Tagged: literature

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Ashes in the Wind

Can two people set aside their differences and under the influences of hormones and hearts, live happily ever after?  

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Dystopia Week

Welcome to Dystopia Week. Let’s begin by taking a moment to understand why we write this way in the first place.

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In Defense of Poetry

Old poetry is laden with the baggage of centuries of hidden metaphor and archaic references. New poetry is prone to abstraction and whimsical laziness. But poetry deserves our consideration as an art form nonetheless. After all, all the music we love is poetry, and all the fun little things we can do with language are best done in poetic form.

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Atticus Finch Is Still a Decent Man

J.L. Wall explores the duality of Atticus Finch as portrayed in both the newly-released Go Set A Watchman and the classic To Kill A Mockingbird.

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Driving Blind: Austerity, Street Art, and Books

Let’s get right down to business. Paul Krugman comes out swinging in the New York Review of Books with a piece of extended economic criticism that will surely draw much ire, but push an...

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Driving Blind: The Humanities Die and Superman Returns

Digby argues that MSNBC’s ratings aren’t down because of quality issues, but rather that a large part of its liberal base is currently alienated and indifferent. Some are defending the humanities against digital aggression,...

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The wheel of fantasy

Riffing off of my Atlantic piece, fantasy author R. Scott Bakker writes: According to common wisdom, genre fiction is culturally cyclical: It ebbs and flows in popularity as time alternately burns out various tropes...

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Eddard Stark’s Ethics of Honor

 ~by Kyle Cupp “Have you no shred of honor?” Ned Stark asks this question to the ever-plotting Lord Petyr Baelish toward the end of A Game of Thrones. The question exposes the Lord of...

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Harry Potter and the Art of the Epilogue

I still haven’t seen Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Deux yet, but I hear the epilogue is poorly handled. I was sort of agnostic about it in the book. Epilogues are hard....

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A Book Club in Winter

League alumnus Freddie deBoer is hosting a book club on Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose: First published in English translation in 1983, it is an incredibly well-realized piece of historical fiction, a...

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“The Hierarchy of Contempt”

After watching his excellent Bloggingheads dialogue, I stumbled across the website of Canadian science fiction author Peter Watts, which also happens to include free digital copies of his novels (so far, I’ve only gotten...

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Dragonlance

“This book was one of my earliest introductions to fantasy and thus to the limits (or lack of limits) of the imagination. I read Dragonlance before I read Tolkien, and was just amazed by...

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Fantasy and myth

Will linked us to this piece by James Bowman earlier.  Bowman writes: I mention this difference between the fantastical as it existed in olden times and today, which some may think a trivial one,...

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A list of books from my childhood

Tyler Cowen and Peter Suderman have both compiled (non-definitive) lists of books which have influenced them the most over the years.  I have thought about this some, and come to the decision that the...