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Movie Review: Scientology doc Going Clear eviscerates the faithful, famous, and greedy

In the early 1970s, ranking officers within the church of Scientology initiated a plan to neutralize Paulette Cooper, the journalist behind a withering book criticizing the church’s practices and beliefs. The plan included schemes to...Show More Summary

A litmus test for technology critics

8 hours agoMedia / New Media : Rough Type

Evgeny Morozov has written, in The Baffler, a critique of technology criticism in the guise of a review of my book The Glass Cage. He makes important points, as he always does — Morozov’s intellect is admirably fierce and hungry — but his conclusions are wrong-headed, … Continue reading ?

"Divided: Dualed #2" by Elsie Chapman (Reviewed by Cindy Hannikman)

Visit Elsie Chapman's Official Site HERE Read Fantasy Book Critic's Review of Dualed Here OVERVIