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Gods can teach us - just don't worship them - ABC Online

Gods can teach us - just don't worship them - ABC Online | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
ABC Online Gods can teach us - just don't worship them ABC OnlineThis is the basic nature of myth. Any one myth "is always a tree with many branches," Calasso said recently in the Paris Review.

 

Must secularists be wary of gods? As political and ethical authorities, yes. As guarantors of knowledge, yes. But as literary inventions? Not at all.

 

Most obviously, this is because gods reveal a great deal about the human condition. Humans invent (or borrow) the gods we need. It's telling to see what we make of them.

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Should Ethnicity Limit What a Fiction Writer Can Write? - lareviewofbooks

Should Ethnicity Limit What a Fiction Writer Can Write? - lareviewofbooks | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
“YOUR BOOK is an interesting perspective on China […] but just a Western perspective.

 

Throughout the six years I spent writing The Incarnations, the authenticity of the Chinese characters had been a primary concern. I am British — mixed-race English and Chinese, but linguistically and culturally British. Did this lessen the legitimacy of my fiction about China? I responded that people are the same everywhere, and what differs between East and West are cultural differences that with enough time and research can be understood. The man listened, his arms folded. He hadn’t read The Incarnations, but that didn’t matter to him. He was basing his judgment not on the contents of the book, but my identity as a British author.

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Book introduces key Michigan writers - Lansing State Journal

Book introduces key Michigan writers - Lansing State Journal | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
‘Literary Luminaries’ includes Hemingway, Harrison, more; author says it was hard to pick
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8 classic novels that will make you a better leader - Business Insider Australia

8 classic novels that will make you a better leader - Business Insider Australia | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

Unlike traditional business books, literature allows you access to the inner lives of its characters. “You see them not only in their work environment, and in decision-making moments, but in their larger life,” McLennan explains in a video produced by Stanford GBS.

 

Literature can “show you reality in a way that case studies and biographies and other things that are supposedly about reality can’t touch,” he says. He even teaches a course on the topic for MBA students: “The Business World: Moral and Spiritual Inquiry through Literature.”

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50 THINGS/DAY 41: Pierian Literary Club still thirsts for knowledge after ... - The Tand D.com

50 THINGS/DAY 41: Pierian Literary Club still thirsts for knowledge after ... - The Tand D.com | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

A Denmark [South Carolina, USA] area book club has been in the pursuit of knowledge for nearly 90 years.

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110 Drawings and Paintings by J.R.R. Tolkien: Of Middle-Earth and Beyond

110 Drawings and Paintings by J.R.R. Tolkien: Of Middle-Earth and Beyond | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

A few years ago, we featured J.R.R. Tolkien’s personal cover designs for the Lord of the Rings trilogy, a series of novels that justifiably made his name as a world-builder in prose (and occasional verse), but rather overshadowed his output as an illustrator. He didn’t just do covers for his own books, either. You can get a sense of the breadth of Tolkien’s visual art at the Tolkien Gateway’s gallery of over 100 images by Tolkien, which reveal the landscapes, letters, interiors, and animals within the creator of Middle-Earth’s mind.

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Tolkien  has demonstrated his unique vision of the world in his illustrations. A multitude characters created by Tolkien have found their way to children books and magazines over the years.

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The language of grief: Four books that will change how you read about loss - Salon

The language of grief: Four books that will change how you read about loss - Salon | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
"Death is a hot topic right now," I heard at a recent writer's conference

 

The language of grief is not a specialized vocabulary of secret words. It is ordinary language heated and hammered into receptacles that hold themselves steady long enough to fill with a writer’s meanings. For some writers, the language of grief is only accessible by adapting words written by others. After all, Dante suffered great loss and his suffering gave us a work for the ages. The language of grief may also be accessed in the substitute of one body for another, whether that be the body of nature or the body of a hawk. The language of grief may also be silenced, but silence smothers.

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Reddit and Weep - Inside Higher Ed (blog)

Reddit and Weep - Inside Higher Ed (blog) | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Reddit and Weep Inside Higher Ed (blog) I've been exploring online communities that discuss crime fiction to see how people talk about books when not in school, to explore the social nature of reading, and to think about how people negotiate that...
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EL Doctorow: 'He showed how a great literary imagination can illuminate the present through the prism of the past'

EL Doctorow: 'He showed how a great literary imagination can illuminate the present through the prism of the past' | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
He was a a bestselling novelist who wrote serious fiction. He radiated curiosity and intelligence. Mark Lawson pays tribute to a great American original
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The Obsessively Detailed Map of American Literature's Most Epic Road Trips ... - Atlas Obscura

The Obsessively Detailed Map of American Literature's Most Epic Road Trips ... - Atlas Obscura | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
I am a freak for the American road trip. And I'm not alone, as some of this country's best writers have taken a shot at describing that quintessentially...
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From the article: "To be included, a book needed to have a narrative arc matching the chronological and geographical arc of the trip it chronicles. It needed to be non-fictional, or, as in the case of On the Road, at least told in the first-person."

