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Margaret Atwood visits West Point for a frank conversation on gender, politics ... - Salon

Margaret Atwood visits West Point for a frank conversation on gender, politics ... - Salon | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
The celebrated author speaks to a class of military academy cadets about her dystopian novel "The Handmaid's Tale"
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Centireading force: why reading a book 100 times is a great idea - The Guardian

Centireading force: why reading a book 100 times is a great idea - The Guardian | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Author and columnist Stephen Marche, who has perused PG Wodehouse and Hamlet more than 100 times each, extols the virtues of literary repetition
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Stories That Must Be Told In 'My Documents' - WPSU

Stories That Must Be Told In 'My Documents' - WPSU | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
To read Alejandro Zambra is to engage with someone who writes as though the burden of history were upon him and no one else — the history of his country of Chile, of literature, and of humanity's shared experience. You get it from his pages, a sense that a story must be told, intimately and without reservation.
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Why the Romantics Matter by Peter Gay, review: 'fluent authority' - Telegraph.co.uk

Why the Romantics Matter by Peter Gay, review: 'fluent authority' - Telegraph.co.uk | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Peter Gay’s exploration of Romanticism and its legacy is erudite and idiosyncratic
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Why Americans Don?t Read Foreign Fiction - Daily Beast

Why Americans Don?t Read Foreign Fiction - Daily Beast | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
When French writer Patrick Modiano won the Nobel Prize in 2014, many Americans turned to each other and asked, “Who?”
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Poetry collections round-up: Wild nature, haunting grief and a whole lot of love - The Independent

Poetry collections round-up: Wild nature, haunting grief and a whole lot of love - The Independent | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Iain Banks is perhaps not the first novelist you associate with poetry. But, as fellow science-fiction Scot Ken MacLeod notes in his introduction to Iain Banks and Ken MacLeod Poems (Little Brown, £12.99), the clues were there.
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Reading poetry is like exercising: I know I should do more of it.

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Samantha Ellis' 'How to Be a Heroine': A Life in Great Fictional Women - Flavorwire

Samantha Ellis' 'How to Be a Heroine': A Life in Great Fictional Women - Flavorwire | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

There’s a thriving subgenre of what one may call cozy literary criticism, where a writer, usually a woman, traces the outline of her life through the books that she has read. It is sometimes very charming — Rebecca Mead’s My Life in Middlemarch comes to mind. At its worst, though, it can sort of disappear in the brain as all so much generic fluff, a perennial stopgap device from a variety of publishers. So it was a lovely surprise to find that Samantha Ellis’ How to Be a Heroine: Or, What I’ve Learned From Reading Too Much was a thoroughly enjoyable contribution to this canon.

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Why I want more unlikeable female characters - New Statesman

Why I want more unlikeable female characters - New Statesman | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
When we don’t let women live the whole range of humanity – making mistakes, screwing things up, not being very nice – we miss out.
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I thought this controversy had died out for now, but apparently I was wrong.

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Harper Lee: The Sadness of a Sequel

Harper Lee: The Sadness of a Sequel | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
The announcement that the author will publish a new novel is thrilling to fans—but also contradicts what the author has long said she wants.

Via Sharon Bakar
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Harper Lee to Publish 'To Kill A Mockingbird' Sequel 55 Years After Original Novel

Harper Lee to Publish 'To Kill A Mockingbird' Sequel 55 Years After Original Novel | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" has remained one of the most beloved books of the past five decades, and now the author will have the opportunity to revisit that singular success with "Go Set ...
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5 Splendid New Short Story Collections - Huffington Post

5 Splendid New Short Story Collections - Huffington Post | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Reading a novel is a commitment. Upon purchase, you enter an agreement with the author: Should sufficient curiosity be instilled by its early pages, you'll gladly accompany the narrator on whatever strange or dull adventures lie ahead.
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Chekhov's Beautiful Nonfiction - The New Yorker

Chekhov's Beautiful Nonfiction - The New Yorker | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

Anton Chekhov’s “Sakhalin Island,” his long investigation of prison conditions in Siberia, is the best work of journalism written in the nineteenth century. The fact that so few people know of the book, and that among Western critics (not necessarily Russian ones) it is considered a minor masterpiece instead of a major one—inferior to Alexander Herzen’s journals, for example—has something to do with how journalism is rarely considered literature. But it has even more to do with the lies that Chekhov told to get access to the prison colony.

