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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.

Lunch Date Dilemma: Little Black Book of Scientists or Little Colorful Book of Sci-lit?

Dr Layla McCay | Posted 08.25.2013 | Science
Dr Layla McCay

Is science literature an essential tool for democratizing research, or is it a relic of a pre-internet age?

Literature in Literature

Dave Astor | Posted 08.20.2013 | Books
Dave Astor

Literature in literature happens more often than we might think, and it's an effective device. We get a sense of a character's tastes, which helps open a window into her or his psyche and intellect. Heck, people who love books are usually smart and curious.

Building a Better Book Club

Evan Gottlieb | Posted 08.19.2013 | Books
Evan Gottlieb

If you can't get people in a book club to talk about literature in a sustained and involved way, where can you hope for a good literary discussion outside a classroom?

The Tattooed Soldier

Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre | Posted 08.17.2013 | Books
Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre

Recently I was invited by the California Writers Club to attend a talk at their Long Beach location. This club was founded in 1909, is one of the olde...

Accidental Food Writing: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Food Riot | Posted 08.17.2013 | Taste
Food Riot

Come for the story, stay for the food.

What My Father and I Love to Share

Helene Cohen Bludman | Posted 08.14.2013 | Fifty
Helene Cohen Bludman

If I am my father's daughter, it is because we can lose ourselves, and find ourselves, in great literature.

Thinking of Whoever Sewed My Drawers

Jarid Manos | Posted 08.07.2013 | Black Voices
Jarid Manos

With the catastrophic clothing factory collapse in Bangladesh, I'd read about the question of why making clothes wasn't more automated, and somebody saying, "Nothing beats human hands."

Our Naked Lives: Essays From Gay Italian American Men

Michael Carosone | Posted 08.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

My book is a continuation of my work on giving voices to marginalized peoples, groups, and communities. The theme that stitches all of the essays together to create a colorful tapestry is the intersection of sexuality and ethnicity.

Reading for Pleasure

Maria Rodale | Posted 08.07.2013 | Books
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Maya Rodale, author of smart and sassy romance novels The New York Times recently published the sort of article that made me snort...

Read This? Drink That

Rachael Berkey | Posted 08.05.2013 | Books
Rachael Berkey

Give one of these three books a try and see if they spark your tastebuds the way that they spark mine. I'd be surprised if you're not at the supermarket by page 50.

Composites: German Language and 'Things Fall Apart'

Jalees Rehman, M.D. | Posted 07.29.2013 | Books
Jalees Rehman, M.D.

I read Things Fall Apart to find my past, but it defined my future. It helped me recognize the beauty of the English language and prepared me for life in a way that no book had ever done before.

For Afghanistan With Love: An Interview With Khaled Hosseini

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 07.28.2013 | Books
Ilana Teitelbaum

Emotional intensity and hardship are hallmarks of Khaled Hosseini's novels of Afghanistan, and his third novel, And the Mountains Echoed is no exception.

Sanctification Through Words: Joy Williams's 99 Stories of God

K. Tyler Christensen | Posted 07.14.2013 | Books
K. Tyler Christensen

On my first day at Tin House (and during cocktail hour), I anxiously asked Williams what she was reading/what I should be reading. Don DeLillo's Point Omega, she told me.