The Fuller Cut
It's important to hear things from multiple perspectives.
A barbershop in Michigan is getting a lot of buzz. The Fuller Cut barbershop in Ypsilanti, Michigan gives $2 discounts to kids who read books aloud to their barbers while they're getting their hair do...
You won't be able to stop.
Literary magic doesn't discriminate.
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Books can build bonds between generations.
Elena Ferrante is a brilliant writer whose art rested on keeping her personal and professional lives separate. The author of the Neapolitan novels and a slew of similarly feminist-leaning books, she c...
An obligation to read is no kind of incentive to pick up a book, and it often has the opposite effect, rendering the intended reader incapable of turning off the television or logging off Facebook.
Modern libraries play an important role, not in upholding a sense of academic excellence and intellectual superiority among users, but in their inclusivity. They are places where people of all demographics can come together and enjoy the free use of a public space.
It's called 'The Best of Adam Sharp' and we're pretty excited.
One hundred years ago, a man named Roald Dahl came into the world. Born in Wales in 1916, he ascended to literary fame in the 1940s, producing some of the most recognizable children's literature of ou...
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I read Dahl's complete adult works when I was about 12 years old. It was completely, utterly and totally inappropriate for my impressionable mind, because most of Dahl's adult short stories were about S.E.X. (as I pronounced it in 1988).
Books can play an invaluable role in imparting life lessons on children. But there is a big caveat: the lesson has to be delivered subtly, within a story that is fun, entertaining, and ideally, a little bit silly.
Steve Jobs swore by ‘The Innovators Dilemma’.
Just as Bob Dylan called on writers and critics to herald the future in his famous song 'The Times, They Are a-Changing', writers continue to play an important role in documenting change, including the evolution of the role of fathers.
To my consternation -- given my hopeless devotion to books -- I found that my first child could not have been less interested in books. He fidgeted, then bawled. Perhaps there was something about the green sheep that just didn't appeal. He certainly didn't give a damn where it was.
Is it envy or a distrust of power that we are exhibiting when we relish the stories of the failure or downfall of our powerful politicians or sportspeople? We even have a term for the phenomenon: the tall poppy syndrome. And when a tall poppy falls, we revel in it.
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The eighth entry in the popular franchise has hit stores.
Fiction can serve a lot of different purposes. It can entertain us, inform us, uplift us and move us. But can it counsel us as well?
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A good story can be so much more than entertainment.
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It is a dichotomy that is familiar to many siblings, who are tied together in a relationship that is strange and complex, full of contradictions, and veering wildly between love and resentment, complicity and rivalry.
I still love to read books set all around the world. I want to experience the lives of those far removed from my own, to visit bustling markets, stone castles and arid deserts in the pages of a book. But I will not dismiss the value of reading about my own country, in the words of those who know it best.
And although the focus on empathy in the workplace and the new breed of business books is heartening, I wonder whether non-fiction is the best place for business managers and leaders to gain an understanding of empathy. I believe that Cloudstreet, Animal Farm or Harry Potter could be a better place to start.
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'Foundation as undies, concealer as clothes.'
The experiences of the characters in The Natural Way of Things, by Charlotte Wood, are extreme and shocking. But, what is even more shocking is that there is more than a touch of familiarity in the female women's experiences.
We'll support the art of German ingenuity in cars, Italian cobblers, British chefs. But we won't support local, home-grown Aussie authors by forking out 20 bucks for a book?
If you love reading books, care about Australian writers and writing, and believe a viable Australian publishing industry is important, you should be alarmed by the prospect of the government changing the current importation laws for books.
Imagine if '1984' was called 'The Last Man In Europe'.
Some people swoon over Ryan Gosling in 'The Notebook'. Others prefer Brad Pitt in 'Thelma and Louise'. A twist of Mick Jagger's hips drives some people wild. Others can't get enough of Ricky Martin's rumba. But all it takes to pique my interest is an intricate plot and clever turn of phrase.
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"You mean, you haven't read the book?!"
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A scene: You've just read (and re-read) the final paragraph of a novel you've been savoring, and you're almost mad at the author for wrapping the story up so neatly, so poetically. How dare she refuse...
It is one of the greatest skills of writers to expose the human condition by holding a mirror to readers' lives, personalities and aspirations. But the reflection isn't always a pretty one, as our vanities, insecurities and fears are laid bare.