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Breaking the Male Code: William Giraldi’s “The Hero’s Body”

As Trump nears the bully pulpit, Giraldi cracks the international code of the human male.

George W. Bush Has Ruined Art

A book of W's paintings is coming; don't artwash his miserable legacy.

How to Confront a Generation That Doesn’t Like Books?

We need to reconsider what it means to read and what we value about the act of reading.

A Literary Melting Pot Celebrates Five Years

The independent bookstore isn't dead. It has evolved.

Sinclair Lewis, Donald Trump: Yes, It Can Happen Here

A provocative 1935 novel as a cautionary tale for the 2016 election.

The Book as We Know It Is Dead. Here’s Why.

The thing that we typically call a book is a relatively new phenomenon.

An Open Letter (Regarding Letters)

If the letter did so much to birth modern literature, where has it gone, and is it ever coming back?

Genres Ripe for Women of Color Protagonists

Maybe one day we'll see a woman of color in the "Star Trek" captain's chair.

Re-Reading Tocqueville, America’s Prophet

A re-reading of Tocqueville should be catnip for politicos across the political spectrum.

Bada Bing, Bada Boom: “Goodfellas” Turns 25

Who needs the sacred when the profane is this much fun?

Dearest, Loveliest Adaptation!

The BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice was a watershed event for Jane Austen in popular culture.

Founding Visions: Is Flux the New Barter Theater?

In 1933, the Barter Theatre allowed people to trade food for tickets. What about today?

Theater Artists Must Be Prophets (and an Announcement)

Contemporary theater should "cut through the numbness, to penetrate the self-deception.”

Writing Literature, Inventing History

It is because of history—not in spite of it—that we attach ourselves so intrinsically to fiction.

Atticus Finch Is As Atticus Finch Was

Can readers can grapple with nuance?

JK Rowling and the Never-Ending Story

Harry Potter isn’t just a book series anymore--it’s a brand.

The Strong Female Character(s) of Robin Epstein

"I just went with it, threw myself out there."

A Playwright Called Vanda

Part novel, part old-time radio program, part play, part nightclub entertainment.

No Country for Female Narratives

When we choose to tell another person’s story, we make it part of our own narrative.
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Herman Cain (and Republicans Unable)

And then there was Jerry Falwell, Jr., with his open pants, evangelical FUPA and his hands veering into prime side-boob territory with -- hey, doesn't she have a name?