Literature

Folger Shakespeare Library Closing Down

A number of old books and some writing instruments.

Rumour has it that the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. (USA) is preparing to close its doors—shut down—for good.1 The American people can thank a savvy young intern, barely out of university, who recently discovered a clever money-saving technique that somehow slipped by all previous librarians. So what is this discovery which makes the […]

A Man and a Woman

Bill: At any rate, you’ve got to be the only alumna of Vassar College with a beard. Chris: Well, [stroking the luxuriant blond growth] if you were a woman with a beard, you might prefer it if others refrained from mentioning it. It might really hurt your feelings. Bill: In that case, I apologize. Moving […]

Buy Our Free Guide to Publishing Your Own Poetry!

Picture of an old book

Normally we at The Flying News don’t sell things, but this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance for us to make lots and lots of money! If you buy our free guide to publishing your own poetry, entitled The Flying News Guide To Publishing Your Own Poetry, you’ll get great advice for publishing your own poetry, just […]

Edgar Allan Poe To Be Translated Into English

The staff of The Flying News has accepted an invitation to participate in a panel which will undertake the grand endeavour of translating the complete works of Edgar Allan Poe into the English language. The panel includes men, women, and children, all of whom are renowned experts in the English language, having spoken the same […]

Book Review: Cheesy Stories for Walrus Lovers

Morris, Stephen Q. Cheesy Stories for Walrus Lovers. Santa Ana, CA: Cheesy Stories, 2015. 192 pp., $13.55, cheap grayish paper. Following on the mediocre success of Cheesy Stories for Browns Fans and Cheesy Stories for 39 Year Old Female College Students, Cheesy Stories, Inc. has come out with a new book: Cheesy Stories for Walrus […]

The Dictionary as Literature

As well as being a fascinating work in its own right, Gaspar Bouchard’s latest work, Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary: The Novel can be seen as an apotheosis of the post-antirealist movement. This book brings that movement’s characteristic antipathy to plot to a triumphant consummation. The dictionary, having no order other than the conventional order of […]

Susanna Shakespeare’s Diary a Hoax

Diary entry

In 2006, Michael J. Ortiz published Swan Town: The Secret Journal of Susanna Shakespeare, which supposedly was found within the walls of a house in Stratford, England. Like many good works of art, Swan Town, purported to be a 16th-century diary of Shakespeare’s eldest daughter, has since been exposed as a sham, an entirely fictitious […]

League of American Atheists Publishes Homer Without Gods

One very serious problem with many of the greatest works of literature is that there is always an implicit, and usually an explicit, openness to the supernatural. This is a very serious problem indeed, if, as may be the case, you are an atheist. In order to correct this deficiency, the League of American Atheists […]

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