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Big Issues: The Wicked + The Divine #8 is an exhilarating dance party with no music

Each week, Big Issues focuses on a newly released comic book of significance. This week, it’s The Wicked + The Divine #8. Written by Kieron Gillen (Phonogram, Young Avengers) with art by Jamie McKelvie (Phonogram, Young Avengers) and...Show More Summary

House of Cards Season 3, Episode 3 Recap: When Men Were Men

A state visit from the Russian president, and President Underwood sings!

Is Love an Art or a Craft?

Irving Singer was a philosopher whose Times obit ("Irving Singer, M.I.T. Professor Who Wrote 'The Nature of Love,' Dies at 89," NYT, 2/15/15) describes how he had written a three volume work devoted to one of the most over used words in the English language, one whose definition has stymied and challenged thinkers throughout history. Show More Summary

A New Direction for Our Nation? Let's Go by the Book. But Which One?

Books are a powerful force for change. They can inspire and spur large and important social movements and government action. Recent examples include Michael Harrington's "The Other America" (1962) which ignited the War on Poverty; Ralph...Show More Summary

Trekker Friday Fiction

Star Trek: The Truth Machine Cerf 1977 I found this browsing a collection looking for something for a patron and just got so excited. (I think the kid I was helping thought I was having some kind of “episode”) I had to get my hands on this book! I am a fan of the original series […]

Straight on Till Morning: Iconic Images from the Voyager Missions

I was too young to remember the moon missions. By the mid-1970s, the country had overcome its zeal for space exploration, leaving grainy tape of Apollo-Soyuz and Evel Knievel rocket bikes as sorry substitutes for a generation of Star Trek-addled brains yearning to go where no one had gone before.

Theories on Jim Harrison

“How is it possible that a smallish army of discerning readers agree that Jim Harrison is one of the few truly great living American writers, yet he has not gotten the wider audience—or the widespread praise—he so plainly deserves?” Our own Bill Morris has some theories.

Friday Videos Have Suggestions

From Gry, our Norwegian Friday Video Correspondent, comes this commercial from Carefree in Australia about what to name your….well, you’ll see. You can see the full set of very strange ads at their site. I’d like to see all of those used in a romance as soon as possible. Especially glitter cannon. I hope your weekend is perfectly named!

Friday Videos Love Adult Wednesday

From Gry, our Norwegian Friday Videos Correspondent, sent me a set of these - Adult Wednesday Addams, written by and starring Melissa Hunter. I think this one is my favorite: I hope your weekend is badass and giving only the compliments you welcome and appreciate!

Another Trip Through Another Kind of Monday

As per my reading resolutions, I’ve been revisiting books I read in my childhood. My latest trip down memory lane took me back to Another Kind of Monday by William E. Coles, Jr. The Pittsburgh-set young adult novel opens at … Continue reading ?

Empathy Is What Gives You Access: The Millions Interviews John Vaillant

Many Latin American immigrants could tell us stories if we took the time to listen to them. The trouble is, if we did, and we really took these stories in, it would be much harder to rationalize the billions of dollars spent “securing the border” against a conveniently faceless menace.

Black history month's books round-up

Before February ends, here’s a look back on some notable books by African-American authors you probably haven't heard of.

‘The Cipher’ is a YA thriller that keeps you guessing

“The Cipher” is an excellent thriller for all ages that depicts the brilliance of modern day encryption systems.

'The Knife' author wants readers to be 'uncomfortable'

Army veteran Ross Ritchell delivers a strong debut novel in "The Knife," cutting deep into the brutal reality of combat overseas.

Historian fights for Custer’s reputation

George Armstrong Custer is one of the most misunderstood and controversial figures in American history.

'Looking for Alaska' is just as engaging as ever

Ten years ago I picked up this book as a 15-year-old high school student and remember loving it.

SEE IT: The first six pages of ‘Fight Club 2’ comic book

Chuck Palahniuk gives a sneak peek of “Fight Club 2,” a comic book illustrated by Cameron Stewart.

Review: 'Star Wars: Heir to the Jedi'

Kevin Hearne's 'Star Wars' novel sends fans on a mission for the Rebel Alliance, from the iconic hero's point of view.

130. Action Adventure Romance: Elyse and Sarah Interview HelenKay Dimon

Elyse and Sarah talk with HelenKay Dimon about writing adventure and action romance, and about ways to describe the different kinds of romantic suspense. The audio gets a little muddy around 22 and 26 minutes – my apologies for that...

AVQ&A: Assuming the afterlife exists, in what fictional world do you want to spend it?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Show More Summary

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