Emily Dickinson

Was Walt Whitman 'gay'? New textbook rules spark LGBTQ history debate

Walt Whitman never publicly addressed his sexual orientation in his poems, essays or lectures. He lived from 1819 to 1892, a time when “gay” meant little more than “happy.”<p>Biographical materials, however, note he was involved for decades with a man named Peter Doyle. And in works like the "Calamus" …

LGBTQ

Is there such a thing as “suffering well”?

Pain is inevitable; misery is a choice; the Cross is the remedy<p>What if you faced this choice: 1) Relief from your pain; or 2) Compensation for your …

Emotions

The Language of ‘Alias Grace’ Spins an Intricate Web

Sarah Polley’s script makes for a thrilling domestic mystery.<p>Early in <b>Alias Grace</b>, a seasoned household worker warns young Grace that “a spider can …

Filmmaking

All This Blood and Love

This is the fourth installment of Nina MacLaughlin’s Novemberance column, which will run every Wednesday this month.<p>The field where I played soccer before I had breasts was called Metacomet Park. A nylon net full of balls would be spilled on the field for drills, and we ate orange wedges at …

Moby Dick

On “Oh, Susanna!”

Regarding “Oh, Susanna,” there is little point in discussing the verses nobody knows. Let us confine ourselves to the verses <i>everybody</i> knows:<p>Well, I come from Alabama with <br>a banjo on my knee <br>I’m gwine to Louisiana · <br>my true love for to see<p>It rained all night, the day I left <br>the weather, it was dry …

Poetry

Escape the News with the British Podcast “In Our Time with Melvyn Bragg”

“In Our Time with Melvyn Bragg,” a weekly BBC Radio 4 program that has aired in the U.K. since 1998, consists of a conversation between its host and three academics about some worthy cultural or historical subject—recently, Picasso’s “Guernica,” feathered dinosaurs, Germaine de Stael, and the …

Culture

Untangling the Secrets of One of Harvard’s Historic Hair Collections

The university’s Houghton Library is home to a number of famous tresses.<p>I’m in the Hyde Room of Harvard’s Houghton Library, and I’m biting my nails. …

Culture

Fiction Book Review: The Möbius Strip Club of Grief by Bianca Stone. Tin House, $15.95 trade paper (112p) ISBN 978-1-941040-85-0

The Möbius Strip Club of Grief<p>Bianca Stone. Tin House, $15.95 trade paper (112p) ISBN 978-1-941040-85-0<p>More By and About This Author<p>Balancing a …

Books

What’s streaming on Thanksgiving on Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu

We sort through what to watch on Thanksgiving 2017 on the three major streaming services.

Netflix

31 Thanksgiving Dinner Instagram Captions You'll Definitely Want Second Helpings Of

There's so much to be grateful for this time of year. There's the promise of times of reflection, good laughs, even better food, and memorable plans …

Dating

MWA Announces 2018 Grand Master, Raven and Ellery Queen Award Recipients

November 20, 2017 - New York, NY - <b>Jane Langton, William Link</b>, and <b>Peter Lovesey</b> have been chosen as the 2018 Grand Masters by Mystery Writers of …

Literature

In 'Welcome to Jesus,' the scary Other lurks in a small Texas town

Take the football culture of “Friday Night Lights,” mix it with the supernatural clamminess of “The X-Files,” and strain it through the satiric/horror filter of “Get Out,” and you’re close to what Janine Nabers creates in “Welcome to Jesus,” now in a world premiere at American Theater …

The Writer’s Digest Holiday Gift Guide: 30+ Gifts for Writers

<b>“Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.”</b> <br>—<i>Booker T. Washington, 1901</i>The season of giving is nearly upon us, and in our …

Jack Kerouac

Forget Turkey: Eat These Six Birds Instead on Thanksgiving

The case for serving other types of poultry on the holiday.<p>Whenever turkey time gobbles around, I’m reminded of the many feathered alternatives that …

Restaurants

7 Best Podcasts of November 2017: The Knowledge Edition

Previous Best of Lists:<p>10 Best Podcasts of September 2017<br>• Top 7 Podcasts of October 2017<br>• The 30 Best Podcast Episodes of All Time<p>How does one go about …

