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Rereading Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own in the #MeToo era

We still haven’t lived up to Woolf’s vision of the 21st century.<p>Virginia Woolf, whose 136th birthday is the subject of the January 25 Google Doodle, makes for unsettling reading in the #MeToo era.<p>Woolf is one of the greatest novelists of the English language, and a giant among modernists. In …

Literature

Paris Review - E. L. Doctorow, The Art of Fiction No. 94

Interviewed by George Plimpton<p>Issue 101, Winter 1986<p>This interview on the craft of writing with E. L. Doctorow is one of the first in this series conducted in public—which it was, under the auspices of The Poetry Center, in the main auditorium of New York City’s famed cultural spa, the 92nd Street …

Literature

A Drive Around the Whale Fjord

Been feeling nostalgic about Iceland again. Thought about our drive around Hvalfjörđur, the Whale Fjord, so wrote a blog post about it:<p>Any excuse to …

Iceland

Self-publishing is not revolutionary - it's reactionary

Trumpeted as a democratic broadening of the publishing field, 'authorpreneurialism' actually narrows the world of reading and writing<p>Self-publishing has always been possible and, indeed, for centuries was part and parcel of literary culture. Then it became expensive and, frankly, less prestigious, …

Remus and Romulus - Arctic Wolf

24 Great Gatsby Facts

<b>1.</b> Would a Great American Novel by any other name be as sweet? Based on the other titles F. Scott Fitzgerald considered for <i>Gatsby</i>, I’d have to say …

The Origins of 9 Great British Insults

For as long as people have been speaking the English language, they’ve been deploying it to poke fun at one another. Let's dig a little deeper into …

Etymology

30 Bits of Wisdom for the Class of 2013

It’s graduation season, and that means platitudes are parading out the mouths of notable speakers everywhere. Every year, speakers spew the same old …

Inside the Internet Archive

In a grand old building in San Francisco, an organization dedicates itself to creating universal access to all human knowledge. No, it's not …