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‘Clifford the Big Red Dog’ creator Norman Bridwell dies at 86

Author and illustrator Norman Bridwell died on Friday, Dec. 12, in Martha’s Vineyard at age 86. His publisher, Scholastic, announced the news

A Year in Reading: Emma Straub

Four of my favorites this year were story collections, which I suppose makes sense, given that stories take less time to read and are therefore a less intimidating enterprise for a new mother operating on very little sleep.

Newswire: R.I.P. Norman Bridwell, creator of Clifford The Big Red Dog

Norman Bridwell, creator of Clifford The Big Red Dog, has died. He was 86. Bridwell published the first Clifford book in 1963, landing at Scholastic after being rejected by nine other publishing houses. Ultimately, he wrote more than 150 books for the publisher, and more than 129 million copies of those books are in print in more than 13 languages. Show More Summary

Book of the Year: Guantanamo

In light of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence's recently released "Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency's Detention and Interrogation Program," conveniently timed to coincide with the annual onslaught of the literary...Show More Summary

Newswire: Jesse Ventura would rather sue than bodyslam publisher of American Sniper

He ain’t got time to bleed, but apparently he does got time to file lawsuits. Jesse (formerly “The Body”) Ventura has filed a suit against HarperCollins, the publisher of American Sniper, for defamation of character. Ventura claims that a derogatory story written about him within the book never took place. Show More Summary

Conversation About Billy Joel Bio With Author Fred Schruers

Fred Schruers and I discuss his Billy Joel: The definitive Biography (Crown).

Black Captain America leading comic book diversity

The new Captain America is black. Thor is a woman, Spider-Man is part-Puerto Rican and Ms. Marvel is Muslim.

Word Origins as Comics: Pay Attention To The Tension In Your Life

Tired of a pedantic approach to word origins?Try this for size. Our goal is to both educate and entertain. There's no better place to begin than with the language we use. So let's start there. Book One of fifteen books of educational comics by Larry Paros. More educational comics by Larry Paros -

‘Something Rotten!’ to Skip Seattle Premiere and Debut on Broadway in March

With a Broadway theater suddenly available, producers of the new musical comedy "Something Rotten!" dropped plans for a run in Seattle.

Neil Gaiman and J.H. Williams III talk Morpheus’ father and this week’s ‘Sandman: Overture’

When Neil Gaiman announced that he would be once again returning to his much beloved comic book series The Sandman with a

A Year in Reading: Carolyn Kellogg

The book is partly about a aging porn director, partly about a young couple absently plotting revenge against a cop, partly about a former paramedic's crime.

Smithsonian Sheet Music for Sale

More than 400 titles of digitized sheet music from the Smithsonian's collection are being offered for sale online, with profits to help support archival work.

Graves and Garbage: The Hard Life of an Archeologist

My sister, Cassandra, is an archeologist with the Parks Department in Montgomery County, Maryland. Lately, she has been supervising the excavation of a local farm where Josiah Henson had lived and worked as a slave during the first decades of the nineteenth century. Show More Summary

Kenneth Goldsmith: Reads Traffic Reports to Obama

Plagiarism, file sharing, inauthenticity and insincerity. Vivacious American poet, Kenneth Goldsmith, was unfazed about entertaining the White House: "I just said the things that I normally say." When American poet, Kenneth Goldsmith,...Show More Summary

Kenneth Goldsmith: Poetry in a Newspaper

Meet the playful American poet Kenneth Goldsmith, who demonstrates how poetry is all around us -- you just need to open your eyes to it, the way Goldsmith does in this video. With the poem, 'French Writer Wins Nobel,' Kenneth Goldsmith...Show More Summary

Big Hero 6: Movie Review

Big Hero 6 Directed By : Don Hall and Chris Williams Written By: Jordan Roberts and Daniel Gerson Genre : ANIMATED Rated : PG Time : 102 min Starring : Scott Adsit, Ryan Potter, Daniel Henney, T.J. Miller, Jamie Chung, and Damon Wayans Jr. Show More Summary

‘Beowulf’ Series Will Bring More Monsters to TV

The British network ITV is moving forward with a 13-part adaptation.


“Idea #2: Book opens to reveal it is hollow, contains one medium-sized onion. Review: ‘Multilayered… had me in tears.'” How to write a first novel that gets praised in the New York Times.

21 French Museums Will Add to Artsy’s Online Collection

Museums including the Louvre will join Artsy, which lets users browse more than 230,000 artworks.

Comics Panel: Bitch Planet soars, Secret Six stumbles, and Superior Foes says goodbye

Of all the obscure properties for Marvel to resurrect as part of Marvel Now!, there were few less likely candidates than The Deadly Foes Of Spider-Man. For those who don’t remember, Deadly Foes was a 1991 miniseries dedicated to Spider-Man’s—well, okay, not his deadliest—foes. Show More Summary

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