Mary Beard: Women in Power
167 years ago today, Ticknor, Reed & Fields published The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic novel of repentance and slut-shaming. But actually, this isn’t about The Scarlet Letter—it’s about one of the most fascinating friendships in literature....read more
We're showing off our badass literary tattoos right next to the text that inspired them. Share yours in the comments or on social at #textandtats. Source: 12 Badass Literary Tattoos (With The Books That Inspired...read more
Fidel Castro’s recent death has stirred up old memories of the many ways he antagonized members of the American establishment, from Dwight D. Eisenhower to George W. Bush, for decades. But there’s another famous American well known to Castro, who only reluctantly...read more
JACKSON, Miss. — Shooting has begun in Mississippi on a new documentary about legendary author William Faulkner — the first ever authorized by his estate.It’s a documentary that might not have happened if Faulkner’s estate hadn’t decided to sue, alleging filmmaker...read more
was in my early 20s when I first read Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson. It was a summer day on my family’s mountain acreage in rural northern Idaho. I wandered up into the woods and settled down on some brown pine needles. My back against a tree, my sister’s goats...read more
It’s an interesting relationship that book lovers have with the Internet: most would rather read a physical book than something on an iPad or Kindle, and even though an Amazon purchase is just two or three clicks away, dedicated readers would rather take a trip to...read more
“This book serves as a testament to how a translation can bring alive a work of brilliant prose by keeping intact vivid images that in case of this book are surgically mindful of complex cultural nuances. Farideh Razi’s depiction of the classically ingrained ideas and...read more
VIS & I is an interior monologue during a harrowing cab ride through the streets of Tehran as Pardis rushes to the airport to stop her lover from leaving. Multiple narrative threads and flashbacks, real and imaginary voices—primarily that of Vis, the heroine of...read more
Beginning with a canary and ending with a warning from Eurydice, Under-Worldly gives poetic voice to the subterranean. This hybrid poetry collection examines what lies beneath, moving from water pipes in Michigan, to Colorado boomtown mines or to the emotional...read more
The voice of Martha LongFoot takes readers west of Florida’s Suwannee River on a journey of trial and redemption that spans the Jazz Age and Jim Crow, from the comfortable suburbs of New York to the lawless work camps of Florida’s primeval forest.“Darryl Wimberley’s A...read more
A new book brings together Steve McCurry’s photos of readers, spanning 30 countries. From a steelworks in Serbia to a classroom in Kashmir, they reveal the power of the printed word. Source: BBC - Culture - Striking photos of readers around the...read more
As one of Canada's foremost Indigenous authors and storytellers, Richard Wagamese has been a professional writer since 1979. His body of work includes six novels, a book of poetry and five non-fiction titles, including two memoirs and an anthology of his newspaper...read more
A seventh-grader I know slipped a copy of Substitute from my bag and buried her nose in it through an entire restaurant dinner with her parents. When I retrieved the book, I asked what she thought. “The writer does a good job of communicating how despicable he thinks...read more
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In most college-level literature courses, you find students dissecting small portions of literary classics: Shakespeare’s soliloquies, Joyce’s stream of consciousness and Hemingway’s staccato sentences. No doubt, there is so much that can be learned about a writer,...read more
The New York Antiquarian Book Fair just left town after three days of bibliomania in the Park Avenue Armory. The affair is a singular event: more than 200 booksellers from the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA) and the International League of...read more
To celebrate the magazine’s ninety-second anniversary, we are introducing The New Yorker Poetry Bot, a new way to receive, read, listen to, and share poetry. Starting today, our poetry bot, available on Twitter and Facebook Messenger, will send out a poetry excerpt at...read more
The book is changing. Electronic books, or ebooks, are more portable than their paper counterparts, capable of being carried in their hundreds on a single reader or tablet. Thousands more are just a click away. It can be argued that ebooks are more robust than paper...read more
“Catch-22, by Joseph Heller, is not an entirely successful novel. It is not even a good novel. It is not even a good novel by conventional standards. But there can be no doubt that it is the strangest novel yet written about the United States Air Force in World War...read more
I love books. More than anything else. More than food. Shit, more than cleanliness. More than friends (sorry, everyone). I’d rather read about a city than visit it. I’d rather read a person’s work than converse with them. And sometimes, rather than read a book, I’d...read more
