Notable Articles

May 27, 2014

55 Thoughts for English Teachers 24

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You need to love words. You don’t need to love a certain type of book or a particular writer, but you need to love letters and phrases and the possibilities of language. You will spend most of your days dealing with words, and students can sense if words do not bring you joy.

March 18, 2014

There Are Two Kinds of Novelists… 21

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Owing to the vagaries of evolution and animal husbandry, there are lactose intolerant novelists (Dostoyevsky) and those blessed few for whom a latte does not ruin an afternoon (Marguerite Duras).

February 18, 2014

28 Books You Should Read If You Want To 38

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I discovered one of my favorite books because the author called our store and charmed the living daylights out of me. I found another in a box of old books that my Russian literature professor left outside his office to give away.

February 7, 2014

Style Sheet: A Conversation with My Copyeditor 38

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I think I’ve always read like a copyeditor, even way back before I knew what a copyeditor was. One of my favorite authors is Proust, and when I was young I would read some of his sentences over and over trying to make sure I understood how every word related to the other words and just to make sure I understood what he was saying.

February 4, 2014

Oh, The Favorites You’ll Give: Literary Twitter’s Best Tweets 7

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To present literary Twitter in its best possible light, we are returning again to those most widely followed on literary Twitter, but this time, looking at which Tweets got the most favorites, we are highlighting literary Twitter’s best tweets.

January 21, 2014

Read Me! Please!: Book Titles Rewritten to Get More Clicks 66

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As Upworthy-style headlines sweep the internet, aiming to snag as many clicks as possible by pandering to as many whims and obsessions as possible, the dignified mystery of the great book title stands in stark contrast.

January 17, 2014

The Common Core Vs. Books: When Teachers Are Unable to Foster a Love of Reading in Students 22

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Learning that is transformative, learning that galvanizes our minds for a lifetime is what should be driving our discussions, instead of the current focus on more and more high-stakes tests, where standards are geared toward establishing uniformity of thought among students and where creativity and individuality are neither valued nor encouraged.

January 13, 2014

“Dumbest Thing Ever”: Scribbling in the Margins of Dan Brown’s Inferno 54

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WARNING: There are probably Dan Brown spoilers here, but come on, seriously.

January 7, 2014

Commercial Grammar 46

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On the spectrum of world problems that need bemoaning, is bad grammar really one of them? Yes. Yes it is.

January 6, 2014

Most Anticipated: The Great 2014 Book Preview 44

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At 9,100 words strong and encompassing 89 titles, this is the only 2014 book preview you will ever need.