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Celebrating The Worst Poet Of All Time

In The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams created a race of aliens whose hobby was writing poetry so terrible that listening to it was akin to a physical assault. The Vogons are (we hope) fictional, but Earth has its very own Bad Poet Laureate. Show More Summary

Women: Symbol of Feminism Since Greek Mythology (Part 2)

Admissibly, we can consider that the Greek Divinities were the first to place the foundation stone of feminism with their total freedom, decision-making, independent movements and their interferences to humans and Gods as alike. They were the first to fall in love and couple with people, breaking down the yokes of their divine blood. Show More Summary

A Hybrid Author Busts the Myths: Should You Self Publish?

Yesterday, I gathered with a group of diverse writers for the Haverhill Public Library Authors Fair. My table was situated between Kristin Bair O'Keeffe, an author who publishes traditionally, and Connie Johnson Hambley, a self-published...Show More Summary

What Can a 19th Century Arctic Shipwreck Tell Us About the 21st Century's Most Wicked Problem?

Hampton Sides has written one hell of an Arctic adventure story. In the Kingdom of Ice is the tale of Lieutenant George Washington De Long and his crew aboard the USS Jeannette who, in 1879, attempted to find the Northwest Passage through the Arctic. Show More Summary

On Poetry Awards: Figures and Questions

I write this blog to encourage discussion among poets regarding poetry awards. To do this, I will begin with showing some figures on the awards, along with some observations. Finally, I'll end by posing 10 questions. The numbers below come from a MS Excel database that I have created. Show More Summary

THELONIOUS RISING Is a Story of Boy VS Hurricane

Book Review Jackie K Cooper THELONIOUS RISING by Judith Richards When novelist Judith Richards decided to write a story about a young boy caught up in the storm named Hurricane Katrina, she faced the task of getting it pitch perfect right. Show More Summary

The Metamodernist Manifesto: After Postmodernism (Part I)

{Below is Part I of the second in a series of articles exploring the basic principles of a sphere of thought within metamodernism, "transcendent metamodernism." Other spheres of thought under the general heading of this cultural paradigm...Show More Summary

How Robin Williams Inspired Kids to Become Teachers...or Just Drop Out and Join a Band

As a teacher, there are metaphorical life lessons you probably shouldn't impart on your students. For example, author Peter DeVries once offered the storied advice: "Write drunk and revise sober." Not exactly bulletin board material. Though...Show More Summary

The Giver -- A Future that Evokes a Cinematic Past

The opening of The Giver invites us into an ordered black-and-white world, peaceful but devoid of color. Compared to the images of carnage prevalent on our TV news, this polite, monochrome, homogenized society can seem seductive. But...Show More Summary

How the World Sees You

We are all hungry to know what others think of us. These days we are even more in need of feedback, though typically it's a virtual "like" here or a "heart" there, but author Sally Hogshead thinks we need to pay more attention to how the world sees each of us. Show More Summary

10 Best Lois Lowry: Classics From the Reigning Queen of YA

Okay, so we admit the trailer looks pretty impressive, but while you're standing in line to see yet another fabulous performance by Her Majesty Meryl Streep, we suggest refreshing your memory on why Lois Lowry's classic dystopian YA novel became an international bestseller in the first place. Show More Summary


It's summer reading time for The Buddha Diaries. I just finished this (mostly) entertaining mystery novel by Joel Dicker... Imagine you're doing a jig-saw puzzle. Do you do jig-saws? I enjoy the challenge but they eat up so much time that I rarely allow myself the pleasure, except around Christmas. Show More Summary

Does Everybody Have a Book in Them?

It used to be that only people who were considered "writers" would write books. Authors. People born with a divinely bestowed talent for crafting a story, for using words as an art form, people whose soul won't let them rest until their imaginings and deepest feelings come alive in the form of a book. Show More Summary

5 Reasons Why Twentysomethings Should Read Tolstoy

War and Peace doesn't exactly make for tempting reading to enjoy in our twenties at first glance. With Leo Tolstoy's other books having titles such as The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Resurrection, they don't sound much better either. However, Tolstoy is actually a pretty appropriate author for twentysomethings to be reading in our current society. Show More Summary

Dancing About Architecture

Once upon a time I was a music writer for "The Deli," an indie magazine in New York City. Every week, my fellow music writers and I gathered at The Cake Shop on the Lower East Side to receive our story assignments and cds for review....Show More Summary

Tennessee Williams's Diary Reveals Story Behind His Pen Name

Tennessee Williams is arguably America's greatest playwright. In the course of his career, he created numerous iconic characters -- Amanda, Laura, Tom, Blanche, Stanley, Stella, Brick, Big Daddy, Maggie -- whom, if they walked into a room, many of us would recognize. Show More Summary

Dulcius Ex Asperis, Or, The Quarter-Life Crisis That Wasn't

I cringed the first time I heard the phrase "quarter-life crisis". Well, probably not a cringe so much as a stand-up comedian's ubiquitous are you serious? sort of look. Whatever face I made, I directed it at my editor, who had justShow More Summary

4 Pervasive Literary Taboos

By Jh Mae for IndieReader Even in 2014, our society is full of taboos -- those shameful things we condemn or ignore. Some writers not only acknowledge these taboos, but explore them unabashedly in daring books. Here some indies thatShow More Summary

Rita Zoey Chin: Running Toward the Storm

Very early in her memoir, Let the Tornado Come, (Simon & Schuster, 2014), Rita Zoey Chin finds herself at an exclusive dinner held by her husband's colleagues from the Boston Medical Center where he is the chair of neurosurgery, during the course of which she reveals that she is working on a memoir. Show More Summary

Finally, a Great Small Literary Festival: Gladfest in Wales

Great festivals of the arts are often large, loose, baggy monsters, as Henry James said of War and Peace. I know this because I've seen plenty of them up close and personal, as participant, attendee, or resident of the city of Austin,...Show More Summary

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