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Weekend Reading

We just wrapped up Best of the Month reading for March (stay tuned--it's a great list!), and are now freed up to check out some buzzworthy books being released this spring.

Newswire: A Middle Earth-ish theme park might be coming to Spain

Like the soul-aching pull of the One Ring, men have long coveted to harness the power of Middle Earth, and the mountains of gold awaiting those who would make commerce with J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy world. And so the Spanish seaside hamlet of Rincon De La Victoria seeks to build its own shire-within-a-shire. Show More Summary

Contest: Win a copy of Andrew Smith’s Grasshopper Jungle

Both a coming-of-age tale and an apocalyptic adventure, award-winning author Andrew Smith’s Grasshopper Jungle was one of the most talked about novels of 2014. Set in the fictional Ealing, Iowa, Grasshopper Jungle is told through the...Show More Summary

Alice Munro’s First Book

“I didn’t really understand what reading was for. If I wanted a story, the thing to do was to get my grandmother to read it to me. Then listening to her voice, her story-reading voice which always sounded a little incredulous, marvelling, yet full of faith, bravely insistent, and watching her face, its meaningful and utterly […]

Day Jobs

This week in book-related infographics, round 2: Lapham’s Quarterly takes a look at the day jobs of famous authors, among them T.S. Eliot, who was responsible for processing reports on German debt, and Charlotte Bronte, who had laundry fees deducted from her pay. Pair with our own Emily St. John Mandel‘s essay on “Working the […]

The Book Report: Episode 11: Marry, Blog, Kill

This week we decided to play Marry, Blog, Kill, the literary party game sweeping the nation.

Stars and Bodies

Recommended listening: David Naimon interviews Sarah Gerard, author of Binary Star, about “anorexia and astronomy, stars and bodies.” Pair with Alex Norcia‘s Millions review of Gerard’s novel here.

Newswire: Exclusive DC preview: Lobo #6 reveals the heartthrob assassin’s new origin

DC’s new Lobo has been a controversial figure with fans, but his ongoing series has been an enjoyable action romp thanks to writer Cullen Bunn’s skill for writing grim badasses, a talent honed in the pages of The Sixth Gun, Venom, and Magneto. Show More Summary

Big Issues: The Wicked + The Divine #8 is an exhilarating dance party with no music

Each week, Big Issues focuses on a newly released comic book of significance. This week, it’s The Wicked + The Divine #8. Written by Kieron Gillen (Phonogram, Young Avengers) with art by Jamie McKelvie (Phonogram, Young Avengers) and...Show More Summary

House of Cards Season 3, Episode 3 Recap: When Men Were Men

A state visit from the Russian president, and President Underwood sings!

Is Love an Art or a Craft?

Irving Singer was a philosopher whose Times obit ("Irving Singer, M.I.T. Professor Who Wrote 'The Nature of Love,' Dies at 89," NYT, 2/15/15) describes how he had written a three volume work devoted to one of the most over used words in the English language, one whose definition has stymied and challenged thinkers throughout history. Show More Summary

A New Direction for Our Nation? Let's Go by the Book. But Which One?

Books are a powerful force for change. They can inspire and spur large and important social movements and government action. Recent examples include Michael Harrington's "The Other America" (1962) which ignited the War on Poverty; Ralph...Show More Summary

Trekker Friday Fiction

Star Trek: The Truth Machine Cerf 1977 I found this browsing a collection looking for something for a patron and just got so excited. (I think the kid I was helping thought I was having some kind of “episode”) I had to get my hands on this book! I am a fan of the original series […]

Straight on Till Morning: Iconic Images from the Voyager Missions

I was too young to remember the moon missions. By the mid-1970s, the country had overcome its zeal for space exploration, leaving grainy tape of Apollo-Soyuz and Evel Knievel rocket bikes as sorry substitutes for a generation of Star Trek-addled brains yearning to go where no one had gone before.

Theories on Jim Harrison

“How is it possible that a smallish army of discerning readers agree that Jim Harrison is one of the few truly great living American writers, yet he has not gotten the wider audience—or the widespread praise—he so plainly deserves?” Our own Bill Morris has some theories.

Friday Videos Have Suggestions

From Gry, our Norwegian Friday Video Correspondent, comes this commercial from Carefree in Australia about what to name your….well, you’ll see. You can see the full set of very strange ads at their site. I’d like to see all of those used in a romance as soon as possible. Especially glitter cannon. I hope your weekend is perfectly named!

Friday Videos Love Adult Wednesday

From Gry, our Norwegian Friday Videos Correspondent, sent me a set of these - Adult Wednesday Addams, written by and starring Melissa Hunter. I think this one is my favorite: I hope your weekend is badass and giving only the compliments you welcome and appreciate!

Another Trip Through Another Kind of Monday

As per my reading resolutions, I’ve been revisiting books I read in my childhood. My latest trip down memory lane took me back to Another Kind of Monday by William E. Coles, Jr. The Pittsburgh-set young adult novel opens at … Continue reading ?

Empathy Is What Gives You Access: The Millions Interviews John Vaillant

Many Latin American immigrants could tell us stories if we took the time to listen to them. The trouble is, if we did, and we really took these stories in, it would be much harder to rationalize the billions of dollars spent “securing the border” against a conveniently faceless menace.

Black history month's books round-up

Before February ends, here’s a look back on some notable books by African-American authors you probably haven't heard of.

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