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Why I Will Always Be A Liberal

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No social reform should come at the expense of the individual. Reforms must serve the individual.

Why a 1947 Opera About Susan B. Anthony Feels Right Now

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History comes around again in surprising ways. Places fall apart and are put back together. People come together, go away, and come back again....

Advice and Consent: Nia Vardalos Finds “Tiny Beautiful Things”

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Nia Vardalos adapts and stars in a theatrical retelling of pain and survival.

For Medieval Scholars, “Game of Thrones” is Bittersweet

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GoT has drawn new interest to medieval times while also furthering misconceptions.

3 Movements That Prove There is a Demand for More Diverse...

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In recent years, there has been a call for more diverse characters in novels.

Melville on the Menu, Bukowski in the Bathroom

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A dining establishment in Atlantic Beach, NY does everything by the book.

Bookends: How Shakespeare Embodies Popular Culture

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Shakespeare began as pop culture and has remained ever defined and shaped by pop culture.

In Election Season, Americans Choose Their Own Adventure

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In literary terms, we're gambling on America’s sequel.

“Vinegar Girl”: Anne Tyler Tames the “Shrew”

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American novelist determined to remake outmoded Shakespeare.

Brexit, Pursued by a Bear

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Brexit reveals a flawed story being told about British national identity.
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Forget Drugs and Booze, I’m Addicted to “Game of Thrones”

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They feed on my addiction. I feed on them.

A Literary Melting Pot Celebrates Five Years

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

Sanders, Trump and the Politics of Hokum

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It's the politics of woo-woo, from sea to shining sea.

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

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

An Open Letter (Regarding Letters)

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

Behind the Veil of “Crimson Peak”

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Fear, like desire, may foster empowerment or corruption. But it is also the mother of ghosts.

Dearest, Loveliest Adaptation!

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

The Unexpected Literary Charms of Social Media

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The environment that social media creates is one tailored to storytelling.

Writing Literature, Inventing History

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It is because of history—not in spite of it—that we attach ourselves so intrinsically to fiction.
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Herman Cain (and Republicans Unable)

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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?