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Food Tank's Fall Reading List: 20 Great Books About Food

Food Tank has selected 20 books that entertain, inform, and reaffirm the importance of food and agriculture. From sustainable seafood to ethical eating to field guides for food activists, these books highlight innovative and creative...Show More Summary

When Your Intuition Is Right

Things started to go wrong in the summer of 2011. We had just built a beautiful house by the beach in our coastal town of Westport, Connecticut. I was at culinary school, taking the train in to the city every day, and continuing to write...Show More Summary

Strong Land

"Writing a great thriller is like assembling a puzzle," explained author Jon Land recently when he called me from his home in Rhode Island. "When the reader first starts a book they should understand something about the pieces but not...Show More Summary

‘Sex Criminals’ creators give you the worst sex advice ever with ‘Just the Tips’

Let’s start with a question: Are you reading Sex Criminals? Because you should be. Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky’s comic about

As You Wish: Cary Elwes’ New Book on The Princess Bride

Inconceivable! Can it be true? Fans of The Princess Bride (and how could one not be?) will surely be delighted to hear that Cary Elwes, the actor who played Westley/Farm Boy/The Dread Pirate Roberts in the 1987 film adaptation of the book has come out with a book of his own. Out next month, As […]

How I Wrote It: "Dark, Dirty, Fierce" - Merritt Tierce, on "Love Me Back"

Who knew the life of a waitress could be so brutal, compelling, and nasty. Merritt Tierce's gripping and gritty debut novel Love Me Back is the story of Marie, a single mom in Texas who can't seem to stay away...

Can Sam Harris Wake Us Up? (Part 2)

Most of us recognized ourselves in the mirror this morning.  The person looking back at us has a familiar name, a family, a job.  He (or she) carries around a long menu of likes and dislikes, along with a personal history from the moment we emerged from the womb. Show More Summary

The 'World Enough and Time' of The Wire

According to the Merriam Webster dictionary the first known use of the word serial was in 1840, as would seem appropriate to an industrial era beginning to mass produce parts to assemble into new kinds of wholes. The first definition...Show More Summary

The Politics of Women's Writing About Food

Cooking and dining with others train us in modes of feeling and behavior that are the foundation for democracy itself. While writing my food memoir, Tasting Home, I avoided reading anything analytical about women and food. (I had been...Show More Summary

Your Author Platform Is Not Your Social Media Following

I've spent the past five or six years not only educating authors about how to build an author platform, but about how to position themselves in such a way that the platform they already have truly shines. So this week, when I received...Show More Summary

Peek Inside the Lives of Travel Writers With the New Novel, The Junketeers

In the gripping and hilarious novel The Junketeers, Marin Flynn has toiled for years as a food magazine editor living in New York City. For Marin, art lies in food. For example, she obsesses over salt. "If I could take only one thing to a desert island it would be salt. Show More Summary

On the Books: Harry Potter collector sets Guinness World Record

Menahem Asher Silva Vargas might need to find the Room of Requirement. The Mexico City man probably could use some

'The Lost Key': A Talk With Catherine Coulter

Photo: Charles Bush Catherine Coulter has written 73 novels in various genres and has topped the New York Times bestseller list 67 times. She's written historical romance novels, contemporary romance, and FBI suspense thrillers. Her new series, "A Brit in the FBI," features Nicholas Drummond, a British citizen who works with the FBI. Show More Summary

The Raymond Chandler Map of Los Angeles

It was still hot in Los Angeles, the Santa Ana winds were blowing in from the desert. I went up to the studio and opened the windows. The smell of the restaurant downstairs drifted up, the traffic moved slowly on the boulevard and IShow More Summary

Newswire: Portland, join The A.V. Club for cocktails and literature

Hey Portland, you’re up! The A.V. Club is coming to visit, and we’re once again bringing Basil Hayden’s Bourbon with us. On October 8, we’ll be at Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider where we’ll host an evening of mingling, cocktails, and food. Show More Summary

National Book Foundation Announces the List of 5 Under 35

Every year, book lovers look forward to the National Book Foundation's announcement of their "5 under 35"—a list of young, talented authors selected by a committee of former National Book Award nominees. Each member on the committee picks one of...

REVIEW: Is ‘Scandals of Classic Hollywood’ scandalous enough?

With her coiled, nearly white coif, screen dame Jean Harlow was the original blond bombshell. Rumor has it that the toxic concoction that she dumped on her locks — peroxide, ammonia, Clorox, and more — poisoned her.

Witty Pun of Some Kind

“In addition, irrelevant and misleading personal anecdote. However, oversimplification of first Googled author (citation: p. 37). Thesis statement which doesn’t follow whatsoever from the previous.” A generic college paper.

Hollywood, Behind the Camera

The following is excerpted from Hollywood Frame by Frame: The Unseen Silver Screen in Contact Sheets, 1951-1997. Introduction, by Author Karina Longworth In the pre-digital era, contact sheets offered a quick, visual summary of a photo shoot, and photographers, editors,...

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