Literature

Nobel literature prize: Honoring the elusive ‘ideal’ – Washington Post

Monday, October 02, 2017

STOCKHOLM — When Alfred Nobel established the literature prize in his name, he perhaps could have benefited from an editor. The terms of his will leave the prize’s exact intentions tantalizingly vague — making the literature award one of the most debated and entertaining of the Nobel Prizes. The Swedish industrialist said he wanted the prize to recognize “the person who shall have produced in the field of literature the…

Why baby advice books make mums miserable (especially the ones on breastfeeding) – The Guardian

Monday, October 02, 2017

Some bits of research are so welcome that they sound a bit made-up, but sincerely, this wasn’t: Amy Brown, a researcher into maternal and infant health at Swansea University, did a study of 350 new mothers and their use of baby manuals and mothering self-help books. She found a clear relationship between mental health and the number of books a mother had read: it was inverse. Those who had read the…

These are Amazon’s picks for best books this October – Business Insider

Monday, October 02, 2017

The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you’ll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. Amazon Kindle Most of us could stand to devote more time to reading. We make room in our busy schedules for the latest episode of “Game of Thrones,” but we don’t set aside enough time for books. If you’re looking for something to keep you…

Children’s authors slam celebrity-heavy World Book Day lineup – The Guardian

Monday, October 02, 2017

Top children’s authors including David Almond and Anthony McGowan have criticised a celebrity-heavy lineup of titles for next year’s World Book Day, describing the choice of books by famous names including Julian Clary and Clare Balding as patronising and demeaning. Billed as “the world’s biggest celebration of reading”, more than 1m books by authors including Jacqueline Wilson, Francesca Simon and Julia Donaldson were given away to children for this year’s…

Saturday Night Live head writers Chris Kelly, Sarah Schneider exit show – EW.com (blog)

Monday, October 02, 2017

Just over a year after Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider became head writers on Saturday Night Live, the two have left the show, according to the credits at the end of Saturday’s season 43 premiere, which listed only Bryan Tucker and Kent Sublette as head writers. Both Kelly and Schneider have been writing for the late-night series since 2011. They’re known for frequently teaming up with breakout stars Kate McKinnon and Aidy…

The 100 Best nonfiction books: No 87 – A Treatise of Human Nature by David Hume (1739) – The Guardian

Monday, October 02, 2017

The career of the Scottish philosopher David Hume is a parable of the writing life that speaks with eloquence about the strange and inexplicable progress of ideas in the marketplace of free debate. His career, moreover, is one that runs almost to the day he died, in 1776, just after the outbreak of the American revolution. Hume was born and educated in Edinburgh, the son of a successful lawyer, and…

Andrew O’Hagan’s 6 favorite books – The Week Magazine

Monday, October 02, 2017

Underworld by Don DeLillo (Scribner, $20). Few writers have a genuine sense of social sweep — of how to manage a large vision of society sentence by sentence — but DeLillo’s masterpiece makes you believe that a novelist can wield magical powers. All of his books depict the individual struggling with gigantic forces, and I return to him often. His talent is of the kind that drives other writers forward….

How have black writers responded to Trump’s NFL attack? – Aljazeera.com

Monday, October 02, 2017

Over the last week, US President Donald Trump lashed out at players who have been taking a knee during the customary national anthem at NFL games. While speaking in the US state of Alabama on September 22, Trump decried the protests, calling for National Football League (NFL) owners to fire “any son of a b****” who “disrespects our flag”. The following day, many NFL players knelt…

The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris review – sumptuous – The Guardian

Monday, October 02, 2017

In 2007, the new edition of the Oxford Junior Dictionary introduced new words such as “broadband” while others, describing the natural world, disappeared. The dictionary’s guidelines require that it reflect “the current frequency of words in daily language of children”. However, the philosopher AJ Ayer introduced a generation to the notion that unless we have a word for something, we are unable to conceive of it, and that there is…

Andrew O’Hagan’s 6 favorite books – The Week Magazine

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Underworld by Don DeLillo (Scribner, $20). Few writers have a genuine sense of social sweep — of how to manage a large vision of society sentence by sentence — but DeLillo’s masterpiece makes you believe that a novelist can wield magical powers. All of his books depict the individual struggling with gigantic forces, and I return to him often. His talent is of the kind that drives other writers forward….

