The first trailer for the adaptation of James Franco’s Palo Alto is out. It features Emma Roberts as a teenager coming of age in the edgy California suburbs, and of course Franco makes an appearance as her teacher crush.
On Emily Dickinson‘s self-portrait, sherry, the power of handwriting and those notes we all passed around in junior high, from the Kenyon Review blog.
The 113th anniversary of Thomas Wolfe’s birthday was last Thursday, but the author lives on in America’s cultural memory thanks to the title of his 1940 novel, You Can’t Go Home Again. Unfortunately, the titular phrase seems to be taken at face value by many people these days, and that can lead to some groan-worthy invocations. A newly-minted Tumblr blog illustrates the point.
“Why do we spend so much time with stories whose endings we already know?” Derek Thompson writes about nostalgia and culture for The Atlantic, and his piece pairs well with Katy Waldman‘s Slate essay about “thinking that you’re not getting as much from reading as you used to.”