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Family tries to find 'normal' after their lost boy returns - Press Herald

Family tries to find 'normal' after their lost boy returns - Press Herald | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Family tries to find 'normal' after their lost boy returns

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A page-turner of a plot alone usually is not enough to keep me reading long into the night, abandoning my dreams for a writer’s creative imaginings. Bret Anthony Johnston delivers the special something that makes a book worth losing sleep over: a masterfully designed architecture of psychological truths and observations that build ironclad believability.

 

Just a couple of chapters into “Remember Me Like This,” I cared enough about the family to live in this novel until Johnston delivered the final word. Like the best contemporary American authors, he abstains from sermonizing and builds his story with description and the accumulation of telling details.

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The Rewriting of David Foster Wallace - Vulture

The Rewriting of David Foster Wallace - Vulture | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
How the author of Infinite Jest became the center of a self-help cult.

 

Nobody owns David Foster Wallace anymore. In the seven years since his suicide, he’s slipped out of the hands of those who knew him, and those who read him in his lifetime, and into the cultural maelstrom, which has flattened him. He has become a character, an icon, and in some circles a saint. A writer who courted contradiction and paradox, who could come on as a curmudgeon and a scold, who emerged from an avant-garde tradition and never retreated into conventional realism, he has been reduced to a wisdom-dispensing sage on the one hand and shorthand for the Writer As Tortured Soul on the other. 

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Multi-volume library of Russian literature to be published in the U.S. - Russia Beyond the Headlines

Multi-volume library of Russian literature to be published in the U.S. - Russia Beyond the Headlines | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Publication agreement signed at the Books of Russia festival

 

The most significant works in Russian literature will be published in the U.S. in a collection of 100 volumes. An agreement to that effect was signed on June 27 by the Institute of Translation and the U.S.-based Read Russia Inc. at the Books of Russia festival held in Moscow’s Red Square from June 25-28.

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The Rich Literary History of Turkey

The Rich Literary History of Turkey | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
A nation that's been home to kings, emperors and sultans has an equally rich literary history.
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Reading Is Forgetting - The New York Review of Books (blog)

Reading Is Forgetting - The New York Review of Books (blog) | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Is re-reading a gradual and always positive accumulation of greater and greater control and retention of a book, or is it rather a precarious process in which each new engagement with the text cancels and alters earlier ones?

 

What is different on a second and subsequent readings is our growing capacity for retention, for putting things in relation to one another. We know the end of the story now and can see how it is foreshadowed at the beginning, how the strands are spun and gathered together.

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Here come the girls: The best new women's literary fiction - Express.co.uk

Here come the girls: The best new women's literary fiction - Express.co.uk | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
FAMILIES, friendship and a feisty do-gooder are the highlights in Eithne Farry’s selection of women’s literary fiction
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9 Of Literature's Best LGBTQ Coming-Of-Age Sexuality Stories That Helped Us ... - Bustle

9 Of Literature's Best LGBTQ Coming-Of-Age Sexuality Stories That Helped Us ...
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Literature is filled with characters (and lots of real-life people, too) who discovered their sexual identities and OWNED IT in the very best way.
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Looking at the Birth of Lewis Carroll's 'Alice,' 150 Years Old - New York Times

Looking at the Birth of Lewis Carroll's 'Alice,' 150 Years Old - New York Times | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
The Morgan Library & Museum celebrates the anniversary of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” with rare early documents.
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Titus Welliver On 'Bosch' Season 2: “The Stakes Are Incredibly High” - Deadline

Titus Welliver On 'Bosch' Season 2: “The Stakes Are Incredibly High” - Deadline | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

For a long time, Titus Welliver has been the excellent supporting actor everybody recognizes, with roles on NYPD Blue, Deadwood, The Good Wife, Sons of Anarchy and recently The Last Ship. But until now, he’s never had a lead role. In Amazon’s drama Bosch, based on the fiction of Michael Connelly, Welliver plays the title role: the antisocial but brilliant LAPD detective Hieronymus ‘Harry’ Bosch–a role he immediately wanted. He says, “When I read the script, I thought, ‘this is a character that I will play or should like to play for as long as they’ll have me.’”

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I am SO looking forward to this!

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Can Reading Make You Happier?

Can Reading Make You Happier? | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
After the First World War, traumatized soldiers were often prescribed a course of reading.
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One reader's experience with bibliotherapy, or reading by prescription.

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"I am Vengeance I am the Night" - Exploring the dark Psyche of Batman - moviepilot.com

"I am Vengeance I am the Night" - Exploring the dark Psyche of Batman - moviepilot.com | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

Batman’s weakness isn’t kryptonite, silver, or some otherworldly thing: it’s his own, very human nature. And that’s part of what makes him so compelling.


Sure, Batman sometimes acts as a savior stand-in. But for the most part, he’s not a Messiah figure. He’s us.

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7 Book Franchises We Really Need To Say Goodbye To - Huffington Post

7 Book Franchises We Really Need To Say Goodbye To - Huffington Post | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

It’s really hard to say goodbye, especially to a favorite book series, movie franchise, or media-spanning brand.

 

Here are just a few of the series we need to leave well enough alone, whether because the original author has died, because the author is no longer interested in working on the series, or because there’s simply nothing else to be said. Instead, let's try investing our dollars in some brand-new works from up-and-coming talents -- maybe we'll find the next Terry Pratchett is already out there.

