Spencer Lenfield
Spencer Lenfield

10 Spring Break Reads That Will Actually Make You Smarter

Who says beach reads have to be fluff?

'Ender's Game' Controversy: Why Grown-Ups Are Afraid of Children's Literature

The Ender Wiggins series is genuinely disturbing. Would we care if it weren't children's literature?

I Want to Watch Non-Intellectually Stimulating TV With You

"True Blood" and "Game of Thrones" are the last vestiges of mindless fun on cable.
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Grad School Is a Bad Idea, But So Are Many Things Worth Doing

Certain careers are hard. But they're worth doing because they need saving.

What Classic Novels Teach Millennials About the Quarter-Life Crisis

More than poetry, more than song, even more than film, the novel is the medium that takes the problems of being young seriously.

Most Magazines Have a Huge Gender Gap: Could the Lack Of Women in Science Contribute?

VIDA's annual count of the ratio of men to women in publishing reveals that women publish less, but the gender gap also reflects the under-representation of women working in science.

7 Works Of Literature Worth Reading During Black History Month

Where do you begin when you seek to read more African-American literature than what you were required to read in high school? Here are a few suggestions for the rest of February.

Ian McEwan Sweet Tooth Book Review: New Novel Walks a Familiar Path

Ian McEwan's new novel plunges us into the world of British clandestine espionage in the '70s — and his own days as a young writer. But is this a novel that comes in from the cold?