Download Influential Avant-Garde Magazines from the Early 20th Century: Dadaism, Surrealism, Futurism & More | Open Culture
“I’m tired of politics, I just want to talk about my art,” I sometimes hear artists—and musicians, actors, writers, etc.—say. And I sometimes see their fans say, “you should shut up about politics and just talk about your art.” Given the current onslaught of political...read more
Save the light reading for later. In 2017, dystopian fiction is all the rage.Gloomy classics depicting societies gone terribly wrong have shot to the top of best-seller lists like Amazon's in recent months, including George Orwell's "1984" and Margaret Atwood's "The...read more
“I gave up on making a happy ending in the true sense a long time ago,” the Japanese animator and film director Hayao Miyazaki told the novelist Ryu Murakami in 1988. Miyazaki, then 47 and still early in his stunning career with the animation studio, Studio Ghibli,...read more
Set up to reward “brave, bold and brilliant” small presses for taking risks on “niche fiction”, the inaugural Republic of Consciousness prize has been won by Fitzcarraldo for publishing Counternarratives by John Keene. Fitzcarraldo, a London-based independent...read more
Last week, Arkansas Representative Kim Hendren (R-92) introduced a bill that would ban the works of Howard Zinn —the late historian whose books examine history from the point of view of its victims — in public and charter schools. If HB 1834 is passed into law as is,...read more
“Suddenly it’s all about Norway. Everywhere.” Thus tweeted Pamela Paul, editor of the NY Times Book Review, a few weeks ago. Tomorrow, the Norwegian-American Literary Festival comes to New York, featuring the grand old man of Norwegian literature, Dag Solstad, and...read more
From James Joyce to W.B. Yeats, Ireland has been home to many of the most celebrated English-language authors. And, as this infographic shows, those authors have devoted a lot of their lines to evoking the beauty of Ireland. Read below to see how Joyce, Yeats, Heaney,...read more
My guess is that many, perhaps most writers—memoirists and journalists included— start as poets. Poetry certainly doesn’t need to become something else, but it may prove a decent training ground for innovative fiction more often than fiction proves a training ground...read more
In the US, most students are required to read To Kill a Mockingbird during their school years. This classic novel combines a moving coming-of-age story with big issues like racism and criminal injustice. Reading Mockingbird is such an integral part of the American...read more
VIS & I is an interior monologue during a harrowing cab ride through the streets of Tehran as Pardis rushes to the airport to stop her lover from leaving. Multiple narrative threads and flashbacks, real and imaginary voices—primarily that of Vis, the heroine of...
Beginning with a canary and ending with a warning from Eurydice, Under-Worldly gives poetic voice to the subterranean. This hybrid poetry collection examines what lies beneath, moving from water pipes in Michigan, to Colorado boomtown mines or to the emotional...
The voice of Martha LongFoot takes readers west of Florida’s Suwannee River on a journey of trial and redemption that spans the Jazz Age and Jim Crow, from the comfortable suburbs of New York to the lawless work camps of Florida’s primeval forest.“Darryl Wimberley’s A...
THE PROPHET is a book of 26 prose poetry essays written in English by the Lebanese artist, philosopher and writer Kahlil Gibran. It was originally published in 1923 by Alfred A. Knopf. It is Gibran's best known work. The Prophet has been translated into over 40...
“What more is there to know about Paul Bunyan? Plenty, from the logging camps of the late 1800’s to the start of mechanized tree harvesting–and the giant of a man who spanned it all. Darryl Wimberley’s narrative is no mere tall tale but a full-fledged novel, with...
“Is this Heaven’s cloud I sleep on is why my eyes see only white hazy shadows Are you saints floating here? Stop your flight, fair silent beings! Come closer so that I might know your strange faces!” The customized Cessna jet aircraft Sheila Stoffel is piloting...
Sherman Smith’s new novel, GOLDEN CITY ON FIRE, is a true pleasure to read. It is a thriller, written as if you were there – at the time of the Great San Francisco earthquake in 1906. It is as if you were suffering the fire and chaos, the heartbreak of such a tragedy....
Call Me Chameleon: The selective memory of a kaleidoscopic-eyed globetrotter, from age 3 to this day
To write an autobiography is a feat that is difficult, painful, and often feels foreign due to the fact that most of the stories have already been told in various forms through fiction, essays and poetry…
When Noah Johnson begins a light-hearted search for Bigfoot, he has no idea what’s in store for him. The creatures are real and far more intelligent than anyone has yet imagined. Climate change has brought drought, and a forest fire becomes a life-and-death battle for...