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Expert Witness: Marvel artists walk through the creation of kickass fight sequences in comics

In entertainment, an awful lot of stuff happens behind closed doors, from canceling TV shows to organizing music festival lineups. While the public sees the end product on TVs, movie screens, paper, or radio dials, they don’t see what it took to get there. Show More Summary

REVIEW: ‘Dogs Rule Nonchalantly’ is an illustrated guide to everyone’s best friend

If you couldn’t put down the tissues while reading “Marley and Me,” here is a book for you. In “Dogs Rule, Nonchalantly,” award-winning artist Mark Ulriksen humorously introduces you to the canine pets of his past (and their zany personalities) with vibrant illustrations that draw in adults and children alike.

The Joan Didion Documentary

There is going to be a documentary about Joan Didion. We repeat: a documentary about Joan Didion. This is not a drill.  Watch the opening trailer and consider donating to the Kickstarter campaign here, and be sure to read our own Michael Borne‘s review of Blue Nights and S.J. Culver‘s Millions essay on “Getting Out: […]

Concerning the Adobe Digital Editions Data Log Issues

Some recent news has come to light surrounding Adobe Digital Editions and the way it collects information about eBook use. In an effort to stay on top of the situation, we wanted to provide some background to the news and … Continue reading ?

Giving Publishing What it Demands -- In a Way I Could Live With

Almost 25 years ago, living in LA and working in the film industry, I decided to write a screenplay. I had abandoned prose writing somewhere in college, having been scared straight out of the writing habit via the tender ministrations...Show More Summary

Newswire: Exclusive DC preview: Superheroes are celebrities in The Multiversity: The Just #1

Years in the making, Grant Morrison’s The Multiversity has thus far delivered precisely what readers have learned to expect from a new superhero event by Morrison: dense meta-commentary, intriguing takes on familiar concepts, and spectacular artwork by some of the industry’s top talents. Show More Summary

REVIEW: ‘Skippyjon Jones: Snow What’ reinvents a classic fairy tale for kids

Snow what? The latest installment of Skippyjon Jones plays off of the classic fairy tale Snow White. While the main character’s sisters can’t get enough of the Siamese cat with fur as white as show, their brother is bored.

Patron Saint of Decency & Feminism

Fanny Trollope, Anthony’s mother, taught America a thing or two about decency and feminism: her scathing pen wrote books about the excesses of American society and its alienation of women. Over at Bloom, Cynthia Miller Coffel writes about this trailblazing woman who should be considered “the patron saint of middle aged women writers.”

Our Ever-Shrinking World

This past month, my family had the wonderful privilege of hosting an exchange student in our house for two weeks. In that all-too-brief stay with us, it became very clear through our interactions with this German teenager at how small … Continue reading ?

Your Atomic Self: The Invisible Elements That Connect You to Everything Else in the Universe (EXCERPT)

One can only wonder how Albert Einstein might have wrestled with the still-open question of how inanimate atoms produce life. He freely acknowledged the limitations of human understanding, including his own, and in July 1945, he wrote, "We have to admire in humility the beautiful harmony of the structure of this world -- as far as we can grasp it. Show More Summary

Great Job, Internet!: Watch Nick Offerman get sensual, sweaty in Megan Amram’s Science…For Her! book trailer

Comedian and Parks And Recreation writer Megan Amram has put together the world’s least glamorous workout video to promote her new book, Science…For Her! The book, a satirical takedown of sexist beliefs about women’s role in the sciences, is presented as a Cosmo magazine version of a science textbook, and is set to hit stores on November 4. Show More Summary

REVIEW: ‘The Best American Comics 2014’ is impressive but imperfect

While many attended New York Comic Con earlier this month, I was reading "The Best American Comics 2014." Critics who opine that such cons are becoming less and less about, you know, the comics would have approved — but it's not like the book is a perfect introduction to, or wrap-up of, the art.

The Art of Dialogue: A Symposium

Everybody, shut up. Now, I realize that a group of writers like yourselves would jump all over the chance to point out the irony of me beginning a symposium on dialogue by telling everyone to shut up, but I don’t want to hear it, okay? Let’s just get this over with. Jane Smiley, let’s begin with you.

An Inspector and His Companion

It’s a bold move to claim that your book is Doctor Who meets Sherlock. If you’re going to call out two of the biggest names in nerdy-Anglophile culture, you’d better have the goods. Luckily, it seems that first-time author William Ritter does. … Continue reading ?

5 Steps to Becoming Creative on Command

You're a writer. It's your job to put words on the page. So you have a writing session here and there. But then the inevitable happens -- you get a case of writer's block. You assume this is supposed to happen. It's just part of the natural ebb and flow of being creative. Show More Summary

Lily King, Roz Chast and Kate Samworth Win Kirkus Prizes

The prizes, which each come with a $50,000 award, were handed out for the first time.


It’s been a while since I did a Wednesday What If and now that is October I am officially allowed to post all things horror or Halloween-y. I watched a couple of horror films the other day (You’re Next, The Signal which was really more sci-fi, and old favorite Wrong Turn) and started thinking about the Final Girls and horror films in general. Show More Summary

Big Issues: Lewis & Clark discover American horrors in the brilliant Manifest Destiny

Each week, Big Issues focuses on a newly released comic book of significance. This week, it’s Manifest Destiny #11. Written by Chris Dingess (Being Human, Reaper) with art by Matthew Roberts (Battle Pope: Mayhem) and colorist Owen Gieni...Show More Summary

Jimmy Fallon writing children's book: 'Your Baby’s First Word Will Be Dada'

Can you say dada? Jimmy Fallon, proud papa to Winnie Rose Fallon, tried. And tried. And tried. But the little darling just wouldn’t budge, saying “mama” instead.

End Games

Recommended Reading: Drew Nelles on Ben Lerner’s 10:04 and Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything.

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