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Literary Accessories for Back to School

by Isla McKetta on August 27, 2012

I saw these nifty Ivan Ilych bags from Melville House (who doesn’t love a bag that comes with a book!) and got to thinking…what sweet lit accessories do you need to show your classmates that you are a word nerd? T-Shirts I’m always surprised when people don’t already know about Out of Print Clothing. This […]


The Way We Read Now

by Katie Fetting-Schlerf on February 7, 2012

Before the explosion of the internet, reading seemed to be on the decline.  People were increasingly turning to movies and television to sate their entertainment interests.  Interpersonal communication was largely carried out via telephone or in person (though occasionally allowing for the charmingly idiosyncratic letter). But thanks to email, texting and Oprah’s book club, reading […]


Bohemian Ballot: To Kindle or Not To Kindle?

by Derwood Hunsdale-Talbot on July 30, 2008

That is, to bastardize Hamlet, the question. This is the ultimate bookworm dilemma, and we at Written Word are trying to reach a consensus. On the one hand, if we do Kindle, what will happen to quiet libraries full of gilded, dog-eared, underlined, inscribed, beautiful, man-handled books? What about the physical expression of smelling, holding, […]


Are you guilty of literary-inspired mispronunciations?

by Derwood Hunsdale-Talbot on July 29, 2008

The upside of being a voracious reader is that you develop a great vocabulary. The downside is, since you’ve often only seen the written form, you don’t actually know how to pronounce said vocabulary words. The very worst is when, in the manner of MTV Diaries, you think you know… but you have no idea.