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Agent Carter, Episode 7: Snafu

Recap: HOWARD STARK WHY WOULD YOU INVENT THAT Previously: Peggy was arrested before Dottie could kill her. Russia, 1943:  The Soviet Shrink is asked to come assist in surgery.  He is perplexed, as he is a shrink, not a surgeon, but they are asking him to use his hypnosis technique during a leg amputation- they’ve used up all of their anesthetic. Show More Summary

Ice Cream Etc.

Recommended Reading: Chris Powers on the short fiction of John Updike. Pair with James Santel on Updike’s Collected Stories.

You Too Could Be a Turnip

Those of you with more than a passing familiarity with the Brothers Grimm will know that classic fairy tales were often dark and macabre. They’re considerably more frightening than the sanitized versions we read to our children today. At Salon, Maria Tatar talks to Laura Miller about her translation of The Turnip Princess, a new […]

The End of the End: Writers on Last Lines

Writing the final pages of a novel is difficult enough, but then comes the final challenge. It’s the end of the end, the last stop on the line, the dazzling dismount: a damn good closing sentence.

Recapping Some of February’s Popular Sales

These books have been very popular this month – and they’re still on sale, if you were thinking of grabbing one!

My Kindle, My Birds and Me

A bird's got to get spoiled, but a Kindle will help Photo: CentralPets.com After several years of deliberation, I finally purchased a Kindle. I now own my very own digital reading device which has all the books I can read on it. There's lots that's unsettling about the device, but that's not entirely bad -- just caused a bit soul searching. Show More Summary

Get in Trouble by Kelly Link

Sean Carman reviews Get in Trouble by Kelly Link today in Rumpus Books.

Featuring Jimmy Carter

Kickstarters for creative projects run the gamut from endeavors like Star Citizen to requests for food or rent money to let a writer finish a novel. In between those extremes is this, a charmingly eccentric children’s book titled Pete Peanut and the Trouble with Birthdays, which needs help covering the costs of its ambitious design. […]

HaBO: Faux Fiancee To Be Named Whitney Whitney

This HaBO request comes from Chris, who is looking for a category romance with a faux engagement plotline. One of the catnips I adore is the fake engagement because the hero needs to make his mama happy. (It’s like a good guy slurpy.) I’m pretty sure it was either a Loveswept or a Silhouette, so that means it was a long, long time ago. Show More Summary

The Animal Kingdom: A Visitor's Notes

What a long, strange trip it's been. Every step confirmed the truth: that life on earth is not weirder than we imagine: it's weirder than we are capable of imagining. In the course of my journey through the entire animal kingdom I realized...Show More Summary

Egg Carton Zoo

Egg-Carton Zoo II Haas, Blohm & Blohm 1989 Submitter: Our district, a medium sized public library, haw been doing some pretty heavy weeding and one of the places I’ve been working has been the Juvenile 700’s. When I first saw this, I thought how long has this been hiding here? I thought for sure it was […]

Autopsy of a Fraud: Update on Deborah Solomon's Disastrous Norman Rockwell Bio

"On Top of the World," Norman Rockwell; 1928. Why did Deborah Solomon think she could get away with writing a fraudulent biography of Norman Rockwell, the great American illustrator? Why did a respected publisher -- Farrar, Straus and...Show More Summary

Hey, Ho, Let's Go! On the Road with the Ramones

Marky is a punk. Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone is his unflinching account of his life with the iconic New York rock band, from the rooftops of fame to the gutters of addiction.

The Art of the Final Sentence

For writers, the last sentences aren’t about reader responsibility at all -- it’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance to stop worrying about what comes next, because nothing does. No more keeping the reader interested, no more wariness over giving the game away. This is the best time for a writer to get real, to depict reality as they see it, without compromises, without fear.

The Rumpus Interview with Laura van den Berg

Author Laura van den Berg talks to the Rumpus about why she thinks America is obsessed with dystopias, the intersection of surrealism and realism in her work, and choosing an ambiguous ending for her new novel, Find Me.

Six Ways to Get the Most Out of a Scribd Subscription

Elyse wasn’t fond of Scribd when she tried it out, but Angela James and Jane have discussed it very favorably in recent podcasts. Last November, I decided to give myself the three months to try it out using the Harlequin coupon, and, y’all, I flippin’ love this thing. Show More Summary

Looking at Selma

“A film based on a historical subject, even a beautifully shot one, can remind us without meaning to that although reading in the US is a minority activity, the book is still the only medium in which you can make a complicated argument.” Darryl Pinckney writes about “Some Different Ways of Looking at Selma” for the […]

Wordless Novels

“There is a saying that has become a cliché: ‘Pictures speak louder than words.’ But sometimes, a picture can speak louder than words because it contains a profound silence. It’s what a picture does not say that can often make it loud. What is, after all, a wordless novel but a novel devoted to the […]

Kino

Haruki Murakami, our favorite advice columnist, has a new piece of short fiction in the New Yorker.

SBTB/DA Bestsellers: 10-17 February 2015

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