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The Werewolf Novel as Post-9/11 Political Allegory?

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The Werewolf Novel as Post-9/11 Political Allegory?

 

It’s a tricky thing to address pressing issues of the day in fiction without making prose do the work of preaching. In his new novel, Red Moon, the talented Benjamin Percy has taken on an ambitious project—a werewolf novel as political allegory—and he deftly negotiates the delicate balance of crafting both commentary and a compelling literary creation.

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The Art of Fiction Writing

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I learned how to write fiction by understanding the language of visual art. As an artist, I was trained to capture the nature of my subject by amplifying the qualities that make it distinct or noteworthy. As a fiction writer, I do the same thing.

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Hear Jane Read: Rutgers Psychologist's Research Gives New Meaning to Semantics, Value of Reading Aloud - News from Rutgers

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Hear Jane Read: Rutgers Psychologist's Research Gives New Meaning to Semantics, Value of Reading Aloud

 

 “There are different ways to be a good reader,” explains Graves, who is trying to determine whether a reader’s choice of word meaning vs. word sounds impacts how skilled a reader is, and if it does, why. His findings, as reported, could have applications for developing learning programs for individual readers or tailoring reading therapies for people with brain injuries, or adults struggling with reading who need to “re-learn how to read.” 

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Summer Research: Where Literature Meets Music - Bucknell University

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Summer Research: Where Literature Meets Music
Bucknell University

 

This is how she started studying literary synesthesia, a concept she describes as an evocation of the mixing of the senses.

 

Brown has tied the concept to sound/color synesthesia, a neurological phenomenon that causes people to see color when they hear music. Her research has led her to believe that during Dickinson's most productive creative period (1860–1865), she could have been experiencing this type of synesthesia. The time coincides with an eye affliction Dickinson suffered, which led the poet, who rarely left home, to travel for treatment.

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The Truman Show Delusion, and how culture determines 'crazy' - New York Post

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The Truman Show Delusion, and how culture determines 'crazy'

 

The Truman Show Delusion, first described in 2006, written up in academic journals in 2012, and now the subject of a fascinating new book called “Suspicious Minds” by NYU psychiatrist Joel Gold and his brother Ian Gold, a professor philosophy and psychology at McGill University, reveals how intimately culture interacts with madness and mental health.

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John Dolan: from homeless addict to street artist and author

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Aged 10, John Dolan was told a family secret, which set him on the road to crime, addiction and homelessness.

 

Dolan, until recently a homeless heroin addict, is now a "famous artist" as he puts it when he rushes into the Howard Griffin gallery, soaking from the rain. He has a sellout exhibition, a second just opened and a new memoir, which could become a bestseller. As he is well aware, the interest in his intricate drawings of London buildings, and of his dog, George, is piqued by his remarkable change of fortune. This poses two questions: where did it all go wrong, and where did it all go right? The answers, as many people find, are bound up with family.

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Literary treasures abound in rare book store - Rapid City Journal

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Literary treasures abound in rare book store
Rapid City Journal

 

But one step through the door of Van Norman Rare Books reveals a treasure trove of history, literary tales and a collection of rare books accumulated over a lifetime.

 

That green-colored book in the glass display case by the front door? That's a first-print, first-edition copy of "The Theory of the Leisure Class, An Economic Study of Institutions," by Thorstein Veblen. Published in 1899, it's valued at about $3,000.

 

The book next to it? "The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas," written and signed by Gertrude Stein.

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'Lena Finkle's Magic Barrel' conjures a new literary form - Los Angeles Times

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'Lena Finkle's Magic Barrel' conjures a new literary form
Los Angeles Times

 

This is the power of the graphic novel, that it not only tells but also shows us, that by integrating images into the narrative, it draws us into Lena's experience with the force of memory. Ulinich highlights this with her drawing, which merges elements of sketch and crayon into a style that is naturalistic and impressionistic at once.

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How to Be a Better Online Reader

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The shift from print to digital texts may have deeper repercussions for reading and comprehension.

