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The Book Report: Episode 2: Potemkin Pies and ‘Our Secret Life In the Movies’

Not discussed in this episode: cakes, quick breads, those French cookies Proust was always droning on about, Ashton Kutcher, pogs, and Izzy Stradlin.

What Do Your Dance Moves Say About You?

In my new book, Finding Mr. Brightside, Juliette gets dragged out onto the dance floor by twerking dervish Heidi and instinctive robot buster-outer Abram. What does any of that even mean? You're about to find out. Here are the 8 known dance floor archetypes (that I can currently think of): 1. Show More Summary

New Tina Satter Play Among Offerings at the Kitchen

Ms. Satter’s “Ancient Lives,” a darkly comic coming of age story with roots in 1980s teen films, will open the winter season.

The Oyster Review

The e-book subscription service Oyster has recently launched The Oyster Review, and we have reason to be excited: the first issue names our own Emily St. James Mandel‘s Last Night in Montreal “The Book of the Week” and features a look at the novel written by former Millions intern Rachel Hurn.

“Principally & Unaccountably Strange”

Murray Farish‘s debut collection, Inappropriate Behavior, includes tales of fictionalized or alternative history that incline toward the surreal. He discusses the “principally and unaccountably strange” with Evelyn Somers, who has written about his work before, at Bloom. Show More Summary

Canoodlers by Andrea Bennett

Melissa Adamo reviews Andrea Bennett's Canoodlerstoday in Rumpus Poetry.

Video Reviews of ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1,’ ‘A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night’ and ‘Happy Valley’

Times critics review “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1,” “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” and “Happy Valley.”

Reading With Mad Max: 7 of the Finest Apocalyptic Novels

By Ethan Reid for Off the Shelf The Walking Dead. 28 Days Later. The Hunger Games. As readers, we are drawn to apocalyptic stories for many reasons, like the constant chatter about global warming or our melting ice caps. The endgame is part of our social consciousness, as it should be. Show More Summary

Why Are We Embarrassed To Have Guilty Pleasure Reads?

My freshman-year roommate introduced me to Marian Keyes. She was sheepish as she presented me with Angels and Sushi for Beginners on my 19th birthday. She'd been a fan for awhile. "It's fluffy," she told me, indicating the telltale chick-lit...Show More Summary

Six Books to Read While You Wait For Your Favorite Shows to Return

We all love books at XOXO After Dark, but that doesn't mean we don't have our fair share of TV junkies on the team (as anyone who's seen our Bachelorette recaps will know!). So we were relieved when Kristin Harmel, author of The Life...Show More Summary

Dolls from Hell

Doll Making: A Creative Approach Laury 1970 Submitter: This book was found in the craft section of my local public library. It’s more about artistically crafted dolls you can make at home. Really, it’s just filled with creepy dolls. I know I won’t be able to get their face out of my head when I […]

Pineapples in a Hothouse: Writing Culture in ‘Dear Committee Members’ and ‘Twilight of the Eastern Gods’

As a promising Albanian writer, Kadare was invited to Moscow, where he met the odd mix of Party sycophants and belles-lettrists that was the Soviet intelligentsia.

Strange Characters: The Cinematic Pairings of Tim Burton and Johnny Depp

In anticipation of Tim Burton’s Big Eyes coming out on Christmas Day, I’ve been having my own Burton retrospective and recently watched Edward Scissorhands for the umpteenth time.  With this film, Burton found a kindred spirit in Johnny Depp that has … Continue reading ?

From Without You, There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea’s Elite

Even now, writing in Manhattan, my heart beats faster recalling that initial meeting. Oddly enough, the first word that came to my mind was beauty.

Friday Videos Like Pythagoras Switch

Anna Richland forwarded me a link to a long video of Rube Goldberg machines built for a Japanese children’s show called Pythagoras Switch. I didn’t want to embed an 18 minute video – that’s like asking you to get caught at work not working, right? But they are SO COOL. So here’s a short one:... Continue reading ?

116. Sarah, Elyse & Sarah MacLean: Historical Romance, Regency Pools and NPR

In this episode, Elyse and Sarah interview Sarah MacLean, New York Times bestselling author of historical romance. We talk about Billionaire Dinosaurs, but more about her upcoming book, Never Judge a Lady by her Cover, which comes out Tuesday, 25 November. Show More Summary

Big Issues: Morrison and Quitely tackle Watchmen and modern superheroes in Pax Americana

Each week, Big Issues focuses on a newly released comic book of significance. This week, it’s The Multiversity: Pax Americana #1. Written by Grant Morrison (All-Star Superman, Batman Incorporated) with art by Frank Quitely (All-StarShow More Summary

REVIEW: 'Texts from Jane Eyre' is LOL

"Texts from Jane Eyre" is an LOL reimagining of your favorite characters: No one is safe, not Achilles, Scarlett O’Hara or Harry Potter.

E-book review: ‘Find Me I’m Yours’ visionary piece of crap

In our multimedia world, it’s odd that books still constrained. Amy Poehler recently released “Yes, Please,” which includes snapshots, handwritten notes and bold graphic elements, such as a hot pink spread that simply says, “LIKE WHO LIKES YOU.” But with the advent of ebooks, it’s thrilling to see someone push, really push, the medium. Hillary Carlip has done just that.

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