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Born to Read

“Nothing in Born to Run rings to me as unmeant or punch-pulling. If anything, Springsteen wants credit for telling it the way it really is and was. And like a fabled Springsteen concert — always notable for its deck-clearing thoroughness...Show More Summary

the first day of autumn

I woke up Thursday morning to the joyful sound of honking geese wafting through my window. Their “conversation” was filled with impatient exuberance and, as Joni Mitchell once wrote, “the urge for going.” A lone raven that often perches atop one of the spruce trees beside my house barked a string of surly caws to send them on their way....

Reading, Self-Care and Guilt

Awhile back I wrote a post on my journey to get a diagnosis for chronic pain, on being dismissed by the medical community at large and about how I relied heavily on romance novels during that time to cope with fear and depression. I’m...Show More Summary

The Saturday Rumpus Interview with Eden Robinson

I don’t really get romance. Bring me fish or moose, not flowers.

Tell Us Something We Don’t Know

Interested in writing a bestseller? You may want to check out Jodie Archer and Matthew L. Jockers‘ newest book, The Bestseller Code. Or maybe not: “At times, it seems like Archer and Jockers are trying to retrofit a closed system. They...Show More Summary

Calling All Book Bloggers: 2017 RT Book Blogger Conference Registration is Open!

Are you a book blogger or online reviewer – or do you know one? Several? Most? (That’s a lot of people.) If so, I hope you’ll spread the word that registration for the 2017 RT Book Blogger Conference is now open! The RT Book BloggerShow More Summary

Karl Dietrich Bracher, German Historian of Nazi Era, Dies at 94

Professor Bracher, who was born in 1922, refused to absolve his own generation of complicity in the horrors of Nazism.

The price of free speech in Bangladesh

In February this year the authorities in Bangladesh took Shamsuzzoha Manik, a 73-year-old publisher, into custody for publishing a book titled “Islam Bitorko” (“Debate on Islam”).  His arrest and the shutting down of his stall marked a sour moment in the nation’s largest book fair, Ekushey Boi...

Long-Lost Letter from Neal Cassady to Jack Kerouac Headed to Auction (Again)

After some legal wrangling, a letter from Neal Cassady to Jack Kerouac will be offered at auction.

Think You Know the Next James Bond? Don’t Bet on It

British bookmakers have suspended betting on the identity of the next Bond after the odds on the actor Tom Hiddleston shortened sharply in recent days.

The Read Along #5: Laura Goode

Jesus Christ, this book is like, Toni Morrison/Susan Sontag good. This book is first viewing of Beyoncé's Lemonade good. This book is Simone Biles good.

Ask Us Anything: Swarm & Spark

Ask anything that has plagued, confounded, pleased or troubled you about your life in and around literature. The post Ask Us Anything: Swarm & Spark appeared first on The Millions.

What I Love: Amor Towles, a Gentleman in Gramercy Park

The author of ‘Rules of Civility’ and ‘A Gentleman in Moscow,’ lives in a gracious townhouse near Gramercy Park.

The Writing Life: Riding With Captain Nair of Kerala

My long pending biography of the late Capt. C. P. Krishnan Nair, "The Captain's Journey," will be published in May 2017 by HarperCollins to commemorate the third anniversary of his death. Captain Chittarath Poovakkatt Krishnan Nair,Show More Summary

John Hall Does It All

John Hall co-wrote two of the most widely played songs on Top 40 radio during the 1970's that are still in constant rotation today. The hits "Still The One" and "Dance With Me." You may or may not connect the dots between the man, and...Show More Summary

The Bestseller Code: Anatomy of the Blockbuster Novel

By Jodie Archer and Matthew L. Jockers 1 THE BESTSELLER-OMETER, OR, HOW TEXT MINING MIGHT CHANGE PUBLISHING Back in the spring of 2010, Stieg Larsson's agent was having a good day. On June 13, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest—third...Show More Summary

Weekend Reading

In this edition of Weekend Reading, high-stakes Survivor, an unsung 60s icon, and the Twelve Days of Christmas (you read that right).

Right to Work

Sarita Santoshini   A sex workers' rally by Durbar in the city of Kolkata It’s a humid summer afternoon in Kolkata, one of India’s largest metropolitan cities. Kolkata is known for its laid-back pace, but the three-story building that serves as the office of Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee (DMSC) is buzzing with activity. Show More Summary

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