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16 Famous Writers Told Us About The Book They’re Most Thankful For. Henry James and the Great Y.A. Debate. A few weeks ago, I finished reading the Library of America’s six-volume, sixty-eight-hundred-page edition of the novels of Henry James.

Henry James and the Great Y.A. Debate

I’m a sucker for completist projects, but this one came about more or less by accident. It took me a couple of years, and I didn’t undertake it in an especially devoted or systematic way. I had always considered James one of my favorite writers, largely on the basis of a few long novels (“The Portrait of a Lady,” “The Ambassadors”) and short stories (“The Aspern Papers,” “The Figure in the Carpet”). How books can sap the soul and poison readers with i... Reading novels is good for you.

How books can sap the soul and poison readers with i...

This is the current wisdom, at least. A 2013 study by the New School for Social Research in New York City attempted to prove that reading passages by Don DeLillo and Lydia Davis had an immediate impact on participants’ ability to identify the emotions of others. Another, at Emory University in Georgia, found that reading novels had the potential to cause heightened ‘connectivity’ in the brain. Culture - Is Stephen King a great writer? Stephen King has had an uncanny ability to hit the commercial bull’s-eye from the beginning of his career.

Culture - Is Stephen King a great writer?

In the 40 years since his first novel, Carrie, he has published more than 50 books, all of them international best sellers. Shortly after its release, Carrie was turned into a blood-drenched film by Brian De Palma. And in 1977 King’s novel The Shining, set in a wintry ski resort and featuring a paranormal child and a maniacal father, further showcased his unparalleled gift for psychological terror. When Stanley Kubrick turned that novel into a film in 1980, the Stephen King industry was born. There are now more than 100 films and TV programmes based on his work, and he shows no signs of slowing down – not with his legions of fans, hungry for more. But the respect of the literary establishment has always eluded King. From the beginning, King was dismissed as a ‘genre writer’.

Why Are Literary Critics Dismayed by Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch and Its Success? No one denies that Donna Tartt has written the “It novel” of the year, a runaway best-seller that won her the Pulitzer Prize.

Why Are Literary Critics Dismayed by Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch and Its Success?

But some of the self-appointed high priests of literary criticism—at The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, and The Paris Review—are deeply dismayed by The Goldfinch and its success. “Have you read The Goldfinch yet?” Sendy.okfn. Email not displaying properly?


View web version Vol.5 #1 New Essay When Chocolate was Medicine: Colmenero, Wadsworth and Dufour Chocolate has not always been the common confectionary we experience today. Read More » Curator's Choice #18: Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Autochromes from the Te Papa collection Lissa Mitchell, Curator of Historical Documentary Photography at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, explores the work of three photographers creating autochromes in early 20th-century New Zealand.

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Electric Literature's Recommended Reading. ‘Why I Read,’ by Wendy Lesser. Focus on The Moth literary magazine. Focus on The Moth literary magazine The Mo th is a highly regarded, quarterly and visually striking literary magazine, founded in 2010 and based in Cavan.

Focus on The Moth literary magazine

It seeks quality literature and art from ‘up-and-coming writers and artists from Ireland and abroad.’ In this Q and A with co-founder Rebecca O’ Connor, I find out more about The Moth’s beginnings, philosophy and the sort of submissions it seeks. AW: Tell us about the Moth, how and when it was established and who’s involved? ROC: My husband Will Govan and I came up with the idea of publishing an arts and literature magazine while having a rare night out in Dublin (our son was two at the time). AW: Can you tell us a bit about your own background? ROC: I studied English Literature at Queen’s in Belfast, then did a Masters in American Literature at King’s College in London. The internet literature magazine blog of the future. Largehearted boy: a music and literature blog. BOOK RIOT - Always books. Never boring.

Granta Magazine. The Page-Turner. April 8, 2014 Slide Show: Kurt Vonnegut’s Whimsical Drawings Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.,’s crude, ludic doodles—a beaver, a cobra, an asterisk-anus—are famous from novels like “Breakfast of Champions,” as is the curly-haired self-portrait that doubled as his signature.


But making graphic art was, for Vonnegut, a hobby that extended beyond illustrations for his fiction: he painted seascapes and landscapes on Cape Cod in the nineteen-fifties; felt-tip drawings of abstract faces on discarded pages of manuscripts; and larger, more formal color drawings that he exhibited in a one-man show in Greenwich Village in 1980. Vonnegut described his artwork as a pursuit that liberated him from the oppressive work of writing. In “Fates Worse Than Death,” he wrote, “My own means of making a living is essentially clerical, and hence tedious and constipating.… The making of pictures is to writing what laughing gas is to the Asian influenza.”...Continue Reading >> What Muriel Spark Saw She loved lightning.

The Awl - Be Less Stupid. 3:AM Magazine. The American Reader: a monthly journal of literature and criticism. Paris Review Daily - Blog, Writers, Poets, Artists - Paris Review. Donald Barthelme would’ve been, and should be, eighty-three today.

Paris Review Daily - Blog, Writers, Poets, Artists - Paris Review

It would be an exaggeration to say that I feel the absence of someone whom I never met—someone who died when I was three—but I do wonder, with something more than mere curiosity, what Barthelme would have made of the past twenty-odd years. These are decades I feel we’ve processed less acutely because he wasn’t there to fictionalize them: their surreal political flareups, their new technologies, their various zeitgeists and intellectual fads and dumb advertisements. Part of what I love about Barthelme’s stories is the way they traffic in cultural commentary without losing their intimacy, their humanity.

But I’m losing the thread. My point is not to reveal a secret wish that Barthelme was my uncle. I wanted to say something about lists. We are the editors of The Paris Review, the literary magazine that helped launch the careers of Jack Kerouac, V. S. Naipaul, Philip Roth, Adrienne Rich, Mona Simpson, David Foster Wallace, Jeffrey Eugenides, and countless others. Ask us anything! : IAmA. Paris Review – Writers, Quotes, Biography, Interviews, Artists. The 25 Best Websites for Literature Lovers. 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 their local indie bookstore.

The 25 Best Websites for Literature Lovers

Book Drum. Home - Advance Editions. The Millions. / home. The Los Angeles Review of Books. The New York Review of Books. Directory of Online Literary Journals. A resource for readers and writers alike, the Review 31 Directory is a listing of English-language online literary journals.

Directory of Online Literary Journals

This listing also includes some print journals that offer significant online content. Founded: 2000, Paris Reviews, essays, interviews, fiction. Edited by Andrew Gallix Adirondack Review Founded: 2000, New York. Open Letters Monthly - an Arts and Literature Review. The Times Literary Supplement. London Review of Books · 5 February 2015.

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