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A Native American Story That Leaves 'Feathers Or Leather' Cliches Behind - NPR

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A Native American Story That Leaves 'Feathers Or Leather' Cliches Behind

 

Patty Limerick, an historian and director of the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado Boulder, says Winter in the Blood adds an important dimension to Native American characters on screen.

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A look at the film version of the novel "Winter in the Blood" by Native American James Welch.

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Arguable Merits: Young Adult Fiction and Its Rabid Discontents - PopMatters

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Arguable Merits: Young Adult Fiction and Its Rabid Discontents \

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If you're up for a long read, this is a good summary of the on-going (ceaseless) controversy over YA literature.

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Random House, Inc. Academic Resources | Madame Bovary's Ovaries by David P. Barash and Nanelle R. Barash

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Madame Bovary's Ovaries: Literary criticism seen through the lens of evolutionary biology http://t.co/ImY8CYm3MM h/t @Hashestweets

 

The ways we fall in—and out—of love, stand by our friends, compete against our enemies, and squabble with our families have their roots in biological imperatives we share not only with other primates but with an amazing array of other creatures. The result is a new way to read, a novel approach to novels (and plays) that reveals how human nature underlies literature, from the great to the not-so-great.

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The 20-Year Old Who Dated Her Dad—And Then Wrote A Book About It - The New Republic

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The 20-Year Old Who Dated Her Dad—And Then Wrote A Book About It The New Republic

 

At the very peak of memoir-mania, Kathryn Harrison released The Kiss, a detailed account of her incestuous relationship with her father. As James Wolcott recounts below, her relationship was not one of "childhood exploitation, but a consensual act between two adults." Harrison was twenty years old when the affair began, and yes, she was fully aware he was her father.

 

As one would expect, the book triggered an outpouring of responses from the literary community, mostly regarding the question of why Harrison would make public the details of such a taboo relationship. The memoir proved divisive among critics, with writers like Wolcott deriding Harrison's decision to publish such spilled guts as "opportunism [which] oozes from every pore of The Kiss and its launch." Meanwhile, The New York Times called it "beautifully written" and "a powerful piece of writing." Now, seventeen years later, it's worth reading Wolcott's scathing critique and asking the same question he does: Is the publication of such intensely personal information necessary for catharsis, or simply irresponsible?

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Finding My Voice in Fantasy - New York Times (blog)

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Finding My Voice in Fantasy

 

But while I was busy with literary fiction, fantasy had been busy too. When I was a kid, fantasy felt like a marginal thing, a subculture, but now it was everywhere: the “Harry Potter” books, the “Lord of the Rings” movies, the “His Dark Materials” trilogy, “Eragon,” “Twilight,” and on and on. People craved it. We — as a whole, as a culture — seemed to be getting more interested in the kinds of questions fantasy deals with: questions about history, and about our connection to the natural world, and about power, how to find it in yourself, how to master it, what to do with it.

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Novelist Lev Grossman discovers how fantasy allows his writing to blossom.

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Celebrating Lafcadio Hearn - Irish Times

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Celebrating Lafcadio Hearn

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Hearn’s career as a writer included ground-breaking journalism in an enormous volume of reports, feature articles and essays for US newspapers and magazines in which he pioneered the literary narrative style of the late 19th century and anticipated the new journalism of the mid-20th. His enormous and eclectic oeuvre spans African-American folklore and music, literary criticism, Creole cuisine, world cultures, religions, crime, travel writing, cartoons, illustrations and ghost stories; then there are his translations of the leading French writers like Maupassant and Flaubert, a proto-magic realism book, two novels, and finally 14 books on Japanese culture and folklore.

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Talking to Lois Lowry About the Movie Version of The Giver - Vulture

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Talking to Lois Lowry About the Movie Version of The Giver
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 Lois Lowry is now a slightly salty 77, with a sort of Elaine Stritch side-mouth speech and no Mother Goose orb about her. It’s a misty morning in late July, and I’m in Bridgton, Maine, watching the young-adult god as she separates cardboard boxes from newspapers and bottles, two days before she heads to Comic-Con, where she’s been roped into a panel with Jeff Bridges to promote the film adaptation of her 1993 classic The ­Giver—the start of a publicity tour, followed by a major movie release, which will make her dystopian novel, one of the most beloved books of the YA “golden age,” a whole other kind of famous. Bridges, a lead producer, plays the supporting role of the title character; the movie also stars Meryl Streep and Taylor Swift. “There are those, I think, who are attracted to the glitz of celebrity life,” Lowry tells me. “I am not one of them.”

