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COLLECTION Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936 to 1938

Two newly translated diaries by young women murdered in the Holocaust cry out to us about the evils of the past and the dangers of the present

The Unintentional Last Words of 13 Famous Writers via @vulture

General James 'Mad Dog' Mattis Email About Being 'Too Busy To Read' Is A Must-Read.


Former first lady Michelle Obama revealed the first book character she loved as a kid. (Hint: she's an adventure seeker.)

  1. Pippi Longstocking, the red-headed adventurous main character created by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren.
  2. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
  3. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
  4. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  5. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
  6. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Collection, free Kindle edition

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Tiny books by young Brontës digitized for the general public

Plague Nation (Ashley Parker) by Dana Fredsti

It seems like every decade or so a science fiction novel comes along that sends a lightning bolt through my nervous system: Philip Jose Farmer’s To Your Scattered Bodies Go (1971). William Gibson’s Neuromancer (1984). Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash (1992). Cory Doctorow’s Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom (2003). And I recently discovered what my mind-blowing novel for the 2010s is: Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One.

Rethinking Hemingway 50 years after his death Ernest Hemingway's two competing personas — the hard-living macho man and the bohemian writer whose style influenced many other authors — have something to teach today's men, as evidenced in some new books and an HBO film.,0,3840324.story

Favorite Rereads: Books You Read Over And Over Again.

The Mystery of the Dragon Tattoo: Stieg Larsson, the World's Bestselling — and Most Enigmatic — Author Six years after his death, the facts of his life have morphed into myth: Was he murdered? Was he a spy? Was there really a girl with a dragon tattoo?

ian tregillis bitter seed.

How a brutal rape and a lifelong burden of guilt fuelled Girl with the Dragon Tattoo writer Stieg Larsson. Read more:

'To Kill A Mockingbird' Anniversary: On Its 50th Birthday, Why Is 'To Kill A Mockingbird' Being Attacked?


The Afterlife of Stieg Larsson

The Fletch Novels

Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures Under Ground.

Read Houdini's books via Google Books and Library of Congress.

Summer reading: Killer thrillers. Salon recommends four addictive novels to add intrigue and treachery to your beach book list.


Roddenberry's Star Trek was " above all, a critique of Robert Heinlein"

The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress.

F me Ray Bradbury

In their Tales from the KRYPT newsletter, one member of the KRYPTOS Society (“established in 1981 to promote interest in cryptoanalysis”) offers a summary of the group’s annual awards luncheon, held at Ft. Meade’s “Club Meade,” where prizes were doled out to winners of the annual KRYPTOS Literature Contest (top prize went to: “Fast Identification of Particular Features in a Specific Application Generated by a Particular Algorithm”). And then there’s the Crypto-Mathematics Institute (CMI), which seems kinda like the more exclusive version of KRYPTOS. The club’s manifesto includes six pages on entry-application requirements and the complex process of electing the club’s president, president-elect and executive director. They’ve also got a serious thing for word puzzles, with a fun nine-page test (some of which, they confess, was cribbed from the “Kryptos Kristmas Kwiz”) that includes such brain-busters as “Although it might ‘pain’ you to hear it, HEADACHE cannot follow. What word could follow and why?” Read More

Voyage to the heart of matter.


Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood: ‘She’s ahead of everyone in the room’. As excitement mounts for The Testaments, the sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, we talk to publishers and fellow writers about the great novelist.

Ambrose Bierce

Ambrose Bierce, the anti-Santa. In his 'Devil's Dictionary,' Ambrose Bierce stripped all pretense from Americans' holiday of consumption: Christmas. But the nation's greatest cynic was hardly a Scrooge.,0,7061408.story

Lawrence Block

Matthew Scudder is a character deeply rooted in New York City. The map below shows you the key locations which crop up in the Scudder series of books, and a list of the novels follows below that.

Mikhail Bulgakov

The Fatal Eggs

Michael Connelly

TV’s hero cops are under scrutiny. But ‘Bosch’ knew the system was broken all along. Almost a decade has passed since no-nonsense LAPD detective Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch first leapt off the pages of Michael Connelly‘s bestselling novels and began making his way to television. In six seasons of “Bosch,” the world-weary investigator has waged war against numerous bad guys, crooked politicians, corrupt cops and shady lawyers while wrestling with his own personal demons. Bosch’s jump to the screen required a leap of faith for his creator. Frustrated after years of failed efforts to launch a Bosch film franchise with major studios, Connelly rolled the dice on a then-unproven format called “streaming,” signing on with online retailer Amazon to develop a series centered on Bosch. Casting Titus Welliver in the title role was another risk — although the veteran character actor had appeared in numerous films and TV series, he had never played the lead. The gambles paid off.

