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While reading through Kurt Vonnegut's papers in the Lilly Library, at Indiana University, as they worked on the first comprehensive edition of his short fiction, Vonnegut's friend Dan Wakefield and Jerome Klinkowitz, a scholar of Vonnegut's work, came across five previously unpublished stories. Klinkowitz dates "The Drone King," one of those five, to the early 1950s, when Vonnegut hadn't yet written a novel and was only beginning to publish short fiction.
By: dave
Friday, Sep 15th 2017 (12:00am)
Steal This Book is a book written by Abbie Hoffman. Written in 1970 and published in 1971, the book exemplified the counterculture of the sixties. The book sold more than a quarter of a million copies between April and November 1971.

The book, in the style of the counterculture, mainly focused on ways to fight the government, and against corporations in any way possible. The book is written in the form of a guide to the youth. Hoffman, a political and social activist himself, used many of his own activities as the inspiration for some of his advice in Steal This Book.

If you don't mind a lot of scrolling or using the FIND function within whatever you're reading, here is the entire book for your perusal.
By: spam_vigilante
Thursday, Sep 7th 2017 (12:01am)
In 1963, a sixteen-year-old San Diego high school student named Bruce McAllister sent a four-question mimeographed survey to 150 well-known authors of literary, commercial, and science fiction. Did they consciously plant symbols in their work? he asked. Seventy-five writers replied - most of them, in earnest.
By: dave
Thursday, Aug 10th 2017 (12:01am)
Are you stuck as an office worker?
Do you find your work intolerable?
Here, you can find some laughter in the stupidity.
By: spam_vigilante
Friday, Jun 2nd 2017 (12:01am)
Kurt Vonnegut has written some great stories, and in those stories there are great quotable passages. Here's a fine sampling.
By: dave
Thursday, Apr 13th 2017 (12:01am)
Take a break from your Monday with this new short story from Stephen King, a tale of insanity, miracles, and loss as told to a boy by his great-grandfather.
By: dave
Monday, Aug 1st 2016 (12:00am) | Thanks: mefi
Invariably, the attribution you give for a quote is wrong. Save yourself the embarrassment of a mistake the next time you quote an author.

A list of alphabetical links as well as a search feature to the database.
By: spam_vigilante
Thursday, Sep 10th 2015 (8:44am)
Harper Lee's unpublished first novel is now published, and thanks to the Guardian, you can read (or listen to) the first chapter right here.
By: dave
Friday, Jul 10th 2015 (12:00am) | Thanks: mefi
The world's best-known cheeky redhead is turning 70. Astrid Lindgren's creation, Pippi Longstocking, has been a role model for centuries, but how much longer will she survive?
By: dave
Friday, May 22nd 2015 (2:03pm)
A Scottish historian named Walter Elliot recently unearthed a "lost" Arthur Conan Doyle story while he was looking around in his attic. The story, "Sherlock Holmes: Discovering the Border Burghs and, by deduction, the Brig Bazaar", was part of The Book o' the Brig, a compilation of stories written to raise money to rebuild Bannerfield's Bridge, a wooden bridge in Selkirk, Scotland after a great flood wiped it out in 1902.
By: spam_vigilante
Sunday, Feb 22nd 2015 (12:00am)
While he died in 1991, his widow and secretary stumbled across some unpublished manuscripts and sketches in his office back in 2013. This summer, we get to read What Pet Should I Get.
By: spam_vigilante
Thursday, Feb 19th 2015 (3:42am)
If you can't judge a book by its cover then just pretend it's a different book.
By: spam_vigilante
Sunday, Feb 8th 2015 (12:20am)
Harper Lee has long been considered a great literary 'one-hit wonder' with her sole offering of To Kill A Mockingbird, but it turns out that Mockingbird was actually her second book - the first featured Scout as an adult, was never published, and was considered lost to the ages... until now. It's surfaced and the reclusive Lee has decided to publish it in July.
By: dave
Wednesday, Feb 4th 2015 (12:00am)
So you love Dr. Seuss, even though reading the books to children can lead to embarrassing situations as you blurt out some gibberish rather than what's printed on the page.
Find facts about your favorite books and characters here.
And of course, since it's wiki, you can add to the knowledge base should you desire.
By: spam_vigilante
Monday, Jan 26th 2015 (12:00am)
The brilliant and long-adored author Ulrich Haarburste graces us with some glorious prose from his neighbor and protegee Frau Brunhilde Schneemann.
By: dave
Tuesday, Dec 9th 2014 (12:03am) | Thanks: mefi
"The Day The Mummy Returned" is a 1971 short story written by Ed Wood, Jr. the American original who gave us Bride of the Monster, Plan 9 from Outer Space, and so much more. It's presented here for the first time in over forty years since its initial publication.
By: dave
Monday, Sep 29th 2014 (5:27am)
I can't believe someone thought these were appropriate titles for children's books. But I can't stop chuckling over them.
By: spam_vigilante
Sunday, Jun 15th 2014 (3:27am) | Thanks: George Takei
Writing that Douglas Adams cut from his Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy novels is to be published for the first time after being found in his archive.
By: dave
Monday, Jun 2nd 2014 (12:00am) | Thanks: mefi
I'll just leave you with the following excerpt:

"We are 50-year-old women. We can't just set a toxic ham on fire in a public place. We'll get caught. We'll get arrested."

Read on.
By: dave
Friday, May 23rd 2014 (12:03am) | Thanks: mefi
YUP | 2 The Egg
I'm not a religious man. Far from it. I understand why it exists and why people believe, but it's just not my thing. Reading this short story by Andy Weir (here it is in video form, if that's more to your liking) kinda makes me wish it was.
By: dave
Monday, Mar 18th 2013 (12:05am)
Simon's great-grandfather Herschel fell into a pickle vat in 1912 and was preserved by the brine for 100 years. Here is the tale of his return and introduction to the modern world told in 4 parts, 2 of which have already been posted, with more coming daily.
By: dave
Wednesday, Jan 30th 2013 (5:29am) | Thanks: mefi
SciAm's run a fascinating excerpt from Kevin Dutton's book The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us about Success that's well worth a read. I'll certainly be picking this one up.
By: dave
Tuesday, Jan 8th 2013 (12:01am) | Thanks: boingboing
ABC Affiliate: "All Up In My Snatch" Petraeus Book Graphic A "Mistake"
By: Sunny
Wednesday, Nov 14th 2012 (12:08am) | Thanks: Laurie Notaro
Comedic genius Chris Elliot talks of life and career while pimping his latest book.
By: dave
Friday, Oct 26th 2012 (6:02am) | Thanks: mefi
Dan Roam tells the incredibly cool story of how he came to possess an enormous book on the moon that's fantastic in many ways.
By: dave
Monday, Sep 24th 2012 (12:00am) | Thanks: mefi
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