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Venice Film Festival to Have a Global Flavor

Among the movies vying for the coveted Golden Lion at the festival opening on Sept. 2 are “Remember,” a thriller by the Canadian director Atom Egoyan and “A Bigger Splash” by the Italian director Luca Guadagnino.

Tate Britain Names New Director

Alex Farquharson, the founding director of the Notthingham Contemporary museum, will take on his new role in the fall.

Fall for Dance Festival to Have Premieres from Tanowitz and Dorrance Dance

The 12th Fall for Dance festival will take place at New York City Center from Sept. 20 through Oct. 11.

Michael Shannon Rounds Out the Cast of ‘Long Day’s Journey’

The actor will play James Tyrone Jr. on Broadway next year, opposite the already announced cast of Jessica Lange, Gabriel Byrne and John Gallagher, Jr.

As If! Jen Chaney on Her Oral History of Clueless

It was 20 years ago that Amy Heckerling's film Clueless updated Jane Austen's Emma, with Alicia Silverstone as a Beverly Hills teenager who thinks she can fix everyone. It is an enduring favorite thanks to its iconic fashions, quotable dialogue and irresistible young performers. Show More Summary

Work like an artist

Will Gompertz, BBC Arts Correspondent, has interviewed countless artists. The role call of inspiration for his new book includes such influences as Ai Weiwei, David Hockney and Bridget Riley. In Think Like An Artist, Gompertz examines the habits and attitudes that unite successfully creative people, and looks at how we can apply those traits to our own endeavours.

Soul of Smoke by Caitlyn McFarland

I’m totally cheating here, and giving you the cover copy because it does a much better job of explaining the plot than I could: On a hike deep in the Rocky Mountains, Kai Monahan watches as a dozen dragons–actual freaking dragons–battle beneath a fat white moon. Show More Summary

Room for Debate: Beyond Green Eggs and Ham

Dr. Seuss still gets a lot of attention but what other young children's books and authors deserve attention?

Ann Rule, Author of Books on Ted Bundy (a Friend) and Other Killers, Dies at 83

Ms. Rule’s first book, “The Stranger Beside Me,” the 1980 study of the serial killer Ted Bundy, became an instant top seller.

You/Are Entering

Apparently the confessional poets hated being known as confessional poets. Writers like John Berryman and W.D. Snodgrass responded badly when given the label. How do we understand their shared revulsion to the term? At The Paris Review Daily, an argument that we can find the answer in an unlikely place: The Twilight Zone.

The Rumpus Interview with Mia Alvar

Author Mia Alvar discusses her debut short story collection, In the Country, fictional motherhood, literature’s role in society, and the limits of belonging to a place.

Jubilate: An Homage in Catterel Verse

For I will consider my Cat Cherie for she is the very apotheosis of Cat-Beauty which is to say, nothing extraordinary for in the Cat, beauty is ordinary like the bliss conferred upon us in the hypnosis of purr- ing. She has been known to knead her claws upon a sleeve. Show More Summary

Brian Panowich's Glorious Bull Mountain Pays Homage to Southern Noir

One of the subset genres of fiction that is often used, but rarely triumphs in bringing something original to the table, is the small town crime novel, more specifically, the southern small town crime novel. While it is popular to depict...Show More Summary

James Earl Hardy's B-Boy Blues at 20

1994. I remember it well. Bill Clinton was waging war on poor women who were mothers in his efforts at welfare reform. Our celebrity obsessions included OJ Simpson and Tonya Harding. We watched Forrest Gump and listened to Whitney Houston declare again and again, "I will always love you." Gay men continued dying from AIDS. Show More Summary

The End of Vertigo's Fables

For the last thirteen years, the DC Comics imprint Vertigo has been putting out a comic book called Fables. It's set in a world where the storybook fables of folklore, books, and nursery rhymes are real and they've been displaced from their homelands, living amongst us in our "mundane" world. Show More Summary

Wish You Were Here...Mike Roberts: The Life & Times of America's Postcard King

It has taken Bob Roberts a quarter of a century - during which time he was heavily preoccupied running California's ski industry as President and CEO - to get his father Mike's life story into print. The result is a fascinating glossy tome called Wish You Were Here...The Life And Times of America's Postcard King. Show More Summary

Will Traditional Publishing Retain Its Dominance by Mandating That Its Authors Keep Their Distance From Self-Published Authors?

Imagine my dismay this week to discover that one of the Big Five houses has a policy that bars its authors from endorsing print-on-demand books. Sadly, it's not surprising. Traditional publishing actively works to position itself against nontraditional publishing yet has no issue whatsoever with scooping up self-published success stories. Show More Summary

"Black Day: The Monster Rock Band" Author, Marcus Sikora, Is A Storyteller who Happens to Have Down Syndrome

When I handed my 8 year-old son a personalized, autographed copy of the children's book Black Day: The Monster Rock Band, I told him the author, Marcus Sikora, was a 25 year-old man with Down syndrome. I was anticipating some fixed response, as mothers are want to hope for--and are usually wrong about. Show More Summary

Beautiful Ruins: A Wildly Imaginative Work of Art

By John Lescroart | Off the Shelf I don't think it is much of a stretch to say that narrative voice is the single most important element in fiction. Let's call it some ephemeral mixture of tone, timing, sensibility, word choice, andShow More Summary

Joshua Braff Talks About the Daddy Diaries, Flannery O' Connor, and Filmmaking

Joshua Braff is the author of The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green and Peep Show. He lives in California with his wife and two kids. Loren Kleinman (LK): The Daddy Diaries is a novel about a stay at home dad and his two preteen kids. Show More Summary

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