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Five Libraries That Go Beyond Books

Image courtesy Flickr user Edison German Public libraries can often go under-appreciated in the days of Netflix, Spotify and Kindle. But that doesn't mean they should go unnoticed. As many public libraries grapple with how to stay relevant...Show More Summary

Mistakes Were Made. Dana Cowin Helps Us Fix Them.

I first became aware of Dana Cowin through my love affair with Top Chef where Cowin, the editor-in-chief of Food & Wine magazine, is a guest judge every season. Then last fall came her first cookbook, Mastering My Mistakes in...

How To You Kill Your Darlings and Lose 100 Pages

In his iconic memoir on writing, Stephen King says, "Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler's heart, kill your darlings." In my case, I haven't just killed my darlings. I've conducted a bloodbath. Show More Summary

One No-Fail Writer's Routine

photo by Dave Fayram I love reading about the routines of famous writers. Franz Kafka, for instance, rarely started his writing day before 11 p.m., and then only wrote for an hour or two. He was urged by others not to be such a "waster of time" and to reorganize his day. Show More Summary

Belgian Artist’s Painting Infringes Upon Photographer’s Work, Court Rules

The Belgian artist Luc Tuymans's painting of a sweating politician infringes on a news photo of the politician Jean-Marie Dedecker, a court ruled.

‘Rick and Morty’ comic book preview: An exclusive first look at the cover and the first six pages of issue no. 1

The second season of Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland’s hilariously odd animated show Rick and Morty won’t be airing on Adult

Outline, Detailed

Recommended Reading: Hannah Tennant-Moore on Rachel Cusk’s Outline.

The Dying Magazine Blues

I love magazines, which is why I am alarmed and dismayed by the fact that they're doomed. How do I know? I've read about it, of course. In magazines. Not only that, but I process the incoming periodicals at the library where I work, which means I can actually see them dwindling before my eyes. Show More Summary

Newswire: The Marvel Universe as we know it is coming to an end

The original Marvel Universe, created more than five decades ago, is coming to a close. Newsarama reports that at a live Secret Wars Kick-Off press event in New York, Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso and Senior Vice President of Publishing...Show More Summary

Black Metal: The Evolution of the Cult

Black Metal: The Evolution of the Cult is the first book that I'm aware of that treats the subject of black metal music with academic seriousness. Journalist and photographer Dayal Patterson is clearly aware that history is messy and...Show More Summary

A Plan for a Chapel in Chile Based on Designs by Gaudí

Almost 90 years after the death of Antoní Gaudí, Chile plans to build a chapel based on his designs.

A Box of Powerful Things: The Millions Interviews Miranda July

I’m not ever interested really in people’s parents or their backstory. I mean, some writers — and especially screenwriters — that’s just part of your homework, where everyone’s come from and what their whole psychology is. It just doesn’t get me going.

“The heart belongs to the tide and the deep alone”

The upcoming Supreme Court decision on gay marriage is drawing a lot of attention. But what about the other ruling — the one aimed at grizzled old men? At The Onion, a report on Justice Alito’s recent decision, which tersely states that marriage is a pact between a man and the sea.

Watch Me Go: A Talk With Mark Wisniewski

Photo: Elizabeth Rendfleisch Pushcart Prize and Tobias Wolff Award winner Mark Wisniewski has been part of the literary world for decades. His third novel, Watch Me Go, received early praise from Salman Rushdie. More than 100 of Mark's...Show More Summary

Top Ten Best-Selling Ebooks -- Week of January 17

As of last week, at least two Big Five publishers had begun setting their own prices again on ebooks sold through Amazon. So far, that has yet to shake up the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller List. Simon & Schuster goes from seeing...Show More Summary

The Top 10 Ways Your Library Can Help You Keep Your New Year's Resolution

Every January millions of people make resolutions to improve themselves in some way. Whether it's to eat healthier, volunteer more often or learn a new language many of these people give up after only a few months for various reasons, mostly because it's difficult to change their ways. Show More Summary

A Gronking to Remember by Lacey Noonan

I love contemporary sports romances. I may not be fully invested in contemporaries as a whole, but put a muscled up man in a snug-fitting uniform and I’m there. But this…this was not what I had in mind. Moving to New England has certainly...Show More Summary

Watch Patton Oswalt explain what Charlize Theron taught him about acting

On Jan. 8, the day before his sold-out debut at Carnegie Hall, comedian/author/eternal Twitter presence Patton Oswalt stopped by the

AVQ&A: What are you reading in January?

We’ve expanded the regular AVQ&A discussion prompts to ask several of our regular contributors (and you) a simple question: What are you currently reading? If you have suggestions for future AVQ&A questions, big or small, email them to us here. Show More Summary

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