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Dylan, Polite? It Ain’t Him, Babe

Bob Dylan’s Nobel no-show leaves the Swedish Academy to deny that it’s insulted.

Great Job, Internet!: Mad magazine sure knows how to write a great rejection letter

Although it has an editorial staff and featured the works of certain creators (Don Martin, Al Jaffee, Dave Berg) for decades, humor magazine Mad has no permanent staff writers or artists. Since the publication accepts work from freelancers, that means the editors have to turn down plenty of what gets sent their way. Show More Summary

Newswire: R.L. Stine to give Marvel goosebumps with his Man-Thing

Back in November, ridiculously prolific Goosebumps author R.L. Stine announced that he’d started working on a new comic book series for Marvel, but that he wasn’t allowed to reveal any details on the title or characters he’d be working with. Show More Summary

High on Hitler and Meth: Book Says Nazis Were Fueled by Drugs

A German writer tells how he unearthed a startling fact about the Third Reich for his best-selling book, “Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi Germany.”

A Year in Reading: Mauro Javier Cardenas

Porpora demonstrates how easy it is for citizens to shirk responsibility for horrendous acts enacted by their government and asks whether the United States became a party to a genocide-like event in Central America (the answer is yes). The post A Year in Reading: Mauro Javier Cardenas appeared first on The Millions.

Celebrity Picks: Tana French's Favorite Reads of 2016

Tana French is a big favorite among the editors at Amazon, so we were especially excited to see what she would pick. She did not disappoint. French goes back to the nineties, the eighties, and even to the thirties for her picks. Interestingly, none of the books she listed is...

Newswire: Check out this eerie excerpt from the Dark Crystal prequel

When Jim Henson and Frank Oz’s supremely weird fantasy adventure The Dark Crystal hit theaters in 1982, it didn’t make quite the splash that Universal had hoped it would. It did okay business and got decent-enough reviews, but it wasn’t anything near the cultural phenomena that were E.T. Show More Summary

Newswire: Sebastian Bach’s memoir to hopefully include that time he was too high to fuck in Germany

Next week, Sebastian Bach, the lead singer of late ’80s/early ’90s hair metal band Skid Row, will publish his autobiography, 18 And Life On Skid Row. We’ll be running a review of it on Monday, but first, there’s something you should see. Show More Summary

20 Great Films from 1996-2016

20YearsofBitch Bitch HQ In celebrating our 20th anniversary year, we here at Bitch have been reflecting on how pop culture has changed since our beginnings in 1996. Here's a look at some of our favorite films of the past 20 years. You'll...Show More Summary

Inside The New York Times Book Review Podcast: Inside The New York Times Book Review: The 10 Best Books of 2016

Editors at the Book Review talk about the year’s best books; Stefan Hertmans talks about “War and Turpentine”; and Ian McGuire discusses “The North Water.”

Great Gifts for 21st Century Gearheads

If you ever wondered what's under the hood of the the Millennium Falcon, a Saturn V rocket, or NASA's Mars rovers, it turns out a Haynes Owner's Workshop Manual is still helpful.

13 YA authors on writing in the age of Trump

The raw, initial reaction to Trump’s nomination has subsided; now many young adults are processing how they might be affected by the new administration. Students expressed their support on Twitter for DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration protection measure, sharing tweets...

British Council: YLL 2016 Translation Competition

Relatively few contemporary British authors are translated into Russian with many critically acclaimed authors from diverse backgrounds completely unknown. With this... Read more » The post British Council: YLL 2016 Translation Competition appeared first on The Literary Platform.

Up Next: Meet Fabiola Alondra, a Fashionable Art Book Publisher on the Rise

The 32-year-old is the director of 303 in Print, a publishing imprint from 303 Gallery that commissions and produces limited-edition printed matter.

On Optimism and Despair

“In your earlier novels you sounded so optimistic, but now your books are tinged with despair. Is this fair to say?” Zadie Smith‘s remarks upon accepting the 2016 Welt Literature Prize on November 10th, and the question of whether “multiculturalism” is a failed experiment. Show More Summary

Why Words Matter

“The hijacking of public language, as is happening now, is a way to shift perception—to bend and control thought—and must be resisted.” Summer Brennan pens a powerful first entry for her twice-monthly column about language and power at The Literary Hub. Show More Summary

AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks 2016 ~ Fiction Part 3

It is my pleasure to present to you 2016’s Best Audiobooks in Fiction as selected by the editors at AudioFile Magazine. This year they selected their top titles in the following categories: Fiction, Nonfiction & Culture, Memoir, Biography & History, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children & Family Listening, Young Adult, and Romance. […]

R.L. Stine to Write Man-Thing Series for Marvel

Mr. Stine says that writing stories about this swamp monster is something of a lifelong dream and that readers should expect violence and creepy fun.

Three Things I Learned While Satirizing A Lifestyle Brand

Celebrity Gabrielle Moss I, like many people, have a love-hate relationship with celebrity lifestyle brands.  When I say this, I mean that I love to mock any website where a celebrity earnestly explains their life philosophy and then...Show More Summary

Nonfiction: When Pushkin Came to Shove: How Nabokov and Edmund Wilson Fell Out Over a Poem

Alex Beam’s amusing “The Feud” tells the story of how a literary friendship ended over a translation of Pushkin’s “Eugene Onegin.”

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