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Top 10 Books About Reading & Writing For Book Lovers - HamletHub

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Top 10 Books About Reading & Writing For Book Lovers

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Lev Grossman: My depression helped inspire the Magicians trilogy - Salon

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Lev Grossman: My depression helped inspire the Magicians trilogy

 

The final novel in Lev Grossman’s bestselling, genre-bending trilogy, “The Magician’s Land,” landed in the No. 1 spot on the New York Times Bestseller list this week, following on more than one enthusiastic review. But when Grossman published the first book, “The Magicians,” in 2009, he felt some trepidation. Although it told the story of a young man, Quentin Coldwater, whisked from anomie in contemporary Brooklyn to a secret wizardry university in upstate New York, the novel was written in the sort of wised-up, self-conscious tone literary writers use to convey stories of tottering marriages and waylaid careers. Would it be too realistic for fantasy readers and too fantastical for fans of realism? Grossman, a book critic for Time magazine, describes himself as “risk-averse,” but he gambled, and it paid off. The Magicians trilogy has won a sizable and devoted readership, and a pilot based on the first book is currently in production for the SyFy channel. I recently spoke with Grossman about breaking the rules of the fantasy genre and the similarities between magic, writing code and clinical depression.

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Moviegoers won't get much from The Giver despite intriguing premise - CultureMap Dallas

NPR Moviegoers won't get much from The Giver despite intriguing premise

CultureMap Dallas

 

The Giver has faced a long road in making it to the big screen, and that may have been for good reason; certain stories just work better in written form. For both the society in the film and the audience watching it, too much knowledge may be a bad thing.

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Haworth, England: The Tiny Town That Inspired Every Single Bronte Sister Novel - Yahoo Travel

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Haworth, England: The Tiny Town That Inspired Every Single Bronte Sister Novel
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Reading Literature on Screen: A Price for Convenience? - New York Times

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Reading Literature on Screen: A Price for Convenience?
New York Times

 

Do people read as well on screens as they do on paper? Scientists aren’t quite sure. While the type of E Ink used in the latest generation of Kindles and other tablets has been shown to be as or even more legible than printed text, other studies have indicated that — in terms of reading comprehension — the medium doesn’t much matter.

But a forthcoming paper by researchers in France and Norway suggests that there may be some cognitive drawbacks to reading even short works of literature on a screen.

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Boston in books: readers' picks - The Guardian (blog)

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Boston in books: readers' picks

 

The Massachusetts capital has a great literary history that includes crime, satire and children’s books. Here’s a selection of your favourite books about Boston. 

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Samuel Beckett's articulation of unceasing inner speech - The Guardian (blog)

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Samuel Beckett's articulation of unceasing inner speech

 

From psychologist Louis Sass and philospher Gilles Deleuze, who first spoke of a "schizoid voice" in Beckett's work, to investigators on the recent Beckett and Brain Science project, critics have highlighted correspondences between the distorted perceptions of Beckett's characters and a wide gamut of psychiatric disorders. Nonetheless, this pathological framework of interpretation can be, if not reversed, at least complemented by non-pathological approaches which draw on contemporary cognitive research.

 

In fact, recent research in cognitive science and other fields has shown that hearing voices is more common than we think, including among people with no psychiatric diagnosis. The restless sound of our inner speech is a key experience of this commonality.

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Chicago: reading the midwestern metropolis of American literature - The Guardian (blog)

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Chicago: reading the midwestern metropolis of American literature

 

In 1920 the literary critic and satirist HL Mencken wrote in the Nation that Chicago is the "Literary Capital of the United States". Given the city's relative provinciality, marooned way out in the Midwest, it is perhaps a surprising claim. And yet this is a city that can lay claim to being the birthplace of Ernest Hemingway and Philip K Dick; the alma mater of Philip Roth and Kurt Vonnegut, who both studied at its university after the second world war; and during the 1920s, the unexpected cultural centre of European modernism. So how to narrow down a reading list from an ever expanding range of possibilities?

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A Highland fling: Starz brings ‘Outlander’ novels to life

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Author/scientist Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander” series, which has sold more than 25 million copies, combines sci-fi, romance and time travel. After a long journey, Ronald D. Moore of “Battlestar Galactica” fame has brought her novels to TV.
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I did not know that Diana Gabaldon was a scientist before she was a novelist.

