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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.

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.