5 Great Monologues in Literature

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The things we remember most in our favorite novels, are the words that trap our attention, secure a place in our minds that is relenting and not easily forgotten. There have been great novels that include great lines, but sometimes a truly remarkable quote, a great monologue, rests firmly in our hearts. Here are just [….]

NSA surveillance Puts George Orwell’s ‘1984’ On Bestseller Lists

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From The LA Times: Big Brother is watching. And people are reading. Thanks to the ongoing National Security Administration surveillance scandal, George Orwell’s “1984” is enjoying a surge in popularity, landing at No. 4 on Amazon’s list of “Movers and Shakers.” Sales of Orwell’s classic have risen an astonishing 5,771% as of Tuesday morning, with [….]

Literary Board Games

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Flavorwire discovered the cure for the frigid winter temperatures when you’ve finished a great book and still aren’t keen to go outside: Literary Board Games. When it’s cold outside, book nerds tend to hibernate with their novels. But what about a bookish activity that’s also social (and indoors)? This week, the Paris Review pointed us [….]

LitStack Pick: The Lines We Wish We’d Written

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I have a favorite line, several in fact, that have become a part of my subconscious. Sometimes, I spit them out as advice, so often, in fact, that I forget where I read them. 124 was spiteful. That’s a favorite and it’s Toni Morrison. Like Stephen King, mentioned below, Morrison’s succulent opening line is a [….]

LitStaff Pick: Our Favorite Subversive Fiction

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Great fiction is meant to inspire. That may not, perhaps, be the agenda of the novelist at the outset of writing, but when one is discussing topics that seem out of the social norm or that demonstrates the act of subverting common convention, then inspiration is inevitable. Subverting what is accepted, what is considered safe [….]