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13 Children's Book Authors Who Should Have Written Fiction For Adults - Huffington Post

13 Children's Book Authors Who Should Have Written Fiction For Adults - Huffington Post | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

we decided to single out a few of our other favorite children's lit and YA authors, and imagine a universe in which they created books for adults, too. Or, more specifically, a universe in which these authors wrote stories with adult protagonists. Behold, the 13 authors we wish would have written fiction for adults:

 

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Tips, links and suggestions: what are you reading this week? - The Guardian (blog)

Tips, links and suggestions: what are you reading this week? - The Guardian (blog) | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Your space to discuss the books you are reading and what you think of them – plus our favourite literary links of the week
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Book recommendations and literary links: What's not to like?

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9 Books About Book Clubs That Will Have You Feeling All The Feels, And Will ... - Bustle

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These novels and nonfiction titles are all about book clubs. From a life-risking reading group in the heart of Iran’s capital city, to a book club that meets in a quaint coffee shop in suburban America, the literary gatherings in these books were legendary enough to spark stories of their own, and might even inspire you to host your own book club, too. Happy reading!

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Never Alone and the need for American Indian narratives in games - Polygon

I'm proudly American Indian.

 

Natives are often in the position of having to prove their Native-ness. So many have co-opted the culture to be about spirit animals and headdresses and nothing else. There's a general lack of understanding from those outside of Native culture about what it entails, and what it means to the people that live it. The real truth of that experience though, is that none of us have a complete picture. Native culture is so many things because there are so many different kinds of us.

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What Is the Appeal of Detective Fiction? Dashiell Hammett's "The Continental ... - Huffington Post

The first-person narrator is the imposer of order in a world of chaos--or rather, deceit, lies, hypocrisy, where nothing is as it seems. And yet reading a classic of noir fiction like Dashiell Hammett's The Continental Op is a revelation.
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James Altucher's Top 5 Books to Read This Summer - Huffington Post

James Altucher's Top 5 Books to Read This Summer - Huffington Post | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Reading has saved my life more than once. It's taught me to rob banks, it's taught me to love better. It's taught me how to be good and competent at things and it's taught be how innovative the world is.
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These are the Latin American authors you should be reading this summer - Quartz

These are the Latin American authors you should be reading this summer - Quartz | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
There is life beyond Roberto Bolaño

 

We have have put together a list of Latin American authors, a new generation freed from stylistic ties to the past that you should include in your summer-reading list. We have highlighted books that may not be necessarily the most recent, but those that are translated, edited or easier to find in English. No matter what the must-reads table at your bookstore says: there is life beyond Roberto Bolaño and Junot Díaz.

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Her Story: Ladies In Literature with Heidi Schulz

Her Story: Ladies In Literature with Heidi Schulz | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Her Story: Ladies In Literature is a special, month-long series on Pop! Goes The Reader in which we celebrate the literary female role models whose stories have inspired and empowered us since time...
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Troubled Teens and Monstrous Others: Problematic Depictions of Characters with Mental Illness in Young Adult Literature | Thaller | Study and Scrutiny: Research on Young Adult Literature

Troubled Teens and Monstrous Others: Problematic Depictions of Characters with Mental Illness in Young Adult Literature | Thaller | Study and Scrutiny: Research on Young Adult Literature | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Troubled Teens and Monstrous Others: Problematic Depictions of Characters with Mental Illness in Young Adult Literature

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This is a subject I've been concerned about for a long time in ALL literature, not just YA.

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10-week reading intervention improves brain activity in autistic children - News-Medical.net

Ten weeks of intensive reading intervention for children with autism spectrum disorder was enough to strengthen the activity of loosely connected areas of their brains that work together to comprehend reading, University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers have found. At the same time, the reading comprehension of those 13 children, whose average age was 10.9 years, also improved.

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What 'Harry Potter' can tell us about personality, psychology and politics - OregonLive.com

What 'Harry Potter' can tell us about personality, psychology and politics - OregonLive.com | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

Because of the books' intense popularity, there's a chance for broader discussions about their themes and how they've influenced the generation that grew up reading them.


Here are some of the subjects people have studied surrounding the Harry Potter phenomenon:

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The top 10 summers in fiction

The top 10 summers in fiction | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Summer provides an ambiguously idyllic setting for many novels. From LP Hartley to Tove Jansson, these are some of my favourites
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There's still time. . .

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The Wachowskis' Sense8 Is the Philip K. Dick Adaptation We Always Wanted - io9

The Wachowskis' Sense8 Is the Philip K. Dick Adaptation We Always Wanted - io9 | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Critics seem unsure whether Sense8 is a masterpiece, a disaster, or both. But it’s still a game-changer—pushing the limits of narrative, and testing genre fiction’s patriarchal worldview for weak points.
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Looks like a trip to the movie theater is on order.

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6 short and cheap fiction books for vacation reading - USA TODAY College

6 short and cheap fiction books for vacation reading - USA TODAY College | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
If you are trying to avoid long books like the plague, but want a good book to enjoy, try opening up one of these books.
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I've read three of these but hadn't heard of the other three. Could be good for a plane trip.

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