Author Archive: Allegra Wozniak

Allegra Wozniak served as a Booklist intern in fall 2015. She is a senior at Lake Forest College studying English literature and print and digital publishing. Besides reading, her favorite thing to do is eat Little Caesars breadsticks and watch the Mad Max movies with her dog, Mango.

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How to Survive a Party With English Majors, Part Five: Bluffing Your Way through Everything Else

How to Survive a Party With English Majors, Part Five: Bluffing Your Way through Everything Else

(Click to read “Part One: The Nineteenth Century,” “Part Two: Modernism,” “Part Three: Postmodernism,” and “Part Four: Contemporary Lit.”) Novels in one form or another have existed since the first century, and English majors drunk on Keystone Light have been using them for bragging rights ever since. There’s no way to know for certain which obscure […]

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How to Survive a Party With English Majors, Part Four: Bluffing Your Way through Contemporary Lit

How to Survive a Party With English Majors, Part Four: Bluffing Your Way through Contemporary Lit

(Click to read “Part One: The Nineteenth Century,” “Part Two: Modernism,” and “Part Three: Postmodernism.”) Usually, undergrads are so caught up in the classics that their contemporary lit game is embarrassingly weak. The most pretentious of them won’t even pick up a novel published in the twenty-first century unless it’s been extensively analyzed, venerated, republished, and […]

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How to Survive a Party With English Majors, Part Three: Bluffing Your Way through Postmodernism

How to Survive a Party With English Majors, Part Three: Bluffing Your Way through Postmodernism

(Click to read “Part One: The Nineteenth Century” and “Part Two: Modernism.”) It’s okay if you’ve never really understood what postmodernism is—not many people really know. You can spend hours reading critical theory and still not really get it, because part of its thing is that you’re just not supposed to get it. This literary movement is especially […]

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How to Survive a Party With English Majors, Part Two: Bluffing Your Way through Modernism

How to Survive a Party With English Majors, Part Two: Bluffing Your Way through Modernism

(Click here to read “Part One: The Nineteenth Century.”) Some time around the beginning of the twentieth century, Ezra Pound declared, “Make it new!” and a famous literary battle cry was born. So came modernism, love child of the avant-garde and a seriously messed-up post-WWI society. The artists and writers of this period referred to […]

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How to Survive a Party With English Majors: Bluffing Your Way through The Nineteenth Century

How to Survive a Party With English Majors: Bluffing Your Way through The Nineteenth Century

We asked intern Allegra Wozniak, a senior at Lake Forest College, to take the pulse of the next generation of literati. Her response is perfectly timed for the festive season. And stay tuned—we’ll be publishing four more installments this week. —Ed. College is a time for two things: proving yourself and partying. Much of the time, these […]

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Morrissey Wins 2015 Bad Sex in Fiction Award

Morrissey Wins 2015 Bad Sex in Fiction Award

The former frontman of the Smiths has received many accolades throughout his career: NME awards for most influential artist ever, a BBC shoutout as one of the most important figures in British pop, praise from Rolling Stone who lauded him as one of the greatest singers of all time, and now his latest—the 2015 Literary […]

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This Week on Well Read TV: Gloria Steinem Talks about My Life on the Road

This week on Well Read, feminist icon Gloria Steinem will be speaking with hosts Terry Tazioli and Mary Anne Gwinn about her newest book, My Life on the Road (2015). Steinem has dedicated her career to the fight for equality and is perhaps best known for her political activism. My Life on the Road chronicles her experiences traveling the […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: The Bazaar of Bad Dreams

Stephen King, the prolific master of horror, is back again with a new collection of short stories that was released earlier this season. He has come far since the days of Carrie and Pet Semetary, when he was labeled a “genre author” as his characters were pitted against eerie monsters that possessed supernatural forces. The […]

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2015 National Book Award Winners

2015 National Book Award Winners

Winners of the 2015 National Book Awards were announced last night at the annual ceremony in New York. Adam Johnson (Fortune Smiles) is no stranger to distinguished literary awards, as he won both the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for fiction and the 2013 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for his highly acclaimed novel The Orphan Master’s Son. Ta-Nehisi […]

This Week on Well Read TV: Elizabeth Gilbert Talks about Big Magic

This week on Well Read, Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert will be speaking with hosts Terry Tazioli and Mary Anne Gwinn about her newest book, Big Magic (2015). Drawing on the huge success of Eat, Pray, Love—which was published nearly a decade ago—Big Magic is classified as a kind of self-help manual that provides guidance on how […]

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