Idioms have a special power to draw people together in a way that plain speech doesn't.
Prodigies, or monsters, were opaque and flexible symbols that signaled that God was sending some message.
Flaunting a massive collection of books did not start with work-from-home videoconferences.
What two scholar-artists learned from taking ninety books on a very, very long walk.
Goosebumps. The Baby-Sitters Club. Even Nancy Drew. In the 1990s, concerned educators wondered if series books were luring kids away from "literature."
The game of cooties lets children learn about the idea of contagion, but kid culture and wordplay aren't meant for adults.
Stephen Vincent Benét’s lost epic “John Brown’s Body” envisions a nation sutured together after the Civil War, but fails to reckon with the war’s causes.
But the eighteenth-century readerly hobby angered critics, who saw it as a “monstrous practice.”
There’s a constant attention to the burdens of history in Robert Hayden’s poems. Even amid the beauties of life, the ghosts of the past linger.
Marguerite Young's Miss MacIntosh, My Darling is a dense fusion of poetry and prose. One critic says it's unjustifiably forgotten.