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Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar and the waiting room of history

Tanpinar’s The Time Regulation Institute is a brilliant comic novel from 1962 about life in a Turkey forced to adopt western ways. Pankaj Mishra signals the dangers of a one-size-fits-all notion of modernity<p>Orhan Pamuk has called Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar (1901-62) the greatest Turkish novelist of the …

Novelists writing ballads? Song-writers dashing off novels? What does it all mean?

Morrissey’s recent announcement that he is midway through his first novel came with a blunt rationale. Last year’s Autobiography, Morrissey noted, …

65+ of Your Favorite Vampire Romances

This giveaway is sponsored <i>Lailah</i> by Nikki Kelly.<p>The girl knows she’s different. She doesn’t age. She has no family. She has visions of a past life, …

The Outsider Art of Tennessee

Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh<p>by John Lahr<p>Norton, 765 pp., $39.95<p><i>Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh</i>: John Lahr’s subtitle for his biography …

Michael Wood · J. xx Drancy. 13/8/42: Patrick Modiano

Modiano published his first novel, <i>La Place de l’Etoile</i>, in 1968. He won the Prix Goncourt in 1978 for <i>Rue des boutiques obscures</i>, and in 1996 was …

Nonfiction for Thriller Lovers

I’m just going to admit it: most nonfiction isn’t exciting. That’s why I tend to be a fiction lover first and foremost. I like action, I like books …

Handwritten wisdom from great minds

Chances are you bought a pad one day back when. You told yourself that whenever inspiration arose, you would make a note. Chances are it's still …

The Greatest LGBT Love Letters of All Time

What is love? This question haunts the human psyche perhaps more persistently than any other. It has occupied our collective imagination for millennia, it has baffled scientists, taunted philosophers, and tantalized artists. So mystified by love were the Ancient Greeks that they itemized six types …

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Auld Enemies: a poetry documentary

<i>3:AM Magazine’s</i> <b>SJ Fowler</b> travels with his <i>Enemies Project</i> and other poets on a collaborative poetic voyage across Scotland, documented by <b>Ross</b> …

“Not Just Self- but Social-Realization”: On John Cage’s “Diary”

By Chris Robinson.<p>My mother, who holds a bachelor’s degree in music, hates John Cage. “He doesn’t even make music,” she said when I asked her about …

Francis Plug’s Top Backstage Tips For Authors

By Francis Plug (<i>as told to Paul Ewen</i>).<p>Author events can be a terrible strain on the nerves, and this anxiety can be particularly savage in the …

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Origins of Gothic Literature

The 1760s was the decade of literary forgeries. One of the most famous forgeries which that decade produced, Horace Walpole’s 1764 book <i>The Castle of</i> …

Interesting facts about Irish literary legend Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde is one of Ireland’s greatest, if not most humorous exports.<p>Many today know the controversial, flamboyant, and debonair Victorian …

Literature

10 things you might not know about literary enigmas

There's no mystery about the best place for book lovers to gather this weekend — it's the Printers Row Lit Fest in the South Loop. But here are other questions about literature that have confounded many:<p>1/ In September 1849, Edgar Allan Poe left Richmond, Va., headed for New York. A week later, he …

Rare 1961 BBC interview with Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes

11 Beautiful Friendships Between Classic Authors

Great writers tend to want to be at the top of their field, so literature can be a cutthroat community. It’s hard to imagine wanting to hang out with a direct rival, and indeed, plenty of authors have feuded with each other or publicly derided each other’s work.<p>But this doesn’t tell the whole …

The 430 Books in Marilyn Monroe’s Library: How Many Have You Read?

If you’re a reader and user of social media, you’ve likely tested your lifetime reading list against the BBC Book Quiz.<p>Or perhaps you've allowed your …

Leo Tolstoy Creates a List of the 50+ Books That Influenced Him Most (1891)

<i>War and Peace</i>, <i>Anna Karenina</i>, <i>The Death of Ivan Ilyich</i> — many of us have felt the influence, to the good or the ill of our own reading and writing, of …

The world's most difficult books: how many have you read?

Two and a half. I have read two and a half of the 10 most difficult books ever written, as selected by Emily Colette Wilkinson and Garth Risk Hallberg of the Millions after three years' research.<p>The pair started their quest to identify the toughest books out there back in 2009, looking for "books …

LUCIA JOYCE, James Joyce's daughter

She was the light giver, the "wonder wild," James Joyce wrote of his daughter, Lucia. She was what Joyce scholars call the "Rainbow girl" in his …

Literature

George Orwell was not a language fascist: Why we keep misinterpreting his words

<b>George Orwell, Will Self (AP/Lefteris Pitarakis)</b><p>Will Self’s attack on Orwell reveals the dramatic divide in contemporary fiction over clarity vs. embroidery<p>Laura Miller<p>September 3, 2014 11:00pm (UTC)<p>Although he was a writer who strove all his life to express himself clearly, George Orwell has …

50 Fictional Destinations You Can Actually Visit

If you haven't booked up next year's summer holiday then don't fear: help is at hand.<p>This fantastic infographic, created by justtheflight.co.uk …

Chin Up: 5 Utopian Sci-Fi Books Perfect for Adaptation

One of the most recent bizarre trends in contemporary cinema is the rise of the dystopian sci-fi flick. Sure, the "Hunger Games" films may be the …

What Book Should You Read Next?

Connect With Us<p>PureWow<p>Close<p>To Save to My Recipe Box<p>Please log in to your account<p>Log In<p>Never created a password?<p>— or —<p>Don't have an …

17 Awesome Literary Halloween Costumes

Because you were Harry Potter last year. And the year before.

A Book Nerd's Guide to Meeting Boys

How, oh how, can I meet the bookish boy of my dreams?<p><b>How to Meet Boys</b> <b>by Catherine Clark</b> isn’t exactly a guide to meeting boys for dummies, but it’s …

Books

London’s famous residents: See how Freud, Holmes, Dickens lived - Europe

<b>Seeing the homes of eccentric and prominent figures makes for a different type of visit when you are in Britain’s capital.</b><p>He craved more, more and …

9 Great Adaptations You’ve Probably Never Seen

You've almost definitely seen all the big adaptations - <i>Lord of the Rings, The Godfather, Harry Potter</i> - but there are quite a few books out there (we …