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Sundance film festival 2013: Kill Your Darlings - first look review

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Sundance film festival 2013: Kill Your Darlings - first look review

 

Films about the Beat generation are all too often made for kudos by well-meaning but not so well-read dilettantes who simply want to advertise their often misguided interest in the this now-infamous bohemian group of writers. Kill Your Darlings, though, is the real deal, a genuine attempt to source the beginning of America's first true literary counterculture of the 20th century. It doesn't resemble Paul Thomas Anderson's film in style but an alternative title could easily be There Will Be Blood, since it is about the way fate can be determined in the crucible of violence, via a little-known but, in its own intimate way, galvanising moment in modern, but now fast-fading, literary history.

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Why literature is a vital tool for teaching students about equality

Why literature is a vital tool for teaching students about equality | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
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Mary-Catherine Harrison's curator insight, Today, 9:43 AM

"Talking about characters makes a tricky subject accessible; we talk about the character and the situation first and then relate it to real life and our own experience."

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Tales of exile and of home: Iranian diaspora in literature

Tales of exile and of home: Iranian diaspora in literature | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Author Sanaz Fotouhi looks at Iranian fiction in English, and chooses four favourites
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Who Pays Writers? | Dissent Magazine

Who Pays Writers? | Dissent Magazine | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
In Barth’s day, a robust welfare state supported writers. Public patronage programs provided new classes of Americans with the resources needed to write and, through financial support, enabled them to take aesthetic risks. The upshot was a more diverse literary world—racially, politically, and aesthetically.


But times have changed. No longer supported by the state, today’s writers must meet market demands. Those who succeed often do so by innovating no more than is necessary. Many of today’s most celebrated writers marry experimentalism with accessibility; they produce prize-winning fiction with just a dash of formal excitement, enough to catch the eye of cultural gatekeepers but not so much that it renders a work unmarketable.

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Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Novels to Get 32-Episode Series - Signature Reads

Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Novels to Get 32-Episode Series - Signature Reads | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

Elena Ferrante’s best-selling quartet of novels, The Neapolitan Novels, will be brought to the small screen by Fandango.

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I've got the first of the quartet lined up on my Kindle app.

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I’m Done With African Immigrant Literature

I’m Done With African Immigrant Literature | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
African Literature cannot move forward if we celebrate themes that are centuries old. More explicitly, African Literature cannot move forward with the most celebrated authors writing about Europe.
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A ‘Native Son’ Film Version, Now Complete and Unfiltered

A ‘Native Son’ Film Version, Now Complete and Unfiltered | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Restored to its original 107 minutes by the Library of Congress — using an international version discovered in El Archivo General de Puerto Rico, with additional material from a 16-millimeter Argentine print, for a total of 16 extra minutes — the full “Native Son” has its premiere at the Museum of Modern Art on Thursday.
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The Millions : Transfigurations of Self and Soul: Four Essential Essay Collections

The Millions : Transfigurations of Self and Soul: Four Essential Essay Collections | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
In the age of memoir, essay collections are a tough sell. Like short story collections, books of essays seem destined to be sampled rather than appreciated start to finish. That is a shame. Good essay collections are performances: multiple acts of form and function, threaded together with theme. I have always loved the fiction of Andre Dubus, but it was not until I read Broken Vessels and Meditations from a Movable Chair that I began to understand the mind and heart behind the stories. This is not to say that essays serve an ancillary function, but rather that essays contain the inevitable need to require a point — either one orchestrated by the writer, or one imbued by the reader.
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Film and academic psychology: the power of cinema

Film and academic psychology: the power of cinema | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
As the psychologist Gordon Allport observed back in the heyday of Technicolor, the cinema’s “standardised daydream”, its unending programme of swooning romances and barroom brawls, was a hotline to “the deeper, less social portion of the spectator’s unconscious life”. And this, of course, is precisely why Samuel Goldwyn had been so keen to meet with Meister Freud.
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We Are At Risk of Losing Serious Readers

We Are At Risk of Losing Serious Readers | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Everyone agrees that establishing reading pleasure early in a child’s life is a monumental achievement (and you do it, the pediatricians say, with books, not with screens); and everyone also agrees that the gap between those children who grow up loving books and active conversation and those who don’t—with troubled school performance and restricted career opportunities likely for those who don’t—is a gap that gets set early and may be hard to close. Hard, but of course not impossible. It can be done in grade school and middle school. But what about high school? How do you establish reading pleasure in busy, screen-loving teenagers—and in particular, pleasure in reading serious work? Is it still possible to raise teenagers who can’t live without reading something good? Or is that idea absurd? And could the struggle to create such hunger have any effect on the character of boys and girls?
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Greg Goode: Gatsby and Gestalt Shifts—Spirituality and Literature - The Culturium -

Greg Goode: Gatsby and Gestalt Shifts—Spirituality and Literature - The Culturium - | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
The subject crosses paths with a new book I’ve written, called After Awareness (due for publication in November 2016 from Non-Duality Press). In that book, I recommend a passionate engagement with the arts as an antidote to attachment and suffering. The idea is that literature and the other arts are not only inspiring and enjoyable but they also present us with new ways of seeing the world. Seeing the world in new ways helps dissolve attachments to our current views. The arts, especially the written and spoken arts, can free us from the narrow assumptions that meaning is only literal. Freedom from literality in turn helps dissolve our attachment to all images and views, including those we have about ourselves.
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Overthinking 'Snow White': 9 Questions You Never Asked as a Child - Signature Reads

Overthinking 'Snow White': 9 Questions You Never Asked as a Child - Signature Reads | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

It's that time again, where we overthink a beloved classic, thereby leading you to rethink your entire childhood. This time? Snow White.

