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.
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.
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.
9 Of Literature's Best LGBTQ Coming-Of-Age Sexuality Stories That Helped Us ... Bustle Literature is filled with characters (and lots of real-life people, too) who discovered their sexual identities and OWNED IT in the very best way.
For a long time, Titus Welliver has been the excellent supporting actor everybody recognizes, with roles on NYPD Blue, Deadwood, The Good Wife, Sons of Anarchy and recently The Last Ship. But until now, he’s never had a lead role. In Amazon’s drama Bosch, based on the fiction of Michael Connelly, Welliver plays the title role: the antisocial but brilliant LAPD detective Hieronymus ‘Harry’ Bosch–a role he immediately wanted. He says, “When I read the script, I thought, ‘this is a character that I will play or should like to play for as long as they’ll have me.’”
It’s really hard to say goodbye, especially to a favorite book series, movie franchise, or media-spanning brand.
Here are just a few of the series we need to leave well enough alone, whether because the original author has died, because the author is no longer interested in working on the series, or because there’s simply nothing else to be said. Instead, let's try investing our dollars in some brand-new works from up-and-coming talents -- maybe we'll find the next Terry Pratchett is already out there.
we decided to single out a few of our other favorite children's lit and YA authors, and imagine a universe in which they created books for adults, too. Or, more specifically, a universe in which these authors wrote stories with adult protagonists. Behold, the 13 authors we wish would have written fiction for adults:
Bustle 9 Books About Book Clubs That Will Have You Feeling All The Feels, And Will ...
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ten weeks of intensive reading intervention for children with autism spectrum disorder was enough to strengthen the activity of loosely connected areas of their brains that work together to comprehend reading, University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers have found. At the same time, the reading comprehension of those 13 children, whose average age was 10.9 years, also improved.
Critics seem unsure whether Sense8 is a masterpiece, a disaster, or both. But it’s still a game-changer—pushing the limits of narrative, and testing genre fiction’s patriarchal worldview for weak points.
Mary Daniels Brown's insight:
Looks like a trip to the movie theater is on order.
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