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Sci-fi and fantasy authors reveal truths in the strangest fiction - Los Angeles Times

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Sci-fi and fantasy authors reveal truths in the strangest fiction
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"There's a sense among readers and critics, and probably among authors too, that [science fiction and fantasy] are somehow more fictional than regular fiction," says Lev Grossman, author of the bestselling Magicians series. "They're more loosely tethered to the real world, so they don't reflect or aren't affected by what's happening in it. Which is silly if you think about it. Mrs. Dalloway is no more real than Harry Potter."

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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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Heart-stopped: Fiction and the rewards of discomfort - OUPblog (blog)

Heart-stopped: Fiction and the rewards of discomfort - OUPblog (blog) | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

One of the ideas my research explores is the belief, in the eighteenth-century, that fiction commands attention by soliciting wonder. Wonder might sound like a nice, calm, placid emotion, but that was not how eighteenth-century century thinkers conceived it. In an essay published in 1795 but probably written in the 1750s, Adam Smith describes wonder as a sentiment induced by a novel object, a sentiment that may be recognized by the wonderstruck subject’s “staring, and sometimes that rolling of the eyes, that suspension of the breath, and that swelling of the heart” (‘The Principles Which Lead and Direct Philosophical Enquiries’). 

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Seeking Inspiration in Jane Austen's World - New York Times

Seeking Inspiration in Jane Austen's World - New York Times | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
A novelist explores the two quiet villages in Hampshire, where the author spent the most creative periods of her short life.
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Literary works given new life in public domain - opensource.com

Literary works given new life in public domain - opensource.com | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
When literary works are licensed in public domain, a new legacy is created from the creativity of new digital representations by fans in the 21st century.
Works in the public domain belong to everyone. Anyone can use public domain works in any manner they wish. They can republish the work as is, or they can use a public domain work as the inspiration and groundwork to create something new and exciting. However, the length of time before a creative works enters the public domain has grown longer and longer in recent decades. In the United States, the Copyright Act of 1976 and the Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998 greatly increased the length of time before a work would enter the public domain. The situation is very similar in other parts of the world.
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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

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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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Religious Reading

Religious Reading | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
We took the opportunity to ask a few writers to recommend novels with religious themes, preferably lesser known.
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Don't Write for Awards - The Atlantic

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National Book Awards finalist Emily St. John Mandel says pomp and circumstance can derail the everyday work of creating complex, flawed characters.
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51 Of The Most Beautiful Sentences In Literature

51 Of The Most Beautiful Sentences In Literature | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
"At the still point, there the dance is." —T. S. Eliot
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