Literature

Thirty years of Hay: Christopher Hitchens, Margaret Atwood, Hilary Mantel – in conversation

Christopher Hitchens on God, Margaret Atwood on The Handmaid’s Tale, Hilary Mantel on Wolf Hall … highlights from Hay’s most memorable interviews<p><b>Kazuo Ishiguro with Francine Stock 2000</b><p><b>FS:</b> Is the element of self-deception that characterises a number of the figures in your novels always to do with …

Margaret Atwood

Even in this age of mass literacy, we need writing lessons more than ever

Writing is not the passport to riches promised to would-be journalists of the past, and nor is it an exact science. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be learned<p>Thanks to this newspaper’s belief in self-improvement and its need in these hard times to earn a bob or two, a reader can sign up to a …

Pride and Prejudice

Colm Tóibín Knows You’re Secretly Weak

The ‘Brooklyn’ author is out with a riveting new novel he hopes will shed light on our capacity for evil—and is full of opinions on gay sex, Irish writing, and the Boston Bomber.<p>I can’t stop laughing.<p>I can’t stop laughing because the man I consider one of the greatest writers alive, the man whose …

Books

5 Favorite Quotes from Jack Vance

Jack Vance was one of fantasy fiction’s great stylists, a writer whose fiction veritably glitters with its verbosity and picaresque wit. He’s one of …

Books

Denis Johnson, author of 'Jesus' Son,' dead at 67

NEW YORK — Denis Johnson, the prize-winning fiction writer, poet and playwright best known for his surreal and transcendent story collection <i>Jesus' Son</i>, has died at age 67.<p>Johnson died Wednesday, according to his literary agent, Nicole Aragi. Johnson died of liver cancer at his home in The Sea …

Books

What classic novels tell us about climate change (quite a lot)

They didn’t know of global warming, but they knew the environment was changing. Irrevocably.<p>There is a strange and troubled kind of intimacy between …

Books

A love lost, a Cold War treasure gained: A Dallas man's 'Doctor Zhivago' connection | Books

In March 1959, Ronald K. Jones had fallen hopelessly in love. He had invited to the formal spring dance the homecoming queen at the University of …

Books

Author-Inspired Fashion: Agatha Christie

Die for the crime, live for the fashion with the queen of murder mysteries.When talking about the murder mystery genre, there's no way to avoid the …

Books

Kierkegaard's Muse

<b>The first biography of Kierkegaard's literary muse and one-time fiancée, from the author of the definitive biography of the philosopher</b><p><i>Kierkegaard's</i> …

Books

An Evening with Mary Gaitskill and the Los Angeles Review of Books

By Sophie Browner Two weekends ago, the Los Angeles Review of Books hosted Mary Gaitskill at Editor-in-Chief Tom Lutz’s home for an evening of …

Books

We Work in the Dark

A Dash of Style: The Art and Mastery of Punctuation<p>by Noah Lukeman<p>Adventures in the Screen Trade<p>by William Goldman<p>APE: Author, Publisher, …

Authors

TV & radio: what to tune in to next week (27 May–2 June 2017)

<i>Jane Austen Behind Closed Doors. (BBC/Chris Cardwell)</i><p><b>Archive On 4: Femmes Fatales</b><p><b>Radio 4</b><p><b>Saturday 27 May, 8.00pm</b><p>Actor Kathleen Turner celebrates the …

History

8 summer books to read on the beach this Memorial Day Weekend

While summer will not officially begin until late June (the exact date depends on your time zone), Memorial Day Weekend has generally been understood …

Books

11 of the Most Disastrous Vacations in Literature

Murder, mayhem, drunken fights and long walks on the beach. 11 vacations that went horribly wrong but made for timeless fiction<p>We pour our hopes, …

Books

How to Write a Great Letter, According to One of History’s Best Correspondents

For centuries, biographers have been able to rely on a priceless resource when it comes to 18th, 19th and 20th century figures: their subjects’ …

Books

Seeking an antidote to The Handmaid’s Tale

Handmaids are so hot right now. I mean the new <i>Handmaid’s Tale</i> television series, which stars Elisabeth Moss as Offred, a fertile woman held captive by an authoritarian government attempting to reverse an epidemic of infertility through reproductive slavery.<p>As creepy and unsettling as U.S. …