‘Bosch’ is a modern noir that showcases an unadorned LA

The Last Coyote Lost Chapter: 1961

Michael Connelly often gets asked about the music that he mentions in his books. So here is the complete list of artists, songs, and CDs mentioned in Michael’s novels. Enjoy!

Read all about Michael's experience in his cameo role on BOSCH.

Michael Connelly On BOSCH

is an American author of detective novels and other crime fiction, notably those featuring LAPD Detective Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch and criminal defense attorney Mickey Haller.

Philip K. Dick

Philip K. Dick: "If You Find This World Bad, You Should See Some of the Others"

Philip K Dick's visionary journals to be published. Exegesis, Dick's 'personal laboratory for philosophical inquiry' to be issued in two volumes in 2011.

Philip K. Dick, an uneasy spy inside 1970s suburbia.

Philip K. Dick in the land of the John Birch Society.

Philip K. Dick: A 'plastic' paradox. The Berkeley boho spent his final years in Orange County, which suited him fine, his daughter says.,0,3831068.story?page=1

The Man In The High Castle, By Philip K. Dick

James Ellroy

James Ellroy: Cracking the Case of Murdered Actor Sal Mineo via @thr

Loren D. Estleman

"If you can't do something right then do something wrong" Detroit P.I. Amos Walker

“If you can't do something smart, do something right.” ― Joss Whedon, Serenity

Ian Fleming

The Real James Bond: Ian Fleming’s Commandos Reviewed. A new book relates the remarkable story of Ian Fleming’s daring commando group during World War Two and how they inspired the story of the greatest spy ever: James Bond. Michael Korda finds his own family story in its midst.

Martin Gardner

Logic Machines and Diagrams (1958)

John Le Carre

John le Carre, who probed murky world of spies, dies at 89. Born David John Moore Cornwell in Poole, southwest England on Oct. 19, 1931, he appeared to have a standard upper-middle-class education: the private Sherborne School, a year studying German literature at the University of Bern, compulsory military service in Austria — where he interrogated Eastern Bloc defectors — and a degree in modern languages at Oxford University. But his ostensibly ordinary upbringing was an illusion. His father, Ronnie Cornwell, was a con man who was an associate of gangsters and spent time in jail for insurance fraud. His mother left the family when David was 5; he didn’t meet her again until he was 21. Le Carre’s literary agency, Curtis Brown, said Sunday he died in Cornwall, southwest England on Saturday after a short illness. The agency said his death was not related to COVID-19. His family said he died of pneumonia. In classics such as “The Spy Who Came in from the Cold,” “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” and “The Honourable Schoolboy,” Le Carre combined terse but lyrical prose with the kind of complexity expected in literary fiction. His books grappled with betrayal, moral compromise and the psychological toll of a secret life. In the quiet, watchful spymaster George Smiley, he created one of 20th-century fiction’s iconic characters — a decent man at the heart of a web of deceit.

Then in 1963 came “The Spy Who Came in From the Cold,” a tale of an agent forced to carry out one last, risky operation in divided Berlin. It raised one of the author’s recurring themes: the blurring of moral lines that is part and parcel of espionage, and the difficulty of distinguishing good guys from bad. Le Carre said it was written at one of the darkest points of the Cold War, just after the building of the Berlin Wall, at a time when he and his colleagues feared nuclear war might be imminent. “So I wrote a book in great heat which said ‘a plague on both your houses,’” le Carre told the BBC in 2000. in 2017, the Smiley farewell, “A Legacy of Spies.” There was more to come, including a memoir, “The Pigeon Tunnel,” and novels “A Delicate Truth” and “Agent Running in the Field.” The last, published in 2019, brought his stories of duplicity and deceit into the era of Brexit and Donald Trump.

Two questions: Did George Smiley ever tell a lie? Did George Smiley ever tell the truth?

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: John Le Carre and reality.

Stieg Larsson

New 'Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' Book Set for 2015. David Lagercrantz will pen the fourth novel, while Eva Gabrielsson, the widowed partner of the late Stieg Larsson, said it was "tasteless" to revive Larsson's franchise.

George Orwell

1984 text the Two Minutes Hate

​ The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. The object of lying is lying.

