L.A. Kennedy

Beyond the story

Clare Barnett I can feel one coming on. My thoughts fog. My mood darkens. I ducked reality for a few nights and now it’s caught up with me again. I can’t deny it—I’m nursing a book hangover. A “book hangover” is the slangy shortcut for the feeling when a reader finishes a book—usually fiction—and they …

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Jeanette Solomon When I started thinking about this piece, I thought about it as just a list of my (many!) seemingly arbitrary rules for reading. Once I got started, though, I discovered that those rules actually tell you so much about me that they double as personality traits. In fact, they say so much about …

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Jeff Somers Stuck trying to find a way to begin your next story? Try gleaning inspiration from these 10 famous novels that break the usual rules of writing in their first lines. According to literary science(1), completing a novel lands somewhere between climbing Mount Everest and extinguishing the sun in terms of difficulty. Note the …

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Posted by JJ Wong Why Reading is So Important? Everyone knows that reading is important, but have you ever asked yourself why that is so? In this post, I will list out 8 reasons why reading is important. I hope you can really find out the reason why reading is so important for you, so you can …

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Abraham Rinquist Libraries captivate the imagination. These storehouses of knowledge contain countless secrets and mysteries. Unfortunately, many of these treasure troves of wisdom have been lost over the centuries. Those that remain are preciously guarded. Knowledge is power. 10. Vatican Secret Archives Photo credit: tukro.org The Vatican’s Archivum Secretum is one of the world’s most …

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Will writing still be important in tomorrow’s creative landscape? Emily Warna Aside from speech, writing is the framework of our communication. Back in the day, we’d physically write to finish our homework. We’d write to our friends and family via a postcard. We’d write a shopping list and attach it to our trolley. Now, we …

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By Jim Milliot Authors who were wary of releasing new titles into a market wracked by the temporary closure of retail stores appear to have had a point. Overall, only six new titles were among BookScan’s top 50 print adult fiction bestsellers in the week ended March 28. The top selling new novel in the …

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Via The Guardian Annual list of the most challenged books includes Alex Gino’s George, about a transgender girl, and John Oliver’s picture book about a gay rabbit, A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo ‘Dedicated to every bunny who has ever felt different’ … John Oliver holds the book A Day in the Life …

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In three recent novels that reimagine ancient epics — Circe, The Mere Wife, and The Silence of the Girls — authors wrestle with both their source material and the centuries of cultural baggage it carries. Mikaella Clements Writers have always come back to older texts, finding new twists on old legends. Jean Rhys and James …

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Atlas Obscura | Sarah Laskow The oldest reading room at the Bodleian Library, in Oxford. David Iliff/CC-BY-SA 3.0. When you start to think about the oldest books that a library might hold, there are any number of rabbit holes you can fall down. What’s the oldest book in any particular city? What’s the oldest book …

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