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Inspecting The Trend Of Autistic-Spectrum Characters : NPR

Inspecting The Trend Of Autistic-Spectrum Characters : NPR | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
As diagnoses of autism have risen, so too have autistic characters in literature. Tasha Robinson explains how an "intelligent outsider's view of humanity" has led to a growing number of autistic characters in young adult fiction.

 

Since Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time became a worldwide best-seller in 2003, there has been a rising wave of novels like Colin Fischer, written from autistic characters' perspectives or closely focused on their worldviews. Some of the boom can be attributed to increasing public curiosity about autism: As autism diagnoses have risen, more funding and research have been devoted to its causes, and public awareness of autism-spectrum conditions like Asperger's syndrome has increased dramatically. The mysteries behind autism make it an evocative topic — and ambiguity leaves room for writers to romanticize, theorize or appropriate at will.

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Caine prize for African writing: inspirations - The Guardian

Caine prize for African writing: inspirations - The Guardian | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
The Caine prize is awarded on 6 July. Three of the shortlisted writers pay tribute to an author who has inspired them
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Summer reading countdown: The 5 most entertaining literary classics - Los Angeles Times

Summer reading countdown: The 5 most entertaining literary classics - Los Angeles Times | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
The Fourth of July kicks off the summer vacation season, providing some readers with their only opportunity all year to curl up with a good book for an extended period.

 

This list is necessarily personal and is offered in the spirit of urging these books upon friends. My rules were: 1. Novels. 2. Nothing more recent than the 19th century. 3. Extra points for longer books, because they get dissed and unfairly shunned. 4. No purely "genre" books; this is to rule out such crowd-pleasers as "Sherlock Holmes," which don't need help attracting new readers.

 

What these books have in common, near as I can tell, is that they feel contemporary, a sign that their authors were on to something that would continue to speak to future generations.

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25 things you never knew about Alice In Wonderland to mark its 150th anniversary - Metro

on its 150th birthday, we thought you deserved to know some of the most obscure facts about the famous tale…

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Time to read a good long book

Time to read a good long book | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
The days are long, the sun is high. There is plenty you could be doing, but instead why not sit back and read a decent book
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Good recommendations of long books, of which I've read a few. Which books on this list have you read?

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Print is not dead yet: The best of 2015's written word (so far) - A.V. Club Denver/Boulder

Print is not dead yet: The best of 2015's written word (so far) - A.V. Club Denver/Boulder | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

Publishers may be scrambling to cover their loses as digital innovations bring books to new formats, but that doesn’t mean the quality of stories has diminished. The first six months of 2015 brought with them a rash of quality novels, imports, autobiographies, and books that don’t quite fit into an easy descriptor. The A.V. Club here presents our favorites of the year so far; good for reading any time of the year, 

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Some good suggestions here, a little bit of something for everyone.

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Dive into this video tribute to the books in Wes Anderson films - A.V. Club

Dive into this video tribute to the books in Wes Anderson films - A.V. Club | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

Digging a little deeper than the average supercut or montage, culture critic Luis Azevedo of The A To Z Review has constructed a video essay about books and literature in Wes Anderson films. Wes Anderson characters are always reading and, as a result, books appear frequently throughout his works, especially in the hands of his characters. Azevedo documents these instances and also explores more macro concepts, like literature and narration as themes in Anderson films.

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I'm always intrigued by what books characters in film and TV series are reading.

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'Shadowshaper' carries forward the legacy of Walter Dean Myers - Washington Post

'Shadowshaper' carries forward the legacy of Walter Dean Myers - Washington Post | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
A new young adult novel is exactly the kind of book the legendary writer was hoping for.
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Good news on the issue of diverse books for young people.

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11 Contemporary Retellings of Classic Literature

11 Contemporary Retellings of Classic Literature | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Some stories are so moving, so ubiquitous, that we can’t get them out of our collective mind—Shakespeare, Jane Austen, childhood fairy tales. These pieces of literature are undeniable classics.
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9 Books About Book Clubs That Will Have You Feeling All The Feels, And Will ... - Bustle

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These novels and nonfiction titles are all about book clubs. From a life-risking reading group in the heart of Iran’s capital city, to a book club that meets in a quaint coffee shop in suburban America, the literary gatherings in these books were legendary enough to spark stories of their own, and might even inspire you to host your own book club, too. Happy reading!

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Never Alone and the need for American Indian narratives in games - Polygon

I'm proudly American Indian.

 

Natives are often in the position of having to prove their Native-ness. So many have co-opted the culture to be about spirit animals and headdresses and nothing else. There's a general lack of understanding from those outside of Native culture about what it entails, and what it means to the people that live it. The real truth of that experience though, is that none of us have a complete picture. Native culture is so many things because there are so many different kinds of us.

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What Is the Appeal of Detective Fiction? Dashiell Hammett's "The Continental ... - Huffington Post

The first-person narrator is the imposer of order in a world of chaos--or rather, deceit, lies, hypocrisy, where nothing is as it seems. And yet reading a classic of noir fiction like Dashiell Hammett's The Continental Op is a revelation.
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James Altucher's Top 5 Books to Read This Summer - Huffington Post

James Altucher's Top 5 Books to Read This Summer - Huffington Post | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Reading has saved my life more than once. It's taught me to rob banks, it's taught me to love better. It's taught me how to be good and competent at things and it's taught be how innovative the world is.
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These are the Latin American authors you should be reading this summer - Quartz

These are the Latin American authors you should be reading this summer - Quartz | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
There is life beyond Roberto Bolaño

 

We have have put together a list of Latin American authors, a new generation freed from stylistic ties to the past that you should include in your summer-reading list. We have highlighted books that may not be necessarily the most recent, but those that are translated, edited or easier to find in English. No matter what the must-reads table at your bookstore says: there is life beyond Roberto Bolaño and Junot Díaz.

