The Demon In The Haunted Mind Of Shirley Jackson (AmReading.com)

A new biography of Shirley Jackson, author of beloved ghost story The Haunting of Hill House, seeks to dismiss the standard relegation of the writer to middlebrow spookiness and instead reveal her longstanding proto-feminist intentions. Biographer and book critic Ruth Franklin’s recently released A Rather Haunted Life asks of its readers that previous conceptions of the…

Sunday Sonnet, #27, 2016

Moonlight shining bright tonight, beacon of silver, cloak of mercury to cover all beneath her massive sphere.  Goddess, her who hangs pendant when darkness awakes, love of the mortals below her alarm (of rare occasion does she observe not, err to a blackness unbecoming).  Never does she mark not the passage of the stars –…

13 Perfect Books For A Fall Vacation (AmReading.com)

It cannot be denied that fall has arrived. The signs are everywhere: the leaves tumbling in a gorgeous array of oranges and reds, yellows, and browns, littering pavements and piling up in backyards for children and dogs alike to leap into with mirthful abandon. Furthermore, everywhere you go there’s now the scent of pumpkin spice…

Tuesday Tunes – Poetry Through Music, #34, 2016

[Inspired by AURORA’s “Awakening”:] Feet on city streets, pounding rhythm of souls converging, making for transport, proceeding to work.  Humdrum lives a veil to truth beneath, skin pallid with fatigue, with stress of keeping hidden their hopes and dreams. So grey they seem. Drink the coffee, brew the tea, each day to desk they go, each…

12 Books To Read While You Wait For The Gilmore Girls Revival (AmReading.com)

Everywhere, fans of Lorelai and Rory Gilmore can barely contain their excitement at the promised four-episode Netflix revival of Gilmore Girls, all airing on 25 November. Entitled Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, the show’s creators have revealed that each 90-minute episode will take place in a particular season, beginning with Winter and ending…

Tuesday Tunes – Poetry Through Music, #33, 2016

[Inspired by Ólafur Arnalds’ “Dalur”, ft. Brasstríó Mosfellsdals:] Force of fingertip a tidal motion, pencil rolling back and forth; chin on table, arm nearby, eyes fixated on lead wave’s rhythm. Minutes tick by, hair falls over skin, over face – a grey veil – but her eyes remain on the pencil: symbol, gift from a child a child…

5 Korean Books That You Should Be Reading Right Now (AmReading.com)

It’s thrilling to hear that South Korea is becoming a more prominent player on the global literary scene.  As a fan of Japanese literature, this expanded acceptance of an Eastern written culture quite different from the West’s standards is heartening in today’s climate.  Spotlighted at last year’s London Book Fair, what is even more inspiring…

10 Of Dickens’ Most Memorable Characters (AmReading.com)

It is a truth universally acknowledged that one can be neither a student nor a lover of literature without at least once reading (and completing) a Dickens novel. This fact becomes clear even before going to college; English teachers everywhere feeding their students on a literary diet that includes A Christmas Carol, Oliver Twist, and Great…

The What’s What On Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club And Movie Plans (AmReading.com)

Everyone’s starting to question whether Reese Witherspoon might not be the biggest book mogul in Hollywood. Indeed, The Wall Street Journal is dubbing her a literary “power broker,” as with her production company, Pacific Standard, the actress and producer has created some major blockbusters. She gave theatergoers a brilliant adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl (starring Rosamund Pike…