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WATCH: New Kerouac Adaptation 'Big Sur' Trailer Released

WATCH: New Kerouac Adaptation 'Big Sur' Trailer Released | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
The movie trailer for Kerouac's Big Sur has been released, and it looks like the film will be worth catching.

 

The book by Jack Kerouac is a classic novel in the series of fictionalized autobiographies written by the beat author in the 1950s and 60s.

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2014: A year of literary triumphs - Daily Sun

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2014: A year of literary triumphs

 

Tears and triumphs are a given in life. 2014 was a mixed bag of fortunes for the Nigerian literary community. While some writers passed on, others passed the mark of success. The good news is that there were more smiles on the faces of members of liter­ary community than prevalent despair.

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Culture24's top ten literary history and heritage stories of 2014 | Culture24

Culture24's top ten literary history and heritage stories of 2014 | Culture24 | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
From a note left by Jane Austen to the dirty doodles left in some of our most priceless tomes; a top ten of the most popular literary history stories on Culture24.org.uk during 2014.
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‘Me, Myself, and Us,’ by Brian R. Little

‘Me, Myself, and Us,’ by Brian R. Little | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
There are two types of people in the world, a wit once said: The type who likes to divide people into two types, and the type who doesn’t.

Brian R. Little, author of “Me, Myself, and Us,” is a two-typer. But — and this is at the heart of his endeavor — he believes there are many ways in which people can be divided. So his readers learn that there are “person specialists” and “thing specialists”; “high self-monitors” and “low self-monitors”; “internals” and “externals” (that is, people who locate a sense of control within themselves versus those who follow an outside authority). Little, a researcher and lecturer on personality and motivational psychology, even goes beyond familiar classifications like “introvert” and “extrovert” (although he prefers the spelling favored mostly by psychologists, “extravert”) to insist that there are “pseudo-introverts” and ­“pseudo-extroverts.” His aim is to go beyond our often one-­dimensional thinking about personality. “I am resolutely opposed,” he insists, “to putting people in pigeonholes.” Yet at times it can seem as if he’s simply designing a more elaborate birdhouse.
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Happy Holidays!

Best wishes of the season, from Literature & Psychology

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The Year in Books: Asian America's Must-Reads of 2014 - NBCNews.com

The Year in Books: Asian America's Must-Reads of 2014 - NBCNews.com | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Need new book ideas now that your Asian-American Literature class is over? Check out some of the books published by Asian-American authors in 2014. From food...
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One book wonders - Irish Times

One book wonders - Irish Times | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
While a hit novel is often the start of a long writing career, some authors just quit while they're ahead and leave with just one shining masterpiece.
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Families in literature: the March sisters in Little Women by Louisa May Alcott - The Guardian (blog)

Families in literature: the March sisters in Little Women by Louisa May Alcott - The Guardian (blog) | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Veronica Horwell: This classic portrait of an American family living in genteel poverty throws a comfortable quilt over the hardships of Alcott’s own childhood
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How to Write: A Year in Advice from David Mitchell, Yiyun Li, and More - The Atlantic

How to Write: A Year in Advice from David Mitchell, Yiyun Li, and More - The Atlantic | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Highlights from 12 months of interviews with writers about their craft and the authors they love
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Hearing what writers have to say can help us become better readers.

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'The Affair,' best TV dramas of the year and The Great American Novel - Baltimore Sun (blog)

'The Affair,' best TV dramas of the year and The Great American Novel - Baltimore Sun (blog) | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
I was never one of those critics who measured television against literature, theater, film or any of the other forms of entertainment and art that have traditionally been considered more serious or elevated.

 

But I have never seen such complicated and profound aspects of American life so consistently, wisely and engagingly explored, week after week in the best dramas, as I have this year.

 

When I picked my five best dramas independent of this notion of the novel-on-television, I was struck by how firmly each movie, miniseries or series was rooted in an American sense of place and how much that geography shaped the imaginations of the characters in these stories — much like great American novels were supposed to do.

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11 Books to Savor On the Other Side of Exam Week - Bustle

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11 Books to Savor On the Other Side of Exam Week

 

while you huddle over your textbooks, exhausted and overwhelmed, just know that on the other side of exam week you’ll have these 11 works of fiction to savor.

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2014 in Review: David L. Ulin looks at the year in books - Los Angeles Times

2014 in Review: David L. Ulin looks at the year in books - Los Angeles Times | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
What was the upshot of my year in reading — the ideas, the through lines that most stirred or provoked me in 2014? The dominant thread was what we might call that of common experience, work that finds significance in incidental things.
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Literary Iceland Revels In Its Annual 'Christmas Book Flood'

Literary Iceland Revels In Its Annual 'Christmas Book Flood' | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Icelanders are voracious readers. Books have been the Christmas gift of choice in this small nation for decades. The annual "Book Flood" tradition begins with a publisher's catalog in every mailbox.
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This Little Girl's Scrapbook Proves Exactly Why Strong Female Characters Are So Important

This Little Girl's Scrapbook Proves Exactly Why Strong Female Characters Are So Important | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Mia has pretty excellent taste if you ask me.
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This photo was retweeted and posted on Facebook all over the place. Here it is again, if you'd like to take a close-up look.

