There were points in his life when Dostoevsky wrote he was grateful for his seizure disorder because of the “abnormal tension” the episodes created in his brain, which allowed him to experience “unbounded joy and rapture, ecstatic devotion and completest…
By Dr. Howard Markel
The Swedish Academy announced the award Thursday, calling Ishiguro a writer "who, in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world."…
By Layla Quran
The social media culture of “likes” is contributing to our conformity, says novelist and creative writing teacher Charmaine Craig. Instead of trying to empathize with the unfamiliar, we “like” and find refuge only in the things that seem most relatable.
By PBS NewsHour
Author Tom Perrotta, who wrote "Election," "Little Children" and "The Leftovers," shares his favorite real-life stories about growing up.
By Elizabeth Flock
Do you have an old children’s book you love? Well, there’s a good chance that it might be racist, says kids’ author Grace Lin. She offers her humble opinion on how you can keep loving your favorite classics while acknowledging…
A genre called urban literature was resurfaced by self-made entrepreneurs, often black women and many from prison.
By Elizabeth Flock
"Green on Blue" is the debut novel by Elliot Ackerman, a journalist and former Marine who served in Iraq and in Afghanistan.
By Larisa Epatko
With Russia so much in the news lately, we decided to take a closer look at Russia itself with the help of two regional experts.
By Dave Berndtson
What outstanding works of literature, television, art, and film captured your attention in 2016? Our arts correspondent, Jeffrey Brown, spoke this week with leading voices in the arts about some of the most compelling contributions in these fields. Now we…
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