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On the Books: Orwell estate swings back at Amazon

Bill Hamilton, literary executor of George Orwell’s estate, penned a scathing letter to the editor  in yesterday’s New York Times criticizing

“Characters are Ciphers”

Peter Mendelsund writes for the Paris Review about how we see, or think we see, fictional characters. “Characters are ciphers. … We are ever reviewing and reconsidering our mental portraits of characters in novels: amending them, backtracking to check on them, updating them when new information arises.”

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

What We’re Reading Now: “We Are Not Ourselves” by Matthew Thomas

If you took a stroll around the EW offices, you’ll see a curious brick of a book on all our


“The most interesting writers we know, all asking and answering the same question: why can’t we stop watching cat videos?” Coffee House Press one-ups all boring Kickstarter campaigns with Catstarter, a campaign to fund a book on cat videos and “how we decide what is good or bad art, or art at all.”

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


“Can a conference really transcend its essential conferenceness?” For a conference on Geoff Dyer, that’s the essential question, and the Los Angeles Review of Books has an answer. Pair with Dyer’s Year in Reading and Janet Potter‘s review of Another Great Day at Sea.

Your Friday Funny: Nuclear War Fun Book

The Nuclear War Fun Book Langer and Thomas 1982 Didn’t have any cool fiction to share this week and frankly, but I did find this in my pile of weird books. I really didn’t expect to find this book still hanging around in a librares, but I was wrong. WorldCat has a bunch of holdings […]

The Holy Ghost People by Joshua Young

Julie Marie Wade reviews Joshua Young's The Holy Ghost People today in Rumpus Poetry.

An Imagined Country

“The immigrant who arrives too late in life to adapt to his new country, but too early to survive on nostalgia for the old country, has to create a third, imagined country to live in.” Peter Pomerantsev writes for the London Review of Books about Brighton Beach, Russian immigrants and a “self-made America.” Pair with […]

Graphic Novel Friday: Gilbert Hernandez's Big Year

At the end of July, hard-working and prolific artist and writer Gilbert Hernandez won the Eisner Award for Best Short Story (“Untitled” in Love and Rockets: New Stories #6), to which he stated, “The biggest surprise was the story they...

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

Do You #BrowseCLP?

Finding something to read is a snap these days. We’ve all got wishlists and TBR piles. You can’t open your web browser without getting a reading suggestion from some social media outlet (definitely not a complaint – we librarians scour … Continue reading ?

Friday Videos Like Maddie and Tae

by SB Sarah I heard this on the radio while driving home and stayed in my car to hear the rest of the song. I was hooked from the part about how she hates the way her bikini top chafes. This is Girl in a Country Song by Maddie and Tae: Link! I...Show More Summary

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