The Worst Required Reading

Column by Peter Derk September 19, 2017
It's back to school time, which means it's required reading time. Bring the pain.

Michel Houellebecq: The Best French Writer You Aren't Reading

Column by Holly Slater September 30, 2016
I'm a sincere Francophile. I love the language, the architecture, the art, the music, the WINE! I imagine no one there judges you for day-drinking a good bottle of Miraval Rose before noon.

Why 'Moby-Dick' Matters

Column by Ed Sikov February 23, 2016
On his fourth go-round with this American Lit classic, Ed Sikov finds – to his surprise – that he needs the help of a Melville nut to explain what it means and why it still matters.
Bookshots: 'The Year of Reading Dangerously' by Andy Miller

Bookshots: 'The Year of Reading Dangerously' by Andy Miller

Review by Christine J. Schmidt December 8, 2014
Andy Miller dares to read dangerously.

Footnotes: Catch-22's Place in American History

Column by Ryan Peverly August 15, 2013
Despite a lackluster response to its initial publication, "Catch-22" went on to define a country's moral and political outlook.

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.

The Top 10 Best Closing Lines Of Novels

Column by Meredith Borders September 7, 2012
The two most important sentences in any novel are the opening and closing lines. We've already discussed the Top 10 first lines - now let's talk closers.
Tricking Tweens Into Reading Classics

Lipstick On Literary Pigs: Tricking Tweens Into Reading Classics

News by Dave Reuss June 28, 2012
In an effort to fool children into reading classic literature, old books get sexy new covers.