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India's Debt to Khushwant Singh

Pranay Gupte | Posted 05.20.2014 | Books
Pranay Gupte

Khushwant Singh chronicled much of India's extraordinary story, and I think it would be fair to say that India owes him a lot for that.

Re-Appreciate Classic Literature: Learn Another Language

Benny Lewis | Posted 05.14.2014 | Books
Benny Lewis

Have you ever read Dante's Inferno? Don Quixote? How about Around the World in 80 Days, or Crime and Punishment? If you've read them, you know just how memorable and touching the experience of reading a literary masterpiece can be. But have you ever read them... in the original?

Literature, Longevity and Mavis Gallant

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 05.13.2014 | Arts
Fran Moreland Johns

Mavis Gallant died recently at the entirely respectable age of 91. On top of the lack of maternal love and affection, Gallant endured other unimaginable emotional assaults and upheavals, realities that underlie her fiction.

Poetry and Programming

Jasmine Tsai | Posted 05.11.2014 | Technology
Jasmine Tsai

Programming began to change my way of looking at poetry. To my surprise I found that writing code reminded me of writing poems. In the act of creation, you encounter the same tension of raw, boundless possibility against disciplined construction.

The One-Day Guide to New Orleans' Literary Landmarks

WHERE | Posted 05.07.2014 | Travel
WHERE

Each spring bibliophiles and Brando buffs flock to the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival to pay homage to the late great playwright, who penned A Streetcar Named Desire in what he called his "spiritual home."

Reading About Many a Legal Proceeding

Dave Astor | Posted 04.30.2014 | Books
Dave Astor

Indeed, literature can get very compelling when depicting crime and (sometimes) punishment, to reference the title of a certain Russian novel. And when fictional works depict that, all kinds of stuff can come up.

Erica Jong: From Fear Of Flying To Fear Of Dying

Alain Elkann | Posted 02.25.2014 | World

The following article first appeared at http://alainelkanninterviews.com/2014/01/05/interview-with-erica-jong/. "I first met Erica in Italy, her se...

5 Ways to Achieve Cheap Immortality Through Art

Simone Collins | Posted 04.26.2014 | Arts
Simone Collins

Forget developing relationships with those at the edge of anti-aging research. Perhaps you would do better by buddying up with an animator!

These 8 Female Characters In Literature Deserve Their Own Damn Books

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 02.20.2014 | Books

Books give readers the unparalleled opportunity to assume the perspective of someone other than themselves. But in assuming the perspective of one cha...

To See By Common Light

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.20.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

As a scientist, always striving to see outside the tunnel, to apply the proper blend of skepticism and open-mindedness, that I write today to recommend a work of fiction as a source of surprising light.

Polemic, Prose Writer, Poet & Chef: An In-depth Interview With Anis Shivani

Loren Kleinman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Books
Loren Kleinman

I talked with Shivani about his latest poetry collection, the state of poetry and the demise of the literary critic.

10 Questions With Author Darcie Chan

Jason Derr | Posted 04.08.2014 | Books
Jason Derr

Since then Darcie has made the move from indie princess to emerging talent with a mainstream press. The Mill River Recluse has been reissued and followed by The Mill River Redemption Darcie was very gracious to participate in this first entry of the 10 Questions for Indie.writers series.

When Characters Relocate in Literature

Dave Astor | Posted 04.09.2014 | Books
Dave Astor

As I prepare to move from a house to an apartment this year (what -- freelance writers don't make hedge-fund salaries?), I've become particularly aware of relocation scenarios in literature. Yes, a major plot device in fiction involves characters going to a new place.

Major Collection of Allen Ginsberg Photos Donated to University of Toronto

University of Toronto News | Posted 04.08.2014 | Arts
University of Toronto News

The University of Toronto is home to the world's largest collection of photographs by the late beat poet, Allen Ginsberg.

11 Questions for Poet and Essayist Elisa Gabbert

Travis Nichols | Posted 04.06.2014 | Books
Travis Nichols

Elisa Gabbert is a poet and essayist whose most recent book, The Self Unstable, is a vibrant humming meditation on how we make our selves out of stories, data, and suggestion.

Why You Can -- and Should -- Write Poetry

University of Toronto News | Posted 04.06.2014 | Arts
University of Toronto News

Whether it's writing a flowery sonnet, a complex ode or letting words fly through free verse, poetry can be a cathartic experience for amateur and pro...

Anna Karenina vs. Google Glass: A Conversation with Azar Nafisi

The WorldPost | Michael Skafidas | Posted 02.03.2014 | World

Azar Nafisi, the celebrated Iranian author of "Reading Lolita in Tehran" talks to Michael Skafidas for The WorldPost about literature, the Internet an...

Should You Write a Memoir or a Novel? 4 Key Questions

Holly Robinson | Posted 04.03.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

Memoirs and novels both require skilled story telling. So how do you decide which form fits your story best? Consider these four key questions.

Amiri Baraka: an Anansi Spirit of Poetic Disguises/Genius

Opal Palmer Adisa | Posted 03.30.2014 | Black Voices
Opal Palmer Adisa

I have been accusing words of being stingy, but now I must admit I have been afraid of words, of what saying them might mean, the implications, because it is the proper thing to praise a great poet, to profess great admiration.

Paul Auster on Poe, Pynchon, and 'Boy Writers'

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 03.29.2014 | Books
Anne Margaret Daniel

As someone who aspires to fit into Auster's definition of "boy writer," I'm wondering if he might extend his coinage to include "girl writers" as well. Who are they among women, the creative sparks, the gleeful, the ones who make you want to read?

How Old Is Too Old for a Main Character?

Holly Robinson | Posted 03.29.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

I adore my agent. He's one of the wisest and nicest men I've ever met in my life and I trust him completely. Still, I was nonplussed. Why shouldn't my book start with the point of view of a woman in her fifties?

I Don't Know Do You: 25 Year Old Poet, Roberto Montes, Discusses His First Book

Alissa Fleck | Posted 03.29.2014 | Books
Alissa Fleck

(Justin Sherwood) These days it's an uphill battle getting your writing published, particularly if you're a poet in a society that harbors a growin...

Why You Should Become A Teacher

Babs Nichols | Posted 03.29.2014 | Education
Babs Nichols

2014-01-27-Chalkboard_eraser_Waldorf_School_East_Lexington_MA.jpgDespite popular rhetoric, public schools are not "failing." In fact, in most ways they are succeeding. I stay because what I've learned in 29 years is that my job is one of the ones that matters most.

The Goldfinch and the Art of Reading

Dora Levy Mossanen | Posted 03.24.2014 | Books
Dora Levy Mossanen

Ah! The joys and tribulations of being surrounded by stacks of books at my bedside, my husband's bedside, books tucked into every available nook and cranny, piled high on every tabletop and stacked double on every shelf, making it impossible to navigate around safely.

Do We Need to Kill Our Heroes?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.19.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

I am, of course, still a child of love and privilege. But I have at least this claim against naiveté: I have looked into the eyes of someone ready, willing, and eager to kill me. I have at least this notion of what's out there.