Literature

Nine Christie Novels for Newcomers

So you’ve seen the new movie adaptation of <i>Murder on the Orient Express</i>, and you’re interested in learning more about Agatha Christie? With over 60 …

Agatha Christie

Sunday Reading: Pulp Fiction

In the nineteen-thirties and forties, <i>The New Yorker</i> began to cover crime as a regular beat, with writers including St. Clair McKelway, Janet Flanner, and A. J. Liebling reporting on misdeeds ranging from mob hits to elaborate kidnappings. Like Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood,” many of these …

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Louise Erdrich's 6 favorite books that will transport you

<b>Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny</b> (Knopf, $26).<p>World entered: an overpopulated New York City apartment. This book has a veneer of ordinariness …

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It’s the Kultur, Stupid

Angst für Deutschland: Die Wahrheit über die AfD: wo sie herkommt, wer sie führt, wohin sie steuert [Angst for Germany: The Truth about the AfD: …

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Joan Didion Doesn't Owe the World Anything

The long-awaited documentary about her life makes clear: She has escaped the demands so often placed on other authors.<p>“I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means,” Joan Didion confessed in 1976. “What I want and what I fear.” The writer was in …

5 new books you won't want to miss this week, starting with 'Why Bob Dylan Matters'

­<p>USA TODAY’s Jocelyn McClurg scopes out the hottest books on sale each week.<p><b>1. Why Bob Dylan Matters</b> by Richard F. Thomas (Dey Street, non-fiction, on sale Nov. 21)<p><b>What it’s about:</b> A Harvard Classics professor who teaches a freshman seminar on Dylan explains why the folk musician deserved to win …

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John Curran: 75 Facts About Christie

<b>John Curran is the author of the Edgar Award winning Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks and Murder in the Making. Read on to discover 75 facts about</b> …

Agatha Christie

Great Mysteries of Art and Literature, Explained

<i>What is the Mona Lisa thinking? (fifteen-hundreds)</i><p>• Enigmatic happiness is the best happiness.<br>• A flattering portrait of a wealthy merchant’s wife—a bit <i>mercenario</i>, Leonardo, no?<br>• I don’t mind the name “La Gioconda,” but “jocund” puts ten pounds on your midsection.<br>• Thanking God that Leonardo did …

Culture

Think of What You Skip Reading a Novel

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

A Miserable Miracle - Los Angeles Review of Books

EARLY IN Lucrecia Martel’s new film, <i>Zama</i>, we are introduced to a wretched and sickly man, a prisoner of the Spanish colonial government at Asunción. …

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Schubert - Greatest Works

Piano Quintet in A, D667 ‘Trout Quintet'<p>Here is Schubert at his most buoyant and delightful. By adding a double bass to the piano quartet he not only …

Franz Schubert

Stuart McLean's archives to live on at McMaster University

Late storyteller and humorist's manuscripts, photos and more now open to the public<p>The personal archives of beloved storyteller and award-winning …

Bertrand Russell

Immortal Gatito

If she had been a hairdresser, or if she had slept with a young apprentice, it would have been different.<i>—The Deputy Public Prosecutor.</i><p>To translate the Gabrielle Russier case into American terms you would have to improvise a new society. First, every teacher and professor in the country, from …

Artists

Women Dressed As Handmaids Are Protesting Queensland’s Abortion Laws

"The person you vote for could determine whether or not abortion remains in the Criminal Code in Queensland."<p>The protesters are dressed like the handmaids in TV show <i>The Handmaid’s Tale</i>, an adaptation of the Margaret Atwood classic in which fertile women are denied bodily autonomy and forced to …

Rights & Freedoms

Sing, Unburied, Sing, by Jesmyn Ward, 2017 National Book Award Winner, Fiction

2017 National Book Award Winner, Fiction<p><b>Jesmyn Ward</b><p><b>Sing, Unburied, Sing</b><p>(Scribner / Simon & Schuster)<p>ISBN: 9781501126062<p><b>National Book Foundation: Why</b> …

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A theory for Dalit literature: The importance of Sharankumar Limbale's writings

<i>Editor's note: Under the norms of the caste system, Dalits were denied the pen. Before the advent of Dalit literature in India, much of Dalit history</i> …

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Books: In dystopian ‘Future Home,’ humankind is devolving

Forget Yeats’ rough beast, slouching toward Bethlehem. In “Future Home of the Living God,” novelist Louise Erdrich’s dystopian parable of the way we …

Detroit

Giveaway – Win Edgar Allan Poe’s Lighthouse Keeper on Digital Download

The Movie Partnership releases Edgar Allan Poe’s <b>Lighthouse Keeper</b> on Digital Download on Monday, November 27th, and we have five copies to give away …

Edgar Allan Poe

Biography of a Canadian writer

. About Merilyn Simonds, Briefly .<p>Merilyn Simonds is the author of seventeen books, including the creative nonfiction classic, <i>The Convict Lover</i>, a …

Authors

Voices in Asian-Anglophone Fiction

This week in the <i>New Yorker</i> <b>Jane Hu</b> analyzes the “dispassionate first-person narrators” prominent in works by English-speaking Asian authors and …

Great Books

What Are Motifs in Fiction and Nonfiction?

A <i>motif</i> is a recurring theme, verbal pattern, or narrative unit in a single text or a number of different texts. Adjective: <i>motific</i>.<p>Critic William …

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 …

Emily Dickinson

17 Art Prints Of Books For People Who Wear Their Book-Loving Hearts On Their Sleeves (And Their Walls)

Buying a book for a book lover is surprisingly fraught territory. Sure, you may <i>think</i> that they haven't read this one yet, but you can never know <i>for</i> …

Harry Potter

In Cold Blood Detective's Son Reflects on Brutal Case, Relationships with Capote and Harper Lee

Paul Dewey was just a boy in 1959 when his detective dad was assigned to investigate the brutal slayings of the Clutter family, who had been found …

True Crime

The Tyranny of Canonical Texts

I, too, dislike it: there are things that are important beyond<br>all this fiddle.<p>“Poetry,” Marianne Moore<p>As a sophomore in high school, I was a nerdy</i> …

Education

What Howards End can tell us about the social media age

The obvious idea that we have inner and outer lives is a crucial one for us to keep in our 21st-century sights.<p>The 1992 film adaptation of EM …

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#MassArrests Update - Biggest Sting in History, Indictments Growing, President Trump Tweets 'The time is upon us - operation Alice in Wonderland is about to start'

#MassArrests Update - Biggest Sting in History, Indictments Growing, President Trump Tweets 'The time is upon us - operation Alice in Wonderland is …

Jonathan Coe: how to write a children’s book for our turbulent times

The author reveals how the simplicity, satire and ambiguity of Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels gave him the spark to write a fantasy story for children<p>This year marks the 350th anniversary of Jonathan Swift’s birth, which makes it a good moment to reflect on the many paradoxes of his art. In an age when …

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1921: The French Quarter becomes a literary bohemia | NOLA.com

<i>The Times-Picayune is marking the tricentennial of New Orleans with its ongoing</i> <i>300 for 300</i> <i>project, running through 2018 and highlighting the moments</i> …

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<i>Margaret Atwood turns 78 years old on November 18th. Happy Birthday, Margaret Atwood!</i><p>Celebrated thinker (and talented Scorpio) Margaret Atwood is a …

Margaret Atwood