Literature

The Books That Made Your Favorite Writers Want to Write

It’s a question that’s asked by interviewers all the time: how did you become a writer? It’s kind of a lob, and for many authors, the answer is …

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Margaret Atwood explains how to know if you’re living in a totalitarian state

An interview with the author of The Handmaid’s Tale.<p>In the Republic of Gilead, a totalitarian theocracy, each wealthy and powerful man has a team of women to serve him. "Martha" cleans his home. The "Handmaid," one of the few fertile women in the military regime, presents her body for him, lying …

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7 Tips for Writers from Margaret Atwood

Starting today, Hulu began airing an adaptation of one of Margaret Atwood’s most notable works, her 1985 novel <i>The Handmaid’s Tale</i>. The first three …

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25 Vintage Boy Names Worth Reviving

If you’re looking for a baby boy name that’s not all-the-rage right now, Nameberry has some suggestions with a vintage flair.<p>Since boy names tend to stay on the popularity lists longer than girls’ names, these examples are quite unusual in that most of them were in common use at one time but then …

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That Wasn’t Twain: How a Misquotation Is Born

How fitting that the man often credited with saying “a lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes” most likely did not invent the phrase.<p>Commonly attributed to Mark Twain, that quotation instead appears to be a descendant of a line published centuries ago …

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Great Job, Internet!: J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis thought Snow White sucked

It’s fun to imagine the details of the friendship between C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, poring over dusty tomes and arguing over the details that created some of the most beloved fantasy worlds ever. A new article on <i>Atlas Obscura</i>, though, details a very different aspect of their friendship: They …

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Public Art Project Is Giving Away 4,000 Free Copies Of 'Handmaid's Tale'

Yes, please.<p>Written in 1985, Margaret Atwood’s <i>The Handmaid’s Tale</i> has never been out of print. So to call renewed interested in the beloved dystopian story a “resurgence” might be disingenuous ― the book’s popularity was never in question.<p>Nonetheless, as President Donald Trump has ascended to the …

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Will Make Your Uterus Cringe

It’s here! Hulu’s original series <i>The Handmaid’s Tale</i> premieres today, and there’s just a few things you should know before you dig in to the dark and …

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’: Alexis Bledel and Margaret Atwood React to the Year’s Most Brutal Scene

Brace yourself for Episode 3, "Late," and the moment Bledel described as "a scene out of a horror film."<p><b>[Editor’s note: The following contains</b> …

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The Fictional Country You Build When Your Home No Longer Exists

The 20th-century Bohemian writer Johannes Urzidil fled his embattled birthplace just before World War II, never to return—except in the stories he wrote.<p>During World War II, a generation of great German writers including Thomas Mann, Hannah Arendt, Hermann Hesse, and Bertolt Brecht became exiles, …

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The Handmaid's Tale Is The Most Terrifying & Important Show For Women In The Trump Era

<i>The Handmaid’s Tale</i> is the story of an America that woke up too late. "Now I'm awake to the world. I was asleep before,” protagonist Offred (Elizabeth Moss) explains in the the prescient new Hulu series, based on the 1985 dystopian novel by Margaret Atwood. "That's how we let it happen. Nothing …

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Zen and the art of great American road novel

At least two classic American novels illuminate Buddhism via the highway. Jack Kerouac’s <i>On the Road</i> and Robert Persig’s <i>Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance</i> both travel through the US with eastern influences. But Kerouac’s work represents Zen in action and Persig’s is more like a guide with …

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The Handmaid’s Tale Speaks Through Pop Music

There aren’t many music cues in the first three episodes of Hulu’s <i>The Handmaid’s Tale</i>, but the handful of song choices all illuminate a particular …

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Here’s Why Everyone’s Talking So Much About The Handmaid’s Tale

With more and more people looking to streaming services like Amazon or Netflix for the newest (and often best) television shows, it’s no surprise that people are flocking to Hulu for its latest offering, <i>The Handmaid’s Tale.</i> Set in the near future in a dystopian wasteland called Gilead (aka …

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How THE HANDMAID’S TALE is a Story of Quiet Defiance

<i>The below contains spoilers for the first three episodes of</i> <b>The Handmaid’s Tale</b><i>, which are now available to view in their entirety courtesy of Hulu.</i> …

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Robert Pirsig Reveals the Personal Journey That Led Him to Write His Counterculture Classic, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (1974)

I well remember pulling Robert Pirsig’s <i>Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance</i> from my parents’ shelves at age twelve or thirteen, working my way …

