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ArtsBeat: A Crowdsourced Sonnet for a Summer’s Day in the Office

published about 2 hours ago
The poem, assembled by The American Scholar online begins, “How like a prison is my cubicle.”

ArtsBeat: Warren G. Harding’s Racy Love Letters Unsealed

published about 5 hours ago
ArtsBeat: Warren G. Harding’s Racy Love Letters Unsealed
Nearly 1,000 handwritten pages of Warren G. Harding’s steamy letters to his mistress, Carrie Phillips, are available online.

Bluebeards and brainiacs: literary characters who enter the language

published about 5 hours ago
Bluebeards and brainiacs: literary characters who enter the language
From Mrs Malaprop to Lothario to the Grinch, some characters are so memorable that they leap from fiction into the dictionary. Take an alphabetical tour of the origins of some of our most familiar and not-so-familiar literary eponyms Continue reading...

Bookends: Highbrow, Lowbrow, Middlebrow — Do These Kinds of Cultural Categories Mean Anything Anymore?

published about 7 hours ago
Bookends: Highbrow, Lowbrow, Middlebrow — Do These Kinds of Cultural Categories Mean Anything Anymore?
Thomas Mallon and Pankaj Mishra discuss whether there is any use in retaining old labels of cultural prestige.

The Taming of the Tights by Louise Rennison - review

published about 7 hours ago
'Private reading at school had become somewhat challenging as I couldn't stop myself laughing luckily I sit at the back of the class or I think my dramatic clutching of my stomach and leaning over my desk would have caused a bit of a stir in the usually calm classroom' Continue reading...