#Essays

Why We Keep Retelling the Hades and Persephone Myth

Romance novel retellings of the Hades and Persephone myth, like Neon Gods, are increasingly common. What gives this relationship such staying power?

The Words “I Wanted” Do Not Belong in Book Reviews

If your review is peppered with the words "I wanted", it doesn't mean the book was bad. But it probably means you've written a bad review.

A Bookish History of Fandom

From handwritten letters and zines to LiveJournal and then TikTok, bookish fandoms continue to reinvent themselves to stay relevant.

How Community Food Pantries Can Support Readers and Create New Ones

Food insecurity and low literacy overlap in countless ways, which make community food pantries the perfect place to promote books and reading.

Lenient Amusing Shore: The Literary Life of Fire Island

Fire Island, a safe haven for queer people, has a rich literary history that includes some of literature's greatest writers.

The State of the Beach Read

While the term "beach read" wasn't coined until the 1990s, summer reading has been a staple for more than a century.

How Do You Find Good Self-Published Books?

Most self-published books have a bad reputation. So where do we find ones that are worth our time and money?

Some of The Most Controversial Book Opinions

What makes a controversial book opinion controversial and not just boring?

How are Annotated Editions of Books Made?

From classics to comics, annotated editions add new depth to beloved books. But how are they made? Two annotated edition editors explain.

From Braaaiiiins to Hordes: What Are Zombies a Metaphor For?

A society's monsters reflect its fears, so what does our long-running obsession with zombies represent about us?