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The Great Wood v. Wolfe Wrestling Match Returns - Esquire (blog)

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Esquire (blog) The Great Wood v. Wolfe Wrestling Match Returns Esquire (blog)J ames Wood's hatred for Tom Wolfe reveals his best insights about the nature of fiction generally.

 

Wolfe brings out the best (or the worst) in Wood, because Wood's true gift is his eye for minute refinements of style in seemingly innocuous sentences, and Wolfe is incapable of producing that kind of literary pleasure. Which is why he relies on bullshit punctuation, bullshit vernacular, bullshit status symbols, bullshit racial and ethnic categories, and, perhaps most annoying of all, bullshit italics.

 

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The Great Northern Express: A writer’s journey home - North Adams Transcript

Review of THE GREAT NORTHERN EXPRESS: A WRITER'S JOURNEY HOME by Howard Frank Mosher

 

There is no one word to describe this book. It is travelog, writer’s handbook, love letter and search for home, in an easy to take format of 65 short chapters powered by a true storyteller’s virtuoso performance. Mosher’s road journey is filled with reflections back to when he moved to the upper reaches of The Northeast Kingdom, spiced with real and imaginary encounters with characters from the past and those who show up as he rattles along U.S. highways.

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Taking care, with patients and the written word

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The doctor will see you now...

Dr. Abraham Verghese:

 

"All the transactions around the patient are taking place on computers," he said. "When you want information on a patient, you go to the computer. When you want to consult other doctors, you also go to the computer. From the patients' perspective, it seems like they are merely icons for the real patients -- the iPatients online. The iPatient gets wonderful care. Meanwhile, the real patient has no idea what's going on."

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Is Huckleberry Finn's ending really lacking? Not if you're talking psychology. - Scientific American (blog)

Scientific American (blog) Is Huckleberry Finn's ending really lacking? Not if you're talking psychology. Scientific American (blog) And to Marx, this regressive transformation is as unforgiveable as it is unbelievable.
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Talking with Karolina Waclawiak about making LA a character - Los Angeles Times

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Talking with Karolina Waclawiak about making LA a character Los Angeles Times I met Karolina Waclawiak last month at the Brooklyn Book Festival, where we were both on a panel about the literature of Los Angeles.
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The Weird and Wonderful Literary World of Bob Dylan - Highbrow Magazine

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Highbrow Magazine The Weird and Wonderful Literary World of Bob Dylan Highbrow Magazine It seems that he got enough of it over the years, through folk stories, history, music, art, film, literature and life experiences to help him create new songs for...
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Catmull's 'Summer and Bird' delves into old-school folklore - Austin American-Statesman

Catmull's 'Summer and Bird' delves into old-school folklore Austin American-Statesman

 

In a literary landscape packed with bloodsuckers and bleak futures (we’re only talking about characters and settings, of course), it’s refreshing to find a story that trafficks in the old-school magic of folklore and fable. “Summer and Bird” (Penguin/Dutton, $16.99) is just such a story – a sweeping tale that blends myth with the small, messy truths of family and relationships. This debut novel from Austin actor and writer Katherine Catmull invites readers into a lushly detailed world that recalls Narnia with its acute attention to the animal kingdom. It’s a winner for both young readers and adults.

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Bumping Into the Characters - New York Times

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New York Times Bumping Into the Characters New York Times Accident is as much a part of fiction as anything else, symbolic of the grace that along with will conspires to put words on the page.
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Kurt Vonnegut, Harper Lee, and Other Literary Greats on Censorship - The Atlantic

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The Atlantic Kurt Vonnegut, Harper Lee, and Other Literary Greats on Censorship The Atlantic Some of history's most celebrated works of literature have, at various times and in various societies, been banned—from Arabian Nights to Ulysses to, even,...
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Once Upon A Time: Fairy Tales With A Feminist Twist ‹ Feminspire

Once Upon A Time: Fairy Tales With A Feminist Twist ‹ Feminspire | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

“Fairy tales with a twist are trendy right now. The retelling of old stories–but giving them strong female leads–is empowering for women, young and old. Retellings of Snow White where the title character is a hardcore warrior in her own right (like Snow White and the Huntsman) and shows like Once Upon a Time beat any bedtime stories where the beautiful maiden waits for Prince Charming to, uh, save her from whatever. Sure, every now and then a girl needs some saving, but let’s get real here – at least half the time, it’s the other way around. A big part of Once Upon A Time‘s appeal lies in its compilation of female characters that kick butt.”

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Secrets, lies & TV: Protagonists harbor character-defining secrets - Denver Post

Secrets, lies & TV: Protagonists harbor character-defining secrets - Denver Post | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Secrets, lies & TV: Protagonists harbor character-defining secrets Denver Post Or count it as simply an ancient literary formula that still works.

 

Some of today's best TV is hooked on protagonists with secrets.

 

In modern drama as in ancient literature, it's a dramatically rich premise: The hero with a deep, character-defining secret is not what he seems.

 

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Escaping One's Own Shadow

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How to avoid our tendency as writers to repeat sentence patterns and words.

 

your brain’s activity in one part of the day shapes it in another, especially when it comes to creating sentences. This is a real phenomenon, described by psycholinguists, who call it “structural priming” or “syntactic persistence.” Basically, earlier patterns in what you say or read or write “prime” you to repeat them when you’re acting automatically.

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The Hate-Mongering Tart » Blog Archive » Banned Books Month ...

