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Newswire: Stan Lee thinks comic book characters should just stay the same

Today in news that’s easy to spin in an attention-grabbing way that makes it sound much more controversial than it is, legendary comic book creator Stan Lee has declared that Spider-Man must always be a straight, white guy. Actually, no, he didn’t say that. Show More Summary

An Interview With Roz Kaveney

Roz Kaveney is one of the most incisive literary multi-hyphenates at work today. Whether she is writing about the cultural impact of TV shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Battlestar Galactica or writing critically-acclaimed novels...Show More Summary

Books of The Times: Review: ‘Multitudinous Heart,’ Newly Translated Poetry by Carlos Drummond de Andrade

The book, with translations by Richard Zenith, includes samples from every phase of the revered Brazilian poet’s career.

‘Look Who’s Back’ resurrects Hitler with hysterical premise

“Look Who’s Back” has the potential to be a landmark work of brilliant bad taste.

IndieReader: What You Need to Do to Finish Writing Your Book

Part of a series on Indie writing, by Ed Charlton, IR’s Publishing Services Manager

Aziz Ansari’s Companionate Comedy

In 2013, I went on a date to see Aziz Ansari on tour. It was the third time I had gone out with this person, and while we got along pretty well, it seemed clear that things weren’t headed for love or marriage. But she’d been a fan of Ansari since his early days at the Upright Citizens Brigade, and I’d gotten free tickets.

50 Shades of Trolls

You may have heard of a little hashtag that went awry this week on Twitter regarding E.L. James: #AskELJames, where the author and her PR team planned a Q&A to coincide with the release of her latest novel Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian. Show More Summary

Choosing Covers

It’s not often that a major publisher listens to a new author when they request a specific painting be used for their book cover. But they listened to Naomi Jackson, and over at the Literary Hub she explains her choice of cover art for Star Side of Bird Hill and the Caribbean significance behind it.

Considering the Future of U.S. Foreign Policy

Superpower by Ian Bremmer is a succinct book which considers the future of American foreign policy. But what path should the world's only superpower choose? And why does this matter? Bremmer makes it clear that options are available,...Show More Summary

Addiction Is Not a Brain Disease, and That's Good News

In a recent article in HuffPost, Nora Volkow argued that addiction is a brain disease. She has been making this point forcefully for years, based on evidence that brain structure and function change with addiction, presumably as a consequence of drug use. Show More Summary

Harper Lee’s ‘Go Set a Watchman’ May Have Been Found Earlier Than Thought

Evidence has emerged suggesting that “Go Set a Watchman,” said to have been discovered in August and set to be released on July 14, may have been found years earlier.

The Best Medicine by Tracy Brogan

Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine. – Lord Byron Tyler Connelly made Dr. Evelyn Rhoades laugh … even as she tended to his wounds from driving a stolen jet ski into a dock. Fate delivered her to the emergency room in theShow More Summary

Kate Bolick Talks About Her Book "Spinster" and the Changing Lives of Single Ladies

Cultural critic Kate Bolick’s first book, Spinster, is part memoir, part cultural commentary on the changing nature of marriage and relationships. In descriptions of her own dating life and reflections on being young and single in New York, Bolick asks readers to rethink what being single means for women. Show More Summary

A New Kind of Book Review

A new kind of book review: 5 artists interpret and critique literature through works of visual art.

Guns 'R Us: Our Violent Words, Our Violent Ways

Shocked by the horrific event in Charleston? That's America, baby -- Columbine, Aurora, Newtown -- its everyday stuff -- just the way life is in our country. Each night children go to bed with "Bang, bang, you're dead... thirty bullets in your head," At school, they learn to give things their "best shot," and to meet "bang-up" expectations. Show More Summary

Newswire: Exclusive Marvel preview: The Avengers get a Wild West makeover in 1872 #1

Secret Wars has given Marvel Comics fans a slew of different interpretations of their favorite heroes over the last two months, and next week sees the debut of Wild West versions of Captain America, Iron Man, and The Hulk in the pages of 1872 #1. Show More Summary

Catherine Coulter on How She Sustains Her Bestselling Suspense Series

Coulter talks about how she's kept her FBI Thriller series running at full steam through nineteen (nineteen!) books and a new project that will delight the fans of her Sherbrooke stories.

10 books for your summer reading list

Summer is in full swing and it’s the perfect time to laze on the beach — or at least the park bench — with a good book.

The Best Friend There Is: Keeping Time with Brazenhead Books

Following a bout of legal intrigue, final word arrived, an end date, the last hurrah: July 4th, 2015. So if you happen to glimpse a few more writers than usual looking disconsolate at the new rooftop bar of your local supermarket or feeding pigeons along the cobbled borders of Central Park, you will know why.

6 Tips for Writing a Life-Changing Memoir

Whether you curl up with memoirs on a frequent basis or pick one up every now and again, you know powerful memoirs have the capacity to take you, as a reader, for an exhilarating ride. I'm a connoisseur of memoirs. In the past seven years, I might have read three books that weren't part of the memoir genre. Show More Summary

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