The Western Flyer: Steinbeck’s Boat Flying Through Time

The compass simply represents the ideal, present but unachievable, and sight-steering a compromise with perfection which allows your boat to exist at all. —The Log from the Sea of Cortez In Port Townsend—a charming, coastal town nestled in the northeastern end of the Olympic Peninsula—a piece of literary and biological history is being remastered and preserved.…

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Jack Kerouac: American Literary Baddie to the Stars

Today we’re going to talk about an American legend: Jack Kerouac. Jack was a pretty amazing writer, not just in the work he created but also in his methodology for doing so. Like so many of us, he was not a big fan of the revision and re-write process. He was also invested in the New…

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A Library of Irish Gold: Contemporary Irish Authors

This St. Patrick’s Day bring on the corned beef and cabbage…and books! In honor of this wonderful holiday, we thought we’d focus on literature from Ireland. Even if you’re familiar with books that hail from the Irish lands, hopefully you’ll learn something new about these authors and the origins of their works. So sit back, pour yourself a cuppa’,…

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Edgar Allan Poe Un-Masqued: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Gothic Writer

You’d be hard-pressed to find a student that doesn’t enjoy (or, at the very least, find interesting) one of Edgar Allan Poe’s short stories—even if you polled the most literature-hating students, they’d still be able to quoth the raven everslightly. Poe’s stories and poems have a unique staying power with many readers, whether they’re keen on his Dark Romantic writing or hungry…

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Exquisite Commencement Speeches by Famous Authors

A lot of the literary geniuses who penned the eNotes top one hundred literary works are dead—but a surprising number of them aren’t, and have thankfully stuck around long enough to see the invention of YouTube. Check out the funny, profound, tragic, and sometimes surprising revelations offered by the authors you think you know in their…

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