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Why Teach Multicultural Literature?

<i>iStockphoto.com</i><p>I have taught literature at the college level for almost a decade and at as many as six different campuses. These have mainly been classes that were focused on non-western writing. One semester, I had assigned Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's <i>Purple Hibiscus</i> and only a …

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If You Really Want to Understand Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria (and More), You Need Context. Try Blowback

The largest narrative I know is our own: the story of the American Empire (1945 to the present). A large narrative always contains a Big Idea. For me, the biggest idea being expressed in the world now is Newton's Third Law of Motion: Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Just maybe not …

The Ancient Roots of Punctuation

<i>In his new book, “Shady Characters: The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols & Other Typographical Marks,” Keith Houston reveals the stories behind esoteric punctuation marks, from the pilcrow (¶) to the manicule (☞) to the octothorpe, a.k.a. the hashtag. Many of these have their roots in ancient</i> …

You mentally undress your friends, Tony Blair, the lollipop lady. Your thoughts are X-rated. You wonder if you're a paedophile – or just losing your mind. A sufferer describes the nightmare – and dark comedy – of living with pure OCD http://t.gu.com/opUpO Photograph: Linda Brownlee for the Guardian

10 Books Every College Freshman Should Read

You've tackled Huck Finn, "The Hunger Games," and a bit of Shakespeare, but are you ready for Marx, Derrida, and Joyce (not to mention football season and dorm food)? It's no secret that high school doesn't always adequately prepare students for college, emotionally or academically. Our solution, …

8 Pieces Of Wisdom From Winnie The Pooh, A Bear Stuffed With Fluff (PHOTOS)

<i>The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you find your way back to balance.</i><p>GPS Guides are our way of showing you what has relieved others' stress in the hopes that you will be able to identify …

We Will Be Fooled Again: The Strange Pleasures of Narrative Trickery

Nobody likes being lied to in real life, so why do we enjoy being lied to on the page? This question follows from my previous post, in which I try to explain why we take pleasure in fictional exploits that would horrify us if we experienced them firsthand.<p>This time I want to focus on a specific …

The 25 Best Websites for Literature Lovers

It’s an interesting relationship that book lovers have with the Internet: most would rather read a physical book than something on an iPad or Kindle, …

Why can't women time travel?

Poor Rachel McAdams. Three time-travel movies and not a whiff of the action. First was 2009's The Time Traveller's Wife, in which Eric Bana played a Chicago librarian darting through time while his on-screen wife McAdams plodded on faithfully in the present. Then, two years later, came Midnight in …

The list: 100 Great Science Fiction Stories by Women

Now let the arguing begin…<p>The list below contains 100 pieces of short fiction – short stories, novelettes and novellas – by women writers, published …

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What Kids Are Reading, In School And Out

Walk into any bookstore or library, and you'll find shelves and shelves of hugely popular novels and book series for kids. But research shows that as young readers get older, they are not moving to more complex books. High-schoolers are reading books written for younger kids, and teachers aren't …

A Librarian's Response to 'What's a Library?'

<i>First posted on Book Riot</i><p>The paint on my worn out ol' library soapbox is getting rather chipped these days, but I'm about to get back up on it, my friends. Brace yourselves. (The soapbox should probably brace itself too, poor thing.)<p>There are two recent library-related articles on HuffPo to which …

The modern history of swearing: Where all the dirtiest words come from

<b>(Imgorthand via iStock)</b><p>As society evolves, so do our curse words. Here’s how some of the most famous ones developed — and a few new ones<p>Melissa Mohr<p>May 11, 2013 12:30pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “Holy Sh*t: A Brief History of Swearing”<p>The 18th and 19th centuries’ embrace of linguistic delicacy and …