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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.

Songs With Literary References

Dave Astor | Posted 03.17.2014 | Books
Dave Astor

Music that mentions literature is very enjoyable for fans of both those arts, and for anyone who likes the thrill of spotting connections in culture. Also, songs that cite books can have more intellectual depth than the average tune. And people hearing lit-laced lyrics might read the book if they haven't before. What's not to like about that?

The Revolution of Philippe Sollers

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 03.10.2014 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Since I began reading Philippe Sollers, I have witnessed the unfolding of four major "periods" in his work. I have a feeling that the work he published this week -- Médium, his 25th novel and one of the most lively, spirited works to emerge from this Mozart of letters -- marks the beginning of a fifth period.

How to Write for an Hour

Christine Deakers | Posted 03.09.2014 | Books
Christine Deakers

Always follow the rules, whether it's a prompt, iambic pentameter or waiting 30 minutes after you eat. Then, suddenly, don't follow them at all. Break rules as many times without creating a trend.

Could Poetry Start an Educational Revolution?

Travis Nichols | Posted 03.04.2014 | Books
Travis Nichols

Dorothea Lasky is a force of nature. Not only has she published three full-length books and numerous chapbooks of magnificent poetry, she is also a fierce advocate for placing creativity at the core of childhood education.

Godspeed Ned Vizinni

Chris Crutcher | Posted 02.27.2014 | Books
Chris Crutcher

Coming into the new year it's hard not to think of the recent suicide of the talented and tortured YA author, Ned Vizzini, and the emptiness his loved ones must feel.

Finding The Words

Liz Madans | Posted 02.27.2014 | Education
Liz Madans

Are the old masters to be left alone to the practice of writing, while we watch and marvel from the sidelines? I know that everyone has a story to tell, but perhaps it is an English teacher's closeness to the words that renders the wistfulness almost ironic.

Quotes That Will Make You Fall In Love With Reading

Alexis Jane Torre | Posted 02.26.2014 | Teen
Alexis Jane Torre

Here is a list of quotes that remind me why it's important to log off Facebook, turn off my cellphone and laptop, and rediscover a love for reading.

10 Greatest Travel Books Of All Time

Budget Travel | Posted 02.22.2014 | Travel
Budget Travel

Despite their differences in genre and style, these books all give an unforgettable sense of place -- whether that place is a small patch of ground, an entire continent, or just the wrinkles of the writer's mind.

An Irresistible Invitation From Diane Ravitch

Vicki Cobb | Posted 02.21.2014 | Education
Vicki Cobb

I was surprised and delighted by a recent shout-out about one of my Huff Post entries by Diane Ravitch, a brilliant and tireless crusader to save public education in the face of the Common Core State Standards. Diane claims in her post that she and I disagree about the CCSS.

In Praise of Pre-19th Century Literature

Dave Astor | Posted 02.19.2014 | Books
Dave Astor

Great pre-1800s literature is interesting for reasons in addition to the quality of the work itself. For instance, we see the roots of -- and influences on -- later fiction. We also get a fascinating sense of long-ago life.

Going Public

Carl Fillichio | Posted 02.18.2014 | Books
Carl Fillichio

When we started the Books that Shaped Work in America project, we said that the list, like work in America, was constantly evolving, and that the list would grow based on suggestions from "the public."

Amy Tan's Valley of Amazement and Sex You Don't Want

Audrey Wang | Posted 02.18.2014 | Books
Audrey Wang

I have a complicated relationship with Amy Tan. Reading The Joy Luck Club as a pre-teen, I didn't really relate to the chess-playing genius or the woman stuck in her unhappy marriage, but I thought the overwrought story important for delving into the turbulent, painful history of China

Lucy Grealy, a Friend Remembered

Michael Hafftka | Posted 02.15.2014 | Arts
Michael Hafftka

She died on my birthday and I still feel guilty I was not there to stop her, to have that one conversation that might prevent her from going to extremes.

The Interview as Cruising Ground (Part 1)

Christopher Hennessy | Posted 02.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Christopher Hennessy

My interview with Koestenbaum can read, at least in some moments, like flirting, or even cruising. There's double entendre; there's performance; there's even a moment in which we cozy up over one of his books, tracing fingers over line after sexual line of poetry.

Have Yourself a Very Melville Christmas: In Which We Review Typee, An Old, Perfect Book

Bernard Radfar | Posted 02.10.2014 | Books
Bernard Radfar

It is a grand shame Typee is neglected, all that reading pleasure given away to books that may not deserve your hours in quite the same way. Even with the best readers I know I get a dumbfounded expression when I bring up Typee.

Out of the Closet and Into the Library at Age 8

Richard Alther | Posted 02.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard Alther

The Secret Garden cemented my love affair with books -- well, novels -- and their power primarily to shield me from nay-saying, which I came to realize much later as bulwark against internalized homophobia.

When Authors Create Title Characters of the Opposite Sex

Dave Astor | Posted 02.04.2014 | Books
Dave Astor

Do women write the best novels starring women? Do men write the best novels starring men? In many cases, yes. But while there's a lot to be said for "living the gender," there are also some great literary works featuring title characters who are the opposite sex of the author.

Indo-American Arts Council at Fifteen with Who's Who of South Asian Celebrities

Jim Luce | Posted 02.03.2014 | Arts
Jim Luce

No one in Manhattan can throw a gala like Aroon Shivdasani, and the fifteenth anniversary fete of her Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC) was everything...

Why I Love (and Teach) Author Fay Weldon

Gina Barreca | Posted 02.02.2014 | Books
Gina Barreca

What gives a writer a reputation as "teachable" but not "great"? In Weldon's case, is it because her writing is forever associated with her successful television work that we're suspicious of her?

New Documentary Celebrates C.S. Lewis and the Acclaimed Author's Quest for Meaning

Juan Vidal | Posted 02.01.2014 | Religion
Juan Vidal

For many years, C.S. Lewis struggled heavily with the argument for intelligent design. "One of the things that may surprise viewers," said John West, editor of The Magician's Twin, "is just how angry Lewis's atheism could be in his earlier years."

12 Fascinating Literary Facts

Oliver Tearle | Posted 01.31.2014 | Books
Oliver Tearle

Ernest Hemingway once took home the urinal from his favorite bar, arguing he'd 'pissed away' so much of his money into it that he owned it.