Literature http://nhpr.org en 5.21.14: The Veterans Writing Project, Music Rivalries, And Making "Exile On Main Street" http://nhpr.org/post/52114-veterans-writing-project-music-rivalries-and-making-exile-main-street <p>As a soldier, an army officer, and then a Foreign Service officer Ron Capps experienced five wars in ten years, and came home with severe PTSD. Today on Word of Mouth, he discusses founding the Veterans Writing Project, and the power of the written word in coping with the psychic wounds of war. Then, from Scottish bag pipes in the mid-18<sup>th</sup> century to Metallica in the mid-2000s, we’ll take a brief tour through the history of music as a weapon of war. Plus, a diehard Oasis fan is forced to admit that the band’s rivalry with Blur has unfairly colored his perception for the past 20 years.</p><p>Listen to the full show and click <strong>Read more </strong>for individual segments</p><p> Wed, 21 May 2014 16:11:12 +0000 Word of Mouth 48826 at http://nhpr.org 5.21.14: The Veterans Writing Project, Music Rivalries, And Making "Exile On Main Street" From The Archives: Shakespeare's 450th http://nhpr.org/post/archives-shakespeares-450th <p>On the 450th&nbsp;anniversary of the birth of the language's greatest&nbsp;writer, it seems appropriate to reflect on the work of William Shakespeare.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:00:59 +0000 Andrew Parrella 47265 at http://nhpr.org From The Archives: Shakespeare's 450th The Trip To Echo Spring: On Writers And Drinking http://nhpr.org/post/trip-echo-spring-writers-and-drinking <p> The idea of writing a book about writers who drank too much sounds a little like shooting fish in a barrel. The relationship between addiction and creativity remains somewhat mythic…and frequently mimicked. Remarkably talented writers and champion boozers like John Cheever, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Tennessee Williams drank through successes and failures and kept going even as their creativity crumbled and their lives circled the drain.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Olivia Laing</strong> traveled across the U.S. to follow the paths of six famous literary alcoholics, two of whom ended up suicides, the others dead by middle age. Her new book is called <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/29/books/review/the-trip-to-echo-spring-by-olivia-laing.html?_r=0" target="_blank">“The Trip to Echo Spring”.</a></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 17:32:20 +0000 Virginia Prescott 41957 at http://nhpr.org The Trip To Echo Spring: On Writers And Drinking Sherlock Holmes, Zen Master? http://nhpr.org/post/sherlock-holmes-zen-master <p>Enthusiasm for the fictional British detective is hardly new. When Sir Arthur Conan Doyle killed off Sherlock Holmes in an 1893 issue of Strand magazine, 20,000 readers canceled their subscriptions. Doyle succumbed and revived the character in dozens more stories before his own death in 1930. While the appeal of Sherlock Holmes coincided with the rise of popular science in the late Victorian era, today’s Sherlock-mania may be connected to a more 21<sup>st</sup> century concept: mindfulness. Wed, 01 Jan 2014 19:00:00 +0000 Virginia Prescott 20574 at http://nhpr.org Have The Works Of Shakespeare Been Played Out? http://nhpr.org/post/have-works-shakespeare-been-played-out <p>For more than four hundred years, the works of William Shakespeare have given us language to describe the human condition. The Bard’s works have been interpreted on countless stages, film and television adaptations, and pulled apart in classrooms and campuses all over the world. As the theses count and analyses dedicated to Shakespeare continue to grow, a few academics question if there’s anything new to say about Shakespeare. That’s also the <a href="http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/features/is-there-anything-new-to-say-about-shakespeare/2007545.article" target="_blank">title of an article</a> by <strong>Matthew Reisz, </strong>reporter and features writer for the Times of London’s Higher Education blog, covering intellectual affairs in the arts and social sciences.</p><p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 18:01:57 +0000 Virginia Prescott 37646 at http://nhpr.org Have The Works Of Shakespeare Been Played Out? Susan Snively: Jumbo And Little Phil: Emily Dickinson's Romance With Otis Phillips Lord http://nhpr.org/post/susan-snively-jumbo-and-little-phil-emily-dickinsons-romance-otis-phillips-lord <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden view-mode-full"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p> Sun, 01 Sep 2013 19:00:00 +0000 32227 at http://nhpr.org Susan Snively: Jumbo And Little Phil: Emily Dickinson's Romance With Otis Phillips Lord We Are Literally Obsessed With Contranyms http://nhpr.org/post/we-are-literally-obsessed-contranyms <p>The recent outrage over Google providing the WRONG—in our humble opinion—definition of <a href="http://theoatmeal.com/comics/literally">literally</a> as a viable one, got the digital team thinking about other words whose meanings have changed over time. These so called ‘Janus Words’ or ‘<a href="http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2012/06/contronyms/" target="_blank">contranyms</a>’ are single words that have two opposite, but ostensibly correct, meanings. Thu, 15 Aug 2013 18:11:13 +0000 Logan Shannon 33242 at http://nhpr.org We Are Literally Obsessed With Contranyms What It's Like To Play Mr. Darcy At Jane Austen Summer Camp http://nhpr.org/post/what-its-play-mr-darcy-jane-austen-summer-camp <p>This year marks 200 years since the publication of Jane Austen’s <em>Pride and Prejudice</em>. Britain has been celebrating all things Austen…from a proposal that the author’s portrait <a href="http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/jane-austen-favourite-appear-ten-pound-1992773">will grace the new ten-pound note</a>…to <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/08/colin-firth-statue-_n_3560922.html">erecting a giant replica</a> of Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy emerging from a river in Hyde Park.