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17 Unreliable Narrators In Literature

Posted 02.21.2013 | Books

"If you really want to hear about it..." opens Holden Caulfield's narration in J.D. Salinger's The Catcher In The Rye. Yet can we believe a word this ...

The Case For Libraries

Foz Meadows | Posted 04.17.2013 | Books
Foz Meadows

If someone too poor or otherwise unable to buy a specific product is given that product for free, has the product's creator lost a sale?

A Look at Hypocritical Characters in Literature

Dave Astor | Posted 04.16.2013 | Books
Dave Astor

One big reason why people read fiction is to feel strong emotions -- joy, surprise, anger, etc. And when it comes to anger, few literary experiences make our blood boil more than observing the actions of hypocritical protagonists.

Remembering A Broken Romance on Valentine's Day; Or How I Became A Writer

Andrew Lam | Posted 04.15.2013 | GPS for the Soul
Andrew Lam

What do you do when you graduate from Berkeley with a broken heart and a B.A. in biochemistry? You break your immigrant parents' hearts and become a w...

Some 'Difficult' Books Aren't as Difficult as We Think

Dave Astor | Posted 04.09.2013 | Books
Dave Astor

You know that dreaded nine-letter word describing certain novels. The word that makes literature students run screaming from classrooms and older readers tremble even when dressed warmly. Yes, the word is (gasp) "difficult"!

Tackling Abortion in YA Literature

A.J. Walkley | Posted 04.08.2013 | Books
A.J. Walkley

As a writer, I've always turned to the written word to piece together the ways of the world, and to better understand myself and others. I knew that in this matter, it would be no different -- I would write a book that got to the heart of a decision that polarizes so many of us.

I'm With Stupid: Joyce in China Bigger Than Hasselhoff in Germany

Todd Hartley | Posted 04.06.2013 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

I once read somewhere that James Joyce's novel Ulysses was the best book ever written, so a few years ago when I found an old copy for a dollar, I bought it.

Music in Literature

Dave Astor | Posted 04.02.2013 | Books
Dave Astor

People who love both fiction and music might waffle Hamlet-like about whether to enjoy a book or some tunes in their free time. But there's a way to combine both!

Jane Austen and Zombies: Old Novels, New Insights

Evan Gottlieb | Posted 03.31.2013 | Books
Evan Gottlieb

As bookshelves (and e-readers) continue to groan with knock-offs of Seth Grahame-Smith's knock-off, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, it seems worth asking: are zombies and ninjas the only way to make the novels of previous centuries relevant again?

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.