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Try to define the word “poetry” and you’ll quickly find yourself in a maze of contradictions. It refers, most obviously, to printed verse, but it can also refer to especially lyrical prose, among other things. At The Paris Review Daily, Damian Searls uses etymology to get some answers. Related: Kate Angus on loving poetry but […]

A brief history of the # and the @, by Keith Houston

Writing exclusively for the Penguin Blog, Keith Houston – Shady Characters author and etymologist extraordinaire – takes us through the fascinating history of those ubiquitous symbols, the # (aka. the octothorpe) and the @. #HappyReadingPenguins The average tweet is not an especially remarkable thing. Show More Summary

Splitting an Order by Ted Kooser

James Crews reviews Ted Kooser's Splitting an Order today in Rumpus Poetry.

James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson Will Star in ‘Gin Game’ on Broadway

The Tony-winning pair will reunite in this two-hander opening in the fall.

Recapping April’s Most Popular Sales – Plus a Solved HaBO Book!

Here are some of the most popular deals that are still going on now. Yay! Shop early, shop often, or, if you’re feeling a little generous, surprise a friend with a new book you know they’ll like! Plus, yesterday, y’all solved a HaBOShow More Summary

AVQ&A: What are you reading in April?

We’ve expanded the regular AVQ&A discussion prompts to ask several of our regular contributors (and you) a simple question: What are you currently reading? If you have suggestions for future AVQ&A questions, big or small, email them to us here. Show More Summary

The Myth of the Suicidal Writer

Looking at the long list of writers who have committed suicide, one is tempted to associate the so-called artistic temperament, the agony of creative achievement, with the primary motivation for that final act. The list is long and includes...Show More Summary

Taming the Land

David Gessner thinks Wallace Stegner and Edward Abbey are more relevant than they’ve ever been. Why? Their stories about the West anticipated the California drought. At Salon, Gessner explains why, among other things, Stegner spent much of his life debunking Western individualism.

What Philip Glass Learned From Samuel Beckett

In his 1980 short story “Company,” Samuel Beckett begins one paragraph with the sentences: “Another trait its repetitiousness. Repeatedly with only minor variants the same bygone.” When he wrote those lines, did Beckett already knowShow More Summary

Calixto Bieito Coming to Met Opera with a New “Forza”

Known for his sometimes shocking productions, Calixto Bieito will direct a new "Forza del Destino" at the Metropolitan Opera in the 2017-2018 season.

Beauty Tips

Diane von Furstenberg’s Book of Beauty: How to Become a More Attractive, Confident, and Sensual Woman von Furstenberg 1976 Submitter: Former Princess Diane von Furstenberg is still very popular today. I found this 1976 book at my local public library. Not so sure how helpful this almost 40 year old book would be to young women now. I […]

The One in My Heart by Sherry Thomas

The One in My Heart is Sherry Thomas’ first contemporary novel. I’m a huge fan of her historicals, and I’ve looked forward to her efforts in other genres. Recently she’s been writing YA fantasy, and now we have a contemporary. I respect Thomas for trying out new styles, but this book was pretty uneven for me. Show More Summary

The Long Wait

As a part of my job, I am constantly looking for new and upcoming books. Books that teens and young adults may be interested in, or books that inspire and look fun so that I can create a program around … Continue reading ?

The Rumpus Interview with Monica Byrne

Monica Byrne talks about sex, gender, the insidious power of stereotypes, and putting relationships between women at the center of her novel, The Girl in the Road.

Would You Like Some Cow in That Lipstick?

Odds are, it's already there. Denis and Gail Boyer Hayes explore everything bovine--including everything you didn't want to know--in Cowed: The Hidden Impact of 93 Million Cows on America’s Health, Economy, Politics, Culture, and Environment. Plus some classic Earth Day reads, new and old.

Hinge of History: Nine Books for the Post-Ferguson Era

These nine books, some new, some decades old, shed light on the history and evolution of racism in America.

‘Heidi Chronicles’ to Close on May 3

The revival of Wendy Wasserstein's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, starring Elisabeth Moss, never took off at the box office.

Frederic Morton, Author and Essayist, Dies at 90

Mr. Morton, who as a child fled Austria and the Nazis with his family, often wrote about his homeland, in both fiction and nonfiction books.

New York Public Libraries Warn of a ‘Staggering’ Crisis

The libraries seek $1.4 billion from the city for renovations because a number of branches with badly aging buildings have been unable to meet the growing needs of their patrons.

Why Aren't More Latino Authors Being Published?

It may be apocryphal. But supposedly, an unnamed New York publishing executive was once asked why there were so few books by Hispanic authors or novels featuring Latino characters. His response was a blasé "Hispanics don't read." This...Show More Summary

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