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Hemingway's Hidden Metafictions in "The Sun Also Rises"

Hemingway's Hidden Metafictions in "The Sun Also Rises" | Literature | Scoop.it
“I am sick of those ones with their clear restrained writing,” wrote the master of clear, restrained writing.
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Ira Glass is a Philistine for Saying Shakespeare Sucks, But These Other Writers Hated the Bard Too

Ira Glass is a Philistine for Saying Shakespeare Sucks, But These Other Writers Hated the Bard Too | Literature | Scoop.it
There's a long list of famous writers (Tolstoy!) who insulted Shakespeare's work.
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The Real Reason Why You Pass Judgment on Other People's Taste in Books

The Real Reason Why You Pass Judgment on Other People's Taste in Books | Literature | Scoop.it
Of course, your own taste in reading material is beyond reproach -- but those Twilight fans, they're just stuffing their brains with garbage. And meanwhile, those literary snobs are judging you for liking military science fiction, without even having read any. If this is you or someone you know, then you ought to read Laura Miller's essay on literary judgments.
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George Orwell Explains in a Revealing 1944 Letter Why He’d Write 1984

George Orwell Explains in a Revealing 1944 Letter Why He’d Write 1984 | Literature | Scoop.it
Most of the twentieth century's notable men of letters — i.e., writers of books, of essays, of reportage — seem also to have, literally, written a great deal of letters.
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Teaching “The Odyssey” at San Quentin

Teaching “The Odyssey” at San Quentin | Literature | Scoop.it
I worried the inmates would dismiss the ancient story. Instead, they saw themselves -- and the power of literature
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Should Literature Be Useful?

Should Literature Be Useful? | Literature | Scoop.it
Fiction’s lack of practical applications is what gives it its special freedom.
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Lee Siegel questions whether we should make much of the recent studies showing the usefulness of literary fiction for building empathy.

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Veronica Roth briefly responds to ‘Allegiant’ backlash, other authors come to defense : BiblioFiend

Veronica Roth briefly responds to ‘Allegiant’ backlash, other authors come to defense : BiblioFiend | Literature | Scoop.it
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Roth and other authors (including John Green) respond to the criticism.  Green's comments are especially insightful.

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On Eliot's 125th, His 'Waste Land' Hasn't Lost Its Glamour

New Yorker poetry editor Paul Muldoon discusses the lasting influence of T.S. Eliot's seminal poem.

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David Foster Wallace: The future of fiction in the information age

Highlights from The Charlie Rose Show: "A conversation about the future of fiction in the information age with David Foster Wallace, author of "Jest", Jonath...
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Edgar Allan Poe's shockingly unsensational storytelling

Edgar Allan Poe's shockingly unsensational storytelling | Literature | Scoop.it
Expecting thrills and scares, many of us in the reading group have thus far found Poe's storytelling hypnotic only in the sleep-inducing sense
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John Updike, Champion Literary Phallocrat, Drops One; Is This Finally the End for Magnificent Narcissists?

John Updike, Champion Literary Phallocrat, Drops One; Is This Finally the End for Magnificent Narcissists? | Literature | Scoop.it
"Of nothing but me … I sing, lacking another song."-John Updike, "Midpoint," 1969 Mailer, Updike, Roth-the Great Male Narcissists* who've dominated postwar realist fiction are now in their senescence, and it must seem to them no coincidence that the...
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Why Don't More Americans Win the Nobel Prize?

Why Don't More Americans Win the Nobel Prize? | Literature | Scoop.it
Sinclair Lewis, the first American to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, might be surprised by how little the publishing world has changed since 1930.
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Confronting Reality by Reading Fantasy

Confronting Reality by Reading Fantasy | Literature | Scoop.it
Author Lev Grossman says C.S. Lewis taught him that in fiction, stepping into magical realms means encountering earthly concerns in transfigured form.
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Lev Grossman, author of The Magician's Land, discusses the deep influence of C. S. Lewis's work in his fantasy, even though he is not a Christian.

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Deaths in the Iliad: a Classics Infographic

Deaths in the Iliad: a Classics Infographic | Literature | Scoop.it
NOTE: this got viewed about 250,000 times before anyone noticed that, on the first graph, I'd accidentally put Hektor's book 22 death (the only one) in the book 21 column. Good spot! I'll ed...
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Reading a novel triggers lasting changes in the brain

Reading a novel triggers lasting changes in the brain | Literature | Scoop.it
If you have ever felt that reading a novel transforms your mind, you are in agreement with neuroscientists from Emory University, who show that reading a book changes the brain.
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Act V | This American Life

Act V | This American Life | Literature | Scoop.it
We devote this entire episode to one story: Over the course of six months, reporter and TAL contributor Jack Hitt followed a group of inmates at a high-security prison as they rehearsed and staged a production of the last act—Act V—of Hamlet.
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Allegiant, Veronica Roth, and the relationship between authors and audiences

Allegiant, Veronica Roth, and the relationship between authors and audiences | Literature | Scoop.it
What do authors and audiences owe each other? And what are books for, anyway?
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Apparently the end of the Divergent series angered a number of readers, and they responded as though Roth owed them something better.  This spoiler-free essay explores the relationship between authors and readers.

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Don't make fun of renowned Dan Brown - Telegraph

Don't make fun of renowned Dan Brown - Telegraph | Literature | Scoop.it
The snobs and critics will have a field day with the US author’s latest work – but I’m not joining in.
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The Political Lessons of ‘Julius Caesar’

The Political Lessons of ‘Julius Caesar’ | Literature | Scoop.it
A country is thrown into chaos when its leaders descend into conflict in Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar.” Does this sound slightly familiar?
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Augustine and Role of the Church within the Political Order

In his City of God Augustine raises the question of what the relationship is between the civil political order and the ecclesiastical order. How ought a church interact with the state?
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15 Cruelest Author-To-Author Insults

15 Cruelest Author-To-Author Insults | Literature | Scoop.it
“How to read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone? Why, very quickly, to begin with, and perhaps also to make an end. Why read it? Presumably, if you cannot be persuaded to read anything better, R...
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