In 1939, at the age of thirty-five, Theodor Seuss Geisel was tinkering with an invention that was doomed to failure. Geisel had published a few books under the name Dr. Seuss, but he was hoping that a device he had patented, the Infantograph, would be a money-maker at the techno-utopian New York World’s Fair, which was opening that year. “If you were to marry the person you are with,” the banner that Geisel designed for his pavilion asked, “what would your children look like? Come in and have your INFANTOGRAPH taken!”
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Sunday, Jun 9th 2019 (12:01am) | Thanks: Damn Interesting
The narrator of this lovely book has the child that she is reading it to giggling like a schoolgirl. Oh, she is a schoolgirl.
Even if you are not one, you will enjoy this reading.
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Wednesday, Apr 17th 2019 (12:00am)
Some of the most brilliant bits of creative writing have been scrawled upon the walls of our bathrooms.
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Saturday, Oct 27th 2018 (11:27am)
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The 35 Most Frequently Banned Books of the Past 5 Years
By: Sunny
Wednesday, Sep 26th 2018 (4:31pm)
Dear Sarah:
I am here to tell you the professional wrestler turned movie star Dwayne The Rock Johnson is going to be president, but before that happens, we are going to make a book, to make a movie, to make a mind.
By: dave
Tuesday, Sep 25th 2018 (12:01am) | Thanks: mefi
Ah, the first day of college. You obtain a cheery map and find your way to your dorm room. You are either the first or the second one there. Your parents are with you, or they are not. You have probably already corresponded with your roommate online, or at least stalked them, because it is 2018, and you need to know what you're getting into - but now, at last, you are face to furiously washed face. They say hello. They hang a poster. You recognize it as either Klimt or Trainspotting or that one of two girls kissing. They open a box. They take out a well-loved book, its spine creased, its edges worn. You read the title. You gasp, because all of a sudden you know exactly what the year will bring. Or at least you will after consulting the handy list below.
By: dave
Tuesday, Sep 18th 2018 (12:03am)
Phrases you are likely to need in Borneo, to judge from a phrasebook distributed in 1966 by the Borneo Literature Bureau.
By: dave
Tuesday, Jul 17th 2018 (12:02am) | Thanks: jim in austin
John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, Tom Joad and his family are forced from their farm in the Depression-era Oklahoma Dust Bowl and set out for California along with thousands of others in search of jobs, land, and hope for a brighter future.
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Thursday, Jun 21st 2018 (12:00am)
The pages were hidden by sheets of gummed brown paper, and modern science has enabled us to read what's hidden beneath - dirty jokes and sexytime talk.
By: dave
Thursday, May 17th 2018 (12:01am) | Thanks: mefi
A story from an extremely depressed friend. Strange, but beautiful.
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Sunday, Mar 11th 2018 (12:51am) | Thanks: Jeroen
You know, I still haven't gotten around to reading Go Set a Watchman, the book Harper Lee published shortly before her death to finally shut everyone the fuck up about writing another literary classic. I should get on that.
By: dave
Thursday, Feb 8th 2018 (12:00am)
As author S.E. Hinton explained recently, it's because she's a bitch.
By: dave
Thursday, Jan 25th 2018 (6:07am) | Thanks: reddit
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Thursday, Feb 19th 2015 (3:42am)
If you can't judge a book by its cover then just pretend it's a different book.
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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)

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