10 Japanese Authors You Should Read

Column by Gabino Iglesias March 17, 2017
Culturally speaking, The Land of the Rising Sun has much to offer, and their literary output is definitely something you should keep on your radar.

10 Standard Texts for Junior High and High School English Class: Just How Great Are They?

Column by Christopher Shultz September 19, 2016
Just about everyone reads 'The Great Gatsby' or 'Romeo and Juliet' in their formative years...but should they?

Storyville: Six Dark Contemporary Films That Can Inspire Your Fiction

Column by Richard Thomas April 21, 2016
Here are some of my favorite recent films, and ways they can inform and inspire your writing.
Cook Fiction Brings the World Meals from Literature

Cook Fiction Brings the World Meals from Literature

News by Raine Winters
Real recipes for imaginary foods.

Lessons From My Grandmother

Column by Christine J. Schmidt November 19, 2014
Reading runs in the family.

Death by Canonization: Against Literary Criticism's Mortal Sin

Column by Rob Blair Young November 17, 2014
This extended rant targets a great sin of academic literary criticism: the tendency to praise "great" works in a way that pre-decides the work's value and sets everyone playing emperor's new clothes.

6 Novels That Will Destroy Your Good Mood

Column by Christine J. Schmidt September 26, 2014
If you have been feeling too good lately, these books will bring you back down to earth.

5 Things Literary Writers Can Learn from Sci-Fi Writers

Column by Susan DeFreitas September 24, 2014
Think you know what's what because you've got a fancy MFA? Think again. Sci-fi writers know things about workshops, critique, process, and craft that you probably don't—but should.

17 of the Most Literary Science Fiction Novels

Column by Daniel Hope November 13, 2013
Books you'll find at the intersection of the literary and science fiction genres.
Jonathan Franzen hates the Internet

Jonathan Franzen hates the Internet and thinks it “should be really strictly regulated”

News by Dean Fetzer October 25, 2013
The novelist is at it again, sticking his oar in about digital media — he shared his views in a recent interview.
Nobel Prize in Literature, Alice Munro

Alice Munro Wins The Nobel Prize In Literature

News by Christopher Shultz October 11, 2013
The Canadian author was called a "master of the contemporary short story" by the selecting committee.

Creating Your Literary Foundation

Column by Erin Reel October 18, 2012
What literary works create a strong foundation for a writer? LitReactor instructors and esteemed literary figures Lidia Yuknavitch, Ed Sikov, Holiday Reinhorn, Suzy Vitello and Bree Ogden share.
Smarter Smut: Well Written Sex Scenes in Literature

Smarter Smut: Well Written Sex Scenes in Literature

News by Dave Reuss August 9, 2012
If you're gonna read about humpin', it should at least be written well.

LURID: Bad Trips - Ten Novels With Serious Drug Psychosis

Column by Karina Wilson June 22, 2012
Despite the novelty of bath salts headlines, substance-induced psychosis is nothing new. Here's the Lurid Top Ten pick of the most nerve-jangling drug addiction stories from the last 200 years
Children Woefully Ignorant Of Characters In Literature

We Don't Need No Education: Children Woefully Ignorant Of Characters In Literature

News by Dave Reuss June 20, 2012
A recent study suggests kids readily forget characters from literature due to the rise of TV and video game entertainment.
Twitterature: Is The Tweet The New Haiku?

Twitterature: Is The Tweet The New Haiku?

News by Dave Reuss June 15, 2012
Does the inherent constraint of a tweet foster creativity?
Famous Literature-Inspired Buildings

Novel Architecture: Buildings Inspired By Classic Literature

News by Dave Reuss May 4, 2012
From the Hobbit Motel to the Alice in Wonderland Rabbit House, famous fiction has helped create some stunning structures.
WSJ: eReaders Let Tramps Read Dirty Lit

WSJ: eReaders Let Trampy Tramps Read All The Dirty Lit They Want (Which Is A Lot)

News by Hanna Brooks Olsen
Here's something that doesn't suck about eReaders: it allows women to read whatever dirty, dirty literature they want, without fear of being scorned by judgmental commuters or co-workers.

Comics 101: A Question of Canon

Column by BH Shepherd February 17, 2012
As comics continue to accrue cultural currency, their occurrence in canonical conversations can only increase. These graphic novels are typically regarded as unimpeachable pinnacles of the form.

Required Reading: The Pros and Cons

Column by John Jarzemsky January 11, 2012
Anyone who ever went to school has been forced to read stuff that they hated. Does the concept of a required curriculum do more harm than good?
Siri and Literature

What Does Siri Know About Literature?

News by Brandon Tietz December 20, 2011
Siri knows where to stash a dead body and how to get to the closest Trader Joe's, but does she know anything about literature?

Battle Of The Books: Genre Vs. Literary

Column by Stephen Graham Jones November 14, 2011
'Genre' and 'literary' isn't an either/or kind of situation, we've just been conditioned to think that way. Why not have both?
Shut the F up, Kid

Would You Like a Side of Profanity With Your Literature?

News by Brandon Tietz October 27, 2011
Curse words in book titles are a little bit more mainstream than you might think. Will the fad last?
Tomas Transtromer

And The Winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize For Literature Is...

News by Joshua Chaplinsky October 6, 2011
Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer wins 2011 Nobel Prize for literature, is more than meets the eye.
Wordstock 2011

Geek Out With Fellow Book Nerds At Wordstock 2011

News by Joshua Chaplinsky October 3, 2011
Portland's annual celebration of literature and literacy takes place October 6th - 9th