Posts Tagged ‘literature’

America’s Most Widely Misread Literary Work

February 26, 2019

“America’s Most Widely Misread Literary Work.” Written and animated by Jackie Lay for The Atlantic.

“The poem isn’t a salute to can-do individualism. It’s a commentary on the self-deception we practice when constructing the story of our own lives.”

More:

“The Most Misread Poem in America,” David Orr, The Paris Review

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What is literature for?

August 16, 2018

“What is literature for?” An exploration by The School of Life, produced in collaboration with Mad Adam.

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5 Greatest Author Feuds

August 2, 2018

“Top 5 Greatest Author Feuds,” a video by Signature highlighting mano-a-manuscript mayhem by all your literary faves. Henry James vs. H.G. Wells, William Faulkner vs. Ernest Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway vs. Gertrude Stein, Norman Mailer vs. Gore Vidal, and the marquee event: Mary McCarthy vs. Lillian Hellman. Can you bet on these bouts in ‘Vegas?

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Thanksgiving Greetings from William S. Burroughs

November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving Greetings from William S. Burroughs
A holiday poem from Williams S. Burroughs: “Thanks for the wild turkey and the passenger pigeons …”
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Nobel Laureate Wordsmith

October 13, 2016

Songwriter Bob Dylan (né Robert Zimmerman) has been awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature. Mr. Dylan was first nominated for the prize in 1997.

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Video from D. A. Pennebaker’s 1967 film Dont Look Back.

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Virginia Woolf: an Animation of One’s Own

May 28, 2016

The School of Life humanities series takes on writer Virginia Woolf (1882-1941).

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Banned Books Week 2015

September 30, 2015

Banned Books Week 2015

Banned Books Week 2015 Celebrating the Freedom to Read: Sept. 27- Oct. 3, 2015

The freedom to read what we will is firmly rooted in the First Amendment, yet many who rant about upholding the Constitution would restrict our access to written art, enlightenment, and information. Celebrate liberty and literacy —read a banned book today.

Banned Books Day Events listed by state here.

More:

“This Is Why You Should Celebrate Banned Books Week,” Maddie Crum, Huffington Post

Banned Books That Shaped America

“Ban This Book,” Grant Snider, Incidental Comics

“6 Historical High Points For Book Banning,” Claire Fallon,Huffington Post

Related:

“America’s Very Own Book Burnings,” Libby Coleman, Ozy

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Banned Books Week 2014

September 23, 2014

Banned Books Week 2014

Q: What do the books The Adventures of Captain Underpants andThe Kite Runner have in common?

A: Both books have been banned. Frequently.

It’s Banned Books Week (September 21−27, 2014). The freedom to read what we will is firmly rooted in the First Amendment, yet many who rant about upholding the Constitution would restrict our access to written art, enlightenment, and information. Celebrate liberty and literacy —read a banned book today.

Banned Books Day Events listed by state here.

More:

Banned Books That Shaped America

“Ban This Book,” Grant Snider, Incidental Comics

“Too Graphic? 2014 Banned Books Week Celebrates Challenged Comics,” Lynn Neary, NPR

“6 Historical High Points For Book Banning,” Claire Fallon, Huffington Post

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National Book Festival 2014

August 30, 2014

National Book Festival 2014

The 2014 National Book Festival is running until 10:00 PM Saturday August 30th in Washington DC, produced by the Library of Congress. This year’s festival was kicked off the National Mall and is being held in the cavernous Walter E. Washington Convention Center, but they could have held it in a phone booth. 24 percent of Americans haven’t read a book in the last year, and those who did read around 5, probably comic books.

You can attend for free. Go to the Culinary Arts Pavilion to enjoy America’s new National Pastime, watching other people cook.

Related:

“The Decline of the American Book Lover,” Jordan Weissmann, The Atlantic

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Bloomsday

June 16, 2014

Bloomsday
We hope you’re enjoying the holiday. That’s right, it’s Bloomsday.

On June 16, 1904, James Joyce and his future bride, Nora Barnacle, took a stroll in Dublin. In Joyce’s novel Ulysses, Leopold Bloom walks the same streets on the same date. Years later, a literary holiday was born:

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