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17 Books With LGBT Characters That Will Actually Change Your Life

17 Books With LGBT Characters That Will Actually Change Your Life | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community what their favorite books with great LGBTQ lead characters are. Here are some of the most popular recommendations!
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Hollywood Hijinks: ‘Hail, Caesar!’ & 6 Great Movies Within Movies - Signature Reads

Hollywood Hijinks: ‘Hail, Caesar!’ & 6 Great Movies Within Movies - Signature Reads | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

Meta-moviemaking is one of our favorite filmmaking tools. Check out six great examples, inspired by 'Hail, Caesar!'

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Erin Roux Explores the Degendering of Children's Book Titles

Erin Roux Explores the Degendering of Children's Book Titles | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Non-Binary Children’s Book Titles Breaking Boundaries by Underground Contributor Erin Roux The next edition of the Oxford Dictionary is possibly adding in an alternative to the Ms., Mr. and Mrs. titles: Mx., for those who don’t identify with male, female, or even the idea of being labeled by their marital statuses. But before we are…
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Why Read the Classics?

A classic does not necessarily teach us anything we did not know before. In a classic we sometimes discover something we have always known (or thought we knew), but without knowing that this author said it first, or at least is associated with it in a special way. And this, too, is a surprise that gives a lot of pleasure, such as we always gain from the discovery of an origin, a relationship, an affinity. From all this we may derive a definition of this type: The classics are books that we find all the more new, fresh, and unexpected upon reading, the more we thought we knew them from hearing them talked about.
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Kazuo Ishiguro Has a Brilliant Response to People Who Think Genre Fiction Doesn’t Matter

Kazuo Ishiguro Has a Brilliant Response to People Who Think Genre Fiction Doesn’t Matter | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

If a primary task of fiction is to explore the human experience—who we are and what we mean to each other—then the fantastic and unreal must surely be key elements in that exploration.

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Andy Jones Recommends Three Unconventional Love Stories | Bookish

Andy Jones Recommends Three Unconventional Love Stories | Bookish | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Typically, relationships follow a certain order: love, marriage, baby carriage (as the droll rhyme goes). But in Andy Jones’ debut novel, The Two of Us, two characters find that their road to love is anything but ordinary. After a blissful 19 days of dating, Ivy learns that she’s pregnant. She and Fisher decide to move in together and raise the baby, but things get complicated quickly. In honor of his unconventional love story, Jones has shared three of his favorites and what they teach readers about that crazy little thing called love.
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Top 10 books for the broken-hearted

Top 10 books for the broken-hearted | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
If Valentine’s Day is an unwelcome reminder of what has become of your love life, you can find solace at the bookshop. Here are 10 literary highlights for the lovelorn
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Whodunnit Best: 5 Best Historical Mystery Movies - Signature Reads

Whodunnit Best: 5 Best Historical Mystery Movies - Signature Reads | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

We tapped Michael Murphy to weigh in on the best historical mystery movies of all time.

 

From my experience, different elements make a mystery novel and a movie mystery successful. A mystery novel is mostly plot driven, filled with twists and red herrings. A movie mystery should be visually captivating with a charming, intelligent though sometimes flawed detective and a believable plot.

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Homer Meets High-Tech: Data Visualization and the Classics

Homer Meets High-Tech: Data Visualization and the Classics | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
One teacher spiced up "The Iliad" with data visualization, inspiring middle school students to take a fresh look at narrative, themes, characterizations, and methods of fact-based inquiry.
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How The Literary Class System Is Impoverishing Literature

How The Literary Class System Is Impoverishing Literature | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
while class disparity manifests in all sectors of society, for those who seek careers in literature, class differences have a huge impact on who gets hired and who gets published. This, in turn has a real effect on the portrayal of class in literature, and in media depictions of the writer’s life.
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‘The Big Red Book of Modern Chinese Literature,’ Edited by Yunte Huang

‘The Big Red Book of Modern Chinese Literature,’ Edited by Yunte Huang | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
In 1906, while studying medicine in Japan, a young Chinese man called Zhou Shuren was shown a slide depicting a scene from the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-5, which was partly fought on Chinese territory. It showed a crowd of Chinese watching while one of their compatriots was beheaded by the Japanese, accused of being a Russian spy. “They were all strong fellows but appeared completely apathetic,” Zhou recalled. “After this film I felt that medical science was not so important after all. The people of a weak and backward country, however strong and healthy they may be, can only serve to be made examples of, or to witness such futile spectacles. . . . The most important thing, therefore, was to change their spirit, and since at that time I felt that literature was the best means to this end, I determined to promote a literary movement.”
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Lionsgate Picks Up Magic Tree House Series - Signature Reads

Lionsgate Picks Up Magic Tree House Series - Signature Reads | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

Following the success and conclusion of ‘The Hunger Games,’ Lionsgate has picked up the film rights to the Magic Tree House series.

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17 Books With LGBT Characters That Will Actually Change Your Life

17 Books With LGBT Characters That Will Actually Change Your Life | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community what their favorite books with great LGBTQ lead characters are. Here are some of the most popular recommendations!

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