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Sparkbox Foundry Article

Friday is Coming! The Scientific Case for Why Programming is so Darned Satisfying

The process of solving a programming challenge turns out to follow The Hero's Journey story structure, a pattern our brains recognize and reward.


Book Review

The Overneath

In this fantastical collection, flawed characters face the unintended consequences of their actions.


Book Review

Beast: A Novel

A deeply philosophical tale that explores the grey areas between reality and fantasy.


Book Review

The Wake: A Novel

Powerless, damaged, and damned, Buccmaster of Holland is an unsettling character and his story is as disturbingly human as they come.


Book Review

Up the Hill to Home

Yacovissi shines in her descriptions of daily life, whether that life is taking place in Civil War-era Washington as Jubal Early and his Confederate troops are closing in, or in the crowded mid-1930s household that Lillie calls home as the book begins.


Interview

An Interview with Contributor, Rick DeMarinis

We recently interviewed Rick DeMarinis, whose story “Afternoon in Byzantium” ran in The Antioch Review, 2014 summer all-fiction issue and garnered the Review recognition as a finalist in the fiction category of the 2015 National Magazine Awards from the American Society of Magazine Editors.


Interview

An Interview with O. Henry Prize Winner, Asako Serizawa

We recently interviewed Asako Serizawa, author of The Visitor, which appeared in our Summer 2011 (Volume 69, Number 3) issue and which won an O. Henry Prize award in 2013.


Short Story

Manassas

Later, she would look back on that day and remember the carnage, the broken men with mangled bodies who staggered past and scared her half to death.


Interview

Being a Fiction First Reader at The Antioch Review: An Interview with Katy Bowman

On average, nine readers cull through the approximately 3,000 per year fiction submissions looking for the thirty or so that will ultimately end up on the pages of The Antioch Review. These readers do a close reading of the submitted stories, find the ones they like, and send them on to editor, Robert Fogarty, who makes the final decision. The Antioch Review is grateful for all its first readers and thought you might like an inside look at how just one of them, Katy Bowman, approaches this important task.


Blog Post

Revisiting Old Friends

Re-reading books can be like visiting an old friend you haven’t seen in years. Sometimes you pick up the conversation like you’d never lost touch. Other times you share awkward silences while trying to think of an excuse to leave early.


Book Review

Lessons and Love: My One Square Inch of Alaska

Ms. Short’s book is full of hard-won lessons. “The biggest turns in life come when you’re paying the least attention,” MayJune, a character in the novel, tells Donna, “making small choices you don’t yet know will change everything.” And, indeed, this novel is very much about the choices we make in our lives and how we must work hard to make sure those choices move us closer to our dreams.


Blog Post

Books Beat Boredom

When I was a kid, we took a lot of road trips. That meant spending several hours in a car—sometimes the entire day—which added up to a lot of boredom. Especially for me, since I get motion sickness and basically can’t do much while a car is moving except look out the window. Reading was definitely out of the question.


Book Review

Heroes, Villains, and Vincent: A Charming Tale of Becoming Your Own Person

Heroes, Villains, and Vincent, written by Trenton Payne and illustrated by Shahab Shamshirsaz, is a picture book about the decision everyone has to make sooner or later about the kind of person they want to be. Poor Vincent, he has it harder than most. He loves having two families, but each one wants him to be something completely different. Super hero or super villain? How is a boy to choose?


Book Review

Mishegas of Motherhood: Parenting Lessons from a Jewish Perspective that We Can All Learn From

Ms. Grossman’s humor and down-to-earth approach to parenting and life are entertaining and refreshing. In a world that is increasingly bent on “perfection,” she encourages us all to slow down and enjoy the beauty and mishegas of daily life with children


Blog Post

A Good Mystery to Carry You Away

A few years back I picked up the first book in Jacqueline Winspear’s Maisie Dobbs mystery series because I liked the picture on the cover. I needed a book that would carry me away and it looked like it would do the trick. A simple image of a woman from the 1920s in a cloche hat? Perfect. And I was not disappointed.


Blog Post

Fun with Language and Naughty Characters

In the last few months, my daughter has become enthralled by the stories of Beatrix Potter. Just writing that sentence makes me happy. I loved Potter’s stories when I was younger. My favorite was always The Tale of Benjamin Bunny. The funny thing is, I can’t remember why. I think maybe because he got into trouble. Which makes me laugh, because it is the exact same reason my daughter has fallen in love with the books, too.


Blog Post

Hey, that's not like it was in the movie...

I have to say, I was proud of my son when we took him to see The Hobbit a couple of months ago. “That wasn’t in the book,” he said several times during the movie. My husband had read him the book a few months before, and he is only five, so the fact that he remembered so much detail was impressive. I don’t know that I could remember that much detail about what happened to me the day before, let alone what happened in a book I read six months ago. Clearly, it had made an impression.


Blog Post

A Terrible Omission

Rise of the Guardians is based on the Guardians of Childhood series of books by William Joyce. In the movie and the books Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman, and other familiar childhood icons become guardians of the children of Earth, bringing them joy and protecting them from Pitch, the nightmare king. The movie tells the story of Jack Frost and his transformation from a mischievous spirit into a guardian and, in the process, finding his center–the meaning of his life.


Blog Post

Have You Met Bink and Gollie

Kate DiCamillo, Alison McGhee, and Tony Fucile have created two characters that from the first page of Bink and Gollie secured a place in my heart. The two books (so far, I am hoping for more)—Bink and Gollie and Bink And Gollie, Two for One–celebrate the friendship of these two girls and send them off on adventures: roller skating, having a “compromise bonanza,” taking a goldfish to the movies, an unfortunate encounter with the whack-a-duck man at the state fair, and finding their destiny, among others.


Blog Post

Let's Go to the Movies

I don’t know about you all, but I usually have at least three books going at one time, if not more. It makes for a pretty frenetic reading schedule, but there are so many books out there I can’t wait to start reading, and so I don’t. However, sometimes I just want to be immersed in the story and be able to experience it from beginning to end in a couple of hours. This is what makes book-to-movie adaptations so great.


Blog Post

Books to Share

Before I had even met my husband, I was buying books for our kids. Our future kids, I should say—they wouldn’t be born for another eight years. But I was twenty, working in a bookstore, and there they were, treasures from my childhood. Aw heck, who am I kidding? I bought them for myself.


Essay

The Last Poem I Loved: Revolutionary Letter #1 by Diane DiPrima

The summer I turned 19, after my first year of college, I took off, leaving behind my small midwestern campus, to work in a gift shop in Yosemite National Park. That’s a whole other story, and maybe someday I’ll tell it, but for now it’s enough to know that I was there. And that one night, some friends and I decided to take a trip to San Francisco on our day off.


Essay

Katy Bowman: The Last Book I Loved, Breakfast at Tiffany's

I have tried for the better part of three days to figure out how to write this review/adoration. I wanted to write some grand theory or expound on some deep wisdom gained through the reading of this book. I wanted to write something about this book that hadn’t already been written.