An article about James Baldwin inspired this post. I was familiar with James Baldwin the novelist (Go Tell It on the Mountain) and essayist (Notes of a Native Son), but not James Baldwin the poet. LA Times book critic David L. Ulin tells us about Baldwin’s poetry in this in-depth piece titled “James Baldwin, poet? [...]
In an appearance on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity” on Tuesday to promote the expanded edition of his 2006 book “Passing Parade,” conservative commentator Mark Steyn criticized the global warming movement, including the hypocrisy of its leaders and the idea of a so-called bovine flatulence tax. Show More Summary
A Louisiana lawmaker is giving up his effort to make the Bible his state's official book after critics dubbed the effort a pointless distraction. Republican Rep. Thomas Carmody introduced legislation earlier this year that would have...Show More Summary
Peggy Noonan is criticizing Hillary Clinton because the publisher's notes for her forthcoming memoir display insufficient modesty. But the publisher's notes for Noonan's own memoir describe her book as a "priceless account" with "timeless...Show More Summary
From 2004: A reader wrote to ask if I'd consider posting a list of books and other works of...
Categories: Quickies What are misogynist geeks so afraid of? – “What’s the worst thing that could happen if women were able to write criticisms of the objectification and marginalization of female characters in comic books and videoShow More Summary
Book reviewing used to the purview of the elite. Now, thanks to the Internet, everyone's a critic. Your online book reviews can make a real difference: people almost always scan the reviews of a book before they make a purchase decision,...Show More Summary
Nine-year-old theatre critic Bill Blake dissects the Incredible Book Eating Boy
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Parul Seghal considers Scottish novelist Muriel Spark’s distinctive take on human misfortune: Spark was fascinated by suffering – and even tried writing a critical study of the Book of Job – but it was an active, robust kind of suffering that she liked, whereby hunger whetted one’s wits. Her women are not enamored of their anxiety, of their moods and wounds. […]
You may also have noticed a lack of critical detachment. I am talking about books because I love books. I'm not standing on a mountain peak holding them at arm's length and issuing Olympian pronouncements about them. I'm reading them in the bath and shouting with excitement because I have noticed something really, really cool. Show More Summary
The most egregious problem with Jo Becker's new book, Forcing the Spring: Inside the Fight for Marriage Equality, isn't the omissions, which many critics have focused on in the past week. The omissions problem is pretty egregious, however,...Show More Summary
After criticizing the new ‘Teen Titans’ cover, journalist Janelle Asselin was name-called and threatened with rape. The worst part? No one is surprised.
Stage version of Jacqueline Wilson's story of a Victorian girl looking for her mother is a joy, say critics Hot Ticket Monday, April 21, 2014 - 8:00am What you need to know A new stage adaptation of popular children's book Hetty Feather for the Rose Theatre, Kingston is touring the UK. Show More Summary
Official Author WebsiteOrder the book HERERead Fantasy Book Critic's review of Dämoren Read Building The Perfect Revolver by Seth Skorkowsky (Guest Post)Seth Skorkowsky really grabbed my imagination with his debut story that mixed urban fantasy, horror and thriller genres in a neat package. Show More Summary
Social critic, scientist, muckraking journalist, Barbara Ehrenreich has never been one to take things on faith. In her new books she takes a hard look at everything from religion to science.
When Elizabeth Warren hits the road to promote her memoir, the senator likely will draw a critical group of Democrats that the front-runner has had trouble connecting with before.
James Franco can do anything. He can act well enough to get an Academy Award nomination or to be in the summer’s biggest movie, write books, novels, short stories, and poetry, enroll in 17 masters and doctorate programs, make three not-that-watchable...Show More Summary
Prominent journalists came out of the woodwork yesterday to criticize Jo Becker, the author of the new book Forcing The Spring, for attempting to limit the architects of the gay marriage movement to the three people she had access to (David Boies, Ted Olson, and HRC founder Chad Griffith) and ignoring the decades of work that came before it.