Oliver wasn't always appreciated by critics, but she was still one of the country's most popular poets. In 2012, she told NPR, "Poetry, to be understood, must be clear."
The highs and lows of an unlikely internet sensation are captured in the phenomenon of the short story writer's experience, while her debut collection "You Know You Want This" has an altogether different but equally unsettling effect.
We all like to see a good villain brought to justice, but when the death of Charles Dickens in 1870 left his final novel "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" unfinished, his fans took the idea literally by putting the villain on trial.
Can a language be designed specifically to express the thoughts and feelings of women? In 1984, the linguist Suzette Haden Elgin wrote a science fiction novel to test this question. The result was …
"You might want to look into it," she said. "They used to mix sperm in those days." "Mix sperm." Once you hear a phrase like that you never forget it.
The senator’s new book shows the difficulty of translating short-form virality into a substantive text.
Michael Gonzales reflects on the deaths of a dear friend, and a bookworm he idolized: David Bowie.
For nearly 50 years, Ray Young Bear has been assembling poems, novels and essays on the Meskwaki Tribal Settlement. Now, at 68, he just might be doing his best work yet.
Roupenian scratches through humanity’s darkest impulses in her debut story collection.
Three members of the '60s collective talk to author Darran Anderson about postmodernism, metabolism, their values and watching the world catch up to them.
It's that time of year again. We've combed through all the top 10 books lists out there, sorted them and reranked them to bring you the top 10 books of 2018.
Originally written as a tract for the times, this cautionary tale about the ongoing tussle between greed and goodness has been thought of as timely whenever it has been read.
A long sentence can seem thrillingly out of breath, deliciously tantalizing, so long as we feel the writer is still in charge.
How Javion became a high school student reading at the second-grade level is impossible to say for sure. But multiple forces play a role: intergenerational poverty and violence, underperforming schools, a special education system that avoided serving students, a patchwork approach to literacy instruction.
Ask most readers about American authors from the 1930s and you'll hear about F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, John Steinbeck and William Faulkner. Never Josephine W. Johnson.
Abolish the Senate and publicly fund elections.
Extravagant metaphors are indecently exposed in the shortlist for the Literary Review's annual showcase of "outstandingly bad" erotic writing.
The most critically acclaimed author in contemporary science fiction and fantasy made history this year. Now she's trying to make the future.
Wrongful convictions are not isolated events. They happen in every state. They happen multiple times a week. Here's a breakdown of how and why the innocent are locked up in America.
Written as Hitler came to power, this book captured the confusion, fear and denial that allowed him to wreak havoc for 12 years.
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