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Art & the Tyranny of the New

Steven Crandell | Posted 11.06.2014 | Arts
Steven Crandell

I think it's time to create a market for art that deepens the spirit, not makes it shallower, a market to encourage art that taps into wisdom and truth that has lasted for generations, eons, as long as memory has served humanity.

WWKD? In Banned Books Week? He'd Celebrate Reading!

Pat LaMarche | Posted 11.17.2014 | Books
Pat LaMarche

Welcome to the Monkey House was first published by Playboy Magazine. Playboy's published countless controversial stories by likewise provocative authors. In spite of this literary contribution, or perhaps because of it, the pinup publication has faced censorship around the world.

More Die of Heartbreak: Chuckie Campbell Rhymes Again

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 04.08.2014 | Entertainment
Marcel Hidalgo

What's different about this rapper compared to others? He is also a professor who teaches English at Bryant & Stratton College in Buffalo, NY. Hence, what he brings to the plate of hip-hop is his love for the intellect.

Of Mice and Memories

David Sable | Posted 09.28.2013 | Media
David Sable

So alter the mice -- let's help cure disease -- but let's also take the opportunity to stop for a moment and reflect on what a memory is and isn't, and how we'd like to remember and be remembered.

What It Was Like To Be Saul Bellow's Son

Posted 04.23.2013 | Books

The following is an excerpt from Saul Bellow's Heart: A Son's Memoir. The book is written by Bellow's firstborn son, Greg Bellow. The memoir displays ...

Bellow By Way of Bellow

Tom Teicholz | Posted 06.20.2013 | Books
Tom Teicholz

That children of the famous write memoirs is common; that they have insight is less so. This comes to mind because on April 25, Writers Bloc presents "Saul Bellow & The Holocaust: Gregory Bellow With Rabbi David Wolpe," on the occasion of the publication of Saul Bellow's Heart: A Son's Memoir.

Philip Roth: Unmasked

Francis Levy | Posted 05.18.2013 | Entertainment
Francis Levy

The film is more about Roth's work than his personal life, though Roth does describe his first marriage as being "lurid" and "derailing" him.

Chaim Potok's Asher Lev Still Lives

Thane Rosenbaum | Posted 05.07.2013 | New York
Thane Rosenbaum

Did I mention that he is a Hasidic Jew? Asher Lev makes Matisyahu look like beat-boxing was never meant for anything more racy than a bar mitzvah.

Literature As Legacy: Writing Across The Generational Divide

Laura Paull | Posted 04.25.2012 | San Francisco
Laura Paull

Literature as a creator of dialogues that deepen and explore the dynamic between different generations is a theme of a multi-day event at the San Francisco Jewish Community Center his weekend, through Tuesday, Feb. 28.

Behind the Scenes at the Chicago Literary Awards

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 01.01.2012 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

It is wonderful to live in a city so rich of history, so rich of character, so rich of talent and art. But do we celebrate it enough?

Q&A With Nicole Krauss, Author of Great House and The History of Love

Elana Estrin | Posted 11.15.2011 | Books
Elana Estrin

While studying art history in graduate school, novelist Nicole Krauss spent hours in the library researching Rembrandt, only to find that she preferred imagining the details of his life instead.

Top 10 Tales Of Americans In Europe

guardian.co.uk | Esi Edugyan | Posted 09.12.2011 | Books

From Henry James to James Baldwin, the novelist chooses the best books exploring the New World's romance with 'that dazzling, elusive, imaginary place...

Classic Celebrity Memoirs And Their Contemporary Counterparts

flavorwire.com | Posted 09.11.2011 | Books

"Everybody needs his memories," Saul Bellow once wrote. "They keep the wolf of insignificance from the door." These days, the same can be true of fame...

A Catalog Of Dirty Words Used In "The New Yorker"

The Awl | Elon Green @ 1:30 Pm | Posted 07.31.2011 | Books

Famous story, here recounted by The Daily News: Harold Brodkey used to tell the tale of how legendary New Yorker magazine editor William Shawn hand...

Nakba Is in the Eyes of the Beholder

David Suissa | Posted 07.18.2011 | World
David Suissa

Perhaps the biggest disaster is the inability of the Arab world to see the Jewish state as anything but a cursed presence. Call me a cynic, but I don't think peace has a chance when Arabs still see the birth of Israel as a Nakba.

Larry Rivers After Crossing His Delaware

Barbara Probst Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Barbara Probst Solomon

Larry was intellectual, literary, and one of the most brainy artists of his generation, but there was always the feeling in the art world that the more intellectual the artist, the less talented the painter.

The Real Thing: Saul Bellow Off the Record

David Galenson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
David Galenson

Bellow's recently published Letters give us a generous sampling of the literary judgments of a great writer, with private assessments of his own work -- as well as that of others.

Chicago Literary Hall of Fame's First Induction Ceremony Honors Our Greatest Writers

Donald G. Evans | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Donald G. Evans

It was like any party, I guess, except this was a party for dead people. Six dead people. Six dead writers.

Huffington Post Readers' Picks

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Last week, to celebrate the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, we published "8 Favorite Fictional Jewish Characters In Books". Readers responded in drove...

In Praise of Woody Allen

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Where his films once excited a certain keenness, I often read reviews of a new Woody Allen film these days that convey the attitude of, "Oh, give it a rest already."

A New Yorker Looks at Our Mosque Dilemma

Barbara Probst Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Barbara Probst Solomon

I'm also discouraged when some of my fellow liberals behave with wanton naiveté, and indeed callousness, in brushing aside as irrelevant the pain of the families of the 3,000 people killed on 9/11.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Mosques

John Feffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Feffer

For me, the issue is a no-brainer. The center promotes inter-religious and intercultural dialogue, which is precisely what we need more of to prevent future attacks.

Random House, Macmillan Rage Against Amazon's Deal With Agent Andrew Wylie

The Guardian | Alison Flood | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

NEW YORK — (AP) It's war between Random House Inc. and a top literacy agency. Random House, the country's leading trade publisher, announced Th...

Andrew Wylie eBooks: The Literary Agent Will Publish Updike, Bellow, Roth And Others Through Amazon

AP | HILLEL ITALIE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

NEW YORK — It's war between Random House Inc. and a top literacy agency. Random House, the country's leading trade publisher, announced Thursda...

The Dying Art Of Letter Writing

The Guardian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Loquacious letters and epistolary exchanges between authors are falling by the wayside in the digital age -- and readers and literary estates are all ...