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Renata Adler: writer of the radical middle as cult figure for a new generation - Sydney Morning Herald

Renata Adler: writer of the radical middle as cult figure for a new generation - Sydney Morning Herald | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Renata Adler has become something of a cult figure for a new generation of literary-minded young women.

 

"Renata Adler has become something of a cult figure for a new generation of literary-minded young women since the 2013 re-release of her novels, Speedboat (1976) and Pitch Dark (1983). Those books represent … a high point in the portrayal of a modern sort of angst – vulnerable women adrift in both the psychological and actual world." Thus commences "prominent US journalist and pundit" Michael Wolff's preface to After the Tall Timber: Collected Nonfiction  (2015), though strictly speaking that should be "Selected Nonfiction".

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'The Hand That Feeds You,' a Thriller Written as an Act of Love for Its Originator - New York Times

'The Hand That Feeds You,' a Thriller Written as an Act of Love for Its Originator - New York Times | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Two friends of the author Katherine Russell Rich, who died in 2012, have finished a novel she had started to write, which Scribner’s will publish on Tuesday.

 

Their collaboration resulted in “The Hand That Feeds You,” a twisty, unsettling thriller that comes out on Tuesday and bears little resemblance to either of their individual literary styles. Ms. Ciment, 62, has published five literary novels, including “Act of God” and “Heroic Measures.” Ms. Hempel, 63, is an acclaimed short-story writer whose work has been compared to that of Alice Munro and Grace Paley. Neither had ever written a mystery or a thriller.

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Why southern gothic rules the world - The Guardian

Why southern gothic rules the world - The Guardian | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
The cotton fields, the heat, the weight of history … With the publication this month of Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman, MO Walsh explores the reasons for southern gothic’s global appeal
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15 underappreciated books: sci-fi, fantasy, horror fiction - Den Of Geek

15 underappreciated books: sci-fi, fantasy, horror fiction - Den Of Geek | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Looking for a good book recommendation? Our writers have a few unsung sci-fi, fantasy and horror gems up their sleeves...
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Hearing words, writing sounds: examining the author's brain - The Guardian

Hearing words, writing sounds: examining the author's brain - The Guardian | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Kamila Shamsie always revises her work by reading aloud, but AS Byatt looks for the rhythms of the page. Richard Lea goes in search of what happens in the brain when we write and read fiction
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What's Changed, and What Hasn't, in the Town That Inspired "To Kill a Mockingbird - Smithsonian

What's Changed, and What Hasn't, in the Town That Inspired "To Kill a Mockingbird"

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In preparation for the July 14 release of Harper Lee's new novel "Go Set a Watchman."

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William Styron's 'My Generation: Collected Nonfiction' - New York Times

William Styron's 'My Generation: Collected Nonfiction' - New York Times | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Essays by the author of “Sophie’s Choice” consider an era of American literature shaped by global catastrophe.

 

William Styron was born in 1925 and died in 2006, which places him squarely in the constellation of writers who transformed American literature after World War II. In “My Generation,” a posthumous collection of assorted nonfiction, Styron offers vivid, gossipy and illuminating portraits of these celebrated figures, himself among them. One gets the impression that he happily socialized in an ocean of Scotch and martinis with just about everyone of his “vintage,” as he often puts it, as well as with slightly older and younger authors he admired: Robert Penn Warren, James Baldwin, Truman Capote, James Jones, Terry Southern, Arthur Miller, James Dickey, Ralph Ellison, Philip Roth, J.D. Salinger and many others among the literary anointed.

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The Rewriting of David Foster Wallace - Vulture

The Rewriting of David Foster Wallace - Vulture | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
How the author of Infinite Jest became the center of a self-help cult.

 

Nobody owns David Foster Wallace anymore. In the seven years since his suicide, he’s slipped out of the hands of those who knew him, and those who read him in his lifetime, and into the cultural maelstrom, which has flattened him. He has become a character, an icon, and in some circles a saint. A writer who courted contradiction and paradox, who could come on as a curmudgeon and a scold, who emerged from an avant-garde tradition and never retreated into conventional realism, he has been reduced to a wisdom-dispensing sage on the one hand and shorthand for the Writer As Tortured Soul on the other. 

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Multi-volume library of Russian literature to be published in the U.S. - Russia Beyond the Headlines

Multi-volume library of Russian literature to be published in the U.S. - Russia Beyond the Headlines | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Publication agreement signed at the Books of Russia festival

 

The most significant works in Russian literature will be published in the U.S. in a collection of 100 volumes. An agreement to that effect was signed on June 27 by the Institute of Translation and the U.S.-based Read Russia Inc. at the Books of Russia festival held in Moscow’s Red Square from June 25-28.

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The Rich Literary History of Turkey

The Rich Literary History of Turkey | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
A nation that's been home to kings, emperors and sultans has an equally rich literary history.
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Reading Is Forgetting - The New York Review of Books (blog)

Reading Is Forgetting - The New York Review of Books (blog) | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Is re-reading a gradual and always positive accumulation of greater and greater control and retention of a book, or is it rather a precarious process in which each new engagement with the text cancels and alters earlier ones?

 

What is different on a second and subsequent readings is our growing capacity for retention, for putting things in relation to one another. We know the end of the story now and can see how it is foreshadowed at the beginning, how the strands are spun and gathered together.

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Here come the girls: The best new women's literary fiction - Express.co.uk

Here come the girls: The best new women's literary fiction - Express.co.uk | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
FAMILIES, friendship and a feisty do-gooder are the highlights in Eithne Farry’s selection of women’s literary fiction
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