I was working beneath the composting toilets, churning shit with a shovel, trying to turn it into food for the earth, when a voice rose up from the depths: I just have to tell people about this.
The Internet is supposedly the great leveler—a universal space without regard for physical boundaries or strata. This claim is half-illustrated by Kevin Morris at The Daily Dot in his story about Zhu Ling, a Chinese student who was poisoned...Show More Summary
Debtors' Prison should be required reading for anyone who influences economic policy in this country. Open-minded readers should come away convinced that we need to reject the economics of despair for an economics of hope.
After naming Sylvia Day’s Bared to You a 2012 Best Book of the Year in Romance and devouring Reflected in You, we've been anxiously awaiting the release of the third book in Day's scorching Crossfire series, Entwined with You. To...
Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio photographed 30 families in 24 countries, each time surrounding their subjects with their weekly food purchases. Their work was collected in their What the World Eats photo album, but you can take a look...Show More Summary
by SB Sarah Author Bella Andre has placed four of her books in the Sullivan series on sale today only (Saturday 18 May) for.99c. Three are Kindle only, but the deal for Let Me Be the One is good at most vendors today only. The Look of...Show More Summary
Pop Chart Lab’s latest creation depicts some of the most famous cocktail-and-character pairings in literature and film. The gamut runs from Daisy Buchanan’s Mint Julep to The Dude’s White Russian. (Of course, the Preakness Stakes are...Show More Summary
by SB Sarah There are some books on sale for today only, plus a weekend coupon at Kobo that I posted about earlier. I'm consolidating that earlier Kobo post so the shopping opportunities this weekend are all in one place. Posted earlier: There's a deal on at Kobo this weekend only: Get up to 75% off a selection of bestsellers at Kobo this weekend. Show More Summary
“What [Vladimir] Nabokov is actually doing in Lolita is deliberately drawing on all manner of anti-Semitic propaganda, from The Protocols of the Elders of Zion to Nazi caricatures of the Jewish ‘type,’ to create in Humbert Humbert the anti-Semitic cliché of legend, rather as, say, Chaucer draws on medieval misogynist writings to create in the [...]Show More Summary
When the Audiobook of the Year nominees were announced, I was a little perturbed. Then, after finishing all of the Literary Fiction nominees, I listened to Beautiful Ruins. The review is forthcoming, but that experience was so incredible that it made me that much more irritated at the Audiobook of the Year category. As The End [...]
The latest Robert Langdon thriller from the bestselling author has a marketing juggernaut, but its protagonist has no personality, no reason to care for him. Some years ago, I was on a book reviewing panel when someone in the audience...Show More Summary
by SB Sarah This request comes from Kris, who is looking for a book she read a long time ago: I read this book sometime between 1980 and 1984. Today, it would probably be coded as a Young Adult book. The main character was a teenager whose parents were moving. Show More Summary
This summer, the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis will put on a stage production of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. As they always say: it’s all fun and games until you cast Vincent Kartheiser as Mr. Darcy. Related posts: It’s Darcy,...Show More Summary
Patrick James Dunagan reviews Ana Boži?evi?'s Rise in the Fall today in Rumpus Poetry.
A new academic journal dedicated to critical explorations of “cultural products and services designated as pornographic” will debut next spring. “Porn Studies is a direct outgrowth of the mounting scholarly interest in the topic of pornography...Show More Summary
ALB is getting a face lift! Insites Web Design has created a fun new Word Press theme for us and we hope to get it installed over the weekend. You’ll see a new color scheme, a cool new graphic, and faster load time. It is a responsive theme, so it will look better on mobile devices, [...]
The best way to deal with a blank page (or blank screen) is to simply not have one. Asking how one deals with a blank page is a bit like asking how one deals with an Ed Hardy thumb ring or a pinstriped fedora. Just avoid that whole landmine by not ever having one. Show More Summary
Bill starting writing stories for his granddaughter when he realized she was having trouble pronouncing certain letters, and he turned them into a book, Stories for Amanda.
by SB Sarah Molly writes in with this request - and this one is a challenge. Her subject line: "In competition for the oddest query yet:" As my subject line hints, I have a very strange question for you. When/before I was born, my mother had planned to name me Avrielle (or possible Avril, though she always pronounced it more like Avrielle). Show More Summary
Last year, a 38-year-old friend sent me a link to an article titled “My Secret Grief: Over 35, Single, and Childless” by Savvy Auntie author Melanie Notkin about her heartbreak over not having children with the email subject line “She...Show More Summary