#Essays

How Cookbooks Helped Me Reconnect With Food

How cookbooks helped one reader stop seeing food as necessary but stress-inducing, approaching it now with love and appreciation.

In Defense of the Fast Burn Romance

The fast burn romance can be the definition of mess, making it an extremely appealing romance trope.

In Defense of Recommending Books You Haven’t Read

Whether you're talking to a bookseller or watching a TikTok, you may be getting a rec from someone who hasn't read the book. And that's okay.

Queer Books from 2021 You Might Have Missed — And Why We Need to Talk About Them

Genres of Literature Popular in Languages That Aren’t English

Get to know four genres popular in countries where English isn't the predominant language, including wuxia, Polish noir, and more.

What Is Literary Character Licensing?

Winnie-the-Pooh, which just entered the public domain, paved the way for modern literary character licensing. Here's what you need to know.

Fixating on Cult Books: Why Do They Obsess Us?

A reader examines the appeal and impact of cult books, reads that create a cultural moment and inspire continuous devotion for years.

The Value of Listening to Poetry on Audio

A reader reflects on the experience of listening to poetry on audio, and the impact of listening to a poet read their words aloud.

Edith Wharton: Horror Writer

Edith Wharton may best be known for THE AGE OF INNOCENCE and THE HOUSE OF MIRTH, but her haunting, spectral tales are what I love the most.

An English Major’s Guide to Relearning How to Read for Pleasure

If you majored in English, you read a lot. But how did it impact your pleasure reading? We've got a guide to rekindling that joy.