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PHOTOS: 7 Impossible But Awesome Romantic Author Pairings

John J. Healey | Posted 06.30.2013 | Books
John J. Healey

As someone whose heroes are almost exclusively literary, it is hard to describe the emotions I felt discovering the love affair that occurred in the summer and fall of 1851 between Emily Dickinson and Herman Melville.

First Kisses of Rock + Lit

Tamsin Smith | Posted 06.22.2013 | Arts
Tamsin Smith

Radio Silence is full of great writers chronicling musically-induced epiphanies and musicians recounting ecstasies bred by verse and prose. Fans of both will feel giddy at this blurring of the lines between artist and audience.

What Common Core Curriculum Misses

David Chura | Posted 06.22.2013 | Impact
David Chura

It makes me sad to see the education of the heart -- the real core of any worthwhile English curriculum -- gutted for the sake of global competition, and to see teachers once again take the hit for "dummied down" education.

Death Claims a Phenom Much Too Soon: A Tribute to Essex Hemphill

Wyatt O'Brian Evans | Posted 06.12.2013 | Gay Voices
Wyatt O'Brian Evans

Do you remember Mr. Essex Hemphill? Well, I certainly do--particularly every April 16, the date of his birth. He would've turned 56 this year.

The Librotraficante Creed: A Poem

Tony_Diaz | Posted 06.12.2013 | Latino Voices
Tony_Diaz

Celebrate National Poetry Month Read poems. Write Poems. Defend freedom of speech & critical thinking. Work By Tony Diaz, El Librotraficante...

The Thing About David Shields and Renata Adler Is...

Peter Finocchiaro | Posted 06.09.2013 | Books
Peter Finocchiaro

Anybody who's kept up with my blog (sup, Mom) knows that I've been reading a little bit of David Shields lately. What you don't know is how totally his books have bowled me over.

The Great Gatsby: But First, a Word From Viagra

Marie Woolf | Posted 06.05.2013 | Entertainment
Marie Woolf

What's not a great literary secret is that depending, as usual, on whether you're, say, a Robert Redford (1974 version) or Leonard DiCaprio (2013 version) fan, Hollywood has never yet done justice to The Great Gatsby.

Jews Reveal Our Secrets to Controlling the Banks (VIDEO)

Nato Green | Posted 06.03.2013 | San Francisco
Nato Green

To get the Jewish side of the story, I paid a visit to the Purim carnival at the San Francisco Jewish Community Center to hear from Jews in their natural habitat.

7 Highly Anticipated Fiction Reads

Vogue | Posted 05.28.2013 | Books
Vogue

In contemporary Maine, a teenage boy's racially-charged prank prompts his New York attorney uncles to converge on the town of their youth in Elizabeth Strout's latest, The Burgess Boys, but it's the sister who never left who understands alienation best.

Reading Without Books

Michael Molina | Posted 05.28.2013 | Comedy
Michael Molina

It's the end of March and by now you've realized that reading is for stooges and jerks. But when it comes to impressing strangers having a book with you still takes the cake. That's what people who read call a Catch 22 and people who don't read call "a curious dilemma."

Women's History Month Spotlight: Advice From the 19th Century, on Loneliness and Doubt, Horses, Vacuum Cleaners and the Nature of Time

Carole DeSanti | Posted 05.28.2013 | Books
Carole DeSanti

In honor of women's history month and to celebrate the paperback publication of The Unruly Passions of Eugénie R., I arranged an interview with Eugénie R. herself (heretofore known only as my fictional character) to find out how this 19th century woman feels about our 21st century world.

The Books of Our Lives

Rachael Berkey | Posted 05.26.2013 | Books
Rachael Berkey

The books that change our lives. It sounds like the dramatic segue into the credits of a soap opera, but it's kind of true right? There are those books that change the way you see the world, a person or yourself that stay with you forever.

Simon & Schuster vs. Barnes & Noble

Terence Clarke | Posted 05.25.2013 | Books
Terence Clarke

The current dispute between the book retailer Barnes & Noble and the publisher Simon & Schuster has caused much handwringing and worry. But the dispute is one that has visited all changing industries fighting a rear-guard action against newer, more visionary competition.

Let's Re-Learn How to Read for the Common Core

Stephen Chiger | Posted 05.23.2013 | College
Stephen Chiger

The Common Core is a reminder of the credo literature professors live by. Language is the building block of great sentences, great paragraphs, great chapters, and great books. We cannot take it for granted.

Difference and Deliverance in the Digital Age

Ruth Starkman | Posted 05.20.2013 | Books
Ruth Starkman

The Deliverance of Others offers political and aesthetic reflections on the global age and interrogates received conceptions of rationality, the family, the body, and human capacities for emotional connection.

Michael Deibert's Haiti Bookshelf

Michael Deibert | Posted 03.18.2013 | Impact
Michael Deibert

Despite its image of relentless poverty and political unrest, Haiti is the most beguiling and charming of destinations for foreign observers, but also one of the most maddeningly complex.

Ayana Mathis, Author of the Bestselling Novel The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, on How She Reacted When Oprah Winfrey Called

Brad Listi | Posted 05.18.2013 | Books
Brad Listi

Here's an excerpt from Episode 157, my conversation with Ayana Mathis, author of the bestselling novel The Twelve Tribes of Hattie. It was hand-selected by Oprah Winfrey as an official pick of Oprah's Book Club 2.0.

When a Nice Jewish Author Reads a Christian Novel

Amy Sue Nathan | Posted 05.12.2013 | Books
Amy Sue Nathan

I'm not suggesting every Jewish person read a novel published by a Christian publisher, but I am thinking if you see or hear of a book of any kind that is a little outside your ordinary, try it. You might find it's something very familiar.

Lenore Zion, Novelist and Sex Therapist, on How a Wild Night in High School Helped to Inspire Her New Book, Stupid Children

Brad Listi | Posted 05.11.2013 | Books
Brad Listi

Here's an excerpt from Episode 155, my conversation with Lenore Zion, an author who also works as a sex therapist.

How Viral Is Social Media?

Greg Jacobs | Posted 05.07.2013 | College
Greg Jacobs

This may sound a little absolutist, but at the end of the day, who is really controlling what you post online? Is that ironic music video your status because you actually enjoy it, or is it online because you want people to see how funny you are?

'Birds of Paradise Lost': A Conversation With Author Andrew Lam

Andrew Lam | Posted 05.05.2013 | Books
Andrew Lam

EDITOR'S NOTE: New America Media editor Andrew Lam has made his name as a journalist, but in his newest book, his past as a Vietnamese refugee reverbe...

'Fish Out of Water' and Into the Pages of Books

Dave Astor | Posted 04.30.2013 | Books
Dave Astor

Readers -- many of whom have been "fish out of water" themselves during vacations or after moving to new towns (or countries) -- can compare their own real-life experiences with the fictional ones depicted by authors.

London's Most Literate Pubs

Viator | Posted 04.29.2013 | Travel
Viator

Dickens mentions the Spaniards in his novel The Pickwick Papers, Bram Stoker names it in Dracula and Keats allegedly wrote Ode to a Nightingale in the garden.

Tripping Over a Great Read

Rachael Berkey | Posted 04.27.2013 | Books
Rachael Berkey

How do books come into your life, reader? Are you a browser of Amazon? A wanderer of bookstores? A receiver of bookish care packages from well-meaning family members?

Sh*t Rough Drafts Creates Funny Twist On Classic Books

Posted 02.22.2013 | Books

Even Moses had trouble when he began writing The Book of Genesis. That is, according to Paul Laudiero's hilarious tumblr, 'Shit Rough Drafts.' In ...