Alex Luppens-Dale

Alex Luppens-Dale won the “Enthusiastic Reader Award” all four years of high school. She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and received her MFA from The New School. Her favorite genres are fantasy, memoir, and anything with cults. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and cat. Alex can be found on Twitter @firstofautumn

Who Was Madeleine L’Engle?

Madeleine L'Engle, author of A Wrinkle In Time, left behind a legacy of timeless writing, from poetry to nonfiction to children's books.

Salman Rushdie and the Power of Stories

Who is Salman Rushdie? A look at the writer's oeuvre, the history of THE SATANIC VERSES, and his championing of free speech.

The Weird Optimism of Novels About Doomsday Cults

How reading fiction about doomsday cults can actually be an exercise in optimism and hope. Someone has to live to tell the story, after all.

To the Authors I’d Follow Anywhere

There are some authors who take you places you'd never expect to go and you'll follow them because they're just that good.

Why Did You Read So Much More as a Kid?

What made it possible for you to read nonstop as a kid, especially if now it's hard to read more than a handful of pages before falling asleep?

We Have Books at Home: How I Decide Which Books to Buy

I have come to think of my current book buying strategy as the “we have food at home” approach. Here's how it works.

Mrs. Dalloway and Her Flowers: An Analysis of the First Line of Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway

The first line of Mrs. Dalloway is one of the best-known in literature. Here's a closer look at how it set up the rest of the novel.

Who Was Joan Didion?

After her passing, we look at who Joan Didion was, her influence on the literary world, and more.

Bookish Dragon Goods for Your Hoard

A collection of some of the most fun, unique, and just plain interesting dragon-themed bookish items for your collection.

Who Owns Your Story? The Ethics and Legality of Memoir

All of our life stories overlap, so what are the legal and ethical implications of writing about the people in your life in a memoir?