The book of modern love

Henri Beyle, better known as Stendhal, thought of his novels as lottery tickets. Success, for him, meant finding readers in a more or less distant future. It is fair to say that Le Rouge et le Noir (The Red and the Black), published to mixed acclaim in 1830, ultimately proved a winning ticket. In recent … Read more

Writing An Unconventional Love Story In Young Adult Fiction, a guest post by Kate Stollenwerck 

My debut novelHello, Goodbye, has many elements at play— adventure, mystery, humor, and romance—but, at its core, lies a love story. But the great love of this tale isn’t romantic love, but rather the pure, unconditional love shared between a grandparent and grandchild. I first had the idea for this love story over twenty years … Read more

“A Language So Musical and Magical”: On Volodymyr Rafeyenko’s “Mondegreen: Songs about Death and Love”

AUGUST 1, 2022 ONCE, WHEN HER MOTHER was reading her poems from an 18th-century book of popular ballads, American writer Sylvia Wright had a curious auditory experience. The words “laid him on the green” were transformed in her ears into “Lady Mondegreen,” an error to which she admitted publicly in a 1954 article in Harper’s … Read more

Love Me Like a Rock

JULY 28, 2022 LAST YEAR, my gentle giant rescue dog, Dempsey, fell in love with a rock. I discovered it while tide pooling near the surf shack me and my then-boyfriend moved into months before. Wading in ankle-deep water, I gathered up the iridescent shells of mussels and crabs who had abandoned their homes as … Read more

Love me, love my dog

“From cadavers to collaborators in little more than a hundred years”: this is how the zoologist and science writer Jules Howard describes the greatly transformed role of dogs in scientific research over time. In Wonderdog: How the science of dogs changed the science of lifehe explores how dogs have been studied, carving out a new … Read more

Getting Children with Learning Differences to Love Books, a guest post by Alma Fullerton

When I go into schools and speak to children, the first thing I ask is, “Who here likes to read?” Everyone puts up their hands. Then I ask, “Who here is lying about liking to read?” There are usually a lot of laughs and a lot of hands up. Once the laughter dies down, I … Read more

Religion of love

Around 1180, two of the greatest Arab thinkers met in Spain. The philosopher Averroes had heard of a young man who had visions at night: Ibn ‘Arabi was probably no more than fifteen years old, but he was well educated as the son of a courtier in Murcia, so he was awed by the interest … Read more