Malcolm Gladwell

New California Textbooks to Put Focus on People’s Sexuality Instead of Their, Ya Know, History

As a state, California has adopted a fresh take on history: A person’s sexual identity is what matters more than what that person does.<p>The state’s …

Conservative View

French icon Lou Doillon talks us through her dreamy new collection with And Other Stories

We’ll take one of everything please...<p>Most of our winter staples have come from & Other Stories this year, and after seeing the Paris Atelier’s brand …

Lit Hub Daily: November 16, 2017

TODAY: In 1922, Portuguese writer and recipient of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Literature José Saramago is born. • The winners of the 2017 National Book …

Literature

Amazon Developing’Mercury 13′ Based On Book As Miniseries | Deadline

Amazon has put into development <i>Mercury 13</i> based on Martha Ackmann’s book <i>The Mercury 13: The Untold Story of Thirteen American Women and the Dream of</i> …

TV

18 Healing, Surprising, Controversial, and Funny Quotes About Friendship

Best friends, old-time buddies, school friends, casual friends, life long pals—friendships are vital to an emotionally healthy life. Quantity isn’t …

Relationships

8 Classic Poems About Sailors and the Sea

The sea has beckoned and entranced for eons, and it's been a powerful, inevitable presence in poetry from its ancient beginnings, in Homer’s "Iliad" …

Poetry

Is the Age of the Artistic Recluse Over?

IN THE EARLY 1880S, a recent arrival to Amherst, Mass., gossiped in a letter about her neighbor, “a lady whom the people call the Myth. She is a sister of Mr. Dickinson, & seems to be the climax of all the family oddity. She has not been outside of her own house in fifteen years.” The details were …

Literature

How would Emily Dickinson fare with online dating?

After swapping online dating disasters with friends for hours, writer and poet Erin Bealmear decided she didn't want to be the kind of woman who …

Poetry

Thanksgiving: Poems for Kids

The following poems about the Thanksgiving holiday and gratitude are suitable for young people.<p>“América” by Richard Blanco<i><br>Although Tía Miriam boasted</i> …

'Ecstasy in living': Kate Fry is a perfect Emily Dickinson in 'Belle of Amherst'

“I find ecstasy in living,” wrote the American poet Emily Dickinson, “the mere sense of living is joy enough.”<p>So let us begin with that, dear reader, let us just let that sentence lie there, in the hope that it might improve your day at a moment when being existentially ebullient is neither …

Literature

The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Kamilah Aisha Moon

<i>The Rumpus Poetry Book Club chats with Kamilah Aisha Moon about her new collection</i> Starshine & Clay<i> (Four Way Books, September 2017), the power of</i> …

Poetry

The Poetry Girls of San Pedro Sula

O n my first visit to Our Little Roses in Honduras, a nation of 250,00 orphans, a girl says to me, “Don’t forget us.” Maybe she says it to every …

Poetry

Review: Eileen Cook’s The Hanging Girl, E.K. Johnston’s That Inevitable Victorian Thing and Samya Kullab’s Escape from Syria

<b>The Hanging Girl</b><p><i>By Eileen Cook</i><p><i>Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 320 pages, $23.99</i><p>Eighteen-year-old Skye wants to move to New York after graduation. But she doesn't make enough money working at the Burger Barn and giving fake tarot card readings to make her dreams come true. Enter Paige Bonnet, a rich, …

Books

Alias Grace Star Sarah Gadon on Why Grace Marks's Story Matters So Much Right Now

In 1843, Grace Marks was convicted of murdering her employer, Thomas Kinnear, and his housekeeper, Nancy Montgomery, in Upper Canada. She was just 16 years old. In the first episode of <i>Alias Grace</i>, the new Netflix adaptation of Margaret Atwood's 1996 historical novel, Grace, who is played by Sarah …

TV

"The Portrait is Always Dependent on the Moment": Read What Annie Leibovitz Wrote About Becoming a Photography Icon

In this excerpt from Phaidon's 2017 book "Annie Leibovitz Portraits 2005-1016," the artist talks about how she came to portraiture, and how she …

Art