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How a Black writer in 19th-century America used humor to combat...

Rodney Taylor, University of South Carolina Any writer has to struggle with the dilemma of staying true to their...

Space Force sounds like a joke thanks to pop culture –...

Wendy Whitman Cobb, US Air Force School of Advanced Air and Space Studies The U.S. Space Force has a...

How Hemingway felt about fatherhood

Verna Kale, Pennsylvania State University Ernest Hemingway was affectionately called “Papa,” but what kind of dad was he? In my role as Associate Editor of the...

How the ‘good guy with a gun’ became a deadly American...

Susanna Lee, Georgetown University At the end of May, it happened again. A mass shooter killed 12 people, this time at a municipal center in...

What big data can tell us about how a book becomes...

Albert-László Barabási, Northeastern University The average American reads 12 or 13 books a year, but with over 3 million books in print, the choices they...

How female protagonists have changed – and stayed the same –...

Kelly Roberts, Meredith College Strong female protagonists in young adult fiction are nothing new. From Nancy Drew to Annemarie Johansen – Lois Lowry’s selfless heroine...

How a young Ernest Hemingway dealt with his first taste of...

Verna Kale, Pennsylvania State University When he published “The Sun Also Rises” in 1926, Ernest Hemingway was well-known among the expatriate literati of Paris and...

Techniques of 19th-century fake news reporter teach us why we fall...

Petra S. McGillen, Dartmouth College Donald Trump appears to have a straightforward definition of fake news: Stories that are critical of him or...

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The science of gift wrapping explains why sloppy is better

Erick M. Mas, Vanderbilt University They say appearances can be deceiving. In the case of gift giving, they might be right. Consumers in the U.S. spend...