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February 19, 2016

Amazon Plans for Zombies 0

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It turns out that Amazon can have fun, too. Their web services agreement contains provisions for the zombie apocalypse. Our own Michael Bourne breaks the news that Amazon has purchased the English language.

February 19, 2016

Walking Into the Book 0

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Recommended Reading: The New York Times’s feature on Dana Spiotta. “When Dana Spiotta was working on her fourth novel, Innocents and Others, she sat beneath a huge bulletin board pinned with her sticky notes and research materials: lists of relevant words (passion, transformation, intimacy) and ‘seeing’ devices (zoetrope, stereoscope, camera obscura), and photographs of Orson […]

February 19, 2016

War and Peace a Bestseller 0

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After 130 years, War and Peace is finally on the bestseller list. Pair with Edward Mullany’s piece on the second time he tried to read the book.

February 19, 2016

Entering Lovecraft Country 0

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“Lovecraft Country doesn’t just race along, it tears, demanding that you keep turning its pages without interruption. I read the second half of the book while walking in my neighborhood, holding the book with one hand and clutching bags of groceries in the other, and then finishing up in bed with a small LED lamp […]

February 19, 2016

RIP Harper Lee 0

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Harper Lee, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman, died this morning in Monroeville, Alabama at the age of 89. Lee won the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 for Mockingbird, which later formed the basis of a film starring Gregory Peck. To learn more about her legacy, you could read […]

February 19, 2016

The Benefits of Reading 0

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Infographic of the Week: The Benefits of Reading presented by the National Reading Campaign at Electric Literature. Carolyn Ross, a New Jersey high school teacher, discusses how to make reading more enjoyable for students.

February 19, 2016

Unruly Characters: A Conversation with Kelly Link and Keith Lee Morris 0

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I wrote the last sentence of the story first, and then the next to last sentence, and so on for as long as I could — maybe I could have done it all the way back, but at a certain point I got really interested in figuring out how it started.

February 18, 2016

Punctuation Party 0

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Have you ever wondered what a book would look like only with punctuation? At Medium, Adam J Calhoun analyzes the punctuation in a few famous novels, complete with graphs for your viewing pleasure. For more punctuation, you could read our piece on the interrobang.

February 18, 2016

Faulty Education 0

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Recommended Reading: The Harvard Gazette on education and inequality. “If inequality starts anywhere, many scholars agree, it’s with faulty education.” Our own Nick Ripatrazone writes about closing the gap between high school and higher education.

February 18, 2016

Shakespeare’s Secret Son? 0

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Shakespeare may have had a son who later became the poet laureate of England. Find out more about him in Simon Andrew Stirling’s new book, Shakespeare’s Bastard: The Life of Sir William Davenant. Pair with Stephen Akey’s reflections on Shakespeare as God.