Nearly everyone loves The Wizard of Oz, and most of us have seen it enough times to quote certain lines verbatim ("I'll get you my pretty, and your little dog too!") or break into an a cappella version of 'We're Off to See the Wizard" at a moment's notice. Show More Summary
To date, Hercule Poirot, the Belgian detective created by Agatha Christie, is the only fictional character to get his own obit in the Times. At the LARB, Rumblr editor Molly McArdle looks back on Poirot, the very long-running TV series that ended on November 13th. (h/t The Rumpus)
The popularity of Joshua Katz’s American dialect maps inspired The Atlantic to create their own dialect video. In it, Atlantic staff members call people from across the country, recording them so listeners can hear their accents, and ask them to answer questions from a 2003 Harvard survey.
In the Times, Dwight Garner reviews the new edition of Bartlett’s Familiar Black Quotations, a compendium of quotes from notable black writers dating from ancient times to the present. Among other figures, Thurgood Marshall, Ralph Ellison, Zora Neale Hurston and Cory Booker all have quotes in the book.
Author Rachel DeWoskin talks with her father-in-law, educator, writer, and activist Bill Ayers, about the private man behind the mythos and demonization of his public persona.
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Book Review Jackie K Cooper GONE by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge The stories concerning New York City Detective Michael Bennett are among the most popular James Patterson has written. Now with number six in the series, GONE, Patterson and his co-writer Michael Ledwidge have continued the enjoyment and the thrills. Show More Summary
Novelists, poets, and playwrights aren’t the only people who can call themselves writers. Don’t forget the oft begrudged screenwriters. The New York Times highlights 14 of this year’s best screenwriters, including Julie Deply and Seth Rogen, and asks them for writing advice and one original line of dialogue for some excellent short films. Our favorite […]
On Saturday, President Obama and his daughters made their annual trek to a DC-area independent book shop in support of Small Business Saturday. The President visited iconic D.C. store Politics & Prose, and bought up an armload full of books, including Jhumpa Lahiri's "The Lowland" and James...
I love it when well known people agree with me, especially when they time it to go with a piece I am working on. Super-agent Andrew Wylie did just that, taking on Amazon in an interview in The New Republic that’s gotten some traction and deserves more.
Recommended Reading: Mallory Ortberg wrote an entire short story based on stage directions at The Toast.
Americans tend to remember sacred dates: the day Kennedy got shoot or the Twin Towers fell. For many Boomers, there's another date with an upcoming anniversary: December 1, 1969, the night our government reinstated the draft lottery for the first time since WWII. Show More Summary
Before we finish the leftovers from Thanksgiving and head into December, let’s revisit one of the Best of the Month picks for November in Comics and Graphic Novels: Hellboy: The Midnight Circus by Mike Mignola and Duncan Fegredo. Demons and...
Lydia Kiesling reviews Donna Tartt's THE GOLDFINCH today in The Rumpus Book Reviews.
Patrick James Dunagan reviews Dan Beachy-Quick's A Brighter Word than Bright: Keats at Work today in Rumpus Poetry.
by SB Sarah What do you do with a rather revolting historical figure from Regency England? Take his strengths, divide them into four lead characters, and turn him into a romance series, of course. What do you do when you discover the...Show More Summary
by SB Sarah More digital reading! More giveaways! More Thanksgivukkah Mayhem! Today's giveaway? I have a Kobo Aura 6" digital e-Ink reader from Kobo! Thanks, Kobo!! The kind and wonderful folks at KOBO sent me an Aura recently, and said, if I wanted, I could give it away to one of y'all. Show More Summary
by SB Sarah I've been tweeting the books I find on sale at #bfbooks because...holy crap, you guys. So many books and deals today. If you see some, please post in the comments or email me - I'll be continuing to tweet them as I find them! Here...Show More Summary
by SB Sarah Got leftovers? Got a day off? (I hope so!) We're continuing the 2013 Smart Bitches Thanksgivukkah Celebration with more giveaways! And also piles of leftovers because leftover Thanksgiving is the best kind of leftovers! Today's giveaway? I'm giving away one Google Nexus 7" Tablet - 32 GB. I love a good GB. Show More Summary
by SB Sarah Some outstanding one-day deals today, so you can go read and hide from the family or from the nonstop cooking extravaganza going on in the kitchen. The Best Man by Kristan Higgins is the KDD today - $1.99 for one day only! Higgins' books are contemporary romance comedy, and much loved by many readers. Show More Summary