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Biden misses the significance of Panetta’s criticism

(Paul Mirengoff) Joe Biden took a shot at Leon Panetta for criticizing the Obama administration in his forthcoming book, Worthy Fights. The Vice President complained: I’m finding that former administration officials, as soon as they leave, write books, which I think is inappropriate. Show More Summary

Roy Keane admits to being self-destructive; being the biggest loser from Saipan fall-out as well as United exit

Much of the attention on Roy Keane’s new book has been on his scathing criticism of football alumni like former boss Sir Alex Ferguson. But the person who comes under the harshest scrutiny is Keane himself. In his second autobiography, The Second Half, Keane confesses that he’s been in the midst of a mid-life crisis […]

Tetris the movie: Can falling bricks really make it big where other video games failed?

3 months agoNews : The Raw Story

Books adapted for the screen regularly rack up critical acclaim – think of Life of Pi, Argo, 12 Years a Slave, The Wolf of Wall Street, Hunger Games, Harry Potter, Twilight. But it’s hard to think of equivalent successes for films adapted from video games, even looking back 20 years to the first,...

German Book Prize

They've announced the winner of the German Book Prize, and it goes to Kruso, by Lutz Seiler -- the clear favorite coming in (for two months in a row it's topped the German critics' 'best' list, the SWR Bestenliste). See also the Suhrkamp...Show More Summary

My Conversation With Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Tonight on PBS I'm joined by acclaimed Nigerian-born novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, whose novel -- including Americanah, for which she won the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Half of a Yellow Sun -- deal with the intersection of race and identity. Show More Summary

The One Moment In The Gone Girl Book David Fincher Called BS On

Just as it hit big with readers a few summers back, Gone Girl is proving a big hit in its big screen adaptation. Critics are raving. Audiences are turning out in force. And now comes the time where book readers pick apart every difference...Show More Summary

Salmon Roasted

I confess to being shocked by the exchange between Martin Wolf and Felix Salmon in this week’s New York Times Book Review. First Salmon had criticized Wolf for using the terms “net external liability position” and “real unit labor costs” instead of “national debt” and “wages”. Show More Summary

Cornel West: Barack Obama is nothing more than ‘the Black face of American empire’

3 months agoNews : The Raw Story

Public intellectual Cornel West is once again criticizing President Barack Obama, according to the excerpt from his new book published by Salon today. West claims that Obama co-opted “the grand Black prophetic tradition,” and in doing so “made it more difficult for Black...

World of Weir Blog Tour with Cinda Williams Chima - Who Are the Enchanters?

Visit Cinda Williams Chima’s Official Site Follow Cinda Williams Chima on Twitter Follow Disney-Hyperion on Twitter and Instagram Fantasy Book Critic is proud to welcome Cinda Williams Chima as she continues her 'World of Weir' Blog Tour. Show More Summary

GIVEAWAY: All 5 Books in the Heir Chronicles by Cinda Williams Chima

Fantasy Book Critic is excited to offer a giveaway of Cinda Williams Chima's complete series of books 'The Heir Chronicles'. All 5 books in the series will be offered. Giveaway is courtesy of Disney-Hyperion. Giveaway includes the following books: The Warrior Heir The Wizard Heir The Dragon Heir The Enchanter Heir The Sorcerer Heir Rules to Enter: 1. Show More Summary

A Short Story For Saturday

The critic Dwight Garner recently contended that reading Donald Antrim’s books “is like driving 90 miles an hour while in third gear, in the back seat of a jalopy the author has stolen, while he disposes of his drugs by throwing them out the window.” That sounded like an endorsement to us, so this weekend’s […]

A Poor Criticism Of Full Reserve Banking By Charles Goodhart

By Ralph Musgrave: I dealt with just under fifty (yes 50) criticisms of full reserve banking (FR) in section two of my book - criticisms that range from the moderately well thought out to the laughable and hopelessly incompetent. But...Show More Summary

Former Defense Secretary Panetta: Obama blew it on Syria

In a new book, former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta criticizes President Obama for leaning toward, then deciding against military action against Syria last year.

Here's How To Do Warren Buffett's Favorite Critical Thinking Exercise

The Sage of Omaha has a ridiculously fit mind — anything he says becomes news. While Buffett's brain is constantly working to crank through books, play bridge, and lobby Congress, the man is also deliberate about doing mental weightlifting. Bill...Show More Summary

So, What Kind of Girl Is She? The Critics’ Appraisal of Lena Dunham

Human litmus test Lena Dunham just published her first book, the essay collection Not That Kind of Girl. It’s 265 pages, sells for $28.00, was bought for $3.7 million, and is of red-alert interest to people in the opinion business. I read 23,219 words (a respectable novella!) worth of reviews,... More »

[Exclusive Comic Book Preview] “Killogy: Halloween Special” One Shot

Alan Robert’s “Killogy” is loved by critics and wholly unique. Our own Jorge Solis called it a vivi tribute to grindhouse cinema, and once you take a look at this preview you’ll see why. Check out what Jorge had to say “A visually stunning sequel, “Killogy Halloween Special” continues with its hard-broiled barrage of wisecracks, gore, and […]

Online Book Discussion of Ann Patchett’s STATE OF WONDER: Week One

Over the next month, David Lynn, Natalie Shapero, Janet McAdams and I will be writing a back-and-forth online discussion here about Ann Patchett’s critically acclaimed novel, State of Wonder. Patchett, as many of you already know, will receive this year’s… Continue reading ?

Review Roundup: Gone Girl and David Fincher Are a Perfect Match (Even If Nick and Amy Aren’t)

One thing our critics agree about Gone Girl: It's definitely a David Fincher movie. From analyzing it in light of his past works to describing how he visually and psychologically manifests the book's dark themes, critics agree that Fincher's hand is all over the film. In fact, a number of... More »

Roxane Gay Talks to Lena Dunham About Her New Book, Feminism, and the Benefits of Being Criticized Online

Lena Dunham is not that kind of girl, and we know this because she tells us so in the title of her new (and first) book, Not That Kind of Girl. But the title is ironic and not ironic; she is that type of girl, too, and doesn’t really give... More »

The Censor As Literary Critic

Drawing on his new book Censors at Work: How States Shaped Literature, Robert Darnton declares that censorship is “essentially political; it is wielded by the state” – but also finds that its historical use has gone far beyond just banning certain texts: Reading was an essential aspect of censoring, not only in the act of […]

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