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Portlander Ursula K. Le Guin is Breathing Fire to Save American Literature ... - Portland Monthly

Portlander Ursula K. Le Guin is Breathing Fire to Save American Literature ... - Portland Monthly | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
At 85, she may be Portland’s greatest writer. She may also be the fiercest.
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AD's English Literature : D. H. Lawrence’s Sons and Lovers as a Psychological Novel

AD's English Literature : D. H. Lawrence’s Sons and Lovers as a Psychological Novel | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Sons and Lovers belongs to the category of psychological fiction. The remarkable development of psychological novel is a notable phenomenon of the twentieth century literary scene.
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Atticus Finch Confronted What the South Couldn't | TIME - TIME

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While there are many noble characters in the pantheon of Southern fiction, few have the iconic standing of Harper Lee's Atticus Finch.

 

In 'To Kill a Mockingbird', Harper Lee recognized the way white southerners face harsh truths—In 'Go Set a Watchman', she did not

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'Go Set a Watchman' sells over 1.1 million copies in first week | fox8.com - fox8.com

'Go Set a Watchman' sells over 1.1 million copies in first week | fox8.com - fox8.com | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
NEW YORK-- "Go Set a Watchman," Harper Lee's anticipated follow-up to the seminal 1960 classic "To Kill a Mockingbird," sold over 1.1 million copies in its first week in the U.S. and Canada, the bo...
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Meet the male writers who hide their gender to attract female readers - The Guardian

Meet the male writers who hide their gender to attract female readers - The Guardian | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Women writers have long disguised their gender hoping to get taken seriously but a few male authors pretend to be female to hopefully sell more books
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The evolution of storytelling: an overview - Irish Times

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Debut author Paula McGrath explains why she loves making connections and the linking of multiple perspectives, both as a reader and a writer
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On Klaus Rifbjerg's Terminal Innocence: rediscovering Danish literature's answer to Catcher in the Rye - New Statesman

On Klaus Rifbjerg's Terminal Innocence: rediscovering Danish literature's answer to Catcher in the Rye - New Statesman | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Its stylistic combination of rawness and verbal invention explains to a great degree the huge impact Terminal Innocence had on its first public.
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Dostoevsky: Turbulent in love as well as life | Russia Beyond The Headlines

Dostoevsky: Turbulent in love as well as life | Russia Beyond The Headlines | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

Fyodor Dostoevsky lived a life that mirrored his novels: complicated, tense and full of psychological unrest. He was as dedicated to the women that accompanied him on this difficult journey as he was to the novels that he felt compelled to write. RBTH explores the great writer’s relationships with his three key loves.

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Birth, bullying and death: why YA books aren't afraid to tackle dark subjects - Telegraph.co.uk

Birth, bullying and death: why YA books aren't afraid to tackle dark subjects - Telegraph.co.uk | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Authors Lisa Drakeford and Sarah Pinborough, who attended the Young Adult Literature Convention 2015, speak about how books can offer young readers hope
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True-crime author Ann Rule dies at age 83

True-crime author Ann Rule dies at age 83 | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Ms. Rule said she was fascinated by killers’ lives, going back to their childhoods to find clues to why they did what they did.
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Don Carpenter, Portland's great forgotten writer, is found again | OregonLive.com - OregonLive.com

Don Carpenter, Portland's great forgotten writer, is found again | OregonLive.com - OregonLive.com | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Twenty years after his suicide, Carpenter's books are coming back into print and being rediscovered by a new generation.
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9 Diverse Fantasy Books That Will Challenge Your Idea of Fantasy Fiction

9 Diverse Fantasy Books That Will Challenge Your Idea of Fantasy Fiction | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Fantasy recommendation lists are characterized by their safety. Curious newcomers to the genre, having enjoyed their sample of escapist literature, request more stories, more worlds to lose themselves in. More often than not, though, the recommendations that they receive are the same few critically acclaimed authors whose work is all too often presented as representative of the genre.  My belief is that Fantasy literature is the perfect lens for readers to challenge our ideas of humanity, violence, society, and power. My recommendations in this list (yes, another list!) will reflect that belief. Buckle up. 

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Sharon Bakar's curator insight, July 22, 11:57 PM

Very nice list of fantasy books that includes Singaporean author Joyce Chng's The Tale of Yin.

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The Strange, Unsettling Fiction of James Purdy - The New Yorker - The New Yorker

The Strange, Unsettling Fiction of James Purdy - The New Yorker - The New Yorker | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Purdy’s deadpan and dark novels seem likely to remain an acquired taste. But it is a taste worth acquiring.
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Text and the city: writers in New York remain fascinated by its storied past

Text and the city: writers in New York remain fascinated by its storied past | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
A reading underneath the Brooklyn Bridge by two writers highlights the greatest love affair many New York authors have – with the city itself
“You guys wanna talk about sex?
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Passion and social change: The modern rise of Turgenev | Russia Beyond The ... - Russia Beyond the Headlines

Passion and social change: The modern rise of Turgenev | Russia Beyond The ... - Russia Beyond the Headlines | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Considered a lesser playwright to Chekhov for many years, Ivan Turgenev is finding new popularity among theatergoers, who are responding well to his passionate stories set in a changing world
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Are we alone? SF is as sure a guide as any - The Guardian

Any truth humans can find ‘out there’ remains speculative, and science and fiction are both still telling stories
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