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Chantal Akerman Films to Get Free Screenings

45 minutes agoEntertainment / Books : Paper Cuts

The showings will pay tribute to the filmmaker after her death this week.

Gender Bias in Hollywood Reportedly Draws Federal Scrutiny

46 minutes agoEntertainment / Books : Paper Cuts

The American Civil Liberties Union had sought an investigation into the hiring practices of studios, networks and talent agencies.

Svetlana Alexievich Wins Nobel Prize in Literature

The Belarussian journalist and prose writer is best known for giving voice to survivors of war and disaster.

Art is front and center in 'Best American Comics 2015'

59 minutes agoEntertainment / Books : Page Views

“The Best American Comics 2015” is a cartoon museum in the reader’s hands.

Newswire: Comic Blitz is a new, Netflix-like app for comics

It’s becoming increasingly difficult to leave the house these days, thanks to an abundance of services that brings just about everything from the outside world to your door/eyes. We’ve been in thrall to Netflix and its companions/competitors...Show More Summary

The Epic Continues

Discovery of the Week: Researchers in Iraq have found twenty new lines from the Epic of Gilgamesh after recovering old tablets from smugglers.

Upright Beasts by Lincoln Michel

Kaj Tanaka reviews Upright Beasts by Lincoln Michel today in Rumpus Books.

Dad’s Drunk Again

  A Day at a Time Dealing With An Alcoholic 1982 When I first read the title I was hoping for a novel adaptation of the 70s tv show One Day at a Time.  That might have been a better story. Our gal, Ellen has an alcoholic dad and a mother who is trying to […]

Diana Nyad: By the Book

The long-distance swimmer and author of the memoir “Find a Way” hid her love of German literature from her mother, who lived through the Nazi occupation of France: “She threatened to never talk to me again.”

Extract: Easily Distracted

Steve Coogan was born and raised in Manchester in the 1960s, the fourth of six children. From an early age he entertained his family with impressions and was often told he should 'be on the telly'. He is now an award winning film actor, writer and producer. In this extract from his new memoir, Easily Distracted, Steve looks back at his early experiments with comedy.

Belarusian investigative journalist Svetlana Alexievich wins the 2015 Nobel Prize for Literature

Alexievich, at danger to her own self, visited the area surrounding the Chernobyl nuclear reactor and interviewed anybody she could find who would talk.

Vixens, Vamps, and Vipers: Lost Villainesses of Golden Age Comics by Mike Madrid

Mike Madrid is an author who has written several books (all of which are on my TBR) about women in Golden Age Comics. Let me tell you, there were a lot of Smart Bitches in those early comics, and this particular book, about Golden Age villainesses, tells you all about them. Show More Summary

The Voice Trap: On the Perils of Authorial Parochialism

I’d love to see what Proust might have done in another voice, in, say, science fiction or with the story of a pair of street urchins. Or how Chandler might have written differently to tell the story of a great romance, stretching beyond his comfort zone where something entirely fresh might be born.

I’ve Got Nothing Against Bram Stoker, But…

A little over three weeks out from Halloween, I thought it might be fun to write a quick post about vampire fiction. I’ve read Bram Stoker’s Dracula. It’s great, but I prefer Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot. Mr. Stoker literally wrote the … Continue reading ?

Garth Risk Hallberg’s ‘City on Fire’

Hallberg’s first novel is a Dickens-size descent into New York City circa 1976-77.

“I do not like thee, Doctor Fell…”

In this month's blog, Lucy Mangan muses on her tumultuous relationship with rhyming verse, from her father's lyrical outbursts to her teenage poetic epiphany.

Born With Teeth by Kate Mulgrew ~ Audiobook Review

Born With Teeth by Kate Mulgrew Published by: Little, Brown and Company Published on: April 14, 2015 Page Count: 320 Genre: Memoir My Reading Format: Audiobook review copy sent to me by the publisher for consideration Audiobook Published by: Hachette Audio Narrator: Kate Mulgrew Audiobook Length: 10 hours 46 minutes Available Formats: Hardcover, eBook, and […]

The Rec League: Romance-Friendly Comics

Some of the best love stories I’ve ever read have been in comic books. Comics are full of great romance, but unless you are looking at a graphic novel or a stand-alone story arc, you need to be thinking less “Romance Novel” and more “Soap Opera” because of the lack of closure due to the serial format of the genre. Show More Summary

Janet Jackson, N.W.A. and Cheap Trick Nominated for Rock Hall of Fame

Fifteen nominees for the museum's class of 2016 include Chicago, the Cars and Chaka Khan.

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