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A Criminal Mastermind Might Be Closer Than You Think

How do you spot a mastermind of death or destruction? From my years as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney, I have put together a mnemonic. MASTERMIND Manipulative/ Murderous Amoral Scheming/Smart/Shrewd/Sociopathic/Sadistic Treacherous/Threatening Egocentric Rasputin-like Machiavellian/Malicious Infliction/...Show More Summary

Season of "The Witch": Fairy Tales for the Modern World

In a world that loves to categorize writers – he writes horror, say; she’s a journalist – Jean Thompson is uncategorizable. In fact, the only consistent thing you can say about the author of several award winning novels and collections...

Another Perspective

“I believe that just as much as teens fear time, adults do as well. It would be selfish of us to think that they can understand and accept our evolution into adulthood much easier than we can. Maybe in reality, teenagers and parents are scared of the same things.” The LARB runs a 15-year-old reader’s […]

Students and Residents Air Concerns After High School’s Cancellation of ‘Spamalot’

A Pennsylvania high school cancellation of a production of "Spamalot" roils members of the community.

Q: What Happens When an Athlete Suffers a Concussion? A: Poetry

Tom Lombardo spent his late teens and early 20s playing football as a running back at a state champion Western Pennsylvania high school, and then at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Over eight years, he experienced multiple concussions that affected his life during college and afterwards. Show More Summary

Human Resources: On Joshua Ferris

A writer as abundantly praised and rewarded as Joshua Ferris has also been misunderstood and even ill-served by reviewers.

'The Marco Effect' A Talk with Jussi Adler-Olsen

Photo credit: Bjarke Johansen Jussi Adler-Olsen is the internationally bestselling author of the Department Q series, which has sold almost fifteen million copies worldwide. That number is approximately three times the population of his home country, Denmark. Show More Summary

Dark Matter

Next week, Martin Amis will publish Zone of Interest, a dark new novel that takes place, like his earlier Time’s Arrow, in Nazi Germany during the Holocaust. In this week’s New Yorker, Joyce Carol Oates reviews the book, suggesting that Amis is most compelling when he writes as a “satiric vivisectionist.” You could also read our […]

My Journey to Feminism: How Questioning Religion Started It All

I was raised as a Lutheran and my life growing up was filled with religion; I not only went to church and Sunday school every week, I also went a Lutheran school. This meant that I had religion class every day in school and also that the values my school proclaimed were based in the Lutheran doctrine. Show More Summary

Women in Clothes by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, Leanne Shapton & 639 Others

Anisse Gross reviews Women in Clothes by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, Leanne Sharpton & 639 Others today in Rumpus Books.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez's works coming out for the first time as English e-books

E-books for some of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's best known work, including the novel "Love in the Time of Cholera," are coming out for the first time in English.

What to Expect

Chief among your more anxiety-producing kinds of literature is the genre of books geared towards expectant mothers. Examples of the genre offer every bit of advice imaginable — much of it contradictory — and condemn a laundry list of relatively common behaviors. At Salon, our own Lydia Kiesling recounts her own dive into the pregnancy-lit […]

Drawing Inspiration From Literary Pilgrimages

I am often asked the question that every writer is asked, "Where do you get your ideas?" Or if the questioner wants to sound more literary, "Where do you find inspiration?" I am never annoyed at the question, because I want to know the answer, too. Show More Summary

Groovy Decor

The Young Decorator Allen 1975 Ready to decorate your groovy pad? Solid! Here is a book for all your groovy decorating needs. Most of this decor could be characterized as “Brady Bunch” meets the “Jetsons” meets country chic. This is a textbook for high school, yet I found it in a smallish public library. I don’t think […]

Uninhibited, Robust, and Wide Open?

On September 5, the Evans Library of the Florida Institute of Technology sponsored a Banned Books Read-Out of censored comics and graphic novels. Dean of Libraries Sohair Wastawy recalls growing up in her native Egypt, which has seen its share of censorship, too. Show More Summary

Every Week Is Banned Books Week For Chicanos

Every week is banned books week for Chicanos. In Arizona, two Chicana high school students, Maya Arce and Korina Lopez, await word of when their case against Arizona HB 2281 goes up before the 9th Circuit Court of appeals. That's because...Show More Summary

How Censorship Shapes Literature

The problem with the history of censorship is that it looks so simple. It pits oppression against freedom of expression. But if you look harder, it appears more complicated -- and full of surprises. Having studied it under three authoritarian...Show More Summary

Cary Elwes’ memoir about ‘The Princess Bride’ named ‘As You Wish’ coming out in October

Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles... And memoirs.

Character Assasin: An Interview with Hilary Mantel

The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher is a horror story for her fans, a fantasy for her detractors. Either way, it’s shocking.

Tuesday New Release Day: Bezmozgis; Pratchett; Simpson; McCabe; Oliver; Moran

Out this week: The Betrayers by David Bezmozgis; A Slip of the Keyboard: Collected Nonfiction by Terry Pratchett; Ballroom by Alice Simpson; Hello Mr. Bones & Goodbye Mr. Rat by Patrick McCabe; Rooms by Lauren Oliver; and How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran, who released an essay collection two years ago. For more on these […]

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