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"Like a Mix of Don Draper and Rasputin": Moving & Shaking in 21st-Century Russia

When the Soviet Union collapsed in the early 90s, the West rejoiced with the relief that came with the end of the Cold War and the possibility of an era of peace and cooperation. At the same time, its corporations...

Martin Short: Humble Comedy Legend

You might know him best as Ed Grimley, the grimacing, high-trousered pop-culture nerd of the rhinoceros-worthy quiff. Or maybe Jiminy Glick, the Hollywood "insider" who packs both obsequiousness and obliviousness into a single awkward, inapproptiate package. Over his long career,...

Book Review: A biography of The Jesus And Mary Chain can’t get past the noise

The Jesus And Mary Chain has spent its life cultivating mystery, crafting sweet pop songs that are shrouded in spiky dissonance, delivered behind shadows of swooping hair, Ray-Bans, and black leather. The band has worked studiously hard...Show More Summary

Fan Up: Megan Amram on her classy love for the classless Cheesecake Factory

The Internet features more than its share of negativity and snark—sometimes you’ve just gotta vent. But there’s plenty of room for love, too. With Fan Up, we ask pop-culture people we admire to tell us about something they really, really like. Show More Summary

Newswire: R.I.P. R.A. Montgomery, writer and publisher of Choose Your Own Adventure

R.A. Montgomery, author and publisher of the Choose Your Own Adventure children’s book series, has died at age 78 at his home in Vermont. Raymond Almiran Montgomery graduated from Williams College and attended Yale Divinity School. After...Show More Summary

Newswire: Exclusive DC preview: Supergirl #36 has a new creative team, status quo

DC has been on a roll this fall with revamps of solo female titles like Batgirl and Catwoman, and next week, a new creative team arrives on Supergirl to take Kara Zor-El in a different direction. Kate Perkins joins former Supergirl writer...Show More Summary

'For I Have Sinned' Delivers a Memorable Pageturner

We live in an entertainment era filled with overdoses of testosterone. Let's face it, even Stallone, Schwarzenegger and Willis refuse to let go of the bravura that catapulted them toward stardom decades ago, and female protagonists -- really strong and embraceable ones -- are often overshadowed by their male counterparts. Show More Summary

Anna Quindlen on Reading, Writing and Real Life

Anna Quindlen has been a huge influence on my life. Her "Life in the 30s" column in The New York Times was my bible when my kids were little and I've read every one of her books, columns and essays. Luckily, she's a few years older than...Show More Summary

Poetry in Translation: A Conversation With Care Santos

Care Santos is one of Spain's most versatile and prolific writers. Writing in both Catalan and Spanish, and for both adults and young readers, she is the author of over 40 books in different genres, including novels, short story collections, young adult and children's books, etc. Show More Summary

The Disposables by David Putnam

I like being able to trust the author of the book I'm reading. Fiction or non-fiction, I want the truth -- or at least as close to the truth as the author can get. Which is why I not only enjoyed but appreciated The Disposables by David Putnam. Show More Summary

'Crooked River': A Talk with Valerie Geary

Crooked River, Valerie Geary's debut novel, is a coming-of-age-story, a ghost story, and a literary tale of psychological suspense. Told in the alternating voices of 15-year-old Sam and her 10-year-old sister Ollie, the novel opens with them grieving the sudden death of their mother. Show More Summary

New Franzen in 2015

Sound the Franzen alarm! The Corrections and Freedom author will release a new book in 2015. Called Purity, the book will supposedly feature elements of magical realism (or something like it). Head over to Vulture for more.

Book Club Chat for A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev

It’s time! Our book club chat is tonight at 9pm ET, and we’ll be discussing A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev! Sonali will join us at 10pm ET for a Q&A. The window below will go live at 9pm, and our discussion will begin then. It all takes place right here. If you haven’t joined us for... Continue reading ?

What Isaiah Berlin Taught Me

My girlfriend didn't want to go. I had received an invitation for a lecture on "Oxford in the '30s" to be given by Sir Isaiah Berlin in the spring of 1974 at Balliol College's Holywell Manor. Sir Isaiah was then the founder and President...Show More Summary

Yuks of the North

“A Canadian author, a farmer, and a First Nations teenager went fishing. The farmer mostly sat there quietly while the author and the teenager tried to find common ground, even though the gulf between them felt massive.” A Canadian literary scene joke book.

Books on Sale: A Freethy Boxed Set, Duchess Wars, and More

First, before I get to the Books on Sale, I want to make sure you know that tonight – yay! – is the book club chat for A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev. Tonight at 9pm ET, we’ll be gathering to discuss the book, talk about how hungry it made us, and generally wreak havoc and... Continue reading ?

Copycat Culture: Adapting to a World of Adaptations

When it comes to fiction - which today includes television, movies, video games, and other narrative media - copying someone else's ideas is nothing new. The Romans, after all, openly borrowed most of their gods from the Greek pantheon;...Show More Summary

The Robert Burton Diet

Atkins, South Beach, Microbiome, Paleo: all these faddish regimens might slim you down, but can they regulate your humours? I think not.

HaBO: Dangerous Snowstorms on the Ranch

This request is from Vere, who is looking for a contemporary romance she read awhile ago: Hi, I love your site and I would like to ask if anyone remembers a book that I read a long time ago, around 2001, but was probably older, since I found it as a Word file on a... Continue reading ?

To Read or Not To Read, Part 2

I'm was completely blown away by the overwhelming support I received for my last post, "To Read or Not To Read," so I've decided to give it a sequel. Though most readers agreed with my opinions, many of them still didn't know where or how to start. Show More Summary

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