Books: New and noteworthy: Dan Brown, ‘Ali’ – USA TODAY

Sunday, October 01, 2017

x Embed x Share CLOSE When the weather turns brisk and fall is in the air, it’s the perfect time to curl up with a good book. We’ve picked 10 new releases that will captivate your imagination while you sip on some hot cocoa. USA TODAY ‘Ali: A Life’ by Jonathan Eig(Photo: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) ­USA TODAY’s Jocelyn McClurg scopes out the hottest books on sale each week. 1. Ali:…

‘Saturday Night Live’ Co-Head Writers Chris Kelly & Sarah Schneider Depart – Deadline

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Saturday Night Live co-head writers Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider are leaving the venerable late-night sketch comedy program after six years but staying in business with the company behind it, Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video. Bryan Tucker and Kent Sublette, who worked alongside Kelly and Schneider last season, remain SNL‘s co-head writers, leading the charge starting with the Season 43 premiere tonight. Kelly and Schneider will be focusing on a siblings comedy they have at…

‘Saturday Night Live’ Co-Head Writers Chris Kelly & Sarah Schneider Depart – Deadline

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Saturday Night Live co-head writers Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider are leaving the venerable late-night sketch comedy program after six years but staying in business with the company behind it, Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video. Bryan Tucker and Kent Sublette, who worked alongside Kelly and Schneider last season, remain SNL‘s co-head writers, leading the charge starting with the Season 43 premiere tonight. Kelly and Schneider will be focusing on a siblings comedy they have at…

Children’s books roundup: the best new picture books and novels – The Guardian

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Big names abound this September for five- to eight-year-olds – including Chris Riddell’s final Goth Girl book, Goth Girl and the Sinister Symphony (Macmillan), in which Ada, daughter of the brooding poet Lord Goth, must steer clear of unwanted stepmothers while helping ensure the smooth running of the Gothstock festival. Like its predecessors, it’s seeded with elegantly illustrated, punning allusions to everything from canonical literature (Jane Ear) to pop heroines…

The progressive argument for reading Dr. Seuss books to kids – Quartz

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Parents and educators at an elementary school in Cambridge, Massachusetts are split over a divisive issue: Should kids be learning how to hop on pop? On Sept. 1, to usher in back-to-school season, US first lady Melania Trump sent a selection of 10 Dr. Seuss books to one school in each state. This week, Liz Phipps Soeiro, a librarian at Cambridgeport School, a public elementary school, responded with a letter…

Melania rep: Rejection of Seuss books is ‘divisive’ – Boston Herald

Saturday, September 30, 2017

A spokeswoman for Melania Trump fired back yesterday at a Cambridge Public Schools librarian, saying her rejection of 10 Dr. Seuss books from the first lady was “divisive” and “unfortunate.” “Mrs. Trump intends to use her platform as First Lady to help as many children as she can. She has demonstrated this in both actions and words since her husband took office, and sending books to children across the country…

What the librarian who rejected Melania Trump’s Dr. Seuss books as ‘racist’ got wrong – Washington Post

Saturday, September 30, 2017

An image from an app adapted from Dr. Seuss’s “The Cat in the Hat.” (Oceanhouse Media) Oh, the places you’ll go! Unless, that is, you’re 10 Dr. Seuss books donated by Melania Trump and your planned destination is the shelves of the Cambridgeport School library. The first lady gave a collection of titles by the beloved children’s author to award-winning education programs around the country. As kids learn at school,…

5 Banned Books to Read This Weekend – Vogue.com

Saturday, September 30, 2017

The news cycle refuses to quit lately, and sometimes a much-needed break from screens and alerts can be found in a book. They’re cheap, they don’t run out of battery, and they can help you digest the craziness of, well, everything in our lives. To close out Banned Books Week, here are five challenged or censored titles that can shed a light on the current state of the news, from…

Books get second chance at AAUW sale – Midland Daily News

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Caption Close Efficiency is the name of the game when it comes to the bi-annual American Association of University Women Midland Branch Used Book Sale. Within the span of a month, members of AAUW collect thousands of books and materials from the community, thoroughly sort through them and set up a three-day sale in the middle of the Midland Mall. “We’ve got something for everybody. People who like good old…