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Roald Dahl’s Subversive Storytelling

In stories like “Matilda” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” Margaret Talbot writes, adults who mistreat children get grotesque comeuppances.

Andrew Sean Greer reads “It’s a Summer Day”

The author Andrew Sean Greer reads his short story “It’s a Summer Day,” from the June 19, 2017, issue of The New Yorker magazine.

The Leopard King by Ann Aguirre

So, while I’d like to start this review off by describing why I loved this book – and I did love this book – I instead feel the need to begin with a content warning for self harm and some suicidal ideation. There’s no indication of this in the book’s description and the first mention happens only a few pages in. Show More Summary

The Leopard King by Ann Aguirre

So there was this time back in the day when I decided to get married, which was, in retrospect, pretty obviously a terrible idea. Not as terrible as the Japanese kanji tattoo my brother got when he was seventeen (note: we are not Japanese;...Show More Summary

Movie Review: My Cousin Rachel

Take Rachel Weisz, and the rugged landscape of Cornwall, and Sam Claflin in the role of a Gothic Heroine, and base it on a mindfuck from Daphne du Maurier, and you have a VERY pretty mindfuck of a movie. Based on the book of the same...Show More Summary

My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier

This summer we are graced with a movie version of My Cousin Rachel, which delights me no end. The question is, what version of the story will we see? It would be completely possible to make multiple different versions of this story,Show More Summary

Whatcha Reading? June 2017 Edition

It’s Whatcha Reading time! This is where we talk about the books we’ve read in the past month, whether they’re good, bad, or just meh. It’s an expensive post and pretty damaging to the ol’ book budget, but it’s oh so much fun. Besides, who doesn’t love talking about books? Redheadedgirl: You literally caught me between books. Show More Summary

Table for Three: Al Franken and Olivia Wilde: Calling a Lie a Lie

The senator and the actress discuss truth and untruth in the age of “alternative facts” and the importance of thinking for yourself.

New Transcript for Podcast 2!

With the help of the wonderful patrons of the podcast on Patreon, I’ve started commissioning transcripts from Garlic Knitter for the oldest episodes in our archives – starting with our first interview. Ah, the early days. This episode was recorded with the help of Morgan Doremus – all our 2009 episodes were. Thank you, Morgan!

The Book Review Podcast: China’s World

Howard W. French talks about “Everything Under the Heavens,” and Judith Newman discusses new books about how to grieve and how to die.

Celebrating Joyce at Bloom’s Tavern, of Course

Devotees of Joyce and the novel “Ulysses” met in a Manhattan tavern for Bloomsday breakfast, a fictional meal in the book that occurred on June 16, 1904.

Newsbook: Three Books on Puerto Rico’s Statehood vs. Independence Debate

As politicians debate the merits of statehood before Congress, here are three books that shed light on the various visions for Puerto Rico’s future.

Great Job, Internet!: The story behind Watchmen’s iconic blood-stained smiley face

The first thing you see when you open a copy of Watchmen, the legendary comic series from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, is a little yellow smiley face sitting in a pool of blood. The smiley image recurs throughout the book and went on to become its signature motif, adorning T-shirts and coffee mugs and pins on messenger bags the world over. Show More Summary

Neal Stephenson on magic, technology, and the lure of long books

One of Justin Trudeau's and Barack Obama's favourite writers teams up with Nicole Galland for 'The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.' The post Neal Stephenson on magic, technology, and the lure of long books appeared first on

In her inventive novel 'The Answers,' Catherine Lacey experiments with the components of love

“Such a serious thing we are doing, and no one really knows how to do it," Catherine Lacey declares in her new novel, “The Answers.” She’s talking about love and the way we clumsily master it over the course of our lives, or maybe never figure it out at all. This is Lacey’s specialty: She captures...

A murder, a memoir and the secrets that bind them together

The murder occurred in February 1992, in a shabby house in a small town in Louisiana. A 6-year-old boy named Jeremy Guillory was looking for his friend Joey. Beloved BB gun in his hand, he knocked on Joey’s door. The man who opened it was Ricky Langley, a 26-year-old man who lived with Joey’s family...

NEW: Pavilion Books Group

Pavilion Books is a thriving independent London-based publisher specialising in illustrated books for the UK […] The post NEW: Pavilion Books Group appeared first on Bookswarm | A digital agency dedicated to the world of books.

NEW: Annabel Kantaria

Website design and build for Dubai-based author of ‘domestic noir’ Annabel Kantaria. The post NEW: Annabel Kantaria appeared first on Bookswarm | A digital agency dedicated to the world of books.

Bad news sells in the 'The Last Kid Left'

“Fake news” is old news — people have been showering contempt on journalists long before the last presidential election. Nonfiction books like “All the President’s Men” might honor the profession. But in the public imagination — as well as novels, movies and TV shows — reporters are usually bumblers,...

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