by SB Sarah Cyber Monday, with its cute use of the word "cyber," is here, and with it, lots of deals and specials. Many of the promotions that started Friday end at midnight tonight, plus there's new ones, too: AllRomance/OmniLit has a 50% Rebate today only on all eligible titles. Show More Summary
To call White Girls, the latest book from New Yorker staff writer Hilton Als, a “collection of essays about white girls” misses the point. It is, and it isn’t. Are these meditations, so full of speculation and invention and apocrypha,...Show More Summary
As a fan of your music for the past 12 years, it's with great sadness that I inform you that you have the worst case of Libramnesia ever known to man. Libramnesia is a highly common but, under-treated social condition that causes its sufferers to completely forget about libraries or even worse, believe libraries are irrelevant. Show More Summary
Last week I tweeted that I'd fallen asleep in school car line, and at the dentist. The outpouring of empathy from overtired authors who'd fallen asleep in wacky places got me thinking: what is it with writers and sleep issues? I decided to do a survey -- not an anecdotal one, but a real bar-graph pie-chart percentage-yielding one. Show More Summary
”A man,” said he, “must have a very good opinion of himself when he asks people to leave their own fireside, and encounter such a day as this, for the sake of coming to see him. He must think himself … Continue reading ?
Over the past two weeks I have attended two very different education conferences. One was AASL -- The American Association of School Librarians; the other was NYSCATE -- New York State Association for Computers and Technology in Education. Show More Summary
As a member of Hollywood royalty, a fashion icon and an Academy Award-winning actress, Anjelica Huston has led a full life — so much so that she’s taking two books to tell her story. The first, “A Story Lately Told” (Scribner: 272 pp., $25), recounts her childhood in western Ireland, her teen years in London and her days as a model in New York City. Show More Summary
Dutch researchers are using moistened electrode caps to measure the brain waves, heart rate, galvanic skin response and facial expressions on an author and fifty of his readers. They hope to find patterns “that may help illuminate links between the way art is created and enjoyed, and possibly the nature of creativity itself.”
The most necessary book of the year 2013. It is full of intellectual fire.
It is entirely without plot, but bear with me when I tell you that this doesn’t prevent it from being its own kind of page-turner.
The launch of Lizzie Skurnick books, an imprint devoted to re-releasing weird, wonderful, lost YA novels (All of a Kind Family? Out of print!?!?) made me remember with a lurch of delight that there was a time when all YA was weird, or...Show More Summary
David Peak reviews George Kalamaras's The Mining Camps of the Mouth today in Rumpus Poetry.
At the time of this writing, there are sixteen thousand two hundred and seventy-seven days remaining in my life. I know this because an app I have installed on my phone tells me so. I downloaded it about a week ago, back when I still...Show More Summary
With the tightening of budgets, faculty allocations, classroom space, and intellectual perspectives generally, it seems to me that there's more pressure to justify why we teach what we do -- especially for those of us who teach literature. Show More Summary
Quick: what first comes to mind when you hear the words, "Chelsea Hotel?" Sid and Nancy? Leonard Cohen's "Hotel Chelsea No. 2?" Andy Warhol's "Chelsea Girls?" Musicians and artists dominated the headlines through the 13 decades since the Chelsea's construction in 1884. Show More Summary
When it comes to literary careers, Daniel Menaker's reads like a dream-come-true. After 26 years at The New Yorker, where he was a fiction editor (and where his own stories were published), he went on to work as an editor...
The most potent words I read this past year weren’t art. They were more like a truth-seeking missile, one that seethed with indignant if wholly justified outrage.
Canadian novelist Catherine Bush discusses the powers—and lives—of accusation, the close relationship between work and character, and the role of the social circus, at home and in the developing world.
Tom Standage recently published a new book called Writing on the Wall: Social Media - The First 2,000 Years. We've enjoyed his other works, so we created a book visualization using some of our latest techniques. "Conceptual Animation" is an idea that we are developing at Kindea Labs. Show More Summary
A new biography that claims painter Norman Rockwell may have had homoerotic urges has his family up in arms. Deborah Solomon’s “American Mirror,” an account of the artist’s life published last month by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, poses questions about Rockwell’s sexual orientation, based on a...