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Annihilation review – 'You'll find yourself afraid to turn the page' - The Guardian

Annihilation review – 'You'll find yourself afraid to turn the page' - The Guardian | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
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Annihilation review – 'You'll find yourself afraid to turn the page'

 

The uncanny, by VanderMeer's measure, is not, and never was, a thing. It is, and has always been, the actual state of the world. Familiarity is a fiction we perpetuate through psychological necessity. The closer the nameless biologist comes to this realisation, the more she falls back on her scientific training – not in any petulant, pedantic way, but rather as a means of limiting the kinds of questions she needs to ask the world, and of her rapidly transmogrifying self.

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What favourite childhood books reveal about the psyche – Adam Gidwitz | Aeon Essays

To understand "the foundations on which a person’s life is built, ask her what her favourite books were as a child."

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Death is No Parenthesis: 3 Medical Mysteries in Literature

Death is No Parenthesis: 3 Medical Mysteries in Literature | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Leslie Michelson, author of The Patient's Playbook, discusses 3 classic authors (Poe, Bronte, and Austen), each of whom met their ends in mysterious ways.
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Curtis Hanson, Director of Wicked Noir ‘L.A. Confidential,’ Dies at 71

Curtis Hanson, Director of Wicked Noir ‘L.A. Confidential,’ Dies at 71 | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Curtis Hanson, the film director whose adaptation of the James Ellroy noir novel “L.A. Confidential” won him an Academy Award, died on Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 71.
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"L.A. Confidential" is one of the best film adaptations of a novel that I've ever seen.
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'We ought to read only the kind of books that wound us': How literature teaches us to be human

'We ought to read only the kind of books that wound us': How literature teaches us to be human | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Robert Fulford: We look back on key titles and wonder whether or not we would have turned out as we did if someone hadn't put a certain book in our hands at a certain moment?
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Q&A: Christine Sneed Discusses Her Compelling Story Collection About the Lure of Fame

Q&A: Christine Sneed Discusses Her Compelling Story Collection About the Lure of Fame | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
The contradictions in human character, like our flaws, are very good material for a fiction writer
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10 Myers-Briggs Type Charts for Pop Culture Characters

10 Myers-Briggs Type Charts for Pop Culture Characters | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
How Myers-Briggs personality types can be illustrated by pop culture characters, from any universe that has at least 16 characters with different personalities.
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Lionel Shriver: 'This Entire Hoo-Ha' Illustrates My Point

Lionel Shriver: 'This Entire Hoo-Ha' Illustrates My Point | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
An interview with the author about the response to her controversial speech
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If you haven't kept up with this argument over cultural appropriation, you can use the links contained in this article to catch up. It's a valid area for discussion. 
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Identity and the Mind - Five Books

Identity and the Mind - Five Books | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
The neuroscientist introduces us to the concept of the connectome, the ever-changing map of connections between the brain’s neurons that makes each of us who we are
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12 Girls from Fiction Who Are Their Own Heroes | Brightly

12 Girls from Fiction Who Are Their Own Heroes | Brightly | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
These twelve young heroines from children’s literature reflect the strong and independent females kids see — and love — in the real world.
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We the People: 10 Novels Featuring a Greek Chorus

We the People: 10 Novels Featuring a Greek Chorus | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Discover novels featuring a Greek Chorus (collective voice) including "The Virgin Suicides" by Jeffrey Eugenides.
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Is Listening to an Audio book "Cheating?"

Is Listening to an Audio book "Cheating?" | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
I've been asked this question a lot and I hate it.  I’ll describe why in a bit, but for now I’ll just change it to “does your mind do more or less the same thing when you listening to a
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I say "no," as long as I listen to the unabridged audiobook.
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Found in Translation

Found in Translation | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Tim Parks recommends five of his favorite translated novels.
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Translated books to expand our cultural understanding
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Upcoming books-to-movies adaptations: Hope springs eternal for this critic

Upcoming books-to-movies adaptations: Hope springs eternal for this critic | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald has high hopes for these upcoming movie adaptations of books, including the film version of “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” and “The Girl on the Train.”
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How many of these books have you read?
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11 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Shirley Jackson

11 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Shirley Jackson | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Including: she wrote The Lottery in a single morning, didn't believe in ghosts, and more.
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I can't think of Literature & Psychology without thinking of Shirley Jackson.
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Scarlett Reborn: The Case for Flawed Females in Fiction

Scarlett Reborn: The Case for Flawed Females in Fiction | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Author Anne-Marie Casey shares her point-of-view on flawed females in fiction and the parallels between Scarlett O’Hara and the protagonist of her new novel, The Real Liddy James.
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Happy Birthday, Stephen King! 8 of Our Favorites From the Master

Happy Birthday, Stephen King! 8 of Our Favorites From the Master | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
His writing holds a mirror up to his readers and asks: Who are we? What do we desire most and what are we willing to do to get it? What do we truly fear?
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September is National Translation Month (NTM)

September is National Translation Month (NTM) | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

Celebrating Writing in Translation


Language is a way to express the human experience, yet it also presents communication barriers. With the efforts of accomplished translators, however, those barriers can be overcome to foster artistic unity across linguistic boundaries.

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Edward Albee, a Playwright Intent on Naming, and Goading, the Beast Within

Edward Albee, a Playwright Intent on Naming, and Goading, the Beast Within | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Throughout his work, Mr. Albee insisted that our most primitive instincts keep asserting themselves in even the most civilized settings.
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“My narrator is starving, both literally and metaphorically”: Teddy Wayne and Alexandra Kleeman on anxiety and alienation in their new books

“My narrator is starving, both literally and metaphorically”: Teddy Wayne and Alexandra Kleeman on anxiety and alienation in their new books | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Kleeman on reading Wayne's "Loner": "I felt like the person who turns away first in a game of chicken"
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"But creating a long-lived, rounded character is something new for me, and only possible because Karen is built off my own fears and neuroses."
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Language and Thought - Five Books

Language and Thought - Five Books | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
The linguist argues that all language has a basis in culture and explains how Chomsky is like Freud: crucial, but crucially wrong.
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Language as cultural construct
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Haunted Womanhood

Haunted Womanhood | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
A biography by Ruth Franklin captures Shirley Jackson’s punishing upbringing and marriage, which perhaps informed the destruction of heroines in her work.
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I walked out of the Brisbane Writers Festival Keynote Address. This is why. – Medium

I walked out of the Brisbane Writers Festival Keynote Address. This is why. – Medium | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
I have never walked out of a speech.
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An interesting question on the notion of cultural appropriation: Who is entitled to tell which stories?
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24 Books That Are Straightforward About Mental Illness

24 Books That Are Straightforward About Mental Illness | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Because sometimes it's hard to explain or understand on you
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Both fiction and nonfiction selections here.
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Where Are the Women in Translation? Here Are 31 to Read Now. - Words Without Borders

Where Are the Women in Translation? Here Are 31 to Read Now. - Words Without Borders | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

Image: Noemi Jaffe, Paulina Chiziane, and Carmen Boullosa.

In 2013 Alison Anderson asked, “Where are the women in translation?” In celebration of Women in Translation month, here are books by 31 women writers from around the world to add to your reading list.
 

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Here's a much longer list of translated works.
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A Writer’s Guide to Hacking the Reader’s Brain (in 5 Steps)

A Writer’s Guide to Hacking the Reader’s Brain (in 5 Steps) | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
The one thing that generates the juice — the electricity — that brings everything in a story to life, giving it meaning, conflict and urgency, is this: a clear sense of how what’s happening in the plot is affecting the protagonist internally.
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