Books

The ‘Mad Men’ Bookshelf: What Will Don Draper Read in 1969?

Few shows in television history have given their writers half as much fun as Matthew Weiner and his crew have with Mad Men. It’s why you always see so many reading lists for the show’s characters and compilations of all the books that have actually been featured on itMad Men is, at its heart, a very literary show, one whose influences are clear because its writers get to embed their favorite books into the story. Taking place in 1969, Season 7 is likely to cover world-changing events like the Apollo 11 landing on the moon, Woodstock, and the Manson Family murders (please hold your Megan death conspiracy theories), but the year was also filled with books that played a huge role in the cultural conversation of the time, and in some cases, had a lasting impact that can still be felt to this day. That’s why it wouldn’t be a surprise to see any of these book covers on the final season of Mad Men. … Read More

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50 Essential Books of Poetry That Everyone Should Read

It’s National Poetry Month, and you’re probably thinking: “I should really read more poetry. But where oh where do I start?” Well, sound the trumpets, because here is Flavorwire to the rescue! Click through for a list of 50 essential books of poetry that pretty much everyone should read. There’s something for everybody here, from the deeply established canonical works to riveting, important books by newer poets, from the Romantics to the post-modernists, from the goofy to the… Read More

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National Poetry Month Daily Poem: ‘April Rain Song’ by Langston Hughes

To celebrate National Poetry Month, Flavorwire will be posting a poem a day. For today’s installment, “April Rain Song” by… Read More

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Book of the Week: Mark Dery’s ‘I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts’

Every year, I’m grateful to read one or two new essay collections that truly takes a scalpel to American culture, peeling back the layers and examining all the grossness that’s underneath. Mark Dery’s I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts: Drive-by Essays on American Dread, American Dreams does a thorough job of that, without even pretending to offer up any solutions. Dery simply presents his thoughts in a searing, often funny manner, lets it all out, and walks away casually. … Read More

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Kurt Cobain Reading List: The Essential Books, Interviews, and Photos

I truly believe that there is very little left to say about Kurt Cobain.

In the 20 years since his suicide, we’ve searched for meaning in his actions on April 5, 1994, and most certainly in his actions before that day. Two generations — Gen X and millennials — idolize this man, who, despite dying just as Web 1.0 was taking hold, has become one of the Internet’s most discussed musical figures ever. Every anniversary — be it Kurt’s birthday, his deathday, every Nirvana album, grunge as a genre — must be celebrated with a rumination on Kurt Cobain. To which I counter: does the world need so-called new thoughts on Kurt when so many great ones already exist? … Read More

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Classic Book Covers Redesigned for X-Men

You’d have to imagine that, being holed up in that big mansion in Westchester County, Cyclops, Storm, Beast, and, of course, Wolverine, would need something to do to pass the time. Obviously, reading is always a good way to fill up those hours when you aren’t training to battle Magneto. Chad Miller, who created discovered these mutant-friendly books featuring laser eyes and claws made of Adamantium, has collected some of the best books for people with special abilities at his Tumblr, X-Men Classics, and we’re happy to present a few of our favorites. … Read More

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