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Trying to Corner the Past

Robert Whitcomb | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
Robert Whitcomb

The suburban office parks that started to go up in the 1950s in the golden age of the automobile and cheap gasoline, are, like suburban malls and big-box stores, generally boring and sterile places, with forgettable knock-off Modernist or Post-Modernist architecture and vast parking lots. Most have not aged well.

5 Terrifyingly Treacherous Hosts In Literature

James Heffernan | Posted 07.27.2014 | Books
James Heffernan

Macbeth is surely one of the worst hosts ever dreamed up by a playwright, but he has plenty of company in literature as a whole.

"Monsieur Ambivalence: A Post-Literate Fable", by Thomas Fuller, With Two "Ambivalent" Poems by Joan Gelfand and Claire Rubin

Renate Stendhal, Ph.D. | Posted 06.14.2014 | Books
Renate Stendhal, Ph.D.

You may remember the bestseller by Alain de Botton, How Reading Proust Can Change Your Life. Maybe your life did change. Maybe you set out to final...

Silence Once Begun: a Talk With Jesse Ball

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 04.13.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Jesse Ball's new novel Silence Once Begun has just been released by Pantheon. His three previous novels are The Way Through Doors, Samedi the Deafness and Curfew. He's also written several works of verse.

Marcel Proust's Guide to Infinity

John Hennessy | Posted 06.03.2013 | Books
John Hennessy

The fact of Proust's poems will be news to many, the number and quality of them yet another surprise. Astonishing to virtually all of us, though, comes the revelation that Proust spent much of his life trying to decide whether he was a poet or a prose writer.

The Truth About Proust's Madeleine

The Huffington Post | Joe Satran | Posted 02.27.2013 | Taste

The synopsis we have in our minds is all wrong.

Juliann Garey on the Nature of Memory and Sex in a Bipolar World

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 01.16.2013 | Books
Robert David Jaffee

No, he is a man who is spiraling into a vortex of delusion, mania and depression. But the book is about more than mental illness. It is a meditation on memory, its hopscotch, recursive nature and the extent to which forgiveness is possible for the memory-deprived.

Literature on Love

Kara King | Posted 11.20.2012 | Teen
Kara King

As a "bookie," I'm constantly reading. When I need an answer, I turn to my fictional favorites. Today, I look to books for answers on the most written-about topic in the history of mankind, love itself.

Common Memory Quirk Tied To Mental Illness

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| Posted 05.24.2012 | Science

Lia Kvavilashvili sat in her office at the University of Hertfordshire, mentally reviewing a study she had recently published. She knew that there was...

Better than Twinkies, Madeleines

Miranda Levenstein | Posted 03.25.2012 | Food
Miranda Levenstein

All of the senses can evoke memories. But it's when taste brings my past to the present that I am most profoundly affected. That's what happened with my bite of the Twink. And that's also all it took for me to toss the pack in the trash.

Cuba: Music to Remember and Music to Forget

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 03.11.2012 | World
Yoani Sanchez

This week we've enjoyed one of the many festivals of trova music that have begun, this time, in Santa Clara province.

Summertime Book Blues

Lev Raphael | Posted 10.26.2011 | Books
Lev Raphael

I used to put books aside especially for the summer, knowing I'd have more time and feel more relaxed, less stressed, more open to the long loving voyage with an accomplished author at the helm.

Monty Python's Terry Jones -- Renaissance Man

Carole Mallory | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Carole Mallory

Whether taking on Chaucer, challenging Ireland's most doggedly held beliefs of the Middle Ages, or having a child out of wedlock with a woman more than half his age, Terry Jones is not afraid to take on the establishment.

No Time?

The Guardian | John Crace | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Lolita. Light of my life. Lo. Li. Ta Very Much. If you wonder where my peculiar interests came from, I should have to say it started when I was 13 wit...

Nobel Prize Snubs In Literature

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Since 1901, the Nobel Committee has honored outstanding individuals in the fields of science, peace and literature with a medal, personal diploma, cas...

Twain, Salinger, Kafka ...

guardian.co.uk | Nicholas Royle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Their writings help us see in different and remarkable ways the extent to which literature and telephones are in cahoots. When the phone starts ringin...

The Hare With Amber Eyes Has History, Mystery, Society, Hitler And More: Something For Everyone

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

It's curious that Edward de Waal, author of the most exquisite memoir you're likely to read this year isn't a writer. He's a potter, said to be one of the best in England, and Professor of Ceramics at the University of Westminster.

13 Books Nobody's Read But Says They Have (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Gabe Habash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Books are a funny thing. For hundreds of years, reading has been considered one of the highest forms of enlightenment. Because of the meaning and valu...

Off the C(H)uff: Jennifer Egan Talks About A Visit From the Goon Squad

Patricia Zohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Patricia Zohn

2010-07-27-eganoutside.jpg It's summer. Some people are reading Larsson or re-reading Proust. Instead, I spent last week curled up with Jennifer Egan.

ON MOTHER'S DAY OR ANY DAY: Cinnamon Buns in the Morning

Cheryl Carlesimo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food
Cheryl Carlesimo

ON MOTHER'S DAY OR ANY DAY Cinnamon Buns in the Morning Everyone thinks that their mother is the best cook in the world. My mother, Lucy, had to be a...

The 5 Most Reclusive Authors Of The 20th Century: In Defense Of Privacy

Flavorwire | Caroline Stanley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

In an age where widespread self promotion (and in many cases, oversharing) is just 140 characters away, the idea of a reclusive author seems both coun...

New York Review: The Collected Stories Of Lydia Davis

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The New York Review Of Books Dan Chiasson The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis by Lydia Davis Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 733 pp., $30.00 1. Lydia ...

Damion Searls: A Thoreau Journal for Writers & Moderns (AUDIO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Christopher Lydon

Damion Searls has found and freed the lean, shapely and modern American classic inside the very definition of a "baggy monster." Henry David Thoreau'...

In Sartre's Words. The Day Proust and Joyce Met. The Death of François Baudot

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

His name was François Baudot. He was an old friend I scarcely saw in the last months, but whose suicide at the age of 60 moves me deeply.

Avatar: Pandora Is in the Eye of the Beholder

Eliezer Sobel | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Eliezer Sobel

Certain Avatar viewers are leaving the movie depressed at their inability to access a world as spiritual and beautiful as Pandora. The problem is not Earth, but rather these viewers.