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Amy Poehler offers sex tips in new book ‘Yes Please’

Amy Poehler has some bedroom advice: Don’t fake it. “I know you are tired/nervous/eager to please/unsure of how to get

Drinking With The Presidents

For sports fans and American drinkers everywhere, it's the most wonderful time of the year: football season. But on top of celebrating every Sunday through February, we really should be applauding Franklin D. Roosevelt. The NFL may not sell Roosevelt jerseys, but FDR charged through and intercepted Prohibition. Show More Summary

Why Comics Are More Important Than Ever

Seven years after the Kindle debuted and more than twenty since the web went public, the publishing field still contemplates a transition from print to digital, a change that seems inevitable every time a baby swipes an iPad on Youtube. Show More Summary

Type Up Your Personal Problems

College Typewriting with Personal Problems Lessenberry 1941 Submitter: I have a book we just recently weeded at University of South Carolina (Union campus) that I think you’ll like. The “with personal problems” is what first cracked me up. I couldn’t help thinking, “No thanks, I have enough already.” Aside from the humorous nature of the […]

Tuesday New Release Day: Poehler; Gibson; Faber; Farah; Binchy; Paul

Parks and Recreation star Amy Poehler has a new book on shelves this week, as does William Gibson. Also out: The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber; Hiding in Plain Sight by Nuruddin Farah; a new collection of Maeve Binchy’s Irish Times columns; and a hardcover compilation of entries in the NYT’s By the book […]

The Timeless – and Timely – Allure of the Near Future

If today’s crop of books, movies and TV shows set in the near future are an accurate barometer, it looks like we’re in for some filthy weather.

Some Scary Sci-Fi

Being only three days out from Halloween leaves me thinking of scary movies. Being a sci-fi nut, I love those films that freely mix the horror and science fiction genres. Two dynamite films come to mind: one well-known, the other … Continue reading ?

Go Forward, Move Ahead: Mark Mothersbaugh's Guide to Modern Living

If you're familiar with Mark Mothersbaugh, it's probably through his day job. In the early 70s, Mothersbaugh--along with fellow Kent State art students Gerald Casale and Bob Lewis--founded DEVO, and began their four-plus-decade broadcast of uncategorizable, avant-garde sound and vision,...

Brutal Youth by Anthony Breznican

Brutal Youth by Anthony Breznican Published by: Thomas Dunne Books. Published on: June 10, 2014 Page Count: 410 Genre: Fiction My Reading Format: Hardcover book purchased prior to being invited to join Breznican’s book tour. Available Formats: Hardcover, eBook, and Audiobook Summary from the Publisher: Three freshmen must join forces to survive at a […]

Fingersmith Read-A-Long ~ Chapters 11 – 14

Spoiler Alert: This post and any comments left on this post may contain spoilers from Chapters 1 – 14 of Fingersmith. For those who have read ahead of the schedule, please do not include any information about what happens beyond Chapter 14. Let’s get started talking about this week’s reading: This past week did not […]

For Our Consideration: Why the horror of Stephen King’s words don’t translate well to film

Horror, like comedy, is a visceral genre: We don’t choose what to laugh at, just as we can’t really choose what scares us. It’s an individual, subjective experience. Horror movies, however, can’t cater to every individual fear, and so...Show More Summary

Moonshine, and an Interview, with John Grisham

The first time I met John Grisham was about years ago in a bookstore in Charlottesville, Virginia, his home town. I was there to give a reading from my second book, and Grisham was in a back room signing stacks...

Kean University Announces Michael Graves School of Architecture

The school's curriculum will intensively utilize the New York metropolitan area and the Wenzhou region of China, where Kean has an English-speaking campus.

On the Books: Beyoncé gets a bio, George R.R. Martin on how his dragons stack up

You’ve listened to her songs countless times, follow her on social media, and watched her on TV—but how well do

20 Life-Changing Books!

If you want to change your body, change what you eat and how you exercise. If you want to change your outlook on life, change what you read and put it into practice. Listed below are twenty life-changing books. Unless you are determined to be miserable (which, strangely enough, some people are), these books will change your life for the better. Show More Summary

What Does Dylan Thomas Mean to Me?

Dylan Thomas has been there my whole life. The paintings and photos on the wall, the books on the shelves, the name ever present in everyday discussions. But he was also there in my mum's hazel eyes, my uncle's intelligence and perfect...Show More Summary

Love as It Once Was Lived

Author's Note: When I wrote this, I was not thinking of the controversy stirred up by Brittany Maynard's decision to end her life on November 1st, ending her struggle with a terminal cancer diagnosis on, as she understands it, her own terms. Show More Summary

10 Recommended Books on Christian Meditation

A Facebook friend recently asked me, "Hey Carl, what are your ten top books on meditation?" So here's my answer... Martin Laird, Into the Silent Land: A Guide to the Christian Practice of Contemplation -- The single best book on Christian silent prayer/nondiscursive meditation that I've come across. Show More Summary

What We Want

Any linguist will tell you that languages differ when it comes to how easily they let you specify information. At Slate, Gretchen McCulloch points to a video that highlights four linguistic features we might like to have in English.

An Argument Against Marrying Your Soulmate

Philosophers and writers love to muse about soulmates. They tend to view soulmates as "mirrors." Sylvia Day described her soul mate as "The other half of me...my reflection." Emily Bronte said of her soulmate "Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same." Soulmates see the world the same way. Show More Summary

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