literature

Mouth-Watering Photos of Literature’s Most Famous Meals

When Dinah Fried’s Fictitious Dishes were first posted in June 2012, they caused an online stir, and that was no surprise. She styled, prepared, and shot elaborate recreations of some of the most iconic meals in literature, from The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo‘s open-faced sandwiches, or smørrebrød, to Proust and Swann and his very famous madeleines. You can find these charming images and many more in the new book Fictitious Dishes: An Album of Literature’s Most Memorable Meals, which features Fried’s photos, mouth-watering excerpts from the greatest meals in literature, and trivia. Here’s a selection of three meals, from Alice in Wonderland, Moby Dick, and The Great Gatsby. … Read More

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The Most Wonderfully Wistful ‘Winnie-the-Pooh’ Quotes

Happy birthday, A. A. Milne. The English author is most famous for his books about an anthropomorphic bear obsessed with honey, Winnie-the-Pooh. Inspired by his son Christopher’s stuffed toy (originally named Edward), Milne and artist E. H. Shepard set out to create a magical world of talking animals. Milne’s books have fascinated generations for almost 90 years, but there’s no denying that Pooh and friends are a maudlin bunch. In fact, based on these quotes from the Pooh canon (the films included), the wistful creatures were absurdly melancholic and surprisingly existential. If you never appreciated Pooh in your youth, check out these lines that could easily be scrapped Morrissey lyrics. … Read More

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The Greatest Literary Catchphrases

Language is a fluid, ever-evolving thing. There are a few words we could do without, but many catchphrases have stuck with us through the decades — some more stubborn than others. Those that have their roots in literature, or those at least popularized by books, seem to have the most staying power. The printed catchphrase feels more practical, timeless, and stalwart than those words echoing in movie houses — and literary dialogue is often the backbone of cinema scripts in our adaptation-heavy culture. We took a glance back at several catchphrases from the world of literature that have made their way into our vernacular and others that are memorable for their context and poetry. We hope you’ll continue adding to the list, below. … Read More

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25 Fabulously Cranky Mark Twain Quotes

Mark Twain was born on this day in 1835. He lived until his 70s, which he considered “the time of life when you arrive at a new and awful dignity.” The writer regarded old age with the same acerbic wit that made him the greatest humorist of his time. Tragedy always seemed to be knocking at Twain’s door. He lived through the death of three children and his wife, and financial troubles weighed heavy on him — but for Twain, “humor [was] the great thing, the saving thing after all.” We’ve gathered 25 of Twain’s crankiest quotes that celebrate the father of American literature’s sharp tongue. … Read More

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Scandalous Photos of Shameful Librarian Confessions

It’s easy for book nerds to hold librarians to some godly standard, but the truth is, the part-time superhumans of the literary universe are people just like us. Tumblr Librarian Shaming is an online confessional, which we learned about on Neatorama, that offers a safe space for library workers to dish their dirt. If you’ve always imagined that your local librarian read the classics by candlelight, then your fantasy is about to be shattered. It’s nothing but Doctor Who fanfic and vampire smut for these guilty parties. Prepare to avert your eyes from these shameful librarian confessions. … Read More

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J.D. Salinger Has All the Answers

J.D. Salinger was notoriously reclusive. This is one of the few totally verifiable facts about him. The dissonance between this… Read More

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Clever and Creepy Illustrations of Modern Authors as Monsters

If writer and sometimes cartoonist Lincoln Michel‘s macabre illustrations of modern lit masters has taught us anything, it’s that themes of alienation, societal fragmentation, and anxiety can really take a toll on an author. In this case, it can turn them into monsters. We suspect “Bone Didion,” “Haruki Murderkami,” and company would appreciate Michel’s humorous and creepy twist. The series was created for Vol. 1 Brooklyn, but Michel dragged the literary skeletons out of the closet once more on Twitter. Take a closer look in our gallery. … Read More

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Behind the Scenes of ‘Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812′

Located in a custom-built venue on the West Side of Manhattan that doubles as an ornate Russian-style supper club, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 is reinventing the musical — and Tolstoy — for the 21st century. Based on an excerpt from War and Peace, the show is an elaborate production that surrounds its audience in a fully immersive environment, complete with a tasty meal. … Read More

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Exciting Clips from Deepa Mehta’s Film Adaption of ‘Midnight’s Children’

Salman Rushdie would be hard-pressed to find a more suitable director for the film adaptation of his beautifully allegorical Midnight’s Children than Deepa Mehta, best known for her Elements trilogy, which confronts traditionally repressed issues in Indian society surrounding arranged marriage, sexuality, and patriarchy. We’re excited about the idea of one of the most acclaimed voices in politically charged Indian filmmaking collaborating with the country’s most celebrated contemporary author. Winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Booker Prize, as well as the special Booker of Bookers PrizeMidnight’s Children has earned status as a modern classic, and although there’s plenty to be wary about when it comes to adapting great literary works to film, this one seems promising. Here’s a quick look (via i09) at a few clips from the forthcoming movie, set to be released this November, and how they fit into the novel’s narrative. … Read More

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