 

Soon after Maryanne Wolf published “Proust and the Squid,” a history of the science and the development of the reading brain from antiquity to the twenty-first century, she began to receive letters from readers. Hundreds of them. While the backgrounds of the writers varied, a theme began to emerge: the more reading moved online, the less students seemed to understand. There were the architects who wrote to her about students who relied so heavily on ready digital information that they were unprepared to address basic problems onsite. There were the neurosurgeons who worried about the “cut-and-paste chart mentality” that their students exhibited, missing crucial details because they failed to delve deeply enough into any one case. And there were, of course, the English teachers who lamented that no one wanted to read Henry James anymore. As the letters continued to pour in, Wolf experienced a growing realization: in the seven years it had taken her to research and write her account, reading had changed profoundly—and the ramifications could be felt far beyond English departments and libraries. She called the rude awakening her “Rip van Winkle moment,” and decided that it was important enough to warrant another book. What was going on with these students and professionals? Was the digital format to blame for their superficial approaches, or was something else at work?

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Man Vs. Word - The Awl

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Man Vs. Word
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I prefer to think of reading, as it has often been described, as a conversation, and what a conversation requires is the absolute opposite of speed. The literary conversation requires pauses, here and there. You might fix a cup of tea, meander around in the book some more. Interrogate the author, wonder what he might think of your ideas. Other authors might come along to weigh in. Half of the procedure is just reflecting, sometimes absently, sometimes in a boiling or stone-cold fury, or amusement or excitement, on what is being said. On responding.

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A look at speed reading and various methods that attempt to teach it

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Why literature written out of the First World War is some of the last century's finest writing - The Globe and Mail

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Why literature written out of the First World War is some of the last century's finest writing

 

I do not rush to read books about war; in fact, I avoid them. But, strangely, some of my favourite novels, memoirs and poems were inspired by a conflict that claimed the youth of a generation and gave birth to a bitterly disillusioned modern world. The 1960s musical that made satirical mincemeat of the First World War’s ideals was called Oh, What a Lovely War! I would say, instead, “Oh, What a Literary War!” To me, it’s clear that the literature written out of the Great War outshines that prompted by other wars.

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Can Creativity Be Learned? - The Atlantic

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Can Creativity Be Learned?

 

With these widely accepted theories of creativity in mind, it is rather jarring to see two brand studies, both of which suggest that creativity is closely linked with inherent neurological and personality traits rather than methodology or practice. The implication is that creativity can be learned, but only to a certain extent. To truly be an artistic great, the makeup of your brain is more important than the number of hours spent in your atelier.

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Some new studies butt heads with established theories about creativity.

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Book Talk: Tom Rachman on identity, writing and finding success - GMA News

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Book Talk: Tom Rachman on identity, writing and finding success

GMA News

 

Having lived in several different places and coming from a family that's been scattered around the world, for a long time I never grew up feeling like I was part of any particular culture. I felt like I had bits of different things in me. If you do have a strong identity, then you draw part of your sense from the culture that you're in. If not, it poses the question, 'If I am not made of one particular culture, do I invent myself, do I change over time?'

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The 12 best destinations for bookworms - Sacramento Bee

The 12 best destinations for bookworms
Sacramento Bee

 

Poets, novelists, and playwrights give us a little bit of their world on every page - and now it's our chance to take a bit more for ourselves. The best destinations for book lovers are enumerable: Every person has a favorite author, and every author has a different world view. But there are some spots around the globe that possess just a bit more of a literary spark than others. So pack your bags - and your favorite paperback - because we're going on a trip perfect for any bookworm.

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Writer Plumbs 'Nature Of Evil' In Hometown's Violent, Civil Rights Past - WUWM

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Writer Plumbs 'Nature Of Evil' In Hometown's Violent, Civil Rights Past
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As for Iles, he's still focused on figuring out the "why" of things: "All my books are an inquiry into the nature of evil. Why do good people do bad things? Are any human beings completely evil? Do we all have good within us? That's what I'm interested in."

 

And he says Mississippi is a fitting lens through which to view how race shapes the American identity.

