The Big Read Blog (Archive)

David Kipen

Public domain image of Zora Neale Hurston from the Library of Congress. Zora Neale Hurston: Anthropologist. Storyteller. Playwright. Writer Alice Walker notes on this Big Read audio guide that Hurston, in Their Eyes Were Watching God, "takes a black community, because that’s what she grew up in,...
Washington, DC Photo of Dashiell Hammett courtesy of Josephine Hammett. Many argue over whether Dashiell Hammett or Ernest Hemingway first developed the sparse, crisp style that?s been associated with their writing. Though no one knows the answer, one thing?s for sure--- The Maltese Falcon is the...
August 7 , 2009 Washington, DC A look at what's in my bag today. Here's the final installment in our series of responses to the prompt: " Marching into battle?literally or metaphorically?what things might you carry? It's your choice to tell or not to tell why you select what you do." I'll lead off...