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Often witty, sometimes righteous, and occasionally furious, the blog Jezebel has been a high-profile platform for a new generation of feminists since 2007. Part of the Gawker media blog empire, Jezebel put feminist critiques of our still-very-critique-able culture smack into the center of the mainstream.
Los Angeles-based bookish tech startup Small Demons will close its doors Nov. 25, it has told publishers, unless a last-minute buyer is found. The U.K.'s Bookseller reports Small Demons had been in negotiations with an international buyer, but those talks fell through.
Stephen King has written many, many books, and many of them have been made into films. Some, like "Carrie," more than once. But there are still a few than remain unadapted, so far.
When astronaut Chris Hadfield recorded videos from the International Space Station showing how to brush your teeth in space -- and make a sandwich and wring out a washcloth -- they were successful. But the response was nothing like the 18 million views his farewell to the space station, a rendition of David Bowie's "Space Oddity," has gotten.
Might as well admit it from the outset: Harryette Mullen’s “Urban Tumbleweed: Notes From a Tanka Diary” (Graywolf: 128 pp. $25 paper) is my kind of book. Spare, playful and yet ultimately quite serious in its implications, it blurs all sorts of lines between contemporary and traditional, urban and contemplative, off-the-cuff and deeply, movingly engaged.
Ninety-eight British publishers closed their doors in the year ending August 2013. The cause? E-books and online discounts.
The sci-fi spectacle about children space warriors, "Ender's Game," came in No. 1 at the box office with an estimated $28 million. Pitched as a blockbuster for teens, the film actually attracted an older audience -- more than 54% were over 25 -- indicating that ticket sales were driven by adult fans who had read when they were kids.
When Alan Ryan’s two-volume study of political philosophy, “On Politics,” came out a year ago, it raised a daunting, if not entirely intended, issue: How to read more than 1,000 pages of intellectual history in a 140-character culture. Show More Summary
In general, "The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon" by Brad Stone has been getting pretty good reviews. Not, however, from the Amazon user MacKenzie Bezos, who gives it one star.
The Mozambican novelist and poet Mia Couto is the winner of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, the biennial award that’s often referred to as the “American Nobel.”
After swimming from Cuba to Florida in a record-breaking trip that took more than four days, 64-year old Diana Nyad said, "you're never too old to chase your dream." She's now got a chance to put that in writing -- she'll be publishing a memoir with Knopf, the publisher announced Monday.
The next winner of the biennial Neustadt International Prize for Literature, the prestigious literary award often called the “American Nobel,” will be announced Friday night in Oklahoma.
In 'Creature,' Amina Cain presents personal tales of female characters at loose ends. The peril of reading literary short stories is that one tends to encounter characters who behave not like you or me but like the kind of people one finds only in short stories.
Sure, it's the kind of thing a giant corporation does to spiff up its reputation. But if it puts 50,000 books in kids' hands, it's not all bad.
Joe Sacco says of 'The Great War,' which depicts a World War I scene in a 24-foot drawing, 'What I wanted to portray was a very large army with one objective: moving forward and dying together.' For Joe Sacco, the decision to do "The Great War" (W.W. Norton: boxed, unpaged, $35) grew out of a kind of dare.
Chef Roy Choi, pioneer of L.A.'s food-truck craze, traces his life from childhood to the Kogi Korean taco truck. Several years ago, a cookbook editor friend called asking my advice on whether she should publish Jacques Pépin's autobiography. Show More Summary
Thirty boxes of stuff -- the kind of thing a frustrated spouse might suggest be cleared out of the garage -- is being donated to the L.A. Public Library, which has accepted the lot with much enthusiasm.
Worlds and stories overlap in Daniel Alarcon's engaging novel 'At Night We Walk in Circles,' about three actors in a guerrilla theater company. The most memorable magic in Daniel Alarcon's engaging and illuminating new novel, "At Night We Walk in Circles," comes when his three main characters, all actors, perform on various stages in their impoverished but beautiful country.
What's the scariest book you read in school? For me, it wasn't "Dracula" by Bram Stoker or Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" -- it was "Lord of the Flies."
Happy birthday, John Keats. The Romantic poet best known for his odes -- "Ode on a Grecian Urn," "Ode on Indolence," "Ode on Melancholy," "Ode to a Nightingale" and "Ode to Psyche" -- was born 218 years ago today.