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About writer Greg Iles

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'Longmire' helps put Buffalo, Wyo., on the map - Rapid City Journal

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'Longmire' helps put Buffalo, Wyo., on the map

Rapid City Journal

 

Toes were tapping, two-steppers were dusting the dance floor and Rainier beer was flowing freely at the Occidental Hotel, as several thousand literature lovers descended on this central Wyoming cattle town last weekend to celebrate Longmire Days.

 

As in Walt Longmire, a fictitious character created by writer Craig Johnson, a Wyoming rancher-turned-New York Times best-selling author.

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The Great English Novel is dead. Long live the unruly, upstart fiction that's flourishing online - New Statesman

The Great English Novel is dead. Long live the unruly, upstart fiction that's flourishing online - New Statesman | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

The Great English Novel is dead. Long live the unruly, upstart fiction that's flourishing online
New Statesman

 

The reason I’m so excited David Mitchell is writing on Twitter is that he’s one of the few authors who really understands how the medium, as well as the message, makes the story.

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Scottish independence: literature and nationalism - The Guardian

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Scottish independence: literature and nationalism

 

Edwin Morgan left £1m to the SNP, JK Rowling has donated the same amount to Better Together. To what extent does Scottish literature point in the direction of going it alone? 

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Advice on setting rules for a book club - Boston Globe

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Advice on setting rules for a book club
Boston Globe

 

Can you recommend a polite way to deal with one member of a 10-person book group who monopolizes the conversation? At our last meeting, “Susan” talked so much about herself that the rest of us were too stunned to interject. 

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A relaunch for The New Yorker, with high stakes - Capital New York

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A relaunch for The New Yorker, with high stakes

Capital New York

 

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A historical look at the significance of the new web site of the venerable magazine "The New Yorker"

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JK Rowling says crime thriller series will run longer than Harry Potter - The Guardian

JK Rowling says crime thriller series will run longer than Harry Potter - The Guardian | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
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JK Rowling says crime thriller series will run longer than Harry Potter

 

The novelist, who has written two whodunnits under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, says she loves writing in the crime genre because of its open-ended nature, with the detective having to tackle a constant sucession of cases rather than being tied to a single storyline.

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Books on the Beagle - Scientist (blog)

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Books on the Beagle

 

On the voyage of the HMS Beagle, Darwin lived and worked in a cabin that housed the ship’s library—404 volumes that spanned works by naturalists and explorers of the time. Now, a virtual recreation of the library, published online this week, gives readers a glimpse of the evolutionary biologist’s life at sea, where he came up with his theory of natural selection.

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8 books that inspired indie music - USA TODAY

USA TODAY
8 books that inspired indie music

 

Musicians being inspired by books certainly isn't a new phenomenon, and it's a trend that can be seen across multiple genres. Here, we take a look at some of our favorite indie bands and artists who've found their muse in literature. From Greek mythology to contemporary speculative fiction, these musicians have definitely done their reading.

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Book reviewing is an art, in its own way - The Conversation

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Book reviewing is an art, in its own way
The Conversation

 

To exist as an independent entity – that is, as a definitive aesthetic form – book reviews must offer both aspiring and experienced writers the opportunity to be persuasive, ironic, intelligent, witty and critical. That is one good reason reviewers deserve to be given an identity, which is also about bequeathing them a humanity.

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Healing power of words - The Lion's Roar Newspaper

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Healing power of words

The Lion's Roar Newspaper

 

Though bibliotherapy is still in its infancy, other research has shown positive aspects of reading.


“It could be cathartic, for one, and there is research that exists regarding many positive aspects of reading, especially a good book,” said Daniel Chadborn, a psychology instructor.


Another way in which bibliotherapy would be beneficial is it gives a student dealing with depression a chance to focus their mind on something other than the violence seen on television, giving them a positive outlook on life. They just need to make sure that they are reading a positive, influential book.

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An introduction to bibliotherapy

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Ireland a Literary Atlas: INFOGRAPHIC - mediabistro.com

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Ireland a Literary Atlas: INFOGRAPHIC
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irelandliteraryatlas

 

BuyBooks.ie and Neoman Studios have collaborated on an infographic which explores the literary history of Ireland.

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