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Jaipur Literature Festival: Day 3

Aayush Soni | Posted 01.28.2013 | Arts
Aayush Soni

Crowds, controversies and chaos. That, in a nutshell, was day three of the Jaipur Literature Festival. It kicked off at 10 in the morning with political psychologist Ashis Nandy's remark about India's backward classes being flamboyant in their corrupt ways.

Poetic Justice: Sharon Olds wins TS Eliot Prize for Poetry (VIDEO)

Crane.tv | Posted 03.20.2013 | Arts
Crane.tv

Heartbreak inspires art; make no mistake. Not always quality but certainly quantity. Many words are thrown at the subject, but only a small group of ...

Why Sequels Are Sometimes Superior

Dave Astor | Posted 03.19.2013 | Books
Dave Astor

Some sequels are better than the first novel, and some are worse. Why? The sequel to that question will consist of several answers in this post, along with examples of sequels that did or did not surpass the original book.

What Are America's Best Bookstores?

Travel + Leisure | Posted 03.19.2013 | Travel
Travel + Leisure

These 6 indie shops are definitely worth a visit.

The One and Only Charlotte's Web (VIDEO)

Monica Edinger | Posted 03.16.2013 | Books
Monica Edinger

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When Beer Inspires Poetry

John Lundberg | Posted 03.15.2013 | Arts
John Lundberg

Just thinking about beer, it seems, encourages me to write nonsensical phrases like "mmmmCREAMYIPA!" and, no, I wasn't drinking when I wrote that.

Katniss Everdeen vs. Anna Karenina: A Catfight Long in the Making

Lisa De Bode | Posted 03.13.2013 | Women
Lisa De Bode

Marrying Mr. Right appears as important today as ever, or so Hollywood would have us believe. But by redefining what "He" looks like, Collins offered a welcome diversion from this paradigm

The Wisdom and Creativity of the Elders in Art and Science

David Galenson | Posted 03.11.2013 | Arts
David Galenson

The psychologists who specialize in the study of creativity are virtually unanimous: the old may be wise, but only the young are creative. These scholars are wrong. Wisdom not only can be the very source of creativity: it has been for many of our greatest innovators.

Sexism vs. The Costa Prize

Foz Meadows | Posted 03.06.2013 | Books
Foz Meadows

If a female writer makes the claim that the literary establishment is predominantly male-centric on account of sexism, and your response is to claim that women are both inherently less interesting and worse writers than men, then congratulations! You are being sexist.

What Classics Will Our Century Produce?

Warren Adler | Posted 03.06.2013 | Books
Warren Adler

Will 21st century authors produce any classics? As the number of books of fiction produced each year approaches staggering numbers, classics bookshelves must find themselves frustrated in their search for the needle in the proverbial haystack.

Have Fictional Characters, Will Travel

Dave Astor | Posted 03.02.2013 | Books
Dave Astor

Even if you couldn't afford to visit another country this holiday season, characters in literature have been crossing national borders for centuries.

NRA Says Hansel and Gretel Should Have Had Guns

Jalees Rehman, M.D. | Posted 02.21.2013 | Comedy
Jalees Rehman, M.D.

The National Rifle-Manufacturer Association (NRA) held a press conference in Washington, D.C. to offer "meaningful contributions" in the debate about education reform.

Whatever Happened to 'Books'?

Warren Adler | Posted 02.19.2013 | Books
Warren Adler

We are going through a period where such books are getting lost in the crowded corridors of our commercial enterprises. Despite this, such books will continue to be written by those who must tell these stories, and read by those who hunger to read them.

Common Core: The Death of Literature? Hardly

Stephen Chiger | Posted 02.18.2013 | Education
Stephen Chiger

Literature is irreplaceable; it enables teachers to develop skills that other types of writing don't. And since it's on the hot seat, it's time those of us who love teaching literature got clearer about exactly why we do.

Author Canons With One Highlight, or Many

Dave Astor | Posted 02.12.2013 | Books
Dave Astor

Much larger is the group of authors whose next-best books are nearly as stellar as their top ones. At the risk of sounding obvious, I think there are more authors with several great works in them than there are authors who write only one novel for the ages.

China, Mo Yan and the Nobel: Truth and Consequences

Susan D. Blum | Posted 02.12.2013 | World
Susan D. Blum

Censorship in China is widely known and lamented. Chinese literature has a long history of what Emily Dickinson's poem alluded to: Tell all the Truth but tell it slant. It's possible that Mo Yan chooses "not to speak" about the political situation directly, but to tell it slant.

No More 'Catcher In The Rye'

Posted 12.14.2012 | Education

Concern is growing among teachers and parents that literary classics will go the way of the dinosaurs under a set of new national curricular standards...

Finding the 'American' Kahlil Gibran: Renée Moorad and the ADC Commemorative Stamp Campaign

Todd Fine | Posted 02.04.2013 | Impact
Todd Fine

With increasing interest in the historical connections between the United States and the Arab world as a result of the politics of our time, there seemingly is a new push to expand knowledge about Gibran and possibly ground him in an American setting.

riscilla Gilman on Embracing the Strengths of a Special Needs Child

Harriet Cabelly | Posted 02.03.2013 | Parents
Harriet Cabelly

I always saw all the therapies and special support not as a race to fix or cure him, not as tools in an arsenal as if I was fighting a battle against autism, but rather, "I want to get to know my son better, I want to understand him so I can love him better and be a better mother to him."

Another Surprising Secret to Great Novels

Jeff Klima | Posted 02.01.2013 | Books
Jeff Klima

"If your book ain't wrote with ease, it's weak on the wet, brown breeze." You can thank me when you're prolific.

7 Great Things About Being a Writer (and Seven More That Suck)

Jason Pinter | Posted 01.30.2013 | Books
Jason Pinter

One time I got a package containing a tattered copy of my book along with a handwritten note. To a writer, this is like going up to a stranger and telling them that a) they could use some plastic surgery, and b) you'd like to perform it yourself.

Advice From David Sedaris

Alina Kulesh | Posted 01.30.2013 | Books
Alina Kulesh

Sedaris had everyone in the entire theatre shaking in their seats and rapidly dying of uncontrollable laughter. I could see it then, a headline reading "American Humor Writer Kills Palm Desert Retirees."

The Poetry Of Travel

Peter Mandel | Posted 01.28.2013 | Travel
Peter Mandel

Poetry. Poetry and travel. Do they go together? Are they secret lovers -- or at least good pals?

Etgar Keret on How Writing Saved Janet Frame

Electric Literature | Posted 01.26.2013 | Books
Electric Literature

Where does the need to make up a story come from? I think that every time I've ever read a story, that question echoes in my mind.

Sometimes a Girl Just Needs to Read

Rachael Berkey | Posted 01.26.2013 | Books
Rachael Berkey

Don't take offense when I disappear. I just need to hang out in some make believe for a while, that's all.