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Maira Kalman: A Love Letter

Friday, June 29th, 2012 by Lisa Stonestreet

Dear Maira, Is it OK if I call you Maira? Because I love you so. I love Benjamin Franklin’s fur hat, and your paintings of the hole punches and rubber bands and cherry trees, the one with the sea of flags and the one with Herman Melville eating a fried egg. I love all the […]

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To Kindle or Not to Kindle?

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 by Keven Smith

I liked the concept right from the start: Buy books in seconds. Download books in seconds. Carry books with you – weightlessly—wherever you go. There’s no getting around it: the Kindle is hot. It’s the world’s largest bookstore, but without the need to herd two little kids across a dangerous parking lot. And did you […]

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Ear Training for Copywriters, Courtesy Uncle Walt and Aunt Emily

Friday, January 20th, 2012 by Lisa Stonestreet

Many writers cite Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson as the mother and father of contemporary poetry – or perhaps more accurately, as its queer, brilliant aunt and uncle. The two writers may at first seem to have little in common—Whitman is as expansive as Dickinson is compressed, as wild as she is precise. But they […]

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Want to Make Reading More Fun for Your Kids? Ease Off.

Friday, July 1st, 2011 by Lucy Suros

You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t force a first-grader to love reading…until you let her find her own way.

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The Hair Poets and Others: Seven Things Not to Do When Reading in Public

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011 by Lisa Stonestreet

I write poetry, and I publish it. Which means that I’ve been witness to a lot of bad poetry readings over the years. Great ones, too—but that’s not what this post is about. The problem with poetry, when read in public, is this. As with any art, there’s a lot of it out there. Some very […]

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Kindle, I Love Thee—But Sometimes I Love Thee Not

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011 by Chris Kent

Before Kindle: A few months ago, I was on an airplane reading my old-timey paperback, while the woman next to me read her Kindle. The flight attendant walked by and asked her to turn off her Kindle, in accordance with the ban on electronic devices during takeoff and landing. I wanted to smugly wave my […]

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