Lewis Carroll’s mysterious (and creepy) infatuation with the real Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland is perhaps one of the most iconic children’s stories of all time. Whether you are most familiar with the classic 1865 novel with its detailed black and white sketches, the dark, twisted, live-action movie version with its…

Yoga books you should be reading

BY: NADIA ZAIDI Yoga is one of the most promising approaches to relaxation, stress reduction, and physical and spiritual betterment. Its holistic approach has popularized it in the western world. Despite its emergence, misconceptions regarding yoga’s perceived mysticism remain. Some…

The books that were once banned in America illustrate how social norms have progressed

  BY: JESSICA BEUKER Every year there are challenges made against certain pieces of literature. People fight to have books removed from school curriculums, classrooms, libraries, and even bookstores. The biggest reasons for challenges made against books are topics of…

7 short stories that will turn you into a literary master over lunch

BY: ROB HOFFMAN A Good Man is Hard to Find By: Flannery O’Connor This piece of classic southern gothic literature offers a commentary on the fickle definition of morality. A family trip turns sour as the grandmother tries to persuade…

The 9 most powerful paragraphs in literature will give you a compass to enlightenment

BY: TYLER FYFE Those who read understand— literature is meant to nourish a starved reality with fresh perspective. Because outlook is a fragile thing. The mundanity of work, the blandness of a tired relationship, the familiarity of experience can lead…

Iowa Barber is encouraging children to read by giving free haircuts to kids that read him stories

BY: KASSANDRA DZIKEWICZ Courtney Holmes is not your typical barber – he is a role model to the children of his community. With school resuming in the upcoming weeks he has taken initiative in preparing children for the first day…

This man was homeless for 35 years until a Facebook page turned him into a published poet

BY: MELISSA GONZALEZ “Dammed is the man who abandons himself.” – Raimundo Arruda Sobrinho After 35 years of being homeless, life for the 77-year-old Raimundo Sobrinho began again. He sat at the same street corner in São Paulo for years,…

If your life feels grey, this Bukowski poem read by Tom Waits will breathe life back into you

BY: THE PLAID ZEBRA In 1999, Ron Rosenbaum observed that no books were more frequently shoplifted from Barnes & Noble stores than Charles Bukowski’s. His writing was a ballad to the underdog, a light at the other end of the…