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  • Mark Twain quotes: 10 favorites on his birthday

    Mark Twain quotes: 10 favorites on his birthday

    William Faulkner called him “…the first truly American writer.” Ernest Hemingway declared that all American writing comes from “Huckleberry Finn,” and “there has been nothing as good since." And Norman Mailer said “Huck Finn” stands up “page for page” to the “best modern American novels.” Wednesday marks the 176th anniversary of the birth of the matchless Samuel Clemens, who wrote under the pen name Mark Twain. His genius lay in his distinctive ability to convey profound wisdom and profane wit in the same breath. Here, in tribute to the man Faulkner called the “father of American literature,” are 10 quotes from Mark Twain.

  • A Voice in the Box: My Life in Radio

    A Voice in the Box: My Life in Radio

    In an unusually candid and insightful memoir, popular radio host Bob Edwards explores his own career.

  • Literary Brooklyn: The Writers of Brooklyn and the Story of American City Life

    Literary Brooklyn: The Writers of Brooklyn and the Story of American City Life

    From Walt Whitman to Jonathan Safran Foer, Brooklyn holds a unique place in America’s literary history.

  • George Pelecanos talks about "The Cut"

    George Pelecanos talks about "The Cut"

    George Pelecanos's 17th and latest novel, "The Cut," chronicles the seamy side of Washington, D.C.

  • The Missing of the Somme

    The Missing of the Somme

    British novelist and journalist Geoff Dyer struggles to find something new to say about World War I.

  • Provincetown art colony: Where light, water, and art meet

    Provincetown art colony: Where light, water, and art meet

    Provincetown, Massachusetts continues its seasonal tradition of vibrant colors and characters.

  • In Pictures Provincetown, Cape Cod is where wind, water, and art meet

    Once home to playwright Tennessee Williams and artist Jackson Pollock, Provincetown, Massachusetts, located on the tip of Cape Cod, is the oldest continuous art community in the US. Small, historical artists’ shacks along the Cape Cod National Seashore's famous dunes are rented out weekly through a lottery. Access to the dunes is carefully restricted to avoid erosion, making these shacks the perfect isolated spot to create.

  • Hey, Boo: Harper Lee & 'To Kill a Mockingbird': movie review

    Hey, Boo: Harper Lee & 'To Kill a Mockingbird': movie review

    ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ author Harper Lee remains elusive in this new documentary that delves into her silence.

  • The top 10 books of all time

    The top 10 books of all time

    Readers of books love lists. That's why book-review editor J. Peder Zane asked 125 writers – everyone from Norman Mailer to Jonathan Franzen to Margaret Drabble – to pick their very favorite books of all time. Out of all the books in the world, here are the 10 most selected by Zane's illustrious group. (You can see this and other book lists in Zane's book "The Top Ten: Writers Pick Their Favorite Books.")

  • Top book picks for 2010

    The experts tell us what they are excited about reading in 2010.