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A Tale of Two Titles: The Fault in Our Stars and F--k Fate

The Fault in Our Stars is available for download this week and on Blu-ray in September, but should there be a more thematically accurate title printed on the Blu-ray box? The familiar American title suggests that one is trapped by their...Show More Summary

The Metamodernist Manifesto: After Postmodernism (Part IV)

{Below is Part IV of the second in a series of articles exploring a sphere of thought within metamodernism known as "transcendent metamodernism." Other spheres of thought within metamodernism include The New Sincerity, metamodern dada,...Show More Summary

Just a Formality

The novelist Julie Schumacher wrote her latest, Dear Committee Members, entirely in the form of letters of recommendation. The format allowed her to illustrate the travails of a creative writing professor through a medium often ignored in fiction. At The Awl, Jessica Gross and Merve Emre talk about the novel. Pair with: Cathy Day on academia’s […]

Five Tips for Dinner Party Success

I have a crafty spirit but if I'm REALLY going to make something it better have simple instructions and require a minimum of easy-to-find supplies. This is why I love Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman's book, A Beautiful Mess Happy...

Two Seasons’ Worth of World Music

New York audiences can choose from a large sampling of the world’s traditional music forms this season.


I’ve written before about the First Sentence series at Granta. The magazine asks a prominent writer to explain how they came to write an opening line. Recently, they asked Bear Down, Bear North author Melinda Moustakis to talk about the beginning of her story “River So Close”: “She’s a good-for-nothing chummer.” You could also read Jonathan Russell Clark […]

25 Basic Lessons for Our College-Bound Kids

Raising two girls, I have found everything imaginable in the laundry. Except, of course, a mobile phone, because that would be attached to an arm or an ear. During one particular laundry load, at the end of the summer before my firstborn daughter's senior year, it struck me that she would be leaving for college soon. Show More Summary

Glaciology by Jeffrey Skinner

Charlie Atkinson reviews Jeffrey Skinner's Glaciology today in Rumpus Poetry.

Into Thin Air

Most readers have their own idiosyncratic systems for displaying the most valuable titles they own. For a lot of people, it makes the most sense to keep their favorite books on a particular shelf. At The Paris Review Daily, Sadie Stein writes about an odd phenomenon — “The Phantom Shelf,” which consists of books you love […]

You can be a mom and have a career!

The Part-Time Solution The New Strategy for Managing Your Career While Managing Motherhood Canape 1990 I had my first child in 1990 and I thought that all of these advice books (many featured on ALB) were mostly useless. I think I personally read most of them. The assumption was always there are choices and options […]

7 New Adult Authors Who Aren't Afraid To Take Risks

The New Adult genre burst onto the scene despite decades of publishing theory that said stories set during the "college-age years" were a literary dead zone. The authors who decided to self-publish rather than change their stories disagreed, and hordes of readers who gobbled those stories up proved that those authors were correct. Show More Summary

Take Good Care

“I was kind of a sludgy mud-dweller… everything was really slooooow.” – Neko Case I’ve long admired the talented musician Neko Case, and when she came out last year in interviews as having dealt with major depression, I was deeply … Continue reading ?

Q&A With Author Darcie Chan

Photo Credit: Carrie Schechter Darcie Chan is the famed author of the eBook breakaway sensation The Mill River Recluse and the sequel, The Mill River Redemption. Set in the fictional sleepy town of Mill River, Vermont both novels portray the deep complexities of its small town characters and their bigger than life problems. Show More Summary

Children’s Laureate sparks conversation about diversity in books

British author and Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman took a 24-hour hiatus from Twitter after an interview posted Sunday on Sky

‘New York Times’ reporter Dave Itzkoff to pen Robin Williams’ biography

Dave Itzkoff, a culture reporter for the New York Times, is set to write a biography of Robin Williams, who died Aug.

Lois Lane to star in new YA novel

Although she hasn’t been treated particularly well in cinemas lately, there’s plenty to like about Lois Lane that isn’t related


I wasn't supposed to walk away from the NFL, but I did. I wasn't supposed to be writing television, but I am. I'm supposed to be lost after football. I'm not. I've reinvented myself. This is my first transformation. I'm supposed to be broke right now, or maybe the statistics say five years from now. Show More Summary

Mark Waid Talks 'Everstar' and Comics for Girls

Comics superstar Mark Waid is working hard to make comics better. He always has been. But when he started the digital platform Thrillbent comics, it was meant to increase readership across all genres of comic books. It's a subscription...Show More Summary

War Games

As part of their This Means War series, which marks the centenary of World War I, The Irish Times published a short story by Belinda McKeon. Sample quote: “Strange the way the mundane memories are the ones to push through most forcefully.”

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