Essays

More Than Hillbilly Elegy: The Vast Wealth of Appalachian Literature

This past spring, I walked onto Shawnee State University’s campus to see the premier of Peerless City, a documentary about…

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The Messiness of My Policeman, E. M. Forster, and Harry Styles

What does Harry Styles, policemen, and a 20-time Nobel Prize nominees have in common? One writer breaks it down.

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Exploring the Best American Series

The Best American Short Stories anthology has been around since 1915 and had some interesting iterations. Here's a brief history.

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The Bookish Life of Angela Lansbury

Angela Lansbury had a 75-year career filled with bookish roles, from book and play adaptations to the iconic novelist Jessica…

2 months ago

Crime Sub-Genres to Add to your TBR

These fictional crime sub-genres explore why people risk everything to break the law and keep us asking: Will they get…

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The Portrait in the Attic: How Horror Mirrors Society

People have always used stories to explore societal fears. Here's how horror and society have shaped each other in the…

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If It Has Spoilers, Why Make It A Foreword?

Should spoilers be restricted from the forward of a book? Does knowing something before you read the book impact the…

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An Argument For Watching The Movie First

Book lovers the world over might disagree with the idea, but here are a few solid reasons to watch the…

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The Scientific Benefits of Reading to Children

The benefits of reading to children extend beyond raising kids who love to read. Explore the scientific benefits for babies…

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Why Academic Fandom Journals like AO3’s Transformative Works and Cultures are Important

Academic fandom journals like AO3’s Transformative Works and Cultures fill a gap in humanities research by taking fandom seriously.

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