George Orwell Wrote One of the Most Incensed Takedowns of American Fashion Magazines
September 19, 2014 11:30 AM

Even in the 1940s, he'd had enough of super skinny, unrealistic models. 

Recently Rediscovered John Dos Passos Story, 'Vag'
September 18, 2014

A bizarre, forgotten little story. 

The Brave Open Letter Graham Greene Wrote Defending Charlie Chaplin from McCarthy
September 17, 2014

The FBI wanted Chaplin out of the country because of his lefty politics.

George Orwell's Brilliant Guide to Writing Well
September 16, 2014

Step One: Eliminate every cliche from your vocabulary.

You Should Absolutely, Positively Read the Canon in College
September 15, 2014

The ultimate essay in defense of the masterpieces we know and love.

Margaret Sanger's Bold, Gutsy Response to a 1929 Raid on a Birth Control Clinic
A feminist rant for the ages.
September 11, 2014

A feminist rant for the ages.

It Is Our Duty to Practice Harsh Criticism
A literary manifesto for the ages
September 10, 2014

A literary manifesto for the ages.

For Sigmund Freud's 80th Birthday, Virginia Woolf, Thomas Mann, and Others Wrote Him This Open Letter
Not a bad way to celebrate a birthday
September 08, 2014

Not a bad gift! 

Ray Bradbury's Venomous, Brilliant Letter to a Writer Who Wanted To Stop Old People From Voting
September 07, 2014

"May I suggest an even better alternative? Let us build ovens and gas chambers and really do the job right."

Albert Einstein Endorsed a Popular Psychic in 1932. This Is the Controversy that Ensued
Upton Sinclair, among others, leapt to the physicist's defense.
September 07, 2014

People couldn't believe a man like Einstein would put stock in such things.