Sunrise at Walden Pond

by Francis McGovern The morning was a time that offered much to Henry David Thoreau and Walden Pond seemed a […]

My Own Walden

A few years ago, I had a co-worker who was forever being reprimanded for reading on the job. As his customers clamored for their Vegetable Alfredo’s and Pork Cutlet’s, he hid in the waiter’s lounge squinting at a tiny copy of Henry David Thoreau’s book, Walden. Although Eric was continually warned, the manager never took the book away from him adding, “I’ve read it twice.” “Twice,” Eric echoed in awe. Always one for a challenge, I bought a copy of Walden and joined Eric in his rogue reading sessions, helping fulfill Thoreau’s prophecy that readers would “come to this page to spend borrowed or stolen time, robbing your creditors of an hour.”

An Encounter with William Stafford

A life that gives rise to 51 books in the short span of 79 years can certainly be regarded as literary. William Stafford lived such a life.

Barry Hannah’s Late Love Song to Mississippi: “Get Some Young”

By William Caverlee. In devising his strange fictions, Mississippi’s Barry Hannah was nearer to a poet and musician than a […]

Hemingway in the Snow

Hemingway’s tracks in the snow are easy to follow. This was the Hemingway of the 20’s. Back from the Great War, Hemingway was still on his way. A reporter based in Paris for the Toronto Star, a roving correspondent writing down what he saw in typical staccato sentences; he was juggling a vast appetite for life and a tiny budget.

10 Must-Watch Page-to-Screen Adaptations for Film Buffs

By Wesley Sharer Award show season is just beginning, and as we look forward to the Oscars (and the Fauxscars), […]

Ender’s Game — What to Expect from the Film Adaptation

By Wesley Sharer Ender’s Game, which we recommended as part of our Summer Reading Challenge, is a 1985 science fiction […]

Lauramania: A Tour of De Smet, South Dakota

By Teresa Bergen I was halfway through the tour before I realized I’d read the wrong Little House book to […]

Betty Smith Knew Brooklyn

By Amy Hamblen Growing up in the Midwest, my childhood was a whirl of swimming in strip pits, hunting for […]

Movie Review: On the Road

By Wes Newbury A brief reflection on literature, and an even briefer one on the movie, On the Road. Jack Kerouac’s On […]