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
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
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.
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
Banking on comic-book fans’ tolerance for superhero nipples, Joel Schumacher is reportedly reviving Batman & Robin in comics form. The 12-issue series will be drawn by Dustin Nguyen and written by Schumacher from the screenplay for Batman Triumphant, originally written by Mark Protosevich. Show More Summary
This is an excerpt from the forthcoming book Just Remember: Field Notes from a Music Biz Life. In the record industry boom of the early 1970s, revenue from album sales was the mother lode. But the most effective way to break a new artist or take an existing act to the next level was the hit single. Show More Summary
The film series will begin with John Waters's "Pink Flamingos" and runs through March.
Recommended Reading: Adam Bertocci presents alternate forms for Shakespeare’s 18th sonnet.
Although the last Harry Potter book was published in 2007 and the last movie was released in 2011, it’s apparently never too late to capitalize on The Boy Who Lived. A boutique hotel in London has transformed two of its rooms into “Wizard...Show More Summary
Whoever paid $3,207,852 for the most pristine known copy of Action Comics #1 must feel like a real dummy right now. “Ohh, I could have just read it online! What a goofball I am!” we assume that person is groaning, now that the appraisal...Show More Summary
I like to think everyone has a superpower; a special gift that they're born with; like my friend Chris for instance who can get an entire Satsuma under his foreskin. However if the weeks since Filthy Still was released have taught me...Show More Summary
Last week marked the release of The Heart is Strange, a new collection of John Berryman poems released to coincide with the centenary of the poet’s birth. At The Paris Review Daily, Dan Piepenbring digs through the magazine’s interview archives to find Berryman’s account of meeting W.B. Yeats. Pair with: Stephen Akey on Berryman’s classic The […]
Cowardice is the flaw that dare not speak its name, or as Walsh wryly puts it: “Every other species of human baseness, it seems, has rated a monograph.”
To mark the publication of Peter Carey’s new novel Amnesia, Penguin Random House Australia has launched an interactive online game more »
Photo by Missy, Creative Commons, via Flickr. "What if access trumped ownership?" This is the question Joe Gebbia and Brian Chesky, founders of Airbnb have asked, musing about the possibility of sparking a "sharing economy." Backed by...Show More Summary
Leave it to Roxane Gay to come up with a novel format for an essay on the feminist novel. In the new issue of Dissent, she presents eleven theses on the topic, including references to Toni Morrison’s Beloved, Erica Jong’s Fear of Flying, and Jeanette Winterson’s Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit. Sample quote: “Not […]
Sasha Archibald reviews Scandals of Classic Hollywood by Anne Helen Petersen today in Rumpus Books.
1. It's the perfect mash-up genre for a culture obsessed with mixing and remixing, fanfic, memes, and 'shipping. Gotham. Sleepy Hollow. Bates Motel. Guardians of the Galaxy. Fifty Shades of Grey. Kindle Worlds. Lately, we really seem to be into creative takes on the old classics. Show More Summary
The Junk Food Companion: The Complete Guide to Eating Badley Spitznagel 1999 Submitter: This book is clearly meant to be humorous, but it was shelved right in the middle of the diet books and cook books. It does contain some interesting facts and trivia about various types of junk food, but even that information is […]
One of the questions authors are asked most often is how they get their ideas. Unfortunately, there isn't a secret idea speakeasy where you can buy them in bulk (or if there is, no one has ever given me the password). There are, however, some steps you can take to generate new ideas when you're feeling blocked. Show More Summary