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Book Review: Jeff Chang’s Who We Be traces how art reflects social change

In a recent essay, cultural critic Alyssa Rosenberg issues a challenge for a fresher, more nuanced approach to talking about the political elements of culture. Simply assessing whether a piece of art contains certain ideas, which are either uniformly beneficial or harmful, is insufficient. Show More Summary

Lemony Snicket and a Series of Predictably Racist Events

Daniel Handler onstage in San Francisco in 2012. Photo by Robert Gray, via Creative Commons. After Jacqueline Woodson graciously accepted the National Book Award in young people’s literature for Brown Girl Dreaming on Wednesday night, the prestigious event’s host took the stage. Show More Summary

Laura Ingalls Wilder's autobiography reveals the rough truth

The unforgiving life of a pioneer girl is told as truthfully as Laura Ingalls Wilder could remember in a never-before published book.

Watercolor Attributed to Hitler Sells for $161,000

A watercolor believed to have been painted by Adolf Hitler sold about $161,000 (130,000 euros), on Saturday at a German auction house, Reuters reported.

“The Specter of the Confessional”

“The specter of the confessional haunts all first-person writing, and women’s writing in particular,” but perhaps “the instinct to insert [the self] comes from a place of saying, ‘I’m not an expert, I’m just a person; let me show you where I’m situated here in this thing I’m telling you about.'” Our own Lydia Kiesling […]

Books on Sale: Reader-Recommended Charles Lenox Series, Plus Robyn Carr

Among today’s Kindle Daily Deals are Robyn Carr’s Four Friends, and six books in Charles Finch’s Charles Lenox series, a Victorian-set mystery series that is much-loved by several members of the Bitchery. When the first book, The Beautiful Blue Death, was on sale last year, Barb in Maryland said, “My husband and I are both devoted readers of... Continue reading ?

War and Peace and the Gita

Recommended reading: The New York Review of Books reviews at Richard Davis‘s The Bhagavad Gita: A Biography and the way centuries of politics can alter our interpretations of religious texts.

Flynn, Strayed, and Likability

“That’s always been part of my goal — to show the dark side of women. Men write about bad men all the time, and they’re called antiheroes. … What I read and what I go to the movies for is not to find a best friend, not to find inspirations, not necessarily for a hero’s […]

SBTB/DA Bestsellers: 11-18 November 2014

This week’s bestseller list is brought to you by romance novels. Yes, way!

American Book Awards

The 2014 National Book Awards were just announced earlier this week. In celebration, The Paris Review took a look back at the American Book Awards, which “serve as a reminder that ostensibly prestigious institutions—institutions whose authority and taste depend on their perceived stability—are just as susceptible to whims and trends as the rest of us, […]

Something has Indeed Happened in the Motorcade Route

Friday November 22, 1963 Sam Pate, a reporter for KBOX Radio, Pate was on the Stemmons Freeway in a mobile news cruiser covering President Kennedy's trip to Dallas. Here is his now famous coverage of that fateful day: "The president's car is now turning onto Elm Street and would only be matter of minutes before he arrives at the Trade Mart. Show More Summary

Shelf Balancing, Part 1

Originally published on March 1, 2011 at Image creative commons courtesy of Comment from Holly on 11/19/2014: This is a series of posts I wrote in 2011. Show More Summary

America’s First Bohemians

Recommended reading: Brandon Ambrosino interviews Justin Martin, author of Rebel Souls: Walt Whitman and America’s First Bohemians, about, well, Walt Whitman and America’s first bohemians.

Blood, Sparrows and Sparrows by Eugenia Leigh

Kenji Liu reviews Eugenia Leigh's Blood, Sparrows and Sparrows today in Rumpus Poetry.

Writers on Reading

How do writers read? Elisa Gabbert asked ten writers, including Teju Cole and Laura Van Der Berg (who wrote about her pet wolf Natasha for The Millions), about their reading habits for The Believer.

Coffee: 14 Tales of the Fantastic, Edited by Alex Shvartsman

Coffee: 14 Caffeinated Tales of the Fantastic, is a delightful short story collection that will warm the darkest, coldest winter day. There’s adventure, humor, pathos, and just dash of romance in these stories. This is the book to grab when you have a precious fifteen minutes to yourself – preferably in a coffee shop. All... Continue reading ?

Graphic Novel Friday: Grant Morrison's Tragic Triumph

A few hours after I finished The Multiversity: Pax Americana #1 by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely, something happened: I got it. Now, I can’t shake the sense that I read the best superhero single issue of the year. Morrison’s...

Newswire: Marvel is bringing back Howard The Duck

Proving that the only thing weirder than the nutty bullshit that comic book creators came up with in the ‘70s is how willingly comic book readers will put up with nutty bullshit, Marvel is bringing back Howard The Duck for his very own ongoing comic series. Show More Summary

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