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Sinister Settings in Sweden - - My Destination

Sinister Settings in Sweden - - My Destination | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

And this is where Camilla buried the body,” our guide announces, pointing to the mound of grass and rocky soil over which I had just wandered. I take a hasty step backwards. “At least, that’s what I gather from the book” she says matter-of-factly. I exhale.

 

You could compare the death rate in the sleepy fishing town of Fjällbacka to that of the eponymous village of Midsomer Murders. All purely fictional of course, there is no corner of Camilla Läckberg’s childhood home which hasn’t made an appearance in her world famous – and incredibly chilling – crime novels; I was standing at the location of one particularly grisly plotline.

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Literature & Psychology is on hiatus while I am traveling and then having minor surgery. Please check back after September 12.

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11 Frequently Banned Books By Female Writers That You Absolutely Cannot Miss - Bustle

Bustle 11 Frequently Banned Books By Female Writers That You Absolutely Cannot Miss Bustle After several complaints from parents, The Glass Castle was banned from a high school in Dallas, Texas just weeks before Walls was set to deliver the keynote...
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The 100 best novels written in English: the full list - The Guardian

The 100 best novels written in English: the full list - The Guardian | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Robert McCrum has reached a verdict on his selection of the 100 greatest novels written in English. Take a look at his list
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If you love lists, this one is for you. How many of these books have you read?

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What critics thought of The Usual Suspects when it came out 20 years ago - Entertainment Weekly

What critics thought of The Usual Suspects when it came out 20 years ago - Entertainment Weekly | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
The Usual Suspects arrived in theaters 20 years ago this week, introducing the world to Keyser Söze and delivering one of the most memorable plot...
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Still one of my favorite movies, illustrating the concept that things aren't always what they seem.

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Zombies: A Cultural History review – a grave injustice

Zombies: A Cultural History review – a grave injustice | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Roger Luckhurst’s study of splatter schlock and ‘cinema vomitif’ should have been livelier
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I still don't like zombies, despite what they may say about contemporary society.

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Why Did the FBI Spy on James Baldwin? - The Intercept - First Look Media

Why Did the FBI Spy on James Baldwin? - The Intercept - First Look Media | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
A new book explores the lengthy FBI file on James Baldwin, who was targeted with more surveillance than Richard Wright or Truman Capote.
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Fitzgerald to Flagg, a visit to some of Alabama's literary haunts - Lexington Herald Leader

The Lexington Herald-Leader newspaper in Lexington, KY offers local news coverage online.
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Harper Lee isn't the only Alabama author featured here.

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China's History of Literary Persecution | The World of Chinese

China's History of Literary Persecution | The World of Chinese | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Scholars who criticized the power-that-be during a literary inquisition were brave intellectuals indeed
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A life in feuds: how Gore Vidal gripped a nation - The Guardian

A life in feuds: how Gore Vidal gripped a nation - The Guardian | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Spats with Truman Capote, punch-ups with Norman Mailer, a TV showdown that electrified the US and has now been made into a feature-length documentary … Jay Parini on the bravery and bite of Gore Vidal...
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Vatican Library Puts 4,000 Ancient Manuscripts Available Online For Free

Vatican Library Puts 4,000 Ancient Manuscripts Available Online For Free | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

The Vatican Apostolic Library is now digitising its valuable ancient religious manuscripts and putting them online via its website, available for the public to view for free, as well as turning to crowdfunding to help it complete its work.

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The books I loved as a child have lasted – but the world has changed - The Guardian (blog)

The books I loved as a child have lasted – but the world has changed - The Guardian (blog) | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Rereading favourite books from childhood with my son brought us closer, but underlined how much life has moved on
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Why do we tell stories? - Mother Nature Network

Why do we tell stories? - Mother Nature Network | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
There's much more to good stories than simply their ability to entertain us.
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Yet another reminder that we humans are enthralled by stories.

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Music From a Farther Room - The New Republic

Music From a Farther Room - The New Republic | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Celebrating 100 years of “Prufrock.”

 

WHEN T.S. ELIOT’S “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” made its first appearance in print 100 years ago, it did not in any way disturb the universe. Having languished in a drawer for four years, the poem was finally first published in the June 1915 issue of the Chicago journal Poetry, placed toward the back because the editor didn’t much like it. Two years later, it was published in London with some of Eliot’s other work, but only after Ezra Pound, having already bullied Poetry into publishing “Prufrock” in America, paid the printing bill. The first British print run was 500 copies, and it did not by any means sell out. The reviews were a mix of indifference, confusion, and disdain.

