John Cheever Reads “The Swimmer,” His Famous Short Story, in Its Entirety (1977)

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The Stories of John Cheever, a collection of 61 stories chronicling the lives of “the greatest generation,” was first published in 1978 with much fanfare. The critics liked it. The weighty, 700-page book won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1979. The people liked it too.


Neil Gaiman Reads The Graveyard Book, His Award-Winning Kids Fantasy Novel, Chapter by Chapter

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In 2009, Neil Gaiman won the Newbery Medal for The Graveyard Book, a prestigious prize given to “the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.


Golden Apples of the Sun: 2 Hours of Dramatized Ray Bradbury Stories

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In 1953, Ray Bradbury published The Golden Apples of the Sun, an anthology of 22 short stories. The title (if it sounds familiar) takes inspiration from the final stanza of W. B.


Vintage Audio: William Faulkner Reads From As I Lay Dying

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William Faulkner wrote his seventh novel As I Lay Dying in the last months of 1929, almost immediately after another stream-of-consciousness masterpiece, The Sound and the Fury. Like the Shakespearean title of that work, As I Lay Dying’s title, which comes from Homer’s Odyssey, indicates the literary ambitions of its author.


Free Audio: Alice In Wonderland Read by Cory Doctorow

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Many of us came across our favorite book serendipitously. No surprise: it’s easiest to be completely blown away by a work of art or literature when you approach it without any pre-existing expectations. For BoingBoing’s Cory Doctorow, that book was Lewis Carroll’s Alice In Wonderland.


William S. Burroughs Reads Naked Lunch, His Controversial 1959 Novel

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Published in 1959, Williams S. Burroughs’ Naked Lunch ranks with other mid-twentieth century books like Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer and the works of Jean Genet as literature that sharply divided both critical and legal opinion in arguments over style and in questions of obscenity.


Fill Your New Kindle, iPad, iPhone, eReader with Free eBooks, Movies, Audio Books, Online Courses & More

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Santa left a new Kindle, iPad or other media player under your tree. He did his job. Now we’ll do ours. We’ll tell you how to fill those devices with free intelligent media — great books, movies, courses, and all of the rest. And if you didn’t get a new gadget, fear not.


How to Get Great Deals on Great Books & Courses Through

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Open Culture has had a relationship with for close to six years, and, here and there, we’ve told you about their 30-day free trial, which gives you the opportunity to download a free audio book, listen to it, and then decide whether you want to become an Audible subscriber or not.


Hear All of Finnegans Wake Read Aloud: A 35 Hour Reading

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After the publication and eventual triumph of Ulysses, James Joyce spent the remainder of his life working secretively on a “Work in Progress” that he would publish in 1939 as Finnegans Wake, a novel that largely abandons the trappings of the novel and should better be called, as Anthony Burgess called it, a prose-poem—a beast that strikes t


A Terrifying Reading of the Sweet Children’s Story Goodnight Moon

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Is this wrong? Benjamin Percy (author of the werewolf thriller Red Moon) takes the sweet children’s bedtime story, Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, and turns it into a story that will keep kids (and maybe adults) awake for days on end — perhaps leaving parents no choice but to have the real Werner Herzog read Go the F**k to Sleep.


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