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No, Dystopian Sci-Fi Isn't Bad for Society. We Need It More Than Ever - Wired

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No, Dystopian Sci-Fi Isn't Bad for Society.

 

That much of Michael Solana’s recent op-ed in this space is undoubtedly true. With widespread surveillance, the militarization of police, the stockpiling and application of data detailing minute aspects of our lives, our lives are increasingly dominated by technology—the workings of which the average citizen doesn’t fully understand, much less has control over. Wealth gaps, global warming, and seemingly boundless intolerance give us good reason to wonder how much time humans have left before we completely annihilate ourselves—and that’s a terrifying, heartbreaking sentence to type, no matter how many times other people have typed it.

 

But Solana’s accusation that an influx of dystopian science fiction as guilty of somehow exacerbating this fear is troubling. Dystopian fiction mimics what it actually feels like to be in the world, so if it ends up scaring people, well, that’s because the world is scary.

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Louise Erdrich wins Dayton Literary Peace Prize's distinguished achievement award

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CINCINNATI — Author Louise Erdrich, whose writings chronicle contemporary Native American life through characters representing its mix of heritages and cultures, was announced Sunday as the winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize's distinguished achievement award
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7 Feminist Men of Literature (But, Seriously, Where Are the Others?) - Bustle

7 Feminist Men of Literature (But, Seriously, Where Are the Others?

 

The “Great Feminist Men” of Literature are an anemic bunch — their records are marred by some pretty questionable moral choices, which aren’t the most feminist of actions, admittedly. However, the guys I picked for this list do get points for their dedication to equality for all and a general sense of ethics, especially in some of their specific eras; in other words, a desire to do the right thing. And in the pretty rough landscape of misogyny in lit, that’s something.  

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15 Real-Life Scientists Share Their Favorite Science Fiction Books, Movies - Huffington Post

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15 Real-Life Scientists Share Their Favorite Science Fiction Books, Movies
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There's a big difference between science and science fiction, but there's abundant evidence to suggest that sci-fi books and movies can spark a lifelong interest in science.

 

"The best of the science fiction films will stimulate a curiosity and an interest in a topic," astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of New York's Hayden Planetarium, told Vanity Fair in a recent interview.

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This is worth looking at just for the animated GIFs.

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Why Reese Witherspoon Isn't the 'Gone Girl' and 3 Other Secrets from the Fall Thriller - Yahoo News

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Why Reese Witherspoon Isn't the 'Gone Girl' and 3 Other Secrets from the Fall ...

 

When a novel becomes a bestseller, Hollywood usually comes knocking. In the case of Gillian Flynn’s 2012 hit novel Gone Girl, Reese Witherspoon was the one at the door looking to nab the rights. Part psychological crime thriller, part twisted love story, Gone Girl is the saga of a man named Nick, who’s suspected of murdering his missing wife Amy. The movie, due in theaters Oct. 3, stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, and not Witherspoon, who ended up producing. Entertainment Weekly's new issue, on stands Friday, reveals why Witherspoon isn’t in the hotly anticipated movie, along with more secrets about bringing the book to the big screen:

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10 books to read in your first semester - Irish Times

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10 books to read in your first semester
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Stop Writing Dystopian Sci-Fi—It’s Making Us All Fear Technology | Opinion | WIRED

Stop Writing Dystopian Sci-Fi—It’s Making Us All Fear Technology | Opinion | WIRED | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
But for their capacity to change the way people think and feel about technology, the stories we tell ourselves can save us---if we can just escape the cool veneer of our dystopian house of horrors.
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A brief survey of the short story: Italo Calvino - The Guardian (blog)

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A brief survey of the short story: Italo Calvino

 

A writer of dizzying ambition and variety, each of his stories is a fresh adventure into the possibilities of fiction 

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Ace Atkins raises a glass of Four Roses to one of the South's greatest writers and bourbon drinkers

Ace Atkins raises a glass of Four Roses to one of the South's greatest writers and bourbon drinkers | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
In William Faulkner's hometown of Oxford, Miss., Ace Atkins toasts one of the South's greatest writers and whiskey drinkers with Four Roses Single Barrel bourbon (RT @Bourboneer: #Bourbon interwoven in US literary history:
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