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Song of Ourselves

After a Boston attorney banned the publication of Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman set out to defend the book, arguing that the sex that earned the book censorship was an integral part of the experience he wanted to convey. In an essay for Salon, John Marsh examines Whitman’s defense in light of the content of […]

A Journey from Brooklyn to Tehran

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if suddenly your father uprooted you and the whole family back to a country with the word mystery written all over it. Well, let me tell you it was no fun! I was THAT girl and only 15 years...Show More Summary

Many Small Fires by Charlotte Pence

Jessie Carty reviews Charlotte Pence's Many Small Fires today in Rumpus Poetry.

Two Bards

The second time Eudora Welty met William Faulkner, the latter brought the former out on a ride in his boat. She wrote a letter to Jean Stafford in 1949 that described the experience in entertaining detail. At The Paris Review Daily, you can read the letter in full. Pair with: James McWilliams on Faulkner’s novel […]

The Truth About Slut-Shaming

Monica Lewinsky has been talking about it. The actress Ashley Judd has railed against it. The TV shows "Scandal," ""Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce" and MTV's "True Life" have addressed it. Little League pitcher Mo'ne Davis refuses to be intimidated by it. Slut-shaming. Show More Summary

Children’s Books: Frank Viva’s ‘Outstanding in the Rain’

Frank Viva’s ingenious new picture book fashions a charming story out of sound-alike phrases.

Eighteenth-Century Guide to Prostitutes or Soft-Core Erotic Fiction?

Mrs. Fr—d—r—ck can be found at No. 20 Carlisle Street, in Soho, and “is rather remarkable in having a fine Roman nose.” Mrs. Mck—z— of No. 12 John Street is “just come from the North, as her speech will testify,” and, more to the point,...Show More Summary

‘The Shadow of the Crescent Moon,’ by Fatima Bhutto

Pakistani siblings in the border region near Afghanistan confront unending violence.

Is this deductible?

  Kiplinger’s Sure Ways to Cut Your Taxes McCormally 1990 We take a break from our National Library Week to remind everyone that it is April 15. For those outside of the USA, it is tax day. Don’t forget to file. As of this writing, this book was still on file in a public library […]

The 2015 IMPAC Shortlist Delivers 10 Eclectic Titles

The IMPAC tends to be interesting for the breadth of books it considers, and the 2015 shortlist is no exception.

Reign of Terror: Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s ‘Guantanámo Diary’

The CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program was, in every sense, a moral and strategic catastrophe.

Going Backstage with Our American Cousin

I select all of my husband’s reading material. He’s perfectly capable of choosing a book by himself, of course. It’s just that I happen to work at the Library. And after being together for 25 years, I’ve gotten incredibly good … Continue reading ?

Your Fathers Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever? by Dave Eggers ~ Audiobook Review

Your Fathers Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever? by Dave Eggers Published by: Knopf Published on: June 17, 2014 Page Count: 224 Genre: Fiction My Reading Format: Audiobook rented from my local public library. Audiobook Published by: Random House Audio Narrators: MacLeod Andrews with Mark Deakins, Michelle Gonzalez, John H. Mayer, […]

BookFilter: JK Rowling's Words Of Advice, The Best Tales Since "The Twilight Zone" And More Great New Books

BOOKFILTER TOP PICKS -- THE WEEK OF APRIL 13 A great gift for grads, a brilliant collection of short stories by Pulitzer Prize-winner Steven Millhauser, a taut Western for those already missing the TV show Justified and more are among this week's top picks. Show More Summary

Reader Submitted Cover Snark

When I get email with cover snark submissions, it is a glorious, fantastic day. Because I can share! Ready?   This cover was sent to me by Julie, who says, “Whoa! the size of that guy’s head is bizarre.” Sarah: WHAT IS HAPPENING. Why...Show More Summary

The Rumpus Interview with Christian Kiefer

Writer, musician, and poet Christian Kiefer discusses his literary influences, the "beautiful, beat up, and weird town" that is Reno, and writing from the perspective of beasts in his new novel The Animals.

They Dug Coal Together: Timothy Olyphant and Walton Goggins Look Back on ‘Justified’

The actors discuss why it was time to end “Justified” and why at least one of them would be happy to bring it back at some point.

Florence Welch Suffers Broken Foot at Coachella

The lead singer of the band Florence and the Machine announced her ailment on Facebook.

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