Books

A List of Poems For Every Unit

<b>One resource that I have always wanted as a teacher is a list of poems arranged by theme so I could easily find a great piece to add to any unit.</b></b> …

Poetry

What to watch on Netflix this weekend: The ‘Get Woke’ Edition

<b>Dear White People</b> <b>(2017 – present)</b><br>Don’t be dissuaded by the provocative title. This sharp, poignant show not only shines a light on current race …

Margaret Atwood

Newswire: Donald Trump’s been obsessed with Russia since the ’80s, Nobel Prize winner says

President of the United States of America and chicken nugget with lips Donald Trump has been fixated on Russia since the ’80s, according to a Nobel Prize-winning cardiologist. Dr. Bernard Lown tells the story in an exclusive interview with <i>The Hollywood Reporter,</i> in which he describes a meeting he …

Donald Trump

Turns Out, Republicans Sound Frighteningly Like "The Handmaid's Tale"

In the end, maybe we shouldn't have been so surprised. The GOP party has been branded by its unabashed disdain for women's health care, and rose to power in 2016 on a platform openly antagonistic to vital issues ranging from choice to family planning. And with the passage of the American Health …

Handmaid's Tale

20+ African American Women Writers You Should Know

01<p>of 29<p>African American Women Writers<p>African American women writers have helped to bring the black woman's experience to life for millions of …

Black History

Books: In search of the real F Scott Fitzgerald

I’d Die For You: and Other Lost Stories<p>F. Scott Fitzgerald, edited by Anne Margaret Daniel<p>Simon & Schuster, £16.99<p>Review by Brian Morton<p>EVEN Scott …

Books

Poem of the Week: ‘Castles in Spain’ by Amy Lowell

Amy Lowell’s legacy, as represented in the pages of <i>The Atlantic</i> and in the broader poetic landscape, is a spare and neglected one. Though she was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1926, she never quite reached the heights of literary acclaim or recognition that her relatives James Russell …

Sociology

Critics Divided Over Dark New ‘Anne of Green Gables’ Series

While “Anne With an E” gets points for bravery — tackling the subject of menstruation, for example — critics and fans of the original <i>Anne of Green Gables</i>, as well as its beloved adaptations, are finding this “dark” new iteration a bit hard to swallow. <i>The New Yorker</i> goes for the throat, even …

Books

Djuna Barnes: the 'lesbian' writer who rejected lesbianism

“I’m not a lesbian, I just loved Thelma.” What did the modernist author Djuna Barnes mean by this? And why has this quote – in which the elderly …

LGBTQ

English GCSE exam error admitted by board

<b>One of the country's biggest exam boards, OCR, has admitted to an error in Friday's English Literature GCSE exam, taken by around 14,000 teenagers.</b><p>The mistake related to a question on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet in which the family background of a key character, Tybalt, was mixed up.<p>The question …

Education

The Complete On-Screen History of Frankenstein

Universal Pictures was a champion of horror in the 1930s and 40s, building a rogue gallery of creeps known as the Universal Monsters. Universal is …

Horror Fiction

Denis Johnson’s Poetic Visions of a Fallen World

In one of the rare interviews he did, the fiction writer and poet Denis Johnson — who died on Wednesday at 67 — was asked about his craft, and he quoted these lines from Joseph Conrad: “My task which I am trying to achieve is, by the power of the written word to make you hear, to make you feel — it …

Books

Rules for Consciousness in Mammals

Anyone who talks about Clarice Lispector and psychoanalysis is likely to say something foolish, not least because psychoanalysis is a discipline of listening, not talking. And, in fact, this is a tempting place to stop.<p>#<p>“Coherence,” says Lispector, “I don’t want it any more. Coherence is …

Great Books

Israeli writer Amos Oz honored for 'freedom of thought' | Books | DW | 26.05.2017

Following his shortlisting for the 2017 Man Booker prize, author Amos Oz, Israel's liberal voice of conscience, has taken home the Abraham Geiger …

Israel