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Revisiting States of Desire

The award winning author Edmund White slices, dices and generally chronicles "gay culture" in 29 books spanning over four decades. His insouciant and poignant travelogue, States of Desire, is a description of gay life in all the major cities of the United States in the late 1970's before the onslaught of the AIDS epidemic. Show More Summary

How to Overcome Marketing Talent, Tech and Strategy Gaps: An Interview with Paul Roetzer

More than ever, technology continues to permeate every aspect of our lives--and marketing is no exception. New technologies, innovations, and changing consumer behaviors have left many businesses struggling to keep pace. To this end, I...Show More Summary

The Abandoned Whore House at the End of Town

Sometimes people ask me where I get the inspiration for my novels. Usually I don't know, but once in awhile, I can pinpoint exactly where an idea comes from. The other day I came across something I lifted right out of my childhood. As a child, I spent my summers in a Western mining town that had seen better days. Show More Summary

“Because I speak in tongues”

Friday would have been Ray Bradbury’s 94th birthday, which is why Dan Piepenbring, at The Paris Review Daily, looked back on one of Bradbury’s classic stories and picked out some choice quotes from his Art of Fiction interview. Piepenbring also pointed out that the story gets a mention in, among other places, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar […]

Newswire: People don’t like Spider-Woman’s butt because of Islam, says illustrator

Marvel’s editorial staff knew they were heading for trouble when they hired Milo Manara. There’s no way they’re so out of touch that they thought that hiring a guy known for his extremely NSFW illustration style was a good move at a time when the company is actively trying to expand its female readership, right? Well, maybe they are. Show More Summary

Oh, Calcutta: Bishwanath Ghosh and his 'Longing and Belonging'

Writing narratives about cities is different from penning travelogues. In a travelogue, the journey is often long, and the landscape is often vast. Perhaps the best known of those who made such journeys is the 14th century traveler Ibn...Show More Summary

Certain Loyalties

In his novels and plays, Sebastian Barry often focuses on segment of Irish society that tends to get ignored in literature — the Irishmen who fought for the British Empire in the first and second World Wars. At Full-Stop, John Cussen reads The Temporary Gentleman, which portrays a British officer, Jack McNulty, who sets out to write his memoirs. […]

Eden Baylee Is a Stranger at Sunset

Eden Baylee left a 20-year banking career to become a full-time writer. She incorporates many of her favorite things into her writing such as: travel; humor; music; poetry; art; and much more. Stranger at Sunset is her first mysteryShow More Summary

Robot Clown Mob

Kickstart Comics has been putting out very cool, cutting edge comics for a few years now. The ready for prime time stories have been joined by the latest edition, Robot Clown Mob, set in an alternate universe whose hyper-real attention...Show More Summary

In Conversation with Paul Holdengräber (The Prequel)

Last week the Huffington Post republished a conversation that I had with the NYPL's Paul Holdengräber for Full Stop. That piece was actually our second conversation for Full Stop. Below is my first conversation with the great Paul Holdengräber...Show More Summary

Book Review: Your Face In Mine diagnoses racial dysphoria, a condition to be surgically corrected

When literary fiction dares examine the issue of race at all, it is usually done in an exceedingly tone-deaf way (think William Styron’s Confessions Of Nat Turner or Kathryn Stockett’s The Help) or from a somewhat safe remove (think Chabon’s Telegraph Avenue). Show More Summary

‘The New Yorker’ premieres excerpt from Lena Dunham’s upcoming book

In the second season of HBO show Girls, Lena Dunham’s Hannah Horvath struggles with OCD. She counts everything, she forces herself to

Wonderland by Stacey D’Erasmo

Thomas H. McNeely reviews Wonderland by Stacey D'Erasmo today in The Rumpus Books.


Male bonding can take many forms, among them the rarely-seen joint book tour, which Mike Harvkey and Josh Weil decided to undertake in support of their new novels. The two write about meeting each other, travelling around America and bouncing ideas off trusted friends in a Salon essay. FYI, our own Bill Morris wrote a piece about his own book tour for The Daily Beast.

Confidence Game: The Problem With 'Lean In'

Sheryl Sandberg, author of the best-selling book Lean In and CEO of Facebook, has now plunged into social media to market her self-improvement formula. Its website,, is upbeat, encouraging, and, as many members say, "inspiring." Its...Show More Summary

Tie Dye Art

Tie And Dye as a Present Day Craft Maile 1963 Submitter: This came back in the shipment today, which means it’s still circulating! It’s the only copy left in our system. The other five are marked as lost. It’s circulated a total of 53 times since being re-added to the system in 2003. And of […]

Literary Expectations, Or, Judging A Book By Its Cover Story

My high school age sons, in the process of applying to college, are at that stage where they are regularly encountering classic literature. I remember those days well, approaching the classics with dread, fearing irrelevant, dull stories written in archaic styles. Show More Summary

The Longest Silence: On Writing and Fishing

Fishing, like writing, is a stab at permanence in a world of waiting.

"We Should Have Brought More Pemmican." (Polar Voyages Gone Wrong)

August 2014 marks 100 years since Ernest Shackleton and his crew set out in the Endurance on the "Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition," a mission to trek 1,800 miles from the Weddell Sea to the Ross Sea on the far side of...

Yinzer Gone South

In a few weeks I’ll be heading south to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. I plan on harassing some alligators, riding my bike, drinking large drinks with tiny umbrellas, eating a metric ton of fried chicken and barbeque, visiting the … Continue reading ?

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