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Seamus Heaney: Words of Comfort

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 11.04.2013 | Books
Anne Margaret Daniel

His family and friends are in mourning for Seamus Heaney, who died in Dublin on August 30. They are joined by a world of acquaintances and admirers, both known and unknown to Heaney himself, whose grieving is for the poet and the man -- if those could be separated.

Fall Into Reading With These Shiny Apple Picks

Kim Michele Richardson | Posted 11.03.2013 | Books
Kim Michele Richardson

Looking for Me draws us into the complexity of finding love, hope and redemption amidst crushing family obstacles. A moving read about finding the jewels amongst the cast-offs of life's heartbreaks.

Why Poetry Makes Sense: An Interview With Stephen Burt

Laura Cococcia | Posted 10.31.2013 | Arts
Laura Cococcia

Stephen Burt and I discussed the instructive and useful nature of poetry: how it's a vehicle for self-expression, a valuable means of understanding the world and a resource that is written for an infinite set of audiences.

Readers Live for That Occasional Transcendent Novel

Dave Astor | Posted 10.30.2013 | Books
Dave Astor

A book that's transcendent for one reader might not be transcendent for another. Still, the hope of finding novels we personally consider extraordinary is one of the draws of loving literature.

Roots of California Bohemia Lurk in a Hollywood Alley

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 10.27.2013 | Books
Lionel Rolfe

Maybe a block or so away from Paramount Pictures, deep in Hollywood, there's a short alley, La Vista Court, which is a real nexus of California bohemianism. It contains an unusual building with a bas relief of the great, bohemian writer Jack London.

Interview With Critically Acclaimed Author, Alan Kaufman

Lisa Chau | Posted 03.25.2014 | Books
Lisa Chau

Alan Kaufman, the Bronx-born son of a French-Jewish Holocaust survivor, is author of the critically acclaimed memoirs Jew Boy and Drunken Angel. Kaufman's writings are subversive articulations of extreme outsiderness.

Genesis Deflowered: 50 Shades of the Bible

Jeremy Bent | Posted 10.22.2013 | Books
Jeremy Bent

While sex and religion both are now acceptable for dinner conversation, imagine a book that would cause a chorus of indignant gasps during the main course. Genesis Deflowered, a new book that smashes sex and religion together, fits that description nicely.

The Casual Versatility of Some Hardworking Writers

Dave Astor | Posted 10.15.2013 | Books
Dave Astor

And literature's MVP (Most Versatile Producer) is... Actually, I'm not sure. But any author who can write very different types of novels deserves an award.

Lalo Is the Word, Puerto Rico His Nation

Monica Gutierrez | Posted 08.13.2013 | Arts
Monica Gutierrez

Eduardo Lalo's selection as this year's recipient of the prestigious Rómulo Gallegos International Novel Prize is an event of transcendental signific...

Novels With or Without Flashbacks

Dave Astor | Posted 10.08.2013 | Books
Dave Astor

When it comes to literature, there are many contrasts -- including "literary" novels vs. mass-market ones, long-ago classics vs. modern fiction and chronological novels vs. non-chronological ones.

We Will Be Fooled Again: The Strange Pleasures of Narrative Trickery

Evan Gottlieb | Posted 10.05.2013 | Books
Evan Gottlieb

For readers, the pleasures of the unreliable narrator seem to lie primarily in the challenges they offer our critical and interpretive faculties. Can we figure out the narrator's trustworthiness (or lack of it) before the other characters do?

Sex and the Novelist

Warren Adler | Posted 09.25.2013 | Books
Warren Adler

When I first began writing novels, I used to think a lot about sex. It was, of course, before everything changed.

Would Naguib Mahfouz Oppose the Military Coup in Egypt?

Alparslan Akkuş | Posted 09.23.2013 | World
Alparslan Akkuş

As a citizen of a country that had to live through five coup d'états and military memorandums in last five decades, I advise my Egyptian friends to beware of any type of military rule. A day will come when a new generation of writers grown up on Naguib Mahfouz's books will tell the story of today's coup.

Praise for Annie Rachele Lanzillotto's Writing

Michael Carosone | Posted 09.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

I had the privilege of attending one of Annie Rachele Lanzillotto's events for her two new books: her memoir, L Is for Lion: An Italian Bronx Butch Fr...

Unlike Rowling, They Were Denied Literary Fame

Dave Astor | Posted 09.18.2013 | Books
Dave Astor

J.K. Rowling tried to go under the radar by using a pen name for The Cuckoo's Calling, but many other great authors spent all or part of their careers involuntarily missing out on the literary cachet and cash they deserved.

Stranger in a Strange Land: a Malawian Experience and the Novel Vuto

A.J. Walkley | Posted 09.16.2013 | Books
A.J. Walkley

When I think back on my first impressions of Malawi, Africa, setting foot in the country as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in 2007, I always come back t...

How Naguib Mahfouz's Fiction Illuminates the Egyptian Revolution

Shaj Mathew | Posted 09.15.2013 | Books
Shaj Mathew

In this 1967 novel, Mahfouz's characters grapple with the aftermath of a different revolution: the political and economic idealism of Gamal Abdel Nasser's policy of "Arab Socialism."

The Faithful Shopper: Best for Books

Faith Hope Consolo | Posted 09.09.2013 | New York
Faith Hope Consolo

It's been a couple of years since I've written about the independent bookseller scene - and thank the literary gods, it's as strong as ever! Between t...

Thomas Jefferson and Our Ancestral Tabbed Browser

Kimann Schultz | Posted 09.10.2013 | Technology
Kimann Schultz

Thomas Jefferson would no doubt have delighted in trying out my Mac and been eager to set up for himself a personal email address, illustrative and concise, in the same way he crafted his own epitaph, text bytes first carved into stone.

Autocorrect Fails And The History Of Literature

Alfie Bown | Posted 09.03.2013 | UK Tech
Alfie Bown

A popular entertainment on the Internet is the 'autocorrect fail' compilation, capitalizing on the tendency of smart phones to automatically 'correct' otherwise innocuous text messages into absurd and often obscene nonsense.

What if We Were All Poets?

Matt Murrie | Posted 09.02.2013 | Impact
Matt Murrie

Caroline Slavin's question is a little tough to see, but that's ok; her words were crafted to be heard. Her thoughts are to be activated, not gazed upon.

The Future of English Literature and Humanities

Warren Adler | Posted 08.31.2013 | Books
Warren Adler

I am a proud, grateful and militant holder of a degree in English literature. It has enhanced and enriched my life in ways that have given me insight into the human condition.

When You Can't Read the Original, There's Always.... In Translation

Christopher Atamian | Posted 08.28.2013 | Books
Christopher Atamian

What (and how much) gets lost in translation? How does the translator operate the difficult task of rendering an author's words and stylistic choices into often completely different languages?

Through Arthur Kaye's Camera Lens

Lisa Chau | Posted 08.28.2013 | Arts
Lisa Chau

In Kaye's most recent project, he collaborated with Unbearable Books to produce photographs for PEN Award Winner, Steve Dalachinsky's revised and expanded book of poems, A Superintendent's Eyes.

Prelude to Independence

William E. White | Posted 08.25.2013 | Impact
William E. White

Can we -- Americans of the twenty-first century -- secure those Enlightenment ideals of self-government for ourselves? It is fitting that we pause now, during this "Prelude to Independence," and rededicate ourselves to this nation's humanities heritage.