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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.

Fathering Minds: 7 Books for Dad's Shelf

James M. Chesbro | Posted 08.04.2014 | Books
James M. Chesbro

My favorite fatherhood books are a compass at the end of a frenzied day. These seven works of literary nonfiction situate me in the fellowship of other dads pursuing understandings.

Laura Powell's 'Goddess' Is an Enchanting Read

Valerie Tejeda | Posted 08.04.2014 | Books
Valerie Tejeda

Britain is crumbling and a young soon-to-be Priestess named Aura from the Cult of Artemis is blind to it all. But everything changes when Aura meets a rebellious boy named Aiden.

Maya Angelou Dies, Inspiring New Scientists

Olympia LePoint | Posted 07.29.2014 | Entertainment
Olympia LePoint

From "Roots" to "Sesame Street", she was a leader who taught me how to be a "Phenomenal Woman." She won three Grammys, spoke six languages, and ushered a U.S. President into office through a poem. She inspired me to master the English language, so I could help humanity embrace science.

Early Gay Literature Rediscovered

Trebor Healey | Posted 07.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Trebor Healey

Specializing in gay titles, gothic and horror novels, as well as literary fiction, they founded Valancourt Books in 2005 to restore many of these works to a new generations of readers. It's an impressive and fascinating list. I got so lost in it, and had so much fun looking around at all the great books I've never even heard of, I just had to interview these guys.

To Maya: A Phenomenal Woman

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 07.28.2014 | Books
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

They were beacons of light in our darkness, those teachers. And they offered us the words of Black authors to take with us on our journeys.

Literary Relatives

Claudia Zelevansky | Posted 07.28.2014 | Books
Claudia Zelevansky

Unlike Nora Ephron, Maya Angelou and I have nothing in common. When I read I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, it did not offer me identification as Heartburn had, it offered me access -- vivid, scary, and profound access -- to a place I had never been before.

'Animal Farm' Lessons

Pauline Hawkins | Posted 07.28.2014 | Education
Pauline Hawkins

Every year, I get rebellious while teaching Animal Farm; I can't help it. I see the similarities between the corruption of power and our present educational system, and I feel the intense desire to shout "Rebellion!" from the roof tops.

9 Muses Who Inspired Incredible Literature

Sally O'Reilly | Posted 07.27.2014 | Books
Sally O'Reilly

Love, passion, poetry, pain, suffering and drug-crazed self-destruction, although not necessarily in that order. Being a muse -- or channelling one -- is clearly a high risk occupation.

The Last Words of Mass Murderer Elliot Rodger Remixed Into Poetry

Seth Abramson | Posted 07.25.2014 | Books
Seth Abramson

Can hateful words be turned against themselves and become, instead, a vehicle for amity and compassion? The metamodern poem linked to above, and transcribed below, seeks to answer that question.

Puzzling Book Titles

Dave Astor | Posted 07.22.2014 | Books
Dave Astor

There are novels with titles that are puzzling, at least at first. What exactly do they mean? What are they referring to in the book? It can be frustrating to figure that out, but also fun. Many people like to read mysteries, and an obscure novel title is sort of a mystery in microcosm.

Daughter of Chaos Full of Magic, Mythology and More

Valerie Tejeda | Posted 07.21.2014 | Books
Valerie Tejeda

Daughter of Chaos is honestly a must for anyone whose a fan of young adult fantasy. I was fortunate enough to chat with author Jen McConnel to get the inside scoop on her magical novel.

Philip Roth Reads One Last Time

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 07.14.2014 | Books
Anne Margaret Daniel

Roth's reading brought tears to anyone who has buried someone beloved. Yet what flowed from it was nowise morbid or even poetically elegiac. Nostalgic, yes, for the eighty years just past, but realistic about them too -- and above all historic.

Does Literary Fiction Challenge Racial Stereotypes?

Jalees Rehman, M.D. | Posted 07.06.2014 | Books
Jalees Rehman, M.D.

Reading literary fiction can be highly pleasurable, but does it also make you a better person? Conventional wisdom and intuition lead us to believe that reading can indeed improve us. However, we may overestimate the capacity of literary fiction to foster moral improvement

Damned Beautiful: F. Scott Fitzgerald Unexpurgated

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 07.06.2014 | Books
Anne Margaret Daniel

That Fitzgerald intended some of the stories in Taps at Reveille to be brutal and unpleasant is clear. The title itself indicates that we wake up to death. T It's also unsurprising to find Fitzgerald could use words as weapons, coarse language to create.

Dining With the Author: Dangerous Misadventures With Owen Matthews

Jennifer Walker | Posted 06.28.2014 | Books
Jennifer Walker

The story of Russia's colonies in Alaska and northern California have been filed away in obscure historical territory for those who come from outside of Russia, but for author, journalist and historian Owen Matthews, it became the core topic of his book Glorious Misadventures.

5 Questions for Poets: Part 5

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 06.28.2014 | Books
Jonathan Hobratsch

Some of America's top poets respond to questions by readers of poetry in this final blog for National Poetry Month 2014.

An Appreciation of George Eliot

Dave Astor | Posted 06.25.2014 | Books
Dave Astor

Back in college, I started Middlemarch but put down that sprawling book after just a couple dozen pages. I guess I was too young and inexperienced to really appreciate a fictional work of that magnitude.

5 Questions for Poets: Part 4

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 06.17.2014 | Books
Jonathan Hobratsch

In the 4th part of the National Poetry Month blog, I ask America's best poets to answer five more questions by readers of poetry.

5 Questions for Poets: Part 3

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 06.14.2014 | Books
Jonathan Hobratsch

"I know a handful (if not a heartful) of poems by heart. Lines surface and go under. They keep me company, whether on the tip of my tongue or in the basement of my unconsciousness."

Yahya Hassan: Poems of Rage

Louisiana Channel | Posted 06.10.2014 | Arts
Louisiana Channel

Meet the 18-year-old sensation Yahya Hassan, who has written literary history in Denmark with his powerful, personal poems criticizing his family and Muslims in the Danish welfare system.

The Tragic Death of the Good Read

Mark Morford | Posted 06.09.2014 | Books
Mark Morford

Has this happened to you? Have you, whilst attempting to read an actual, dead-tree novel or lengthy magazine article, inadvertently swiped at the page with your finger, expecting a Delete tab to appear?

5 Questions for Poets: Part 2

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 06.08.2014 | Books
Jonathan Hobratsch

Last week, some of America's top poets answered five questions from a pool of questions offered by readers of poetry for National Poetry Month. In this second part of the series, our poets tackle five more of their questions.

'Other Voices, Other Classrooms': The Musings of a Gay Middle School Teacher

J. Patrick Redmond | Posted 06.07.2014 | Gay Voices
J. Patrick Redmond

I have experienced my share of intolerance and "chin-wagging" from adults whose world perspective is limited. It is my goal to populate the world, as best I can via education, with the antidote to these kinds of die-hards and dogmatists.