The Bible

A Guide to Buying the Perfect Bible

Whether you ascribe to the Christian tradition or not, the Bible is, undoubtedly, one of the most influential texts of the Common Era and arguably the bestselling book of all time. As such, there are so many editions in print it can be overwhelming to select the best one for a particular purpose. Here is…

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iPhone apps

10 Bookish iPhone Apps You May Not Have Heard Of

Looking for ways to digitize your reading life? Whether you’re into printed books and need a system to catalog your collection or you’re looking for a more inventive way to teach your kids how to read, there’s an app for you! Here are ten you may not have heard of. Continue reading at Book Riot.

Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford

Thoughts On Parade’s End by Ford Madox Ford

Parade’s End is a tetralogy of novels by the symmetrically named Ford Madox Ford. The series consists of Some Do Not… (1924), No More Parades (1925), A Man Could Stand Up– (1926), and The Last Post (1928), which were combined into one volume in 1950. Reading this nine hundred page tome was quite a journey….

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10 Rad Poetry Slam Videos You Must Watch

It’s National Poetry Month! Celebrate with these amazing poetry slam performances. “Black College” (Poets Unknown) On racial conformity and college: Continue watching at Book Riot…


Reading Pathway: J.R.R. Tolkien (Beyond LOTR)

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892-1973) was one of the most beloved authors of the twentieth century and is widely considered to be the father of modern fantasy literature. This is primarily because of his magnificent invention of the imagination, Middle-earth. Interest in this magical world of elves and dwarves and hobbits has renewed in the…

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Elizabeth Catlett, the African American sculptor and printmaker, participates in conversation with Henry Louis Gates Jr.

If Famous Artists Illustrated Classic Books

A couple of years ago I wrote a post about famous artists I would pick to illustrate classic works of fiction. Since that post I’ve had a fair bit of time to form new associations between the books I read the art I view. Here are seven more artist-book dream pairings. Anne of Green Gables – Claude Monet…

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Storybook Land

Cool Bookish Places: Storybook Land

Storybook Land is a family amusement park located in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey. As the name implies, the park offers visitors a number of bookish attractions including Snow White’s house, Cinderella’s pumpkin coach and Sleeping Beauty’s castle. You can even stand in Moby Dick’s mouth. There are forty-three attractions total, plus sixteen themed rides including…

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Book Review: Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi

I first picked up Azar Nafisi’s bestselling literary memoir a few years ago at a library sale, but let it collect dust for a long time before finally picking it up. The book explores the history, culture, and politics of Iran over the last thirty or so years through the lens of classic Western literature….

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Discourse, Disappointment, and the Death By a Thousand Cuts

If you’re reading this you’ve probably heard all about the recent controversy surrounding Andrew Smith, the popular YA author of The Alex Crow, and comments he made to Vice in an interview a couple of weeks ago. A huge (well, at least on the internet) hullabaloo broke out over the interview, with some decrying Smith’s comments as sexist and others applauding him for his honesty….

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