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Mind the Gap

The Charlie Hebdo attack and its aftermath in the streets and in the press tempt one to dust off Samuel Huntington's 1996 book, The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order. Despite the criticisms...

What Does It Mean to Live in a City? (WSJ Book Club)

The WSJ Book Club is reading Jessica Hagedorn’s violent and surreal novel of the Philippines, “Dogeaters,” from 1990. The book was chosen by our host, Marlon James, author of the critically acclaimed epic, “A Brief History of Seven Killings.” Join...Show More Summary

Confessions of a Galley Slave

Making time to read, and critically review, the second book in a promising series.

The Zaha Hadid lawsuit and the critic's responsibility

Normally, I’m wary of lawsuits against critics. I think back to the case of Dan Moldea, who sued the New York Times after his book “Interference: How Organized Crime Influences Professional Football” was reviewed negatively in that paper in 1989.

The Many Confusions Of The Internet Is Not The Answer, By Andrew Keen

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Any book with a title like The Internet Is Not the Answer leads one to wonder what the question is, and whether there's a "right" answer to it. The book's author -- Internet entrepreneur, talk show host, and social critic Andrew Keen – is a little dodgy on these details. Show More Summary

Zaha Hadid Settles Defamation Suit Against Journalist, Donates Money To Labor Rights Charity

The cash from her suit against the New York Review of Books will go to a workers' rights organization. Zaha Hadid has withdrawn her lawsuit against the New York Review of Books and architecture critic Martin Filler, and will donate the...Show More Summary

Lawsuits: Zaha Hadid Settles Defamation Lawsuit Against NYRB Critic

Photo via Getty Images After a five-month courtroom battle, Zaha Hadid has settled her defamation lawsuit against the New York Review of Books, and its critic Martin Filler. Over the summer, the London-based starchitect filed a libel suit claiming that...

Constructive Criticism: Announcing the NBCC Award Nominees

The finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Awards were announced this week. There are thirty finalists, falling into six categories: autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, general nonfiction, and poetry. The National Book Critics Circle has one of the more interesting...

From Books to 'SNL' to Pixar to a Sitcom with Simon Rich

5 days agoOdd : The Hairpin

by Jane Hu There are a few observations critics almost always make about Simon Rich: how young he is, how much younger he looks, and how much he’s accomplished regardless. The next move usually is to list his accolades: when Rich graduated...Show More Summary

More on Claudia Rankine’s Double NBCC Nominations

Writers of the literary sort are flocking to expand on the news of Claudia Rankine being nominated for not one, but two National Book Critics Circle Awards–in poetry and criticism. As Flavorwire wrote on Tuesday: For many, the nomination of Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric in two categories — poetry and criticism — is […]

Anti-LGBT former Atlanta fire chief files religious discrimination complaint over firing

6 days agoNews : The Raw Story

In a case that has rallied proponents of religious freedom, Atlanta’s ousted fire chief has filed a federal discrimination complaint against the city, arguing that his firing over a book critical of homosexuality was an attack on his faith. Kelvin Cochran wrote a 2013 book titled, “Who...

How to Evade Accountability

Blame your predecessors. Rally credulous supporters. Exaggerate your problems. Whine about lack of resources. Make repeated claims that your critics are biased. Cook the books. Engage in shameless deceptions. Deny that the subject is your responsibility. Order an open-ended study. Allege that you are the victim of a conspiracy.

Best So Far

What’s the best book of the 21st century? To date, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao seems to be the favorite – the BBC polled a few dozen US critics and Junot Diaz‘s novel came in first place. The full list is available from The Guardian, and includes Zadie Smith‘s White Teeth and Michael Chabon‘s The […]

Interview: Mike Huckabee on 'Bend Over' Comment Criticized as Prison Rape Joke, Charlie Hebdo Cartoons (Part 2)

Mike Huckabee addressed criticism over writing, "bend over and take it like a prisoner," in a chapter on privacy in his new book, and talked about whether media organizations should publish Charlie Hebdo cartoons after the terrorist attack on the satirical magazine's headquarters.

Junot Díaz Book Named Greatest Novel of The 21st Century

BBC Culture conducted a critics’ poll to select the “21st Century’s 12 greatest novels.” Junot Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao captured the top spot. The participating critics reviewed 156 books for this venture. Most ofShow More Summary

Growth Hacker Marketing: Your Agency as Your Partner in Crime

Ryan Holiday's book "Growth Hacker Marketing" is a great read for anyone growing a brand. The marketing mindset is shifting and here's why your agency plays a critical role.

EXCERPT: The Autumn Republic by Brian McClellan

Official Author WebsiteRead Fantasy Book Critic's review of Promise Of BloodPre-order The Autumn Republic HEREBrian McClellan is an author who along with Django Wexler seems to have brought a whole new sub genre alive. Flintlock fantasy's newest proponents are making their presences felt with their individual series. Show More Summary

Listen to the First Single From the Mountain Goats’ New Album About Pro Wrestling

Last we heard from John Darnielle, the lead singer (and sometimes sole member) of the Mountain Goats, he had just written his first novel, Wolf in White Van, which earned a National Book Award nomination and critical praise (including in Slate). Show More Summary

A Poet Emerges from the Wild Frontier

At NY Times, Saeed Jones reflects on becoming a poet in the face of adversity. In this article, Jones, the author of Prelude to Bruise and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award, reflects on his upbringing in rural Texas. The year I started writing poems, I dreamed about chains dragging along a […]

Comic Book Review: “Spread” #5 Is All About Hope

“Spread” #5 looks to be a transitional issue. Everything you need to know in terms of commentary or criticism can be read in Justin Jordan’s own words in the backmatter of this issue. WRITTEN BY: Justin Jordan ART BY: Kyle Strahm PUBLISHER: Image Comics PRICE: $2.99 RELEASE: January 21, 2014 Reviewed by Nick Brehmer Beginning […]

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