Fictional evil creatures might be more nuanced—and have more to teach us—than has long seemed.
Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala left behind a one-of-a-kind object that undermines the crónicas de Indias.
Aphrodisiac and contraceptive, enflaming and cooling, the pomegranate was a balancing act, mediating between opposing states.
There’s nothing like curling up with a good book and a soft cat. Even better is a book with a cat in it.
Larsen's 1930 story "Sanctuary" had a similar plot to an earlier British story. So what? Perhaps the tale never really belonged to either writer.
Frank Herbert’s novel isn't just about space messiahs, giant sandworms, and trippy space drugs. At its core, the sci-fi epic is about ecology.
How the ban on D. H. Lawrence's book Lady Chatterley's Lover was reversed.
In the year of Dostoevsky's bicentennial, a revisiting of familial relationships in one of his most popular works.
Bake cupcakes, do crime.
What begins as a magical escape from the horrors of plantation life soon turns into a spine-chilling testament to slavery’s dehumanizing effects.