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Book Club Inception Books

What are some book club books about book clubs? Or books that mention what books the characters are reading?Read More ›

Running Away With the Circus

Have you ever wondered why no one ever calmly joins the circus?Read More ›

Color Philosophy and Synesthesia in Literature

Color perception changes with how different people view different wavelengths of light, and depending on where you live and when you live/lived, you may have a very different experience.Read More ›

Madame Bovary's Cultural Mark

Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary was more than just an exciting novel, it set a standard for novels, and created a buzzword about having a glamorized, exaggerated conception about oneself.Read More ›

Physicists Who Looked To Literature

Literature provides ample inspiration to scientific fields, as these examples show—and vice versa.Read More ›

Reader's Den: The Secret History of Wonder Woman, Part 4

Critical reception and further reading from the author, Jill Lepore.Read More ›

Reader's Den: The Secret History of Wonder Woman, Part 3

This week, let's take a look at the cultural impact and uses of Wonder Woman through these resources for further reading.Read More ›

Reader's Den: The Secret History of Wonder Woman, Part 2

The outfits, accessories, and weaponry of our wonderful superheroine.Read More ›

Reader's Den: The Secret History of Wonder Woman, Part 1

Welcome to the March 2015 Reader's Den! This month we'll be reading The Secret History of Wonder Woman by feminist historian Jill Lepore. Lepore details the life story of Wonder Woman's creator, William Moulton Marston.Read More ›

While You Wait to See Mockingjay... More Dystopian Fiction!

Suzanne Collins's book Mockingjay has been split into two films. Here's a list of fiction titles to tide you over until Part Two comes out in November, or until you get a chance to see Part One.Read More ›

NYC Literary Haunts

Bars, hotels, library branches, and other, more unexpected haunts. Read More ›

Haunted Real Estate and Furniture in Fiction

The houses are full of horrors in these selected titles.Read More ›

Jock Reads and Flicks

Just as the music CD Jock Jams inspired a generation to "Move It, Move It," many books and movies that focus on sports can be motivational, even if the reader or viewer is not interested in that particular activity. Read More ›

Muppets Run Amok at the Library

In honor of the Sesame Street exhibition at the Library for the Performing Arts, I thought I'd write a bit about some other Jim Henson productions that have stayed with me. Read More ›

June 2014 Reader's Den: "The Judgment of Paris" Part 4

In “In Praise of Art Forgeries” Blake Gopnik argues that muddying the ability to authenticate art works, as Warhol’s Factory artists did (sometimes attributed to him, sometimes not) can help to bring positive attention to works themselves, rather than their purely monetary value. As many letters to the editor in response suggested, this article may well have been mostly tongue-in-cheek. I suspect that he is questioning the role of the authenticator. This questioning of the role of art authentication is in some ways similar to the artists' questioning of the role of the Academy in "The Read More ›

June 2014 Reader's Den: "The Judgment of Paris" by Ross King, Part 3

Other recommended works:

The Girl Who Loved Camellias by Julie Kavanagh The fascinating history of Marie DuPlessis chronicles the life of the courtesan who inspired Alexandre Dumas fils’s novel and play La dame aux camélias, Giuseppe Verdi’s opera La Traviata, George Cukor’s film Camille, and Frederick 

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June 2014 Reader's Den: "The Judgment of Paris" by Ross King, Part 2, About the Author

About the Author: The critically acclaimed author of Brunelleschi's Dome, Leonardo and the Last Supper, and Machiavelli: Philosopher of Power, King is a native of Canada who has lived in England since 1992, currently outside Oxford. Read More ›

June 2014 Reader's Den: "The Judgment of Paris" by Ross King, Part 1

Welcome back to the Reader's Den! This month we'll be looking at The Judgment of Paris by Ross King, about a turbulent era in art history.Read More ›

Epistolary Novels and Letter Writing

"Epistolary" is one of those words that just fun to say or think about, like the word "condensation". An epistolary novel is simply a novel consisting of correspondence between characters. This is one of those rarely used writing devices, I assume because it's difficult to sustain throughout a novel.Read More ›

Meet the Speakers at our Fulton Fish Market Talk!

This Wednesday, February 26 from 6-7:45 p.m. at Jefferson Market Library, come to an evening of memory, protest and plans. Here's some information about the upcoming speakers.Read More ›
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