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Penguin releases movie tie-in cover for ‘Inherent Vice’

11 minutes agoEntertainment / Books : Shelf Life

On Dec. 12, Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s seedy 2009 detective novel Inherent Vice hits theaters. Penguin has revealed a

Exclusive Interview With Amy Poehler on her book, Yes Please, and More

Amy Poehler has numerous titles and accolades next to her name - she received a Golden Globe award and five consecutive Emmy nominations for her role as Leslie Knope on the hit show Parks and Recreation, is the host and producer of her...Show More Summary

On the Books: Pulitzer-winning poet Galway Kinnell dies at 87

32 minutes agoEntertainment / Books : Shelf Life

- Renowned American poet Galway Kinnell died of leukemia last week at the age of 87. Kinnell received numerous accolades throughout

Great Job, Internet!: R.L. Stine wrote another short story on Twitter

R.L. Stine, the master of preteen terror whose dark, pun-based visions have kept many a 10-year-old awake at night, is still churning ‘em out at an impressive rate. He’s so prolific, he can afford to give away his stories on Twitter....Show More Summary

Mothers & Monsters

48 minutes agoEntertainment / Books : The Millions

“All I know was that in Paris I felt haunted, like a double exposure photograph that shows a figure and then a milky specter behind. I felt stalked by a creature of my own making, a monster that was both my mother and myself.” Darcey Steinke writes about Paris, loss, and monsters in an essay for […]

Fans to Get More Phish in Their Stream

Phish fans will now be able to subscribe for unlimited streaming of many of the band's recordings.

Newswire: Exclusive Marvel preview: The Weapon X Program lives on after Wolverine

[This preview reveals major plot points from The Death Of Wolverine.] In the last issue of Charles Soule’s The Death Of Wolverine miniseries, the titular character discovered the reemergence of Weapon X, the government-sponsored program that gave him his adamantium skeleton and turned him into a killing machine years ago. Show More Summary

Winter Readalong ~ Harry Potter Series

Sheila at Book Journey is hosting a winter readalong of the Harry Potter series. As my regular readers are probably aware, I’ve never read the Harry Potter series. It was one of the goals I had set for myself at the beginning of this year. I had even toyed with setting up a challenge similarly […]

Books on Sale: Three Lisa Kleypas Historicals at $2.99

NB: I’m including Audible links by reader request, though the price varies depending on whether you’ve bought the Kindle version, if you’re an Audible member, etc. So I can’t always guarantee the sale price is valid, but since buying the digital often drops the price of the audiobook there, I wanted to include it.

9 Tips for Dealing with the Emotions When Writing a Memoir

Writing a memoir is much like going through your trunk of family treasures and keepsakes. At times the memories may be fuzzy, just like the ink on the pages of that 70-year-old journal your great-grandmother kept. Sometimes the memories may be painful, much like the ring your father gave you before he passed away. Show More Summary

Galway Kinnell Passes Away

“To me, poetry is somebody standing up, so to speak, and saying, with as little concealment as possible, what it is for him or her to be on earth at this moment.” Galway Kinnell, whose Selected Poems won a Pulitzer in  1983, passed away Tuesday.

My Life on Two Wheels and Two Continents

The first bike I ever loved was stolen from the ground floor of the building I lived in in Beijing in 1999, where she had been locked only to herself, the same as all other bikes in China. She was a beauty, a Flying Pigeon 2000, silvery and smooth with a ride to match. Show More Summary

See the cover for Sarah Dessen’s latest novel, ‘Saint Anything’

Sarah Dessen is synonymous with contemporary YA fiction. Similarly, Dessen’s book covers have a distinct look indicating you’ve got a

Literary Philadelphia: The Highs and Lows

While researching my new book, "Literary Philadelphia," Greg Gillespie of Port Richmond Books lent me three novels by three Philadelphia novelists, now long dead and not well known to the general public. The first novel, "Steps Going Down," by John T. Show More Summary

Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle

Marie Myung-Ok Lee reviews Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle today in Rumpus Books.

The Laughing Monsters Excerpt

Recommended reading: An excerpt from Denis Johnson‘s upcoming novel, The Laughing Monsters, is available from Work in Progress.

5 Best Zombie Lit Books

October can mean so many things, such as fall festivals, candy apples, and crisp weather, but more than anything October is the month of zombies. Goblins and witches have had their moment in the spotlight, but now zombies are America's latest creepy infatuation. Show More Summary

Built For Speed: How Flash Fiction Stole My Heart

When I read Augusto Monterroso's very, very, very short story, I was hooked. It consists of a single line: "When he woke up, the dinosaur was still there." All day the possibilities of those nine words glowed for me like uranium, canceling even the possibility of normal discourse. Show More Summary

The Best Locked-Room Mysteries: When Impossible Crimes Aren't

I don't care how old we get -- as long as we retain a sense of wonder, we'll stay young and live a happier life than those too-cool-for-school cynics who have a weary, ho-hum, is-that-all-there-is response to magic shows, fireworks,Show More Summary

Fast Art, Fast Money

On February 20, 1909, Filippo Mariinetti and Umberto Boccioni declared a new aesthetic of speed in their Futurist Manifesto. "We say the world's magnificence has been enriched by a new beauty; the beauty of speed." The cult of speed is a modern invention. Show More Summary

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