Literature

The strange cult of Emily Brontë and the 'hot mess' of Wuthering Heights

This Emily Brontë – self-interested, pragmatic – is not the one the literary heritage industry will be celebrating<p>Charlotte worried dreadfully about the reputational damage Wuthering Heights might do to the emerging Brontë brand<p>Over this ecstatic high summer, visitors to the Haworth parsonage …

Books

Stephen King Used An 'Animal Farm' Quote To Call Out Donald Trump & It's The Perfect Literary Burn

The July 19 Helsinki summit opened the doors for a lot of hot takes on the relationship between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, but this is the best …

Donald Trump

We can’t paint over our racist past | Letters

I read the article about how at the University of Manchester the students painted over the Kipling mural and replaced it with a Maya Angelou poem (Report, 20 July). How disappointing. It seems England is following the same path as the US where our 19th- and early 20th-century racist past is …

Books

Andrew Motion on Stisted: ‘That’s where I first began to care about poems’

“Fair seed-time had my soul,” says Wordsworth in the first book of <i>The Prelude</i>, “And I grew up / Foster’d alike by beauty and by fear.” Quite so. Beauty and fear. The essential, paradoxical ingredients of childhood. One filling us with wonder; the other threatening our hold on the world and hereby …

Poetry

Are Great Illustrated Classics Great For Kids?

'The Time Machine' isn't very faithful, but the slimmed-down 'Moby Dick' might be useful.<p>There’s a bizarre song in Shirley Bogart’s Great Illustrated …

University of Illinois

7 facts about Robert Burns, Scotland’s national bard

Famed as Scotland's national bard, Robert Burns (1759–96) penned many famous verses including 'Auld Lang Syne' and 'Address to a Haggis'. A number of …

History

Invitation to a Bonfire by Adrienne Celt — burning desire | Financial Times

Adrienne Celt’s second novel, <i>Invitation to a Bonfire</i>, is a ravishing tale of love, loss, desire and betrayal. Inspired by the marriage of the …

Great Books

A Beach Trip to the Shivering Sands: Wilkie Collins's "The Moonstone"

<b>Published</b> 150 years ago on July 16, 1868, in three volumes by Tinsley Brothers of London, Wilkie Collins’s <b>The Moonstone</b> has been called, by T.S. …

Books

Crime writer Amy Stuart picks the most thrilling books of her life

<i>In All Ages, Globe Books asks authors to dig deep for memorable books that span their lifetime, from childhood to what’s on their reading list right now.</i><p>Two years ago, high-school English teacher Amy Stuart published <i>Still Mine</i>, her debut thriller that became a Canadian bestseller. Now the Toronto …

Books

Christopher Hitchens, Who Mixed Drinking & Writing, Names the “Best Scotch in the History of the World”

In 2006, a profile of Christopher Hitchens in <i>The New Yorker</i> noted how its subject had the tendency to drink “like a Hemingway character: continually …

Christopher Hitchens

Remembering Yi Lei, 1951–2018

Yi Lei astounded readers in China when, in 1986, she published a long poem entitled, “A Single Woman’s Bedroom.” In it, a female speaker unpacks her …

Poetry

13 books you heard about on CBC Radio this week

Here are some of the books discussed on national CBC Radio shows between July 14-20, 2018.<p><b>First Snow, Last Light by Wayne Johnston</b><p>Wayne Johnston's …

Books

Stephen King uses a George Orwell quote to destroy Trump and Putin

When it comes to taking down Trump on Twitter, Stephen King regularly employs his full bag of writer's tricks to make sure the task is carried out as …

Stephen King

Stephen Hawking’s Mother on Her Son’s Singular Genius and How We Expand the Boundaries of Human Knowledge

<i>“Every man or woman who is sane, every man or woman who has the feeling of being a person in the world, and for whom the world means something, every happy person, is in infinite debt to a woman,”</i> the pioneering psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott wrote in his manifesto for the mother’s contribution to …

Stephen Hawking

A Kind of Communal History: Nepantla edited by Christopher Soto

<i>Nepantla: An Anthology Dedicated to Queer People of Color</i>, edited by Christopher Soto, is an historical anthology, not only because it is the first …

Great Books

Grading Taylor Swift’s Literary Allusions

Stacy Pratt is a citizen of the Mvskoke (Creek) Nation who wanders around the world when she can. She is a former English professor and current …

Love Stories

American Experience

Tesla | Article<p>Tesla's Dinner Party<p>By Cori Brosnahan<p><b>“</b><i>Nikola Tesla is almost the tallest, almost the thinnest and certainly the most serious man who</i> …

Mark Twain

What are your predictions for the Man Booker long list?

The list will be revealed Tuesday. The Times of London has, as usual, named the books it expects to see, and the books it hopes to see.

Man Booker Prize

A Literary Giant Wrestles With His Legacy in Pamplona

In May of 2017, Stacy Keach attempted to open Jim McGrath's <i>Pamplona</i> at the Goodman Theatre. He took the stage in character as Ernest Hemingway, …

Great Books

Three Poems, by Aleš Šteger

—Translated from Slovenian, from <i>The Book of Bodies</i> (2010)<p><b>The word waiting</b><p>The word <i>waiting</i><br>Under the harrow.<br>The earth is waiting<br>For the grain<br>To be …

Poetry

Literature: Powering the word

In Mozambique poets, authors, journalists and activists are pushing to develop a new generation of Lusophone writing

Southern Africa

Philip Kerr is gone, but his historical fiction genre lives on

We crime fans love our writers. We read their works in binges, wait eagerly for the next installment of favorites, and, when a series ends, genuinely mourn. Who do I read next? That’s a question I get all the time, and I pondered it long when <b>Philip Kerr</b> died in March. His <i>Bernie Gunther</i> series was …

Books

25 Literary Art Quotes For Inspiring Your Most Creative Self

Great art, whether it’s visual art, poetry, music, dance, or some other creative work, challenges and inspires us. And, in doing so, it has the power …

The Arts

Black Canaries | 2018 Film Festival | PBS Online Film Festival

About the Film<p>Isolated, desperate, and haunted by his coal-stained birthright, Father continues his daily descent into the accursed Maple mine— even …

Film Festivals

Whatever became of CanLit? New anthology addresses the question

Luminous Ink: Writers on Writing in Canada<p>Edited by Tessa McWatt, Rabindranath Maharaj and Dione Brand | Cormorant Books<p>$29.95, 233 pages<p>Some people …

Canadian Literature

Having Glaze Both Ways: Talking to Wayne Koestenbaum – BLARB

<i>How might hints of “glade,” “gaze,” “gays,” “haze,” “gloze” (and perhaps “glass”) coalesce into an especially buoyant and attentive prose? How might</i> …

Books

Vladimir Mayakovsky’s Voice Still Rings Out

If the rain kept you from celebrating poet Vladimir Mayakovsky's birthday yesterday, don't despair. Head up to VDNKh to see a terrific exhibition …

Art

The poets who bring us something more

The founder of The Christian Science Monitor, Mary Baker Eddy, was not impartial about the power of poetry. A list of her contributions to the …

Literary Prizes

What It Takes - Frank McCourt

00:00:03 ALICE WINKLER: In 1996, a New York City public school teacher, who was getting ready to retire, wrote his first book. It was a memoir about …

High School

Coronation Street fans fear Liz McDonald will be murdered by Jenny Bradley after confessing to loving Johnny Connor

CORONATION Street viewers fear Jenny Bradley is going to snap and murder Liz McDonald.<p>The slightly unhinged former seamstress - who is played by …

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