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14 Women Sci-Fi Writers You Should Be Reading

14 Women Sci-Fi Writers You Should Be Reading | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
In Karen Russell’s “Reeling for the Empire,” a crew of girls are transformed into thread-spinning silkworms, duped by a dark and mysterious man promising a better future. Each girl spends long hours spooling
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Out of Bethlehem - The New Yorker

Out of Bethlehem - The New Yorker | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
She started out a Goldwater conservative. How did she become a voice of the left?
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That's Joan Didion.

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Late L'Engle: The Wrinkles of Time, Redeemed - lareviewofbooks

Late L'Engle: The Wrinkles of Time, Redeemed - lareviewofbooks | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

I CAME TO A Wrinkle in Time in my mid-40s. I had tried to read it earlier, on a few different occasions, but its now classic tale of a young girl traveling through space and time to find her father and save the universe did not work for me until I could appreciate Madeleine L’Engle’s deep engagement with the way the past, the present, and the future interconnect with and inform one another. I needed to have lived a bit to see the past in my present and the future born out of both.

 

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McGuire joins Alaska authors forging state's new, compelling literary tradition - Alaska Dispatch News

McGuire joins Alaska authors forging state's new, compelling literary tradition - Alaska Dispatch News | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Rosemary McGuire and a few other authors are creating a long-absent, distinctively northern literary fiction tradition for Alaska.

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a sense of how this vast and beautiful, yet harsh and indifferent, land can be too much for troubled people struggling to get by, and how the outposts of civilization we’ve built here easily become hopeless and inescapable traps. To different degrees, all these authors explore tragic lives in a place too big for humans to fully situate themselves in. It’s a growing trend that harkens back to London but with a better grasp of realism.

 

Into this arena steps Rosemary McGuire, whose debut story collection “The Creatures at the Absolute Bottom of the Sea” fits comfortably alongside the works of the writers mentioned above, indicating that what appears to be a developing literary tradition is not a fluke.

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This New TV Show About The Robot Uprising Reminds Us How Complicated It Is To Get Out Of Housework

This New TV Show About The Robot Uprising Reminds Us How Complicated It Is To Get Out Of Housework | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Like the best science fiction, it says way more about the world we live in now.
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I've been watching the show "Humans," shown on AMC here in the U.S., and I like the way it explores what human consciousness is and what it means to be human.

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Robert Wiersema worships at the church of story - The Province (blog)

Robert Wiersema worships at the church of story - The Province (blog) | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

Robert Wiersema is often called Canada’s answer to Stephen King. He’s a highly literary writer who crafts tales of psychological suspense and supernatural dread, where death and worse are just a turn of the page away. His novels have featured a girl in a coma who is surrounded by mysterious events (Before I Wake), a boy trapped in a fantasy book while his father tries to save him and the world (Bedtime Story), and the chilling tale of a boy lost in the woods while his father desperately tries to find him (The World More Full of Weeping).

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The Victorian Hugos: 1894 Brings The First Great Female Mad Scientist In ... - io9

The Victorian Hugos: 1894 Brings The First Great Female Mad Scientist In ... - io9 | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
We’re now into the mid-1890s, and readers of science fiction at this time will be forgiven for thinking that they’re being rewarded for years of patience.
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Reading American cities: books about the Twin Cities - The Guardian (blog)

Reading American cities: books about the Twin Cities - The Guardian (blog) | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
The twin cities of the midwest have a compelling and distinctive literature.
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The End of the Ambitious Summer Reading List - Wall Street Journal

The End of the Ambitious Summer Reading List - Wall Street Journal | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
For generations, Americans used the golden months to catch up on great old books and modern must-reads. What happened to that semisacred reading space?
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10 Novels with Multiple Narratives

10 Novels with Multiple Narratives | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Nabokov, Krauss, Mitchell, and more.
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Two additions to this list that immediately come to my mind: "An Instance of the Fingerpost" and "A Visit from the Goon Squad."  How about you?

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Oxford's Influential Inklings - Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription)

Oxford's Influential Inklings - Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription) | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Tolkien, Lewis, and company brought modern resonance to ancient themes.

 

During the hectic middle decades of the 20th century, from the end of the Great Depression through the Second World War and into the 1950s, a small circle of intellectuals gathered weekly in and around the University of Oxford to drink, smoke, quip, cavil, read aloud their works in progress, and endure or enjoy with as much grace as they could muster the sometimes blistering critiques that followed. This erudite club included writers and painters, philologists and physicians, historians and theologians, soldiers and actors. They called themselves, with typical self-effacing humor, the Inklings

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How JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis Revived Modern Myth-Telling - The Atlantic

How JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis Revived Modern Myth-Telling - The Atlantic | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Stories of the famous writers of Oxford
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