8 Best Articles on Literature
The most useful articles on literature from around the web—beginners to advanced—curated by thought leaders and our community. We focus on timeless pieces and update the list whenever we discover new, must-read articles or videos—make sure to bookmark and revisit this page.
Top 5 Literature Articles
At a glance: these are the articles that have been most read, shared, and saved on literature by Refind users in 2023 so far.
- How to gain more from your reading
- The death of literature
- The Antilibrary: Why Unread Books Are The Most Important -
- The Physical Traits that Define Men and Women in Literature
- Native Lit is more than a marketing term
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How to gain more from your reading
There’s more to words than meets the eye. Deepen your appreciation of literature through the art of slow, attentive reading
«From reading deeply, you gain experience as well as knowledge: you gain from reading literary works in all their unique particularity.»
Short on time? Check out these useful short articles on literature—all under 10 minutes.
The Antilibrary: Why Unread Books Are The Most Important -
The antidote to overconfidence is our relationship with knowledge. The antilibrary is the solution according to Nassim Taleb.
«we underestimate the value of what we don’t know and overvalue what we do know, we fundamentally misunderstand the likelihood of surprises.»
Native Lit is more than a marketing term
Its use is just another fence, and we’re busting them down.
How Much Medieval Literature Has Been Lost?
An ecological model suggests islands are better at preserving literature as well as species
American Literature is a History of the Nation’s Libraries
The history of American literature is the history of the nation’s libraries. These have changed over time, from mere depositories of books meant for circulation where patrons, driven by taste and c…
The Physical Traits that Define Men and Women in Literature
An analysis of 2,000 books and how body parts are described, by gender.
These are some of the most-read long-form articles on literature.
The death of literature
We have fallen out of love with good writing
«The paradox of this mystic inner quality is that its depth gets expressed by what we think of as a superficial quality: style.»
The Favorite Literary Work of Every Country Visualized on a World Map
Begun by user "BackForward24" and crowdsourced through Reddit, this map of the world illustrates the most beloved/popular book of each country by pasting a scan of the book cover over its space on the…
We monitor hundreds of publications, blogs, newsletters, and news sources in Literature, including:
Find our daily culture posts on http://openculture.com, Mastodon, Bluesky and Post. Not here.
A daily literary website highlighting the best in contemporary fiction, nonfiction, and criticism.
Aeon is a magazine of ideas and culture. Psyche is our sister magazine focused on the human condition. Visit http://aeon.co and http://psyche.co for more.
High Country News
An independent magazine dedicated to shining a light on all the complexities of the Western U.S. Know the West. #nonprofit
The Pudding is a digital publication that explains ideas debated in culture with visual essays. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Support: http://patreon.com/thepudding
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