Sam Sianis, owner of the Billy Goat Tavern in Chicago, on the field prior to a 1984 National League playoff game.
No team in sports has inspired better literature than the hapless Chicago Cubs. The oeuvre includes a little-known tale by W.P. Kinsella: 'The Last Pennant Before Armageddon.'
The newfound celebrity.
Some advice to Man Booker winner Paul Beatty on how to cope with his newfound fame.
Anarchists old and new are populating film and TV a lot at the moment – reflecting the profound anxiety of the times.
What counts as literature? It's less to do with genre than we think.
Okri (left) and Liam Bell right)
University of Stirling/Jim Mailer
It begins and ends with tone, according to the Nigerian writer.
A portrait of Indian poet and musician Rabindranath Tagore.
In 1913, an Indian literary giant named Rabindranath Tagore was the first non-white person to win the literature prize. He wrote over 2,000 songs and, like Dylan's, they still resonate today.
Author Gabriel García Márquez – the first Colombian to win a Nobel prize, for literature – also dreamed of peace.
From the yellow butterflies of his 'Hundred Years of Solitude' to his Nobel acceptance speech, author Gabriel García Márquez remains ever present in his country's peace process.
The gender of the writer can cause some readers to change their analysis of a novel.
The unmasking of Charlotte Brontë changed the way that her books were read.
The acclaimed Neapolitan series.
The unmasking of the real author of the Neapolitan series was an act of vandalism.
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The young adult novel "Eleanor & Park" is a frequent target for book challengers. But swears and sex aside, there's something deeply subversive – and important – about this controversial book.
Carl Rahl’s Orestes Pursued by the Furies (1852).
The tale of a married woman who joins her lover in Paris, The Beauties and Furies is a modernist classic. Like Joyce's Ulysses, the action is concentrated in one city, but dreams are nightmarish in this city of night, not light.
Unlike Dr Strangelove, few people learned to love the bomb – but it changed society nonetheless.
Think the Cold War is over? It may be, but its effects still cast a long shadow over society.
We need women to participate equally in science fiction’s conversations about humanity’s future.
Science fiction is a popular and lucrative genre – but most authors are men and relatable female characters are sadly lacking. Given this entrenched sexism, it's time for publishers to take affirmative action.
The debates surrounding the 9/11 novel have been as informative as the novels themselves.
The search for a quintessentially Australian novel has turned up a formidable shortlist.
All five novels explore alienation. But each is remarkably readable; with a wonderful sense of story and its elements: character, pacing, setting and yes, even plot.
Portrait of Fyodor Dostoyevsky, by Vasily Perov (1872).
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When penning his novel 'Demons,' Fyodor Dostoevsky was influenced by political turmoil in Russia. But his impulsive, crass antagonist bears a striking similarity to the GOP's candidate for president.
Icelandic sagas are under-appreciated in the world of European literature.
Oscar Wergeland [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Family feuds, love affairs, empire writing back to the motherland - the medieval Icelandic saga have it all. Though less known than other classics of European literature they richly deserve a place among the best.
Perfect poolside fiction.
Get your summer reading recommendations from the literature and crime professors themselves.
Is there weight to claims that reading can make you a better person – or are they just tall tales?
Portrait of Miriam Tlali as part of Adrian Steirn’s 21 Icons South Africa project. Date: 15.10.2014.
Adrian Steirn/Courtesy of 21 Icons South Africa
A South African novel, published in 1980 and dealing with the Soweto student uprising four years earlier, still provides lessons for students today.