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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 […]


How to Make an Animal Speak

by Jack Martin on January 24, 2012

Charlotte spins her web, Wilbur shows up the other pigs at the County Fair, and young readers rejoice. They don’t even seem to care that animals can’t talk. Why do kids get to have all the fun? After spending week after week writing online book reviews on stories about normal people that speak to other […]


7 Memoirs You Must Read Before You Die

by Katie Fetting-Schlerf on January 9, 2012

Edgar Allan Poe judged the greatest tragedy of existence to be humanity’s innate loneliness – our inescapable singularity. As close as one might feel to another, we largely live and die alone, sharing mere slivers of ourselves – our thoughts, fears, loves and hopes – with the outside world. Art, however, can sometimes transcend this […]


Hot Scribble: 10 Greatest First Lines of Literature

by Katie Fetting-Schlerf on December 8, 2011

Whenever I’m on the fence about buying a book, I turn to page 1 and read its opening line. Considering the amount of time authors spend obsessing over the first words of their tome, you’d think all openings would be amazing. And yet, they’re not. Constructing an original, provocative opening sentence is eons harder than […]


10 Top Villains of Literature

by Katie Fetting-Schlerf on November 30, 2011

Sinister villains often make good books – after all, it is frequently in the defeat of such adversaries that heroes prove heroic. For this reason, one could make a Top 10 Heroes List that closely mirrors that of the villains – and wind up including Pip, Hamlet, Charles Darnay and Uncle Tom among others. A […]