Posted 08.20.2014 | Books
PEN American Center

Spanning fiction, essays, science writing, biography, sports writing, translation and children's books, the 2014 PEN Literary Awards celebrate the best of literature from around the world.

Does Reading 'Moral' Stories to Children Promote Honesty?

Jalees Rehman, M.D. | Posted 08.17.2014 | Parents
Jalees Rehman, M.D.

All over the world, young children are exposed to classic fairy tales, myths and other stories. Most kids love hearing stories, but in addition to being a fun activity, storytelling is also thought of as an educational tool that can promote moral reasoning and honesty.

Fighting in Baghdad

Aurelia Condrat | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics
Aurelia Condrat

The people of Baghdad never found their peace. They did not learn anything from their predecessors. With all those wars they will never reach the greatness of the bygone era.

Top 10 Father Figures in Literature: Great Reads for Father's Day

Allison Pataki | Posted 08.12.2014 | Books
Allison Pataki

This weekend we will celebrate our fathers and the important men in our lives. In their honor I've come up with my list of top ten great reads about great father figures in literature.

We Can't Forget About Gay Literature

James McDonald | Posted 08.11.2014 | Gay Voices
James McDonald

Young people, gay and otherwise, need to see gay people as no different from anyone else, to see them in scenarios that characterize the lives of human beings as a whole. Unfortunately, for those like me, who looked to literature for a guiding light, the terrain was too often depressingly barren.

How Do I Understand And Appreciate Books Better?

Quora | Posted 08.06.2014 | Books
Quora

It is far nobler to have too meager and too humble an opinion to offer about the books you read, than being the kind of deluded blowhard who shouts from rooftops and Twitter accounts that Khaled Hosseini is the best living writer in the world.