Books

Ira Glass Is a Philistine for Saying Shakespeare Sucks, But He's in Good Company
Why writers have spent centuries attacking the Bard
July 30, 2014

There's a long list of famous writers (Tolstoy!) who insulted Shakespeare's work.

Can World of Warcraft Save Higher Education?
The latest ed trend seems like something you might have done in middle school
July 28, 2014

Is World of Warcraft really the key to keeping students interested?

A Book By Jimmy Carter Led Me to Work for Richard Branson
'Talking Peace' provided a perspective on leadership as a combination of stubbornness, a moral compass, and an appetite for risk
July 27, 2014

'Talking Peace' provided a perspective on leadership as a combination of stubbornness, a moral compass, and an appetite for risk.

 

You Are Now Entering the Demented Kingdom of William T. Vollmann
Home to goddesses, dreams, and a dangerously uncorrupted literary mind
July 22, 2014

Home to goddesses, dreams, and a dangerously uncorrupted literary mind.

'Harriet the Spy' Predicted Our Surveillance State
A cold war children's book is surprisingly prescient
July 21, 2014

Harriet's domestic spying was eerily similar to the NSA's 

Why Are There So Many Orphans in the Comics?
Roz Chast's take on child/parent relationships and aging
July 20, 2014

Roz Chast's take on child/parent relationships and aging

We Get to See Director's Cuts of Our Favorite Movies. Why Not an "Author's Cut" for Books?
July 18, 2014

The film world is keen on releasing a director's cut, which differs from the final version of the movie; publishers should do the same with books.

63 Years Ago, We Knew That 'The Catcher in the Rye' Was Insufferable and Overrated
July 16, 2014

You called it, too. Salinger's novel isn't as great as people claim.

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