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'Home,' by Toni Morrison: review

'Home,' by Toni Morrison: review | Literature | Scoop.it
Home By Toni Morrison (Alfred A. Knopf; 145 pages; $24) "Home," the latest novel by Toni Morrison, is almost eerie in its timeliness. Set in the 1950s, it does not evoke the martini and pinched-waist nostalgia of "Mad...
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Margaret Atwood: What I Read

Margaret Atwood: What I Read | Literature | Scoop.it
Nobody ever gets quite the information they really want because often the information they really want is something they don't know they want. Or, to paraphrase Donald Rumsfeld, it's a case of the "unknown unknowns"--the things you would have loved to have heard about, but you don't know what they are. There's a lot serendipity involved.
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The Origin of Snark: Original Illustrations from Lewis Carroll’s 'The Hunting of the Snark,' 1876

The Origin of Snark: Original Illustrations from Lewis Carroll’s 'The Hunting of the Snark,' 1876 | Literature | Scoop.it

While snark might be a weapon from the modern hipster’s arsenal, the linguistic heritage of the word itself dates back many generations — to 1874, to be precise.

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LRB · Sanjay Subrahmanyam · Where Does He Come From?: Placing V.S. Naipaul

LRB · Sanjay Subrahmanyam · Where Does He Come From?: Placing V.S. Naipaul | Literature | Scoop.it
In a wonderful short story called ‘Haha Huhu’, written in Telugu in the early 1930s, Vishvanatha Satyanarayana (1893-1976) describes an accidental traveller to England: a gandharva, a flying half-man half-horse from classical India, who loses his...
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And the Winner of the Pulitzer Isn’t

And the Winner of the Pulitzer Isn’t | Literature | Scoop.it
The Pulitzer board couldn’t decide on a fiction winner, so readers, writers and booksellers are losers.
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Joseph Anton – A Memoir - Salman Rushdie

Joseph Anton – A Memoir - Salman Rushdie | Literature | Scoop.it

Rushdie's memoir of the 'lost years' is coming soon. A blurb from the publisher.

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New Zadie Smith Novel Coming in September

New Zadie Smith Novel Coming in September | Literature | Scoop.it
It's called NW. (Yes!New Zadie Smith Novel Coming in September http://t.co/uuvi48dB...)...
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How to write fiction: Geoff Dyer on freedom

How to write fiction: Geoff Dyer on freedom | Literature | Scoop.it
Writing is a natural process – we're all geared up to do it, says Geoff Dyer...
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The beautiful astronaut book Umberto Eco wrote to teach children about ... - io9

The beautiful astronaut book Umberto Eco wrote to teach children about ... - io9 | Literature | Scoop.it
The beautiful astronaut book Umberto Eco wrote to teach children about ...io9Umberto Eco is best known for his novels, like Foucault's Pendulum and The Name of the Rose, but he also wrote a handful of children's books.
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The Creative Writer: Conditional freedom - The Hindu

The Creative Writer: Conditional freedom - The Hindu | Literature | Scoop.it
The HinduThe Creative Writer: Conditional freedomThe HinduAt the Jaipur Literature Festival, I had an interesting conversation with David Remnick, the current editor of The New Yorker.
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44 Scotland Street to be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 - Scotsman

44 Scotland Street to be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 - Scotsman | Literature | Scoop.it
Scotsman44 Scotland Street to be broadcast on BBC Radio 4ScotsmanBy DAVID ROBINSON ALEXANDER McCall Smith's “daily novel” of life in Edinburgh's New Town, first published in The Scotsman, is to be turned into a radio series for the BBC.
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Umberto Eco: 'It's culture, not war, that cements European identity'

Umberto Eco: 'It's culture, not war, that cements European identity' | Literature | Scoop.it
The writer and semiologist advocates a sexual revolution to make us all 'European' (Umberto Eco: 'It's culture, not war, that cements European identity' http://t.co/QK3CFwD3 via...
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Jonathan Lethem on Talking Heads, and the case for criticism as memoir.

Jonathan Lethem on Talking Heads, and the case for criticism as memoir. | Literature | Scoop.it
Jonathan Lethem’s new book, Fear of Music, is a collection of 23 short essays about Talking Heads’ album of the same name. It’s essentially a work of music criticism, but David Byrne isn’t the only artist the book concerns itself with.
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Free Audio: Download the Complete Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Free Audio: Download the Complete Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis | Literature | Scoop.it

With the apparent blessing of the C.S. Lewis estate, the seven volume series is available in a free audio format. There are 101 audio recordings in total, each averaging 30 minutes and read by Chrissi Hart.

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Jack Kerouac’s List of 30 Beliefs and Techniques for Prose and Life

Jack Kerouac’s List of 30 Beliefs and Techniques for Prose and Life | Literature | Scoop.it

'No fear or shame in the dignity of yor experience, language & knowledge.'

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How Dr. Seuss Got His Start 'On Mulberry Street' : NPR

Theodor Geisel's first book for kids was rejected 27 times before it was finally published in 1937. And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street was inspired by a very ordinary street in Geisel's Massachusetts hometown.

Via Lisa A.F. Barefield
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What It Cost Eight Women Writers To Make It In New York

What It Cost Eight Women Writers To Make It In New York | Literature | Scoop.it
Top row: Dorothy Parker, Zora Neale Hurston, Shirley Jackson, Gael Greene.
Bottom row: Patti Smith, Susan Sontag, Tama Janowitz, Kate Christensen.

In 1967, Patti Smith wrote in Just Kids, she was considering a move to New York City.
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The Hack

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The journalistic education of Gabriel García Márquez...

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Arthur Koestler: 20th century man | openDemocracy

Arthur Koestler: 20th century man | openDemocracy | Literature | Scoop.it
Reading a bit of Koestler at the moment... old but... have a look if you fancy it.
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Fiction and Neuroscience

The novel, of course, is an unequaled medium for the exploration of human social and emotional life. And there is evidence that just as the brain responds to depictions of smells and textures and movements as if they were the real thing, so it treats the interactions among fictional characters as something like real-life social encounters.

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The Millions : On Reading Salman Rushdie in India

Literary critic Amitava Kumar has written a personal essay for the Chronicle on his experience reading from Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses at the Jaipur Literary Festival in India, where the work has banned for 23 years ...
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Amar Chitra Katha Pays Tribute to Anant Pai - Outlook

Amar Chitra Katha Pays Tribute to Anant Pai - Outlook | Literature | Scoop.it

Amar Chitra Katha Pays Tribute to Anant Pai: Outlook. Known as the Walt Disney of India, Pai told stories from mythology, history and literature to generations of children using the comic book format.

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