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NYC Book Club Goes Topless 'To Make Reading Sexy,' Succeeds (NSFW PHOTOS)

It's spring in New York City, and that means the city's most topless literary club is back in action. Members of the The Outdoor Co-Ed Topless Pulp Fiction Appreciation Society bared their breasts in Central Park on Friday, and then again Saturday while lounging on the rooftop sundeck of a certain …

13 Everyday Phrases That Actually Came From Shakespeare

Whether you're a fan or not, you probably use many of his phrases on a regular basis — maybe without even knowing.<p>We created a list of 13 popular, albeit strange, sayings The Bard coined. In fact, we say or write some of them so often they've become clichés.<p><b>1. "Green-eyed monster"</b><p>Meaning: …

3 New Poets You Should Be Reading

<i>The following poems were originally published in</i> Best New Poets 2013: 50 Poems from Emerging Writers [Samovar Press/Meridian, $11.95], <i>edited by Jazzy Danziger and Brenda Shaughnessy.</i><p>T.S. Eliot may not have been a fan of April, but contemporary poets and poetry lovers alike see it as a time to …

This Poem Will Make Grown Men Cry

<i>The following was originally published in</i> Poems That Make Grown Men Cry <i>[Simon & Schuster, $25.00], an anthology of moving poetry. In the below excerpt, Sebastian Faulks discusses "Frost at Midnight" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge:</i><p>Coleridge was a shambolic man who was too often distracted by drugs and …

National Poetry Month Daily Poem: ‘A Death-scene’ by Emily Brontë

To celebrate National Poetry Month, Flavorwire will be posting a poem a day. For today’s installment, we go back to 1846 for this poem from <i>Poems By</i> …

Post-Punk Goodreads: Joy Division and Nikolai Gogol’s ‘Dead Souls’

It’s doubtful that I was the only teenage punk to pick up <i>Dead Souls</i> by Nikolai Gogol, who was born on this day in 1809, after realizing that Joy …

Post Punk

15 of our favorite books about libraries and librarians - Blog Post

It's April 1st, book lovers, and the beginning of a month devoted to celebrating one of our favorite places on the planet: libraries! First off, …

“In the poems, people are always misperceiving one another. But misperceptions are a part of being alive to others. You don’t need truth or beauty. All you do is perceive. That’s all you need to have loved and lived fully.” An interview with poet Joy Katz: http://tpr.ly/1c1dRKe.

Snow Reads Are the New Beach Reads: 26 Books to Get You Through Winter

Every year, around the time when mercury rises and the sun starts peeking out, we’re bombarded with countless articles on the best books to read at …

8 Unexpected Places To Find Your Next Favorite Book

We live in an age of soaring e-book sales. More and more readers are dumping their heavy hardcovers for a Kindle stocked with digital downloads. There are a lot of advantages to e-books, advantages I can’t deny despite my sentimental attitude toward paper books. They aren’t made of trees from our …

To Better Remember Nelson Mandela, Get To Know This 'Country'

Since the death of anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela, tributes and memorials have poured in from around the globe. Mourners count among their number leaders from dozens of countries, including American presidents and Iran's Hassan Rouhani.<p>Commemorations such as these may serve to remember the …

100 best books for Christmas

We look back at the 100 best books of 2013, from the finest novels to the most appetising cookery books, all of which will make perfect presents this Christmas<p><b>FICTION</b><p><b>1. The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, £18.99</b><p>Eleanor Catton became the youngest ever winner of the Man Booker prize this year. The …

Stoner: How the story of a failure became an all-out publishing success

There is something you should have done in 1965, but likely didn't. You had to have been old enough, of course; and of a certain sensibility, perhaps. And no, it didn't involve sex. Or protest marches. Or rock 'n' roll. It didn't have anything to do with drugs, despite the title of what I'm going …

Suicide Notes: Notable Writers Who Committed Suicide

"What do you write?" Any writer will tell you that this is the first question asked when people find out what they do for a living. It's not like identifying yourself as a doctor because most doctors will indicate their specialty, such as "I'm a cardiologist," or "I'm a chiropractor." But when …