The Hate-Mongering Tart » Blog Archive » Banned Books Month ... | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

Literature is uniquely qualified to describe the human experience. Readers collaborate with authors to create realities so personal, so complete; the ideas that live in those places can impact us more profoundly than in any other medium – even the other arts. THE AWAKENING shook me to the core, and while I don’t flatter myself to assume THE SUBURBAN STRANGE will have quite that effect on you, if my book serves as your gateway to THE AWAKENING, I will be content. Perhaps you’ll finish it in a public place, defy convention, and tap that person next to you on the shoulder to tell them what an incredible book you’ve just read.

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This Day in Literary History (Zelda Fitzgerald Writes Book of Her Own)

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This Day in Literary History (Zelda Fitzgerald Writes Book of Her Own). October 7, 1932—When readers saw Save Me the Waltz in bookstores, many undoubtedly recalled author Zelda Fitzgerald as the glamorous, free-spirited ...
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Prose from a peaceful pen

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Peter Hoeg, Danish author of SMILLA'S SENSE OF SNOW, talks about writing and meditation.

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Mysteries Vs Thrillers Vs Crime Fiction « Hunter's Writing

Mysteries Vs Thrillers Vs Crime Fiction « Hunter's Writing | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
When I came to reorganise my thoughts on my previous Elements of a Psychological Thriller post, I hit the whole debate over the differences between the mystery genre and that of crime fiction / suspense and thrillers.
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Alice Walker: 'Go to the places that scare you' - Christian Science Monitor

Alice Walker: 'Go to the places that scare you' - Christian Science Monitor | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Christian Science Monitor Alice Walker: 'Go to the places that scare you' Christian Science Monitor Alice Walker is a poet, essayist, and commentator, but she's best known for her prodigious accomplishments as a writer of literary fiction.
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Peering Inside the Black Box - Wall Street Journal

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Wall Street Journal Peering Inside the Black Box Wall Street Journal There are a handful of scientists who write fiction, but "Phi" is an almost unique poetical work about science.

 

Onto this stage steps Giulio Tononi, a pioneering neuroscientist at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. In "Phi: A Voyage From the Brain to the Soul," Mr. Tononi expounds a theory of consciousness that he has been developing for well over a decade. His central idea goes roughly like this: First, consciousness is not an all-or-nothing property but instead exists on a gradient and can be quantified. A human may have a high degree of consciousness, a dog somewhat less, a worm even less and so on. But all can be conscious, assuming that their brains have the right sort of arrangement.

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Five smarter ways to nurture reading - Philadelphia Inquirer (blog)

Five smarter ways to nurture reading - Philadelphia Inquirer (blog) | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Five smarter ways to nurture readingPhiladelphia Inquirer (blog)

 

Every parent knows the drill for encouraging kids to love reading - surround them with books, read to them, let them see you reading. But a new article in the American Psychological Association’s monthly magazine takes the advice further in smart ways that might surprise you.

 

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Books Without Redemption|Uncle Guido's Facts

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Howard Jacobson has written an excellent review in the Guardian entitled In Praise of Bad Boy's Books (10.5.12) and in it celebrates the authors who have written characters without redemption – a seeming requirement in ...
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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, How Does Psych Reflect Us All ...

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Going back through the annals of social psychological science can almost feel like reading a history textbook; as you parse through the findings, you see how the current events, pop culture, societal phenomena, and core ...
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The REAL Tom Sawyer revealed: A hard-drinking and heroic fire fighter who ... - Daily Mail

The REAL Tom Sawyer revealed: A hard-drinking and heroic fire fighter who ... - Daily Mail | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Daily Mail The REAL Tom Sawyer revealed: A hard-drinking and heroic fire fighter who ...Daily Mail Tom Sawyer is known to generations as one of the most beloved characters in American literature, but new research into the man that inspired the fictional...
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Past awards don't scare Montreal novelist from experimenting in his new novel

Past awards don't scare Montreal novelist from experimenting in his new novel | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Past awards don't scare Montreal novelist from experimenting in his new novel...

 

Canadian novelist Rawi Hage on his new novel, "Carnival":

 

Hage looked for the ties that bind his characters together. He is inspired by "rebel writers" who have lived on the margin. He sees "Carnival" as a kind of homage to "the long tradition of resistance in literature."

 

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Inverting 'King Lear' In 'Goldberg Variations' - NPR

Inverting 'King Lear' In 'Goldberg Variations' - NPR | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Inverting 'King Lear' In 'Goldberg Variations'NPR On whether assertive female characters are gaining ground in literature and film.

 

Author Susan Isaacs has written 13 books; 12 of them have been best-sellers. The women who inhabit Isaacs' books are smart, sexy, a little snarky, and filled with some serious chutzpah.

 

The center of Isaacs' latest novel, Goldberg Variations, is no exception. Gloria Garrison owns a multimillion-dollar makeover business, and she is not exactly an easy lady to get along with.

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Juhasz's Study Ties Word Processing Speed to Sensory Experience - Wesleyan Connection (blog)

Juhasz's Study Ties Word Processing Speed to Sensory Experience - Wesleyan Connection (blog) | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
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In the Eye Movement and Reading Lab at Wesleyan, Barbara Juhasz, assistant professor of psychology, assistant professor of neuroscience and behavior, studies how readers recognize, understand and catalogue words in their mental dictionaries. Since 2006, when she first arrived at Wesleyan, Juhasz has been interested in understanding how words produce a certain sensory experience when read. She created an index, called the sensory experience rating (SER) scale, to describe the extent to which a word evokes a sensory and/or perceptual experience in the mind of a reader. The SER scale runs from 1 to 7 — with 1 indicating no sensory experience, and 7 referring to a high sensory experience evoked by a word—and can be applied to nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs alike.

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