The Man Who Invented Borges
Essay by Marcelo Ballv I. In 1921, a well-to-do Argentine family arrived in Buenos Aires on a grand transatlantic ship, the Reina Victoria Eugenia. If they were on deck to watch the city…
Length: 18 minutes (4568 words)
John Dos Passos, The Art of Fiction No. 44
Shortly after John Dos Passos had completed the three volumes of U.S.A. in 1936, Jean-Paul Sartre observed that he was “the greatest writer of our time.” In 1939, a New Masses reviewer…
Length: 28 minutes (7109 words)
For ‘Connected Educator Month,’ Tips From 33 Educators We Admire
Stacy BrownErin Olson, an English teacher in Iowa who is featured in our post, uses Twitter-like technology to enhance classroom discussion. Go to related 2011 article » The U.S. Department of…
Published: Aug. 1, 2012
Length: 15 minutes (3968 words)
The Shadow out of Providence: A Lovecraftical Metatext
“Highly entertaining.” --Sandy Petersen, game designer, Doom, Quake, and The Call of Cthulhu RPG “…an ambitious, clever, complex and yet still completely accessible…
Length: 10 minutes (2652 words)
Five Works of Criticism You Should Consider Reading
“Criticism is itself an art.” – Oscar Wilde A couple of months ago I shared a list of “Five Works of Theory You Should Consider Reading,” at least two fifths of…
Length: 5 minutes (1440 words)
28 Ways To Save Bookstores
Real-world bookstores are suffering. We all know why. However, they are far from gone from our lives, and the iconic San Francisco bookstore Kepler's has been trying to make sure that that day never…
Published: Aug. 10, 2012
Length: 7 minutes (1786 words)
Burial Day Books
February Poetry CollectionT.C. Clark has been published in the Pill Hill anthologies, Solstice Publishing, and the Western Fictioneer’s anthology The Traditional West. Do enjoy his most recent…
Length: 7 minutes (1951 words)
Jonah Lehrer, Malcolm Gladwell and our thirst for non-threatening answers
This week marked another PR disaster for writer Jonah Lehrer, the intellectual prodigy who has become a best-selling author for his books Proust Was a Neuroscientist, How We Decide and most recently…
Published: July 31, 2012
Length: 7 minutes (1901 words)
The Marquise Went out at Five O’clock: On Making Sentences Do Something
When I started writing seriously — by which I mean that I was serious in my intentions and commitment, which seem to me the main things a writer can control — I started by writing…
Length: 11 minutes (2994 words)
Democratic Dictionaries: From M to Nutter
Robbie Coltrane as Dr. Samuel Johnson and Rowan Atkinson as Edmund Blackadder, Blackadder the Third, BBC by Deborah Cameron The publisher Collins has recently adopted crowd-sourcing as a…
Length: 7 minutes (1750 words)
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