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Witchcraft, Tarot Cards, and Tea Cups Full of Blood

witches Suzette Smith Comics artist and writer Dame Darcy, seen here as a mermaid, has just released a new collection of her work: The Meat Cake Bible. “I’m just telling the truth from a mermaid’s perspective, from a woman’s perspective,” Dame Darcy tells me about Meat Cake Bible, her newly released collection of comics. Show More Summary

Newswire: Max Brooks to write the first Minecraft novel in a possible series

At this point in the Minecraft hype-cycle, it’s noteworthy to point out that there isn’t already a Minecraft novel. It’s enjoyed a fair-to-middling performance in the gaming market, MINECON just wrapped up in Anaheim, and Rob McElhenney...Show More Summary

How Will "Tampa" Change With Harmony Korine at the Helm?

Vanessa Willoughby Tampa, the gender-swapped Lolita novel by Alissa Nutting, is about perverted power trips and an unexpected femme fatale set loose in suburban Florida. Last month, news broke that director Harmony Korine is working on a film adaptation of the book. Show More Summary

7 Must-Read Books for Podcast Junkies

By Allison Tyler | Off the Shelf I used to lament that I wasn't alive to enjoy the golden age of radio, but now I feel lucky to be living in the golden age of podcasts. These perfect commuting companions cover every subject imaginable...Show More Summary

Destruction to Desolation: Shriver's Course of Empire

It's hard to classify Lionel Shriver's latest novel, The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047, as futuristic dystopian fiction if for no other reason than the present direction and momentum of the U.S. could bring us something like Shriver's vision in a decade or so. Show More Summary

Newswire: The spy thriller goes psychedelic in this NSFW exclusive of Mayday #1

The early ’70s were a crazy time. The ’60s brought about major cultural shifts that the world was still adjusting to while international relations became increasingly fraught, and these two threads converge in the new Image Comics miniseries Mayday, an espionage thriller jacked up on sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll. Show More Summary

James Dashner's Reading List

If you haven't yet read James Dashner's best-selling Maze Runner series I highly recommend it for the next book on your list--the latest one is just out tomorrow. So what books does Dashner recommend? We've got his top five favorite...

Cultural appropriation: It's about more than pho and sombreros

College students in blackface. A white chef telling people how to eat Vietnamese pho. Students of color who consider bad sushi in the dining hall to be a cultural insult. A white writer writing about nonwhite people in a clumsy fashion. These are some of the incidents of “cultural appropriation,”...

Waiting for Lipchitz at Chateau Marmont -- A Contemporary Hollywood Satire c/o Novelist Aris Janigian

Aris Janigian's latest novel--a scathing dispatch of Hollywood and American culture both-- has spent over 5 weeks on the L.A. Times Bestseller list. I recently spoke to Aris by phone about this most enticing and original of projects-one...Show More Summary

Exclusive First Look: Claire Cameron’s ‘The Last Neanderthal’

Today we reveal the cover of staffer Claire Cameron's upcoming novel, 'The Last Neanderthal.' The post Exclusive First Look: Claire Cameron’s ‘The Last Neanderthal’ appeared first on The Millions.

New Music Monday: Uncle Meg

Katie Presley It’s easy to poke fun at the excesses and eccentricities of pop celebrities, but we all love the glitter and gold they represent. That’s the non-joke at the heart of rapper Uncle Meg’s latest single as a solo artist, “Taylor...Show More Summary

How Deadlines Set You Free

Most people view deadlines like a cage. I think that deadlines set you free. A person is a being a flux. They are always changing. Beyond simple decisions, it’s the way we perceive things around us. We look at the world […] The post How Deadlines Set You Free appeared first on Long Tail Writing.

Scuba Duba

The New Science of Skin and Scuba Diving Council for National Co-Operation in Aquatics New Revised Edition, 1970 Submitter: Think things might have changed in the world of scuba diving since 1970? My favorite is the one with the diver and the mermaid — looks like an outtake from “Splash.” Holly: Ha! Yes, it does. […]

Great Job, Internet!: J.K. Rowling reviewed the Violent Femmes’ debut album on Tumblr

There’s a Tumblr page called Ruth And Martin’s Album Club that’s built on a simple concept: Each week, they get a guest to pick a “critically acclaimed album they’ve never listened to” and then offer their opinion of the album after listening to it “at least three times.” This week, Ruth And Martin’s Album Club managed to land J.K. Show More Summary

How I Broke My Fear Of Public Speaking By Doing It Nude

It seems that no matter how many nude events I attend, I spend weeks beforehand feeling anxious -- wasting so much energy on negativity, feelings of insecurity about body image, or wanting to look my best nude. Hosting my first-ever All-Nude Book Launch Party in NYC was no exception. Show More Summary

Killing Me Softly

One day I went to work on my novel and, to my surprise, a part of it had been rewritten. My boyfriend, seeing my unease, told me that he had done it, that he thought I needed to be funnier. The post Killing Me Softly appeared first on The Millions.

Nonfiction: Why Do We Love to Curse So Much?

“What the F” and “In Praise of Profanity” examine the linguistics, neurology, sociology — and just plain fun — of cursing.

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