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
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...
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
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
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.
The second season of Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland’s hilariously odd animated show Rick and Morty won’t be airing on Adult
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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
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 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
Almost 90 years after the death of Antoní Gaudí, Chile plans to build a chapel based on his designs.
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 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.
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
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
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
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
On Jan. 8, the day before his sold-out debut at Carnegie Hall, comedian/author/eternal Twitter presence Patton Oswalt stopped by the
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