Articles by Rachel Hurn

December 22, 2011

The World Begat by the King James 0

As the King James Bible turns 400 this year, it is perhaps more revered than read. That’s a shame, argue three new books, which contend that its cultural influence and literary merit are unsurpassed in the English language.

December 22, 2011

Portland’s Mini Libraries 0

Portland neighborhoods are nurturing camaraderie with little red library boxes.

December 22, 2011

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell No More 0

US Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Geata and her partner, Petty Officer 3rd Class Citlaic Snell, showed that, indeed, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is dead. The couple shared a kiss in the Navy tradition: winning a raffle for the first kiss on the pier after a ship returns from sea.

December 22, 2011

Teaching STEM: Comics to Video Games 0

While the federal government is turning to video games to get kids into the math and sciences, back in the day comic books provided a near-direct link to young minds. But the medium wasn’t warmly received by the older generation (sound familiar?), and the company debated whether it was worth taking a hit with parents […]

December 20, 2011

Do Books Make Friendships? 0

Do friendships form because of shared interests, or do those interests develop due to the friendship? Facebook reveals that music and film make friendships; books, not so much.

December 20, 2011

E-Books Get Pricey 3

As e-book sales increase, their prices have inched upward. But will customers pay $10 to $15 for a digital book? Will you?

December 20, 2011

Protesters in Egypt Salvage Books 0

In the wake of the fire that destroyed much of the manuscript collection at the Institut d’Egypte on Saturday, scores of pro-democracy protesters have told of their efforts to salvage books and other rare documents from the smoking ruins.

December 20, 2011

Writers and Their Books 0

Equal parts voyeuristically indulgent and unapologetically stimulating, Unpacking My Library: Writers and Their Books is the second installment in Yale University Press’s ongoing series, a journey into the personal libraries of thirteen favorite authors. This installment? Alison Bechdel, Stephen Carter, Junot Díaz, Rebecca Goldstein, and more.

December 18, 2011

Start Something New 0

A Betsy Lerner follower asks Betsy what to do when you hit the wall at page 60 of your novel–of every novel you try to write. Betsy’s answer? Try novellas.

December 18, 2011

Aragorn’s Publishing Company 0

Viggo Mortenson, a.k.a. Aragorn from Lord of the Rings, also happens to have started a publishing company. Perceval Press is devoted to showcasing the talents of little-known authors and artists who might otherwise go undiscovered.