Miscellaneous | Education

Thanks To Modern Snobs, Classic Books Are 'Gone With The Wind'

Growth stems from discomfort. If classic books are removed from public consumption and discourse, then personal growth will stagnate.

Entertainment | Entertainment

The 100 Best, Worst, and Strangest Sherlock Holmes Portrayals of All-Time, Ranked

We’re ranking Sherlock Holmes performances. One hundred of them. Not Sherlock Holmes adaptations, but the representations within them of Sherlock Holmes himself. Now, you might think that you…

Books | Books

Flannery O'Connor should be studied, not cancelled, scholar tells Loyola leaders

Professor Angela Alaimo O’Donnell has studied Flannery O’Connor, an American Catholic author from the South, rather extensively. She wrote a book on O’Connor’s treatment of racial issues specifically, entitled “Radical Ambivalence: Race in Flannery O’Conn

Books | Books

Why Little Women Still Matters, More Than 150 Years Later | Mental Floss

Louisa May Alcott's 'Little Women' has been adapted more than two dozen times, for film and television but also for the stage, as an opera, and as a Japanese anime series. This year, it will get another update courtesy of Greta Gerwig. What makes the tale

Politics | Woke Insanity

Laura Ingalls Wilder's name removed over racism concerns

Her work "includes expressions of stereotypical attitudes inconsistent with the core values" of the organization.

News | News

Tom Wolfe, New York and New Journalism Legend, Dies at 88

In a city of people who wear black, the man in the white suit.

Books | Books

22 Classic Novels That Won't Bore You To Death

Fifty Shades versus the book she told you not to worry about.

Books | Books

How the Rise of Paperback Books Turned To Kill a Mockingbird Into a Literary Classic

If you read Harper Lee's novel in school, it wasn't entirely because of the book's stellar literary value (though it has that, too).

History | History

Do We Actually Know What Shakespeare Looked Like? | Mental Floss

Test your knowledge with amazing and interesting facts, trivia, quizzes, and brain teaser games on MentalFloss.com.

Books | Books

10 Literary Classics Every Business Leader Should Read | Inc.com

If you only stick to business books and biographies, you're not learning as much as you could.

Miscellaneous | Interesting Links

As Faulkner Lay Drinking - The Daily Beast

A look at the award-winning author’s complex relationship with liquor and writing.

Books | Books

45 Everyday Phrases Coined By Shakespeare | Anglophenia | BBC America

[caption id="attachment_118801" align="aligncenter" width="612"] William Shakespeare (Pic: AP Images)[/caption] April 23rd is generally considered to be a good day to celebrate the birth of...

News | Interesting Links

From 'Avatar' to 'Jurassic Park,' 'Beowulf' to 'Jaws,' All Stories Are the Same

From Avatar to The Wizard of Oz, Aristotle to Shakespeare, there’s one clear form that dramatic storytelling has followed since its inception.

Entertainment | Entertain Me

Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese Reteam for 'Devil in the White City'

EXCLUSIVE: A killer role that Leonardo DiCaprio has wanted to play for a long time is finally coming to the forefront.

Entertainment | Entertain Me

‘Go Set a Watchman’ Shows Literary Hero Atticus Finch’s Dark Side

In the classic book and iconic film “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Atticus Finch stood as a towering symbol of morality, courage and wisdom. A new book by author Harper Lee now casts him in a different light. In the book “Go Set a Watchman,” to be relea

History | History

When Arthur Conan Doyle Tried Solving a Real Mystery | Mental Floss

Doyle, who was born 156 years ago today, had found himself embroiled in a case that captured worldwide media attention for the fact that he, and not his famous sleuth, was trying to solve it. In 1906, a man named George Edalji was freed from prison after being sentenced for the crime of animal cruelty.

Books | Chicago Readers

Secret Libraries of Chicago

Illinois Week on Atlas Obscura was created in partnership with Enjoy Illinois as part of the launch of the new Illinois Obscura Society. Sign up to find out...

Books | Books

Harper Lee, Author of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ Is to Publish a Second Novel - NYTimes.com

Harper Lee, the reclusive author of the beloved best-selling novel “To Kill a Mockingbird,” will publish a second novel in July, her publisher announced Tuesday.

Entertainment | Entertainment

Worthy of Gryffindor: How to Become Friends with Harry Potter | Mental Floss

By the time Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the fourth book in the Harry Potter saga, was published in 2000, the series had already become a smashing success.

Books | Chicago Readers

How One Man Ripped Off Millions in Rare Maps, Including in Chicago

Michael Blanding's book "The Map Thief" describes E. Forbes Smiley III's pilfering at Newberry Library.

News | In The News

Legendary author Maya Angelou dies at age 86

Maya Angelou, a novelist, actress and educator, died at age 86, her literary agent, Helen Brann, said Wednesday.