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- Jan 22 20171 minute
Obama Lit 101: Further Reading
The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P 2013 In the Brooklyn milieu of Ivy League and Oberlinish grads, the question is whether a durable relationship in a free romantic market can be made strictly on the basis of intellectual résumés. Adelle Waldman’s meri
- Oct 1 20163 minutes
A Brief History Of Handwriting
Madison Pauly 3200 B.C.: With stylus and clay tablets, ancient Mesopotamians create abstract symbols to represent syllables of their spoken language. 600s: Quill pens and parchment paper take hold in Europe. Drippy ink discourages pen lifting, henc
- Nov 14 20163 minutes
The Real Elena Ferrante Surfaces—in Books
BIG-NAME BOOK RELEASES ARE typically greeted with fanfare and enthusiasm. Midnight Harry Potter release parties? Sure. International book tours that keep authors on the road for months? Yep. The dual publication of Elena Ferrante’s Frantumaglia, her
- Jun 1 20164 minutes
Lines Of Resistance
Will America see a rebirth of political verse?
- Dec 25 20165 minutes
Why Walt Whitman Called America the 'Greatest Poem'
The 19th-century writer believed that the power of poetry and democracy came from an ability to make a unified whole out of disparate parts.
- Jan 19 20171 minute
The Poetry-Free Inauguration Makes a Comeback
No modern Republican commander-in-chief has featured a poet at their swearing-in ceremony, and it appears neither will Trump.
- Dec 28 20166 minutes
Has the Internet Killed Curly Quotes?
Web publications tend to favor straight quotation marks, a pragmatic approach to typography that old-school stylists can’t stand.
- Feb 1 20152 minutes
Should Your Business Use One Font Only?
It's not just what you type, but how it looks when you type it.