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Critical mass: literary criticism under the microscope

Critical mass: literary criticism under the microscope | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

BACK in July we witnessed one of those literary spats that break out from time to time, instigated by an article by John Dale in online ­journal The Conversation. Dale, ­professor of writing at the University of Technology, Sydney, took aim at Australia’s book ­reviewers, who in his view were, by and large, well, hacks.

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Great Britons: Thomas Hardy - The Novelist That Scandalized Victorian Britain - Anglotopia.net

Great Britons: Thomas Hardy - The Novelist That Scandalized Victorian Britain - Anglotopia.net | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

Thomas Hardy was a 19th century novelist who led a relatively uneventful life and produced 14 novels, 40 short stories, 900 poems and 2 plays. He lived almost his whole life in a small area around the Dorset town of Dorchester and set all his novels in that area. His works caused some outrage for their outspoken depiction of ordinary lives.

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Human Costs of the Forever Wars, Enough to Fill a Bookshelf

Human Costs of the Forever Wars, Enough to Fill a Bookshelf | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
All war literature, across the centuries, bears witness to certain eternal truths: the death and chaos encountered, minute by minute; the bonds of love and loyalty among soldiers; the bad dreams and worse anxieties that afflict many of those lucky enough to return home. And today’s emerging literature — including Phil Klay’s debut collection of stories, “Redeployment,” which won this year’s National Book Award for Fiction — both reverberates with those timeless experiences and is imprinted with the particularities of the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq: changes in technology, the increased presence of female soldiers and, most importantly, the all-volunteer military, which has opened a chasm between soldiers (“the other 1 percent”) and civilians.
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9 Magical Books That Will Help You Temporarily Escape the Holiday Madness - Bustle

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9 Magical Books That Will Help You Temporarily Escape the Holiday Madness

 

Remember how magical the holiday season was when we were little? From Thanksgiving to New Year’s, the world was full of elves, apparating presents, twinkly fairy lights, and, of course, books about mythical and miraculous happenings. The holidays are still pretty enchanting as an adult, but they’re also super-stressful; as awesome as gifting is, it’s a little hard on the wallet. Fortunately there are plenty of mystical, magical adult books to transport you out of the seasonal insanity.

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The top 10 winters in literature

The top 10 winters in literature | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

Ghost stories by the fireside and perilous journeys in the snow: from Emily Dickinson to Raymond Briggs, great writing that gets to the heart of the coldest season 

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Literary Sex Change, Using a Male Pseudonym - Women Writers, Women's Books

Literary Sex Change, Using a Male Pseudonym - Women Writers, Women's Books | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Rosemary Friedman has published more than 26 titles, initially under a male pseudonym.
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J.K. Rowling doesn't own Harry Potter anymore - her readers do - Hamilton Spectator

Who owns a story? When an author writes a book, are the words on the page the definitive version of the plot and characters? Does what the author have to say outside the world of the book have the power to add to the meaning of the book itself?
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Is Dumbledore gay just because J.K. Rowling says he is?

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Dystopian Fiction's Popularity Is a Warning Sign for the Future - Wired

Dystopian Fiction's Popularity Is a Warning Sign for the Future - Wired | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
In the latest episode of Geek's Guide to the Galaxy, writer Naomi Klein discusses dystopian fiction and her new capitalism-vs.-the-climate nonfiction book This Changes Everything.
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Crème de la crime - The Asian Age

Crème de la crime - The Asian Age | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

A big wave of crime fiction is sweeping through the Indian publishing industry, with a host of writers stepping inside the chilling darkness of a criminal’s mind, the deductive sharpness of a sleuth’s brain. Unraveling webs of intrigue, piecing plots of suspense. Exploring the strange seduction of crime. Racy whodunits and geo-political thrillers, cyber crime and financial crime fiction, historical and horror mysteries, techno-espionage and psychological thrillers.

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9 Books That Totally Explain What You're Feeling When You Go Back Home to Visit Family - Bustle

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the concept of home — and moreover, of returning home — is more dynamic and expansive than just the families we come from. There’s a tenderness and loyalty inherent to the landscape of a childhood home, and it takes a gifted writer to write about it, without either romanticizing or turning it into a farce.

 

Here, though, are a few books — easily digestible, even for the flight (or in my case, 12-hour car ride, gag) home — that capture some of those nuances.

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The publisher's year: hits and misses of 2014 - The Guardian

The publisher's year: hits and misses of 2014 - The Guardian | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Which books took off and which failed to sell? Publishers choose their books of the year, and the ones that slipped through the net
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How Writing Transforms Us - New York Times

How Writing Transforms Us - New York Times | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Art doesn’t try to dictate what you think. It helps you change yourself.
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