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Emily Dickinson Didn’t Really Get High on Opium at a House Party, Right?
It’s doubtful, but we asked a Dickinson scholar just to be sure.
Literary Critic Harold Bloom Dead at 89
He taught his last class at Yale last week.
You Get Oprah’s New Book Club, and You Get Oprah’s New Book Club
Thanks, Apple TV+.
I Tried to Be Virginia Woolf. A Brilliant New Memoir Comes Closer.
All the Lives We Ever Lived
is both a literary tribute and a powerful debut of its own.
Has Acquired the Millions
It was one of the last independent book blogs.
Anne Victoria Clark
Here’s the List of This Year’s National Book Award Winners
It includes a few surprises and the return of the Translated Literature category.
Anne Victoria Clark
Long Works of Literature Made Shorter—and Better—with the Addition of […]
Atlas Shrugged “Who is John Galt?” The light was ebbing, and Eddie Willers could not distinguish the bum’s face. The bum had said it simply, […]
The Best Comedy Books of 2017
Do you like volumes of comic essays that you’ll end up reading entirely in one sitting? How about amusingly embarrassing memoirs, […]
I Wish This Tribute to Oscar Wilde Could Remain in New York Forever
This enchanted mise-en-scène is devoted to Wilde’s tragic last chapter: his trial and imprisonment for homosexuality, followed by his death in exile.
A Pairing Menu for Works of Postmodern Literature and Appropriate […]
The paranoia-inducing The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon is best paired with a room temperature watermelon wine cooler, which should […]
The Best Comedy Books of 2016
Now what we’ve got here is an embarrassment of riches. There were so many truly funny books released this year, and funny books with […]
Bob Dylan’s Book Sales Skyrocket After Nobel Prize Win
Sales for his music have increased, too.
It Doesn’t Matter Whether Bob Dylan Is a Songwriter or a Poet
He’s both at once, and the Nobel Prize prompts a useful conversation.
the awards they are a-changin'
Celebrities, Authors React to Bob Dylan’s Nobel
“I’m a Dylan fan, but this is an ill conceived nostalgia award wrenched from the rancid prostates of senile, gibbering hippies.”
Could We Just Lose the Adverb (Already)?
A part of speech with all of these functions can’t possibly do all of them well.
Holden Caulfield Applies for an HR Position, by Dan Morey
Greg Roman Integrated Software 48 Detmire Road White Plains, NY 10601 Dear Mr. Roman, I’m writing to apply for the goddam HR Manager position […]
Literary Birth Complications, by Dan Rozier
A Huckleberry Fin Good News: It’s a boy! Bad News: It’s a boy with a full-grown killer whale dorsal fin. Humbert Humbert’s Disease […]
Jane Austen Responds to Spam, by Daniel Hurwitz
Subject: GOOD NEWS TO SHARE WITH YOU!! From: David firstname.lastname@example.org To: Jane Austen Hi Friend! OH MY GOSH! I know I shouldn’t talk about […]
Nick Offerman and Bo Burnham Both Have New Books Out Today
It’s a big day for comedy books, as there are new ones out from Parks and Recreation’s mustachioed civil servant Nick Offerman and from […]
2013 Thurber Prize Finalists Announced
Named after humorist James Thurber (pictured), the Thurber Prize for American Humor is the highest honor awarded for print humor writing, and […]
Gary Oldman Brings the Appropriate Gravitas to R. Kelly’s Memoir
And so it was written: “We’ll just let it do what it do.” It’s a shame Gary Oldman (aka the anti-Henny Youngman) chose to read this excerpt […]
Jesse David Fox
Mrs. Peniston and the Hilarious Vulgarity in Edith Wharton’s House of Mirth
When reading respected literature from the Western canon, it can be difficult to process humor found within a thick tome. Sometimes it’s too […]
Try Differentiating Quotes Between James Joyce and Kool Keith
Beck Is Starting a Printing Press, Says Stephen Malkmus
What else does Malkmus say?
Andrew McCarthy, Travel Journalist, Is Writing a Memoir
Not about acting, though.
Hüsker Dü’s Bob Mould Will Drop His Memoir This Summer
This should be good.
Billy Joel Won’t Tell Us All His Deep Dark Secrets
His memoir is canceled.
Why Do We Suck The Humor Out Of Education?
Abraham Lincoln was funny. Dante’s Inferno was funny. Chaucer was funnier than that one story involving a poker in the dude’s butt which your […]
The Wall Street Journal
Offers a Sneak Peek at Jay-Z’s Book of Annotated Lyrics
“8. A reference to Depeche Mode’s ‘Personal Jesus.’”
Jay-Z Will Release Debut Book via Moderately Popular Search Engine
Ricky Martin Memoir Coming Soon
It’s called ‘Me.’
Dunder Mifflin Receptionist to Publish Debut Novel
Congrats, Ellie Kemper!
Which Red-Hot Amish Romance Novel Should We Read First?
They all look so hot!
If You Know Only One Thing About V.S. Naipaul, It Should Be This
The ‘Times’ review of a new Naipual biography includes a few great anecdotes about him, but they’re all trumped by this one.
Are American Writers Too Insular to Win the Nobel Prize?
The top member of the award jury says that our literature is too ignorant to be considered seriously for a Nobel. Harumph!