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When Critics Are Assholes: 8 Great Books That Got Slammed

3 days agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

In the literary justice system, critic-based offenses are considered particularly heinous. Idiots are to blame. These are their stories. Column by Ed Sikov As those brave, astute writers who have taken my LitReactor class “Everyone’s a Critic” know, I think smart criticism is as essential as good food. Show More Summary

Banned Books Week: How comics are fighting a hail of critical fire.

THE FIRST REACTION, sometimes, is to smile, if not entirely laugh it off. We know the drill. Enough people are readily offended by raw, honest stories that a tale’s pin-prick of truth can cause discomfort, sending the occasional panting adult to the librarian or school district, moved by offense to try to get a book removed. Show More Summary

8 Banned Books You Should Read

Banning “blasphemous” books shields deities, dogmas, and political demigods from criticism and scrutiny. The post 8 Banned Books You Should Read appeared first on OnFaith.

Sean Brock Is Writing a Cookbook All About Husk

Congrats! Through his first cookbook, Heritage, chef Sean Brock managed to accomplish something quite rare: He earned widespread critical acclaim — winning the James Beard Foundation Award for "Best Book in American Cooking," and placing...Show More Summary

Epistolary Criticism

Full Stop’s book club is discussing the stories of Clarice Lispector throughout this week in an in-depth email exchange conducted by contributors Becca Rothfeld and Nathan Goldman. Pair with Magdalena Edwards‘s Millions review of the collection.

Christopher Bollen Reads from His New Novel ‘Orient’ – LISTEN

6 days agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

This week’s TowleREAD comes from author Christopher Bollen from his new novel Orient. Towleroad’s book critic Garth Greenwell raved about Orient last week so we thought we would ask Bollen if he could do a reading for us. Bollen spoke with Towl… The post Christopher Bollen Reads from His New Novel ‘Orient’ – LISTEN appeared first on Towleroad.

Ta-Nehisi Coates and 23 Others Named this Year's Winners of the MacArthur Foundation 'Genuis' Grant

The Atlantic journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates might be having the best year ever. Coates second book, Between the World and Me, was released earlier this year to critical acclaim and a firm standing on the New York Times best seller list....Show More Summary

BookFilter: Karin Slaughter on Her New Thriller And The Family Secret That Fuels Her Passion For Justice

PRETTY GIRLS By Karin Slaughter $27.99; HarperLuxe Let's be clear: author Karin Slaughter is already a hugely popular, critically acclaimed author. Her books have sold well over 30 million copies around the world. She's just signed a globe-spanning deal with HarperCollins that is the wave of the future for name brand authors like herself. Show More Summary

Walter Benjamin’s Legacy, 75 Years On

“For devotees of Critical Theory, he is now seen as one of the founding fathers … having helpfully transcended mere wittering about paintings, books and Mickey Mouse by also sketching a philosophy of history. … And, almost as a hobby, he is the inspirational linkman between the 19th-century flâneur and today’s psychogeographers.”

Inside 'My Kitchen Year,' Ruth Reichl's New Cookbook

Reichl opens up on her new book, which hits shelves Tuesday. Ruth Reichl — a woman whose resume (food critic at the Los Angeles Times and New York Times; EIC of Gourmet magazine) precedes her — is about to embark upon a whirlwind of a book tour for her first cookbook in over 40 years: My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life. Show More Summary

Mark Millar Wants To Bring Back Colin Firth in The ‘Kingsman’ Sequel

Ever since the massive box-office and critical success of Kingsman: The Secret Service, a followup has been inevitable, but whether we’d see Colin Firth in The Kingsman sequel has been up in the air. Comic book creator/writer Mark Millar hopes...Show More Summary

You Be the Judge

My column today is an indulgence — a self-indulgence. I reply to a critic (of my new book ). This is not merely a self-indulgence, I hope, because the material is interesting (again, I hope). My critic knocks me for calling Saddam Hussein’s...Show More Summary

GUEST POST: Genesis of The Spider in the Laurel by Michael Pogach

I didn’t come up with the title of this article. My publisher’s Publicity Coordinator emailed me and wrote: “Fantasy Book Critic would love a post about the Genesis of The Spider in the Laurel.” Here’s the thing. She had no idea just how perfect a title that is for a piece on the origins of this novel. Show More Summary

Morrissey’s debut novel panned by critics in UK

last weekNews : The Raw Story

Pop star Morrissey released his debut novel “List of the Lost” in Britain Thursday to howls of derision from critics, who suggested that the ex-Smiths singer should stick to his day job. The 118-page book tells the story of four teenage members of a relay team in the US city of Boston...

Mary Karr: By the Book

The author of “The Liars’ Club” and, most recently, “The Art of Memoir” doesn’t care for John Ashbery’s poetry: “The most celebrated unclothed emperor in U.S. letters today — an invention of academic critics.”

Cindy Crawford Talks About Her Mole and Being ‘Jealous’ Of Social Media

Cindy Crawford, one of the world’s most revered supermodels, is coming out with an autobiographical book called Becoming. Crawford, who faced criticism when an altered ‘untouched’ photo leaked online earlier this year, says the book is meant to help women develop a healthy self-esteem. Show More Summary

Jason Bivins -- Spirits Rejoice! Jazz and American Religion

Spirits Rejoice! which presents a critical study on jazz and American religion from the 1940's to the present. Spirits Rejoice! engages the religiosity and spirituality of America's foremost jazz musicians. The book features over 200 jazz musicians and is the first book solely dedicated to unpacking... [ read more ]

My World Of Flops: Great white nope case file #45: Kreayshawn’s Somethin’ ‘Bout Kreay

My World Of Flops is Nathan Rabin’s survey of books, television shows, musical releases, or other forms of entertainment that were financial flops, critical failures, or lack a substantial cult following. When I first learned about Kreayshawn’s...Show More Summary

Here’s why Marvel Comics is smart to hire Ta-Nehisi Coates to write Black Panther

MARVEL COMICS endures another controversy over diversity, after the publisher announces a series of hip-hop variant covers. Social-media critics cite the lack of creators of color working on Marvel books. And then yet, the House of Ideas pulls a face card — this time, a King — from its sleeve.Read full article >>

Do We Really Even Know What 'Sex Addiction' Is?

For all the discussion, sex addiction is a psychiatric label without real explanation. The following is an excerpt from the new book  Sex Addiction: A Critical History by Barry Reay, Claire Gooder and Nina Attwood (Polity, 2015):   "Tiger Woods claims to be addicted to sex. Show More Summary

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