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A Year in Reading: Bill Morris

Delightfully free of finger-pointing, cheap nostalgia, or breathless boosterism, the book makes the point that only through an understanding of this troubled city’s history can one hope to understand its current woes and its possible ways forward. 

On the Books: Amazon will offer 1-hour delivery service in Manhattan

Amazon is jumping on New York’s same-day-delivery bandwagon with Prime Now, a new service promising one-hour delivery of a number

The Wilderness Within: Author Diane Cook on "Man V. Nature"

Claire Cameron and I have something in common: we both like books about the struggle between humans and the natural world, especially when nature has the upper hand (see her list of "The Best Books About Getting Eaten" as proof)....

What Amazon Fails to Understand About Readers (...and Authors)

I recently bought a friend's first novel. It was so exciting, launching my Kindle Reader and clicking on the cover in my ebook library, then boom -- there I was, on the first page of Chapter One, thrust right into the first line of her smart, funny story. Except when I start a new book, I don't want to skip straight to the first page of the story. Show More Summary

Classical Playlist: Beethoven, Brahms and More

Times critics share what they’ve been listening to lately.

A Year in Reading: Julia Fierro

It’s rare that a book inspires me as both a writer and a reader, and The Barter did just that, while exploring, with refreshing honesty, the internal and external demands that women continue to face.

"Nine Questions for Jim Shepard" by Andrew Eisenman

9 QUESTIONS FOR JIM SHEPARD By Andrew Eisenman “What the hell am I doing here?” says Air Force Captain Gordon Phelan, the first time he sets foot on Texas Tower 4, the Cold War-era offshore platform at the center of...

Newswire: Exclusive Marvel preview: Matt embellishes his autobiography in Daredevil #11

Mark Waid and Chris Samnee’s Daredevil has consistently been one of Marvel’s best comics, and the book’s recent move to San Francisco hasn’t diminished its quality in the slightest. The change in scenery gives the hero new challenges...Show More Summary

Great Sentences

We’ve been writing quite a bit about our favorite books from this year, but Brooklyn Magazine is going one step further and listing 2014’s best sentences.

The Power of This Moment

Twenty five hundred years ago, the Greek philosopher Socrates, boiled down his wisdom into just two words -- know thyself -- his counsel for people to pay attention to what was going on inside them -- not just their opinions, beliefs,...Show More Summary

Surprise!

Surprise! I’ll be talking about “Witches, Suffragists and Shopgirls” (and my novel-in-progress, The Witches of New York) at the new Halifax Central Library, Thursday, December 18 at 7pm. Hope to see you there!!!  

Why I Don't Miss My Breasts Anymore

Shortly after my double mastectomy 12 years ago, my oncologist asked me how I felt about losing my breasts. I told him I was sad and afraid I would feel this way forever. "How you feel will keep evolving," he said. It turns out thatShow More Summary

Top 12 Young Adult Books of 2014

It's that time of year again when we reflect on the past 12 months and attempt to sum it up into one concise "best of" list. As impossible as this task always is, I found it especially difficult this year when thinking about the top young adult books I've read. Show More Summary

J.K. Rowling: Yes, there are LGBT students at Hogwarts too

On Dec. 16, J.K. Rowling finally revealed that there were Jewish students at Hogwarts. So fans started wondering: Were there LGBT students, as

Pottermore Christmas, day 7: The life and loves of Professor McGonagall

Today’s Pottermore riddle features the back story of one of Hogwarts’ most dedicated professors: Minerva McGonagall. The riddle for Thursday is

Hemingway On A Bike by Eric Freeze

Ryan Kauffman reviews Hemingway On a Bike by Eric Freeze today in Rumpus Books.

The Year of the Essay

“Reading fiction is one of my true loves, but essays help me to understand things about the world, the writer, and if they’re really great, myself.” Electric Literature‘s Jason Diamond argues 2014 was “The Year of the Essay,” and when we think over the collations published this year – The Empathy Exams, The Unspeakable and Loitering, among […]

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