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Difference Engines and Other Infernal Devices: History According to Steampunk

Some Random Thoughts on History's Recent Past. Confino, Michael // History & Memory;Fall/Winter2000, Vol. 12 Issue 2, p29<p>Discusses the attempt of …

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Joseph Fiennes (‘The Handmaid’s Tale’) was drawn to the writing, but ‘of course it’s political’ [WATCH]

“Of course it’s political. It was political 30-odd years ago, it’s prescient today, and let’s hope it’s not so prescient in the future,” said <b>Joseph</b> …

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Hulu’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Will ‘Spark a Lot of Debate,’ Exec Producer Says

The stars of “The Handmaid’s Tale” walked the carpet in Los Angeles on Tuesday evening ahead of the series premiere on Hulu Wednesday, but the …

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'The Handmaid's Tale' Recap: Gilead Feels a Lot Like Real Life

This is chilling.<p><b>Each week, Teen Vogue will take you on a journey to The Republic of Gilead — ground zero of The Handmaid's Tale.</b><p>The pilot episode of <i>The Handmaid's Tale</i> is one part gripping drama and two parts instruction manual on what to do in the event a rogue group of fundamentalists takes hold …

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Isn't It Relevant That the Star of The Handmaid's Tale Belongs to a Secretive, Allegedly Oppressive Religion?

The <i>Handmaid’s Tale</i> is one of the finest dystopian novels ever written, and it is, inescapably and fundamentally, about women’s oppression under an …

Feminism

In ‘Handmaid’s Tale,’ a postracial, patriarchal hellscape

What happens to white supremacy in a totalitarian theocracy? It depends on whom you ask<p><i>This article discusses details of</i> The Handmaid’s Tale<i>, both</i> …

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Why 'The Outsiders' Still Matters 50 Years Later

When S.E. Hinton published <i>The Outsiders</i> in 1967, a novel she began writing at age 15 and sold at 17, the idea of a teenager writing fiction for her …

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'The Handmaid's Tale': 11 terms from the book to know before watching the Hulu series

<i>The Handmaid's Tale</i> dropped its first three episodes on Hulu Wednesday for your bingeing pleasure. It's essential viewing as easily the best drama …

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'Margaret Atwood Made a Feminist Out of Me': 12 Authors on The Handmaid's Tale

Mara Wilson, N.K. Jemisin, Jenny Han, and more talk about the first time they went to Gilead.<p>Margaret Atwood's <i>The Handmaid's Tale</i> is a classic of modern literature. It has shaped many people's ideas of feminism, fairness, and dystopia since being published in 1985. But, as we wait to see Hulu's …

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TV Club: The Handmaid’s Tale will not become ordinary

Writing about television is a pleasure, almost all of the time. It’s a chance to champion excellent performances and smart writers, to pick apart something that’s not quite working in an attempt to find the cause, to cheer for great writing and follow compelling characters for weeks, months, years. …

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The Handmaid's Tale Cast on the Series' Message: "It's Obviously a Feminist Work"

When the writers, directors, and producers of Hulu's <i>The Handmaid's Tale</i> started adapting Margaret Atwood's 1985 novel into a series more than two years ago, they couldn't have anticipated the political climate we find ourselves in now. Still, the novel the series is based on has long been …

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The Handmaid’s Tale’s first 3 episodes are brilliant, terrifying television

Hulu’s new series starts by broadening the book’s world — and leaning into its horror.<p><i>Every week,</i> <i>a few members of the</i> <i>Vox Culture t</i><i>eam</i> <i>will gather to talk out the latest episode of</i> The Handmaid’s Tale<i>, Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel. This week, staff writers Caroline Framke and</i> …

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Author Margaret Atwood Warns That Under Trump ‘This Might Actually Happen’

There’s a reason why Trump supporters are not looking forward to Hulu’s adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale.<p>Written in 1985, Margaret Atwood’s <i>The Handmaid’s Tale</i>contains numerous passages that feel startlingly relevant in 2017.<p><i>It could be old clips, it could be faked. But I watch it anyway, hoping to</i> …

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Elisabeth Moss Talks The Handmaid's Tale — & How It's Definitely A Feminist Show

It has not been easy to watch <i>The Handmaid's Tale</i>. Hulu's latest scripted endeavor, an adaptation of Margaret Atwood's 1985 novel of the same name, feels as contemporary as ever. In a world where a woman's right to choose seems newly threatened on the daily, watching a series about the world's last …

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