#Opinion

Fisticuffs Over the Care and Keeping of Books

My boyfriend and I don’t get into many fights that devolve to yelling — he’s too relentlessly logical, and I’m ...

9 Things I’ve Learned About Writing by Teaching Freshmen to Write

The end of this academic year marks my tenth year of teaching freshmen to write. From dedicated writing seminars to ...

‘Fiction for Men’ is a Harmful, Needlessly Divisive Label

In The Useful Illusion of “Fiction for Men,” Jeff makes the case that Esquire’s new publishing venture, a sort of short ...

Combatting Serial Book-Starterdom

Reading slumps manifest in different ways for different people. Some readers know they’re slumping when they just can’t bear to ...

The Useful Illusion of “Fiction for Men”

Yesterday, The New York Times reported that Esquire will begin publishing a series called “Fiction for Men.” The first volume ...

Hate Reads

Those of you who have been following the HBO series Girls may recognize the term Hate Read (coined in the ...

“Best use of QR codes EVER.”

This photo has been making the rounds over the last few days, appearing first on Reddit (as far as I ...

Teddy Roosevelt, On the Mount Rushmore of Literary Life

On a trip to Boston last week, I stumbled upon–and promptly ducked into–Commonwealth Books. Tucked in an alleyway, it is ...

“Ignore the great majority of books”: George Orwell on Reading and Reviewing

I was reminded of Orwell’s reviewer’s lament last week when Lev Grossman quoted it in his own discussion of book ...

To Read: Next Best Thing or Tried & True?

I walk into a bookstore and my eyes pop open at all of the new release tables. Titles scream out ...

Book Bloggers and the Fate of Literary Criticism

The book blogosphere has grown exponentially since I joined it about two years ago. More people are getting their reading ...

Abandoning Books with No Remorse

I’m a loud and proud book abandoner. That’s right, I will stop reading a book if I’m not enjoying it. ...

Craving Simplicity in Superhero Stories

Last weekend, my boyfriend and I (like many, many, many other people) headed to our local movie theater to see ...

The Companion Novel: An Antidote to the Trilogy Trend

It has gotten to the point in YA literature where you’ll actually see someone mention, “This is a standalone.” It’s ...

Commencement Speech Real Talk

It’s the time of year for academic send-offs, graduation gifts, and general future-gazing. Understandably, college and universities like to send ...