</p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 16:49:02 +0000 Virginia Prescott 31809 at http://nhpr.org What It's Like To Play Mr. Darcy At Jane Austen Summer Camp Margot Adler: Vampires, Morality And The Fate Of The Planet http://nhpr.org/post/margot-adler-vampires-morality-and-fate-planet <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden view-mode-full"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>After the illness and death of her late husband, acclaimed author and National Public Radio correspondent Margot Adler began to read vampire novels as a meditation on mortality. This meditation soon became an obsession. Adler has read over 250 such novels ranging from teen to adult, from detective to romance, from gothic to modern. "Every society creates the vampire it needs," wrote the feminist scholar Nina Auerbach. Sun, 21 Jul 2013 19:00:00 +0000 32206 at http://nhpr.org Margot Adler: Vampires, Morality And The Fate Of The Planet Because It's Pretty Hard to Catch a Pyramid http://nhpr.org/post/because-its-pretty-hard-catch-pyramid <p>Simple, universal, playable, the ball is among the most recognizable artifacts of human culture. It’s also the driver of an estimated five-hundred-billion- dollar- a-year sports industry. Harvard anthropologist <a href="http://www.portersquarebooks.com/event/john-fox-ball-discovering-object-game" target="_blank">John Fox</a> set off on a global adventure and dug into the ancient past to uncover the origins and evolution of our favorite ball games. His book is called <a href="https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/john-fox/ball/" target="_blank"><em>The Ball: Discovering the Object of the Game</em>.</a> We discussed the book with John last year when the book was released.</p><p> Tue, 28 May 2013 15:27:35 +0000 Virginia Prescott 4394 at http://nhpr.org Because It's Pretty Hard to Catch a Pyramid Clamoring For Tolstoy...In Juvie? http://nhpr.org/post/clamoring-tolstoyin-juvie <p><a href="http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2013-05-12/local/39210735_1_prison-officials-george-mason-university-u-va">“Books Behind Bars”</a> is program which pairs undergraduates from the University of Virginia with inmates at the <a href="http://www.djj.virginia.gov/Facilities.aspx?FacilityID=138">Beaumont Juvenile Correctional Center </a>to read classic Russian literature. Prison staff notice a marked change in behavior among inmates who take the class, and researchers have documented similar improvements in decision-making, social skill, and civic engagement among prisoners <u>and</u> undergrads who participate in the class.</p><p> Tue, 21 May 2013 14:22:45 +0000 Virginia Prescott 27892 at http://nhpr.org Clamoring For Tolstoy...In Juvie? Dusting Off The Classics: Why You Should Revisit Your High School Reading List http://nhpr.org/post/dusting-classics-why-you-should-revisit-your-high-school-reading-list <p><strong><a href="http://www.kevinsmokler.com/#sthash.0J4LD45Y.dpbs" target="_blank">Kevin Smokler</a></strong> is setting out to resurrect America’s long-ago encounters. Works such as <em><a href="http://www.neabigread.org/books/greatgatsby/" target="_blank">The Great Gatsby</a>, <a href="http://www.neabigread.org/books/fahrenheit451/" target="_blank">Fahrenheit 451</a> and <a href="http://www.bartleby.com/129/" target="_blank">Bartleby: The Scrivener</a></em>, skimmed and discarded by 15 year-old high school hands in days of yore, are being taken off the shelf, dusted off, and re-explored by the same pair of older, more experienced eyes. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kevin-smokler/10-classic-high-school-re_b_2883891.html" target="_blank">By compiling a list</a> of fifty high school “classics”, <strong>Kevin </strong>spent ten months re-reading the stories that have become distant, unquestionable deities in the eyes of many middle-aged Americans. What he found was profound; and in some ways, unexpected. <strong>Kevin, </strong>now 39, amassed his thoughts and findings in his new book <em><a href="http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781616146566" target="_blank">Practical Classics: Fifty Reasons to Reread Fifty Books You Haven’t Touched Since High School</a></em>.</p><p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 13:45:07 +0000 Virginia Prescott 25550 at http://nhpr.org Dusting Off The Classics: Why You Should Revisit Your High School Reading List Is 'In Cold Blood' Tainted By Found Documents? http://nhpr.org/post/cold-blood-tainted-found-documents <p>Nearly half a century ago, Truman Capote’s <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_Cold_Blood"><em>In Cold Blood</em></a> detailed the savage murder of the Clutter family in Holcomb, Kansas. That book is regarded as a literary landmark… the first so-called “nonfiction novel” that brought the true crime genre to the mainstream and cemented Capote’s celebrity status. It’s inspired three films, among them, “Capote,” in 2005, which earned a best actor Oscar for Philip Seymour Hoffman.</p><p> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 17:30:29 +0000 Virginia Prescott 22217 at http://nhpr.org Is 'In Cold Blood' Tainted By Found Documents? "The Hobbit": A Scholar's Perspective http://nhpr.org/post/hobbit-scholars-perspective <p><strong>Corey Olsen, </strong>English Professor at Washington College and author of the book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/054773946X">“Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit”</a>, discusses the lasting appeal and tonal evolution of the classic children’s novel.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p> Mon, 10 Dec 2012 19:24:37 +0000 Taylor Quimby 18198 at http://nhpr.org "The Hobbit": A Scholar's Perspective Exploring the End of the World http://nhpr.org/post/exploring-end-world <p>If you don’t believe in <a href="http://www.webexhibits.org/calendars/calendar-mayan.html#anchor-long-count">Mayan calendars</a>, and you’re not too worried about the next rapture that supposed to happen, then you’re probably not too concerned about the world ending anytime soon. But has the thought ever crossed your mind? Wed, 14 Nov 2012 15:40:32 +0000 Virginia Prescott 16833 at http://nhpr.org Exploring the End of the World