Ray Bradbury: Dandelion Wine

“This way, you get to live the summer over for a minute or two here or there along the way through the winter, and when the bottles are empty the summer’s gone for good and no regrets and no sentimental trash lying about for you to stumble over forty years from now. Clean, smokeless, efficient, …

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s Vietnamese American Literature Recommendations

Viet Thanh Nguyen, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sympathizer, compiled a reading list of Vietnamese and Vietnamese American authors for Lithub. I read lê thi diem thúy’s coming-of-age novel The Gangster We Are Looking For in college and can recommend it. Closing the list is Ocean Vuong’s 2016 poetry collection Night Sky with Exit Wounds, which …

The truth is, black women and women of color are the ones historically most dismissed, pushed aside in the history of American literature and poetics. But they have always been giants, to me. We’re reaching a point, or we’re at a point, where people are just going to have to get comfortable with acknowledging their …

Science Shows People Who Still Read Fiction A More Empathetic

Interesting article on the benefits of reading fiction, including activating areas of the brain responsible for visualizing movement or emotional transportation. One caveat: I’m not sure if I entirely agree with their separation between literary fiction and popular fiction, because those labels are manifestations of the canon and arbitrary to a certain degree. More complex …