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Why do we read? - Irish Times

Why do we read? - Irish Times | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
To read is to build your own imagination and strengthen resistance to prevailing commercial forces

 

Why do we read? The simple answer is for pleasure. But what exactly is the nature of that pleasure? Reading removes us from the structure of our lives, from the routine, the sequential habits of our day-to-day living. We enter instead another time zone. The plot, characters and setting occupy us, and while we read we inhabit the others’ reality. The pleasure therefore is derived from escaping our own small, limited and often repetitive lives and entering an exotic elsewhere.


But perhaps there is also the attraction of reserving something private for ourselves, something outside of the public world of relationship, family, work and occupation; something that is not encumbered by the stricture of time and self.

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Harper and Alice Lee, a story of two sisters - Telegraph.co.uk

Harper and Alice Lee, a story of two sisters - Telegraph.co.uk | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
There was a remarkable bond between the author of To Kill a Mockingbird and her sister, neither of whom married or had any known romantic interests; one who could not wait to leave Alabama, the other who never left.
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Every idea chooses its form of writing for itself : Mohammed Meselhy - Daily News Egypt

In an interview with Daily News Egypt, Meselhy revealed the preparations of his novels, the obstacles he faced to publish some of his stories, and the secrets of his future literary works.

 

Despite what most people think, roaming over the different genres of literature isn’t the choice of the writer. Every idea chooses for itself whether it’ll be written as a story or a novel, and also chooses whether it’ll be belong to realism or pop art, and the writer has to follow his ideas’ choices silently.

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Rebuilding Chechnya's Literary Heritage--Online - Big News Network.com

Rebuilding Chechnya's Literary Heritage--Online - Big News Network.com | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
In 1995, amid an exchange of gunfire between insurgents and Russian troops in what would be the first of two bloody wars in Chechnya, the stately neoclassical pillars of the Chekhov National Library burned, along with the priceless collection of...
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The Wire, Serial and the Decline of the American Industrial Empire - TIME

The Wire, Serial and the Decline of the American Industrial Empire - TIME | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
What TV can teach us about Baltimore, and what Baltimore can teach us about the world
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The Thoreau of the Suburbs - The Atlantic

The Thoreau of the Suburbs - The Atlantic | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
When Annie Dillard wrote Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, she didn’t think anyone would want to read a memoir by a "Virginia housewife." So she left her domestic life out of the book—and turned her surroundings into a wilderness.
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Can a Novel’s Plot Be Reduced to Data Points?

Can a Novel’s Plot Be Reduced to Data Points? | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
New research suggests that plots have only six archetypal shapes. Dan Piepenbring looks at the collision of data and fiction.
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'Selected Letters of Langston Hughes' - New York Times

'Selected Letters of Langston Hughes' - New York Times | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
“Selected Letters of Langston Hughes” traces the writer’s career from the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s through the arrival into the American consciousness of black nationalist firebrands in the 1960s.
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The Common Core Has Not Killed Literature - The Atlantic

The Common Core Has Not Killed Literature - The Atlantic | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Contrary to what some skeptics argue, the new standards don't suck an appreciation for traditional wisdom out of English class.
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The History of “Loving” to Read - The New Yorker

The History of “Loving” to Read - The New Yorker | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
For a long time, people didn’t love literature. They read with their heads, not their hearts.

 

We connect with books in an intellectual way, but the most valuable relationships we have with them are emotional; to say that you merely admire or respect a book is, on some level, to insult it. Feelings are so fundamental to literary life that it can be hard to imagine a way of relating to literature that doesn’t involve loving it. Without all those emotions, what would reading be?

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Celebrating Writer Langston Hughes -- Black, Red and Gay - Huffington Post

Celebrating Writer Langston Hughes -- Black, Red and Gay - Huffington Post | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Langston Hughes -- the poet, novelist, playwright, and short-story writer -- was born 113 years ago yesterday....
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6 E-Books That Are Better Than Their Print Versions - Huffington Post

6 E-Books That Are Better Than Their Print Versions - Huffington Post | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
We all love our hardcovers and paperbacks. But there are times when e-books are a wonderful choice, and not just because they are... sooooo much... lighter to carry around.

By Stephanie Klose


1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die
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A literary playlist - Observer Online

A literary playlist - Observer Online | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
We are inundated with films adapted from books, from bestsellers like “Gone Girl” and “50 Shades of Grey” to the more literary end of the spectrum with new releases of Philip Roth adaptations and P.T.

 

Some of the songs on this literary playlist are obvious retellings of classic novels (it’s no wonder what Kate Bush’s “Wuthering Heights” is about), but others revealed themselves only through reading, research and sometimes nothing but very careful listening.

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