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“Breaking Bad”: White supremacist fable? If you judged by TV and movies alone, you’d think “pure” drugs were seeping out of American society’s every pore, along with hot doctors and secret agents gone rogue.

“Breaking Bad”: White supremacist fable?

Even if suburban 15-year-olds don’t ask their dealers for THC percentages after seeing Oliver Stone’s Savages — and smart money says some of them are — craft beer isn’t the only boutique intoxicant buzzing around the nation’s subconscious. In the shadow of the high-fructose-corn-syrup backlash, everyone from the Olive Garden to the proverbial Brooklyn popsicle startup is trying to cash in on craftsmanship. What To Read Next. Ars longa, vita brevis, said Hippocrates—more or less: time’s a-wastin’. The worst corollary of this aphorism, to my mind, is that we are not going to have time to read everything. In fact, we’re going to be able to read only the tiniest little bit. Some thousands of books—that is it. Jack Kerouac and the Beat Generation. Produced by Kate Phillips, Magnum Photos Jack Kerouac and the Beat Generation Interactive Essay.

Jack Kerouac and the Beat Generation

The Greatest Books of All Time, as Voted by 125 Famous Authors - Maria Popova - Entertainment. Tolstoy holds a 11-point lead over Shakespeare in these literary opinion polls.

The Greatest Books of All Time, as Voted by 125 Famous Authors - Maria Popova - Entertainment

"Reading is the nourishment that lets you do interesting work," Jennifer Egan once said. This intersection of reading and writing is both a necessary bi-directional life skill for us mere mortals and a secret of iconic writers' success, as bespoken by their personal libraries. The Top Ten: Writers Pick Their Favorite Books asks 125 of modernity's greatest British and American writers—including Norman Mailer, Ann Patchett, Jonathan Franzen, Claire Messud, and Joyce Carol Oates—"to provide a list, ranked, in order, of what [they] consider the ten greatest works of fiction of all time- novels, story collections, plays, or poems.

" Hunger Mountain — VCFA Journal of the Arts. Wordnik ~ all the words. The Best 100 Opening Lines From Books. Is Holden Caulfield Obnoxious? You already know where you stand on Holden Caulfield.

Is Holden Caulfield Obnoxious?

Either you found him a kindred spirit in your youth and continue to sympathize with him—less blindly, more wistfully—as you age; or else you found him a whiner then and you find him a whiner now. According to the New York Times, the second faction is gaining ground. In an oddly statistics-free trend piece, the paper reported in 2009 that The Catcher in the Rye has lost favor among teens: “what once seemed like courageous truth-telling now strikes many as ‘weird,’ ‘whiny’ and ‘immature.’” (No word on whether any wiseass added “phony.”) The Wire: Slavoj Žižek and Frederic Jameson Weigh in on the HBO Series. Snollygosters, Wampus, Toe Socials and Other Words from the Dictionary of American Regional English. Téa Obreht: “High-School Confidential” I was an awkward child.

Téa Obreht: “High-School Confidential”

Tall, gangly, and, like everyone else in my family, severely myopic. Although the condition had not presented itself in my relatives until their early teens, I was wearing glasses by the age of three. By the time I was ten, my eyesight had deteriorated to such an extent that the optometrist was unsure what to predict for middle age, at which point, he suspected, binoculars would have to be cabled to my ears.

(Luckily, these protruded, so they were likely to accommodate the weight.) I had my grandfather’s front teeth, betwixt which stood a yawning space that in his smile looked kind and wizened but in mine looked vaguely psychotic and caused a lisp. Word Soup: Downton Abbey. 10 Recent YA Books That Totally Make Up for ‘Twilight’ Shelf Awareness. The best love poems: writers choose their favourites – interactive. Turn autoplay off Edition: <span><a href=" Sign in Beta About us Today's paper Subscribe Custom Search The best love poems: writers choose their favourites – interactive.

The best love poems: writers choose their favourites – interactive

Charles Dickens turns 200: Why his social insights still resonate today. Charles Dickens, the clear-eyed chronicler of abundance and want, turns 200 years old today.

Charles Dickens turns 200: Why his social insights still resonate today

His buoyant imagination was matched by bitter realism, making him the perfect choice for readers who like their escapism in a minor key. Dickens often, but not always, allowed light and warmth to win out over the cold and dark. Literary Mixtape: Jo March. Lexicon Valley. Famous Authors and Their Typewriters. Weird Writing Habits of Famous Authors. 10 Legendary Bad Girls of Literature. Bookish Brands: 25 Pieces of Awesome Literary Street Art.

Henry Miller’s 11 Commandments for Writing. 10 Great Science Fiction Books for Girls. Madeleine L’Engle’s beloved and much-lauded A Wrinkle in Time turns 50 this year.

10 Great Science Fiction Books for Girls

As The New York Times points out, it’s one of the few science fiction books to have drawn a large female fan base. At the time of its publication, science fiction was not often market to girls, and the genre is still often considered to be mostly the purview of men. Fitzgerald’s List of Things for His 11-Year-Old Daughter to Worry About. When you hear the name F.

Fitzgerald’s List of Things for His 11-Year-Old Daughter to Worry About

Scott Fitzgerald, a lot of things come to mind. The Jazz Age. The Lost Generation. Romeo and Juliet Told Through Facebook from Team Pwnicorn. From Mark Twain to Ray Bradbury, Iconic Writers on Truth vs. Fiction - Maria Popova - Entertainment.