George Orwell's letter from his former French teacher, Aldous Huxley, about Nineteen Eighty-Four


Hunter S. Thomson

‘Freak Power’: Inside Hunter S. Thompson’s Run for Aspen Sheriff. Co-directors Daniel Joseph Watkins and Ajax Phillips discuss finding archival footage of the 1970 campaign, and how the late journalist might view our current election.


"We have become a Nazi monster in the eyes of the whole world—a nation of bullies and bastards who would rather kill than live peacefully. We are not just Whores for power and oil, but killer whores with hate and fear in our hearts. We are human scum, and that is how history will judge us. . . . No redeeming social value. Just whores. Get out of our way, or we’ll kill you. Well, shit on that dumbness. George W. Bush does not speak for me or my son or my mother or my friends or the people I respect in this world. We didn’t vote for these cheap, greedy little killers who speak for America today—and we will not vote for them again in 2002. Or 2004. Or ever. Who does vote for these dishonest shitheads? Who among us can be happy and proud of having all this innocent blood on our hands? Who are these swine? These flag-sucking half-wits who get fleeced and fooled by stupid little rich kids like George Bush? They are the same ones who wanted to have Muhammad Ali locked up for refusing to kill gooks. They speak for all that is cruel and stupid and vicious in the American character. They are the racists and hate mongers among us—they are the Ku Klux Klan. I piss down the throats of these Nazis. And I am too old to worry about whether they like it or not. Fuck them." Hunter S Thompson.

JOHN WILCOCK: A Xmas Letter From Hunter S. Thompson


What everyone gets wrong about Hunter S. Thompson

Ralph Steadman: 'Trump is a lout. He's a godawful disgrace to humanity'


Watch Hunter S. Thompson on 1967 TV game show "To Tell The Truth" Hunter Thompson on "To Tell the Truth" (February 20, 1967)

Hunter Thompson's Ducati 900 Supersport review Song of the Sausage Creature

Rolling Stone at 50: How Hunter S. Thompson Became a Legend

Hunter S. Thomson The Curse of Lono

Hunter S. Thompson's Amazing Letter In Response To A Fan's Submission

Hunter S. Thompson's Daily Routine…

Ian Tregillis

With 'Bitter Seeds,' 'The Coldest War' and now 'Necessary Evil,' Ian Tregillis managed to set a new standard for speculative fiction. When I sat down to talk with him, I felt a bit in danger of coming unstuck in time. But Tregillis is the most grounded, down-to-earth physicist I have ever met.

Charles Willeford

The Train-Hopping, Nazi-Fighting Literary Hero You’ve Never Heard Of



NASA Releases First Free E-Book, on History of X-15 Rocket Plane. Read More

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Girls gone Wilder. Rose Wilder Lane's life story is arguably way more interesting than that of her mother, Laura Ingalls Wilder

Daniel Pinkwater has put most of the text of his news kids' book The Yggyssey: How Iggy Wondered What Happened to All the Ghosts, Found Out Where They Went, and Went There online.


Poems by Emily Dickinson, Series One by Emily Dickinson.

88 books that shaped America

The Library of Congress' list of 88 books that shaped America, sorted by title:

  1. "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain (1884)
  2. "Alcoholics Anonymous" by anonymous (1939)
  3. "American Cookery" by Amelia Simmons (1796)
  4. "The American Woman's Home" by Catharine E. Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe (1869)
  5. "And the Band Played On" by Randy Shilts (1987)
  6. "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand (1957)
  7. "The Autobiography of Malcolm X" by Malcolm X and Alex Haley (1965)
  8. "Beloved" by Toni Morrison (1987)
  9. "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" by Dee Brown (1970)
  10. "The Call of the Wild" by Jack London (1903)
  11. "The Cat in the Hat" by Dr. Seuss (1957)
  12. "Catch-22" by Joseph Heller (1961)
  13. "The Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger (1951)
  14. "Charlotte's Web" by E.B. White (1952)
  15. "Common Sense" by Thomas Paine (1776)
  16. "The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care" by Benjamin Spock (1946)
  17. "Cosmos" by Carl Sagan (1980)
  18. "A Curious Hieroglyphick Bible" by anonymous (1788)
  19. "The Double Helix" by James D. Watson (1968)
  20. "The Education of Henry Adams" by Henry Adams (1907)
  21. "Experiments and Observations on Electricity" by Benjamin Franklin (1751)
  22. "Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury (1953)
  23. "Family Limitation" by Margaret Sanger (1914)
  24. "The Federalist" by anonymous/ thought to be Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay (1787)
  25. "The Feminine Mystique" by Betty Friedan (1963)
  26. "The Fire Next Time" by James Baldwin (1963)
  27. "For Whom the Bell Tolls" by Ernest Hemingway (1940)
  28. "Gone With the Wind" by Margaret Mitchell (1936)
  29. "Goodnight Moon" by Margaret Wise Brown (1947)
  30. "A Grammatical Institute of the English Language" by Noah Webster (1783)
  31. "The Grapes of Wrath" by John Steinbeck (1939)
  32. "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1925)
  33. "Harriet, the Moses of Her People" by Sarah H. Bradford (1901)
  34. "The History of Standard Oil" by Ida Tarbell (1904)
  35. "History of the Expedition Under the Command of the Captains Lewis and Clark" by Meriwether Lewis (1814)
  36. "How the Other Half Lives" by Jacob Riis (1890)
  37. "How to Win Friends and Influence People" by Dale Carnegie (1936)
  38. "Howl" by Allen Ginsberg (1956)
  39. "The Iceman Cometh" by Eugene O'Neill (1946)
  40. "Idaho: A Guide in Word and Pictures" by Federal Writers' Project (1937)
  41. "In Cold Blood" by Truman Capote (1966)
  42. "Invisible Man" by Ralph Ellison (1952)
  43. "Joy of Cooking" by Irma Rombauer (1931)
  44. "The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair (1906)
  45. "Leaves of Grass" by Walt Whitman (1855)
  46. "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving (1820)
  47. "Little Women, or Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy" by Louisa May Alcott (1868)
  48. "Mark, the Match Boy" by Horatio Alger Jr. (1869)
  49. "McGuffey's Newly Revised Eclectic Primer" by William Holmes McGuffey (1836)
  50. "Moby-Dick; or The Whale" by Herman Melville (1851)
  51. "The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass" by Frederick Douglass (1845)
  52. "Native Son" by Richard Wright (1940)
  53. "New England Primer" by anonymous (1803)
  54. "New Hampshire" by Robert Frost (1923)
  55. "On the Road" by Jack Kerouac (1957)
  56. "Our Bodies, Ourselves" by Boston Women's Health Book Collective (1971)
  57. "Our Town: A Play" by Thornton Wilder (1938)
  58. "Peter Parley's Universal History" by Samuel Goodrich (1837)
  59. "Poems" by Emily Dickinson (1890)
  60. "Poor Richard Improved and The Way to Wealth" by Benjamin Franklin (1758)
  61. "Pragmatism" by William James (1907)
  62. "The Private Life of the Late Benjamin Franklin, LL.D." by Benjamin Franklin (1793)
  63. "The Red Badge of Courage" by Stephen Crane (1895)
  64. "Red Harvest" by Dashiell Hammett (1929)
  65. "Riders of the Purple Sage" by Zane Grey (1912)
  66. "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne (1850)
  67. "Sexual Behavior in the Human Male" by Alfred C. Kinsey (1948)
  68. "Silent Spring" by Rachel Carson (1962)
  69. "The Snowy Day" by Ezra Jack Keats (1962)
  70. "The Souls of Black Folk" by W.E.B. Du Bois (1903)
  71. "The Sound and the Fury" by William Faulkner (1929)
  72. "Spring and All" by William Carlos Williams (1923)
  73. "Stranger in a Strange Land" by Robert E. Heinlein (1961)
  74. "A Street in Bronzeville" by Gwendolyn Brooks (1945)
  75. "A Streetcar Named Desire" by Tennessee Williams (1947)
  76. "A Survey of the Roads of the United States of America" by Christopher Colles (1789)
  77. "Tarzan of the Apes" by Edgar Rice Burroughs (1914)
  78. "Their Eyes Were Watching God" by Zora Neale Hurston (1937)
  79. "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee (1960)
  80. "A Treasury of American Folklore" by Benjamin A. Botkin (1944)
  81. "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" by Betty Smith (1943)
  82. "Uncle Tom's Cabin" by Harriet Beecher Stowe (1852)
  83. "Unsafe at Any Speed" by Ralph Nader (1965)
  84. "Walden; or Life in the Woods" by Henry David Thoreau (1854)
  85. "The Weary Blues" by Langston Hughes (1925)
  86. "Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak (1963)
  87. "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" by L. Frank Baum (1900)
  88. "The Words of Cesar Chavez" by Cesar Chavez (2002)