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Joyce Carol Thomas, Who Wrote of African-American Life, Dies at 78

The award-winning children’s writer portrayed complexities seldom seen in books created for young readers.

On Narcissism and Politics

Kristin Dombek has just published a small, provocative book on how we have come to use the label of narcissism to attack our enemies or to distance ourselves from those who just don't want to be close to us. By labeling these people as narcissists, she argues, we give ourselves a false sense of superiority. Show More Summary

One Angry Man: Amy Schumer's Kurt Metzger Problem

Amy Schumer Sady Doyle Photo via 92YTribeca (CC) Since her show premiered in 2013, Amy Schumer has built a reputation as the savior of feminist comedy. This is crucial to her branding: She’s positioned herself as an advocate for body diversity, against ageism, against rape culture, and more. Show More Summary

Fall Reading is in the Air

Now is the perfect time to plan your perfect fall read.

There's Much to Love About Jill Soloway's "I Love Dick"

Amelia Ayrelan Iuvino This weekend Jill Soloway’s much-anticipated television adaptation of the feminist cult-favorite book I Love Dick premiered on Amazon Prime. As a longtime fan of the book, I rode waves of excitement and disappointment as casting and filming decisions were announced little by little, not sure what to expect. Show More Summary

I’m Not Sexist

“Their deliberately childless life, their cat, Converse (named not for the shoe but for the political scientist), their free-range beef and nights and weekends of reading and grading and high-quality television series—it was fine and a little horrible. Show More Summary

Don’t Fear the Reaper

“It is a sad irony that the snake’s rattle, which functions as a warning device, is widely regarded as a bellicose drumroll, or war-cry, instead. It may well have been in a mood of remorse for having killed a rattlesnake on impulse that...Show More Summary

Think Small: More Time Does Not Equal Greater Productivity

photo by John Poulos This article first appeared on If truth be known, lofty goals scare the ambition right out of me. I'm a slow-and-steady-wins-the-race kinda girl. I believe in making realistic goals, initiating...Show More Summary

Present Over Perfect: An Interview With Shauna Niequist

After finding herself exhausted, isolated, and sick, author Shauna Niequist came to a point where she knew her life had to change. She was tired, burnt out, and felt unconnected to the people she loved. Her new book, Present Over Perfect:...Show More Summary

Newswire: Valiant’s new teen team plants roots in this Generation Zero #2 exclusive

Abducted at a young age and raised to be psychic killing machines, the teen heroes of Generation Zero have been operating in the background of the Valiant Universe for the last couple years. They’ve escaped their Project Rising Spirit...Show More Summary

The 2016 Hugo Award Winners for the Best in SF and Fantasy

Another rowdy year in the science fiction and fantasy community comes to a peak with the announcement of the Hugo Award winners.

Here's What Happens When Things Fall Apart

By Tolani Osan | Off the Shelf On a Sunday afternoon, I read the heartrending climax of Chigozie Obioma's debut novel, The Fishermen, breathlessly. When I got up, I was in a literary-induced fugue: I stumbled into my car, momentarily...Show More Summary

Lots of Chutzpah

Recommended Reading: Here’s some helpful advice we all could use — how to raise a mensch: “Less obvious but equally central values that Marjorie Ingall highlights include having a healthy distrust of authority. Jews come from a vertiginously long tradition of ‘questioning, yammering, challenging and disputing,’ she writes. Show More Summary

New Music Monday: Law Holt

We feature new music from female-fronted bands every Monday. This week, say hello to Law Holt. British pop artist Law Holt began performing at open mics around her hometown of Leicester when she was 16. Now, she’s celebrating the release of her debut album, City, on August 26 from Soulpunk records. Show More Summary

5 Reasons People Hold Onto Print vs Ebook

  In the debate of print vs ebook, here are five reasons that “dead trees” are winning the war. Batteries not required Nothing is more frustrating then getting to a good part of a book, only to have to stop […] The post 5 Reasons People Hold Onto Print vs Ebook appeared first on Long Tail Writing.

An Open Letter to the Teenager Who Ruined My Copy of ‘Ragtime’

You destroyed Doctorow’s masterpiece; the least you can do is understand my frustration. The post An Open Letter to the Teenager Who Ruined My Copy of ‘Ragtime’ appeared first on The Millions.

It Was Happening

  “Stop smoking, first of all, and then don’t hold your breath, don’t cough, do not for any reason pick up heavy packages, boxes, suitcases. Never lean over, or dive headfirst into water. The carnal throes of passion were forbidden,Show More Summary

The Voices Who Confided

Head over to The Literary Hub and take a look at this excerpt from Svetlana Alexievich’s newest book, Second-Hand Time, which has been called a “history of emotions” chronicling the demise of Soviet communism. While you’re at it, take...Show More Summary

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