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“Pixel Dust”

“In the end, no special effects, dazzling displays, augmented realities, or multimodal cross-platform designs substitute for content. Scholarship, good scholarship, the work of a lifetime commitment to working in a field — mapping its...Show More Summary

The Last Book I Loved: Krabat

1982 was a shitty year. I was 9 years old and in the 4th grade in Appleton, Wisconsin. My parents were going through a nasty divorce, the kind of thing you see on Jerry Springer.

Graphic Novel Friday: Hello Kitty(!) at 40

Hello Kitty is 40 years old. How did this happen? I remember first encountering Hello Kitty’s visage in a puffy sticker pack belonging to my sister. Then she appeared on purses, backpacks, notebooks, clothes, cards, and soon celebrities began to...

The Rumpus Weekly Review of Books

Women in Clothes, the sexism of Haruki Murakami, and poems about Gertrude Stein and desire.

If Time Were an Ocean

Omaha Courthouse Lynching of Will Brown, 1919. Public Domain. All I had was time, so for two solid weeks, I had meticulously followed the unfolding story in Ferguson, Missouri. An unnamed white law enforcement officer had killed an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown on August 9. Show More Summary

Hope, Friendship, and Intrigue: Nine Books to Keep You Company this Fall

Books make great friends; they can pick you up when you are down, teach you something new, or transport you to another time and place. Whether you are looking for something to restore your faith in humanity, spend some time with friends,...Show More Summary

The Fame Lunches

There is an obligatory and routine sanctimony to op-ed columns mourning the loss of the celebrity who didn't make it. These antics usually last about a week in which the repetition becomes numbing and something more lurid (a football player delivering knock out punch tho his wife for instance) takes over. Show More Summary

Weekend Reading: Dames, Games, and Ghosts

As we put the finishing touches on our October reading and our Best of the Books of the Month lists, our attention turns to November as we try to get a jump on reading for the next round. (This good...

Newswire: Marvel settles its longstanding dispute with Jack Kirby’s family

Marvel Comics and the family of Jack Kirby have settled their long-running dispute over the family’s rights to characters the legendary artist created for the company, just days before the Supreme Court was scheduled to consider the case. Show More Summary

The Dead and the Pre-Dead

“For obit writers, the whole world is necessarily divided into the dead and the pre-dead. That’s all there is.” The Paris Review interviews Margalit Fox, a senior writer for The New York Times, on the complicated art of obituaries.

Let's Trash Books

Like finally being asked out by the cute boy at school and then finding out he has really bad breath and no personality, Life in the Boomer Lane has lately been disappointed by a couple best-selling books. These are works of fiction that have glowing recommendations from readers and high marks from critics. Show More Summary

You Said It: Customer Reviews of Amazon's Best Books of the Month

Now it's your turn. Here's what a few Amazon customers are saying about five of the books we selected as the Best Books of September. We should point out that since all of these are books that our editors deemed...

What We’re Reading Now: ‘This is Where I Leave You’ by Jonathan Tropper

I have a pretty strict rule about reading books before their cinematic counterparts. If you’re reading this column I sort

WATCH: This Talk Will Make You Question How Much You Really Know About Everything

Stories make us who we are. In this inspiring talk, writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie beautifully conveys the importance of seeking out many stories from different points of view to form our understanding of the world. TED Weekends has brought you more than 100 stories since it began in 2012. Show More Summary

Newswire: Exclusive DC preview: War rages in Azzarello and Chiang’s penultimate Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman underwent a dramatic resurgence in the New 52 under the guidance of writer Brian Azzarello, artist Cliff Chiang, and colorist Matthew Wilson, gaining a new origin that placed her firmly in the pantheon of Greek gods. Combining...Show More Summary


Sarah Pitre reviews Meg Wolitzer‘s first YA novel, Belzhar, for Kirkus Reviews, and while we were already looking forward to the novel, now we’re doubly interested.

Does Speed Reading Really Work, and If So, How Do You Do It?

What can I learn right now in just 10 minutes that could be useful for the rest of my life?: originally appeared on Quora: The best answer to any question. Ask a question, get a great answer. Learn from experts and get insider knowledge. Show More Summary

Building an Immortal Man

It turns out there are a lot of immortal characters out there. I didn't appreciate this point until after I added to that large collection of the undying with my own submission, Immortal. (I know: no points for title originality.) IShow More Summary

On the Books: ‘Maze Runner’ author James Dashner to pen prequel

Young adult author James Dashner will write a prequel to his bestselling post-apocalyptic trilogy, The Maze Runner, after 20th Century Fox’s film adaptation

12 Fall Must-Reads: From award contenders to buzzy celeb memoirs

Now that summer is officially, thoroughly over, autumn will bring plenty of high-profile offerings, from Neil Patrick Harris’ choose-you-0wn-adventure memoir

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