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In Praise of Distraction

A recent NY Times piece by Tony Schwartz, chief executive of “The Energy Project,” a company dedicated to helping employers get their employees working...

Ramona at Forty

I always knew Beverly Cleary was a great writer. I read every single one of her books growing up -- even the lesser-discussed ones...

Isla Vista: Two Essays

In the wake of the recent shootings, Avidly offers two essays about the challenge of reading Isla Vista: "The Mein Kampf  of Isla Vista" by Kirsten...

Plots Otherwise Without Aim

I grew up in the North Jersey precincts of Philip Roth and Amiri Baraka, but the literary home of my youth was in the...

Avidly Reviews: The Monty Python of Commute Reading

Avidly aims to increase its discussion of books in the coming months.  Is there a book you love, hate, love to hate or hate...

A Smart Dude Reads Moby-Dick: Episode 1

Editor's note: When Avidly learned that smart dude (and Avidly contributor) Jake Bartolone was reading Moby-Dick for the first time, we jumped at the...