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How We Got 10 Million Teens to Read Fiction on Their Phones
Three years ago, I was living in a small surf town in Costa Rica and writing my first novel, when I had a panic attack. The novel was a sci-fi fantasy trilogy for young adults, set in Silicon Valley…
growthhacking  Pocket  reading  app  testing  wtf  fail  literature  youngadult  writing  creativity 
april 2017 by otlib
Shakespeare’s Vocabulary Considered Unexceptional | zwischenzugs
Shakespeare's Vocabulary Considered Unexceptional Summary Shakespeare's vocabulary is held to be extraordinary among writers. Its relative enormity is unquestioned in the popular and academic literature, bolstered by - and reflexively reaffirming - the peculiar status Shakespeare holds within our culture. 1 A few simple programs were written to analyse his and other writers' works whose…
literature  data  words  science  datascience  fiction  analysis 
march 2017 by otlib
17 Brilliant Short Novels You Can Read in a Sitting | Electric Literature
This week author Ian McEwan expressed his love of short novels, saying "very few novels earn their length." Certainly it seems like a novel has to be a minimum
reading  books  novel  toread  list  short  IFTTT  literature  2read  bcg 
february 2016 by otlib
David Foster Wallace, in his own words | Intelligent Life magazine
In 2005, David Foster Wallace gave the commencement address at Kenyon College. It captures his electric mind, and also his humility – the way he elevated and made meaningful many of the lonely thoughts that rattle around in our heads. We publish it here with thanks to Marginalia.org for making it available
econmist  dfw  quotes  speech  philosophy  religion  literature  education  university 
january 2016 by otlib
Dostoevsky Did Say It: A Response to David E. Cortesi
A response to David E. Cortesi's argument that Fyodor Dostoyevsky never said: If God does not exist, then everything is permitted
dostoyevsky  literature  fiction  philosophy  god  religion  russia  critique 
january 2016 by otlib
Lolita Turns 60 | New Republic
Ten writers reconsider Vladimir Nabokov's classic novel, which turns 60 this year. With contributors Alexandra Kleeman, Josephine Livingstone, Doreen St. Felix, Anna Wiener, Moira Weigel, Hannah Gold, Hannah Rosefield, Gemma Sieff, Moira Donegan, and Lidija Haas.
literature  nabokov  critique  books  toread  newrepublic 
december 2015 by otlib
Centireading force: why reading a book 100 times is a great idea | Books | The Guardian
Author and columnist Stephen Marche, who has perused PG Wodehouse and Hamlet more than 100 times each, extols the virtues of literary repetition
reading  books  literature  Pocket  book  hundred  Archive  guardian  uk  Shakespeare 
february 2015 by otlib
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