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Mark Flanagan

Updated Articles and Resources

By Mark Flanagan

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • What is Poetry? Created: Monday, October 04, 2004 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Poetry is many things to many people. Homer, John Milton, Christopher Marlowe, and of course Shakespeare have each given us enough to fill textbooks. Poems from the Romantic period include Goethe's "Faust", Coleridge's Kubla Khan and Keats' Ode on a Grecian Urn. Shall I go on? Because in order to do so, I would have to continue through 19th century Japanese poetry, early Americans that include Emily Dickinson and T.S. Eliot, postmodernism, experimentalists, slam... so what is poetry?
    • Finding Camlann by Sean Pidgeon Created: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Sean Pidgeon delivers a literary thriller that purports to set the record straight and reveal the origins of the legend of King Arthur.
    • Funny Books Created: Friday, June 15, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      These ten funny books will have you laughing out loud, laughing the milk right through your nose.
    • Autobiography of a Corpse by Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky Created: Thursday, April 17, 2014 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky compiles eleven irreverent short stories from early 20th-Century Russia that combine the madness of Nikolai Gogol with the philosophical crises of existentialism.
    • Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell Created: Wednesday, February 02, 2005 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      From the Chatham Isles in 1850 to 1931 Belgium, from the West Coast in the 1970s to present-day England, and from a Korean superstate of the near future to a post-apocalyptic Iron Age Hawaii, David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas ricochets it's way through time, space, and literary genres.
    • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed Created: Saturday, April 12, 2014 Updated: Sunday, April 13, 2014
      Cheryl Strayed was 22 when her mother died from lung cancer, an event that sent Strayed into a tail-spin. At the depth of her despair, at her bottom, Strayed embarks on a long journey. Wild is the story of that journey
    • Top Contemporary Authors Created: Friday, June 15, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, April 08, 2014
      While it is impossible to rank the most important authors in contemporary literature, here is a list of ten important (English language) authors with some biographical notes and links to more infor...
    • Leaving the Sea by Ben Marcus Created: Monday, April 07, 2014 Updated: Monday, April 07, 2014
      This collection reads like a compilation of demos and false starts, stories that Marcus has not yet expanded towards the length of a novel.
    • Hikikomori and the Rental Sister by Jeff Backhaus Created: Monday, March 31, 2014 Updated: Monday, March 31, 2014
      After his son’s death, Thomas Tessler becomes hikikomori, receding into his room for three years, refusing any contact with the outside world. His wife hires a "rental sister" to coax him out.
    • A True Novel by Minae Mizumura Created: Sunday, March 30, 2014 Updated: Sunday, March 30, 2014
      Mizumura's epic is an homage to the frame tale in which one story is told within another, as with Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, set in mid-twentieth century Japan.
    • The Land of Steady Habits by Ted Thompson Created: Saturday, March 29, 2014 Updated: Saturday, March 29, 2014
      When Anders Hill retires and divorces within the same year, he is faced with the curious task of growing up and facing looming moral responsibility late in life.
    • Equilateral by Ken Kalfus Created: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, March 26, 2014
      Equilateral is the story of a British Astronomer whose obsession is creating an enormous triangle, a sign to the Martians from their neighbors on Earth.
    • The Ballad of Barnabas Pierkiel by Magdalena Zyzak Created: Monday, March 24, 2014 Updated: Monday, March 24, 2014
      Zyzak's debut novel is set in the country of Scalvusia, where young Barnabas Pierkiel finds himself in a series of misadventures.
    • Poetry Created: Saturday, April 24, 2004 Updated: Friday, March 21, 2014
      Poetry is an imaginative awareness of experience expressed through meaning, sound, and rhythmic language choices so as to evoke an emotional response. Poetry has been known to employ meter and rhy...
    • Double Negative by Ivan Vladislavic Created: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
      In Double Negative Ivan Vladislavic tells the story of Neville Lister, a Johannesburg college dropout whose early association with a great photographer informs his own story.
    • Make Me a Mother by Susanne Antonetta Created: Monday, March 10, 2014 Updated: Monday, March 10, 2014
      Written for her child, Jin, who was adopted from Seoul, South Korea, in 1997, Susanne Antonette's memoir is about her decision to adopt and the arduous adoption process.
    • Madeleine Burry Created: Saturday, November 12, 2011 Updated: Saturday, March 08, 2014
      Madeleine Burry has worked in online editorial for many years. She's an avid reader, who enjoys writing about books, cooking, and projects on her blog, Metamad.com.
    • Amanda Green Created: Sunday, May 01, 2011 Updated: Saturday, March 08, 2014
      Amanda Green is a New York City writer and editor who does most of her reading on the subway. Her work has been published in various print and online publications, including The Guardian, Gizmodo, ...
    • The Martian by Andy Weir Created: Tuesday, March 04, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, March 04, 2014
      Mars astronaut Mark Watney awakens to find that he has been left for dead by his crew. Now he must find a way to survive on Mars until the arrival of Ares 4 in four years.
    • The Mysterious Underground Men by Osamu Tezuka Created: Thursday, February 27, 2014 Updated: Thursday, February 27, 2014
      Revered as one of the first instances of long-form manga, Osamu Tezuka's 1948 story is presented in glorious full-color facsimile.
    • The Bear by Claire Cameron Created: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, February 26, 2014
      When her parents are attacked by a bear on a camping trip, 5-year-old Anna and her younger brother are left to fend for themselves in the wild.
    • Orfeo by Richard Powers Created: Monday, February 17, 2014 Updated: Monday, February 24, 2014
      Avant-garde composer Peter Els dreams of a new scale using DNA samples to merge his two fields of expertise into a new, experimental arrangement.
    • Moonrise by Cassandra King Created: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 Updated: Monday, February 24, 2014
      Moonrise is a suspenseful read that will curl your toes and bring the occasional shiver as you eagerly anticipate what awaits around each turn.
    • On Looking by Alexandra Horowitz Created: Monday, February 24, 2014 Updated: Monday, February 24, 2014
      Alexandra Horowitz takes her readers on 11 walks each with a different companion who, by nature of their professional specialties, view their surroundings in unique ways.
    • Silence Once Begun by Jesse Ball Created: Friday, February 14, 2014 Updated: Friday, February 14, 2014
      Underneath it’s Kafkaesque plot, the story of Oda Sotatsu’s wrongful incarceration makes powerful statements about narration, oration, and the noisy space between fact and fiction.
    • A Tale for the Time Being Created: Sunday, April 28, 2013 Updated: Monday, February 10, 2014
      Ruth Ozeki's A Tale for the Time Being comprises two narratives, that of a 16-year-old Japanese girl who sets out to tell the story of her 104-year-old Buddhist grandmother, and one of a novelist named Ruth, who finds the aforementioned story.
    • Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin - Quotations Created: Sunday, September 22, 2013 Updated: Monday, February 10, 2014
      Mark Helprin's epic story of time, love and justice is chock full of quote-worthy passages. Here are a few that I pulled out during my second reading of this masterpiece.
    • Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin Created: Sunday, September 22, 2013 Updated: Monday, February 10, 2014
      Mark Helprins Winter's Tale is the story of love, larceny and flying horses during New York’s Belle Epoque,a tale of criminal gangs, indigenous marsh-dwelling tribes and immortal architects delivered inimitably by one of the best storytellers of our time.
    • The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri Created: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 Updated: Monday, February 10, 2014
      Jhumpa Lahiri's first novel covers territory similar to that of her Pulitzer-Prize-winning debut, namely the experiences of immigrants who have left their home in India for a new start in America.
    • Furious Cool Richard Pryor and the World that Made Him Created: Friday, January 10, 2014 Updated: Monday, February 10, 2014
      In Furious Cool, David and Joe Henry spin a paean to Richard Pryor, whose unflinching commitment to authenticity in his comedy crossed racial boundaries and turned comedy on its head.
    • The Pure Gold Baby by Margaret Drabble Created: Friday, February 07, 2014 Updated: Friday, February 07, 2014
      Anna is a young girl with nebulous special needs, daughter to a single mother in London in 1960s. As Anna and her mother mature, the author considers issues of guilt and responsibility.
    • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green Created: Monday, February 03, 2014 Updated: Monday, February 03, 2014
      John Green's YA novel tells the stories of two teenagers battling cancer. It is at once an intensely sad and unexpectedly humorous novel about love, truth and fearlessness in the face of death.

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