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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

A Christmas Read About Auschwitz

A compelling and poetic reflection on what it took to escape and survive the aftermath of human extinction is Göran Rosenberg's "A Brief Stop, On the Road from Auschwitz." We pick up at the beginning on a child's voice reflecting our...Show More Summary

Newswire: Here are some details on Judy Blume’s first adult book in 15 years

A few details have finally been released on Judy Blume’s first adult book in more than 15 years. Publisher Alfred A. Knopf announced this past June that Judy Blume, an author beloved by preteens for more than four decades, was working on the book. Show More Summary

Board Games, Banshees, and More

Today at Amazon, select board games are 50% off.  I saw Spot It! on the list,  which was one of the games recommended by Elyse in our recent gift guide of games. Spot It! isn’t expensive to begin with, but at 50% off, it’s $7.49, which is terrific. Show More Summary

Time Management for Creative Types

Time management sounds like such a dry topic, but it's really about letting some things go so that you can do what you love. These two strategies won't work for everyone, and it's of critical importance to discern which strategy works best for you. Strategy 1: Creative Mayhem Elizabeth Gilbert is my success icon. Show More Summary

A Year in Reading: Michele Filgate

For the longest time, literature has been my identity. Who am I without other peoples words?

Not for Us

It’s easy to find essays targeted at writers that argue that rejection isn’t really that bad. In her new book, How to Not Write, Lisa Carver takes the argument a step further, as she says that not only does rejection not hurt you, it “frees you” and “facilitates action.” At The Rumpus, an excerpt from the […]

Pottermore Christmas, day 5: Dumbledore remembers Tom Riddle

Today’s Pottermore riddle is brought to you in part by Kid Voldemort, a.k.a. Tom Riddle. In day five of the

Rainey Royal by Dylan Landis

Christen Leppla reviews Rainey Royal by Dylan Landis to day in Rumpus Books.

By George: Georgian Era Historical Romance

As a student of the works and life of Jane Austen and devotee of historical romance, my favorite time period is the Regency era, which roughly falls between 1811 and 1820, when King George III’s son, the Prince of Wales, took … Continue reading ?

Dash and Daring Never Go Out of Style

I am a connoisseur of old swashbuckling stories, the kind of historical adventure tales that were arguably the western world's most popular form of fiction in the hundred years from the publication of Walter Scott's Ivanhoe in 1820 to Johnston McCulley's first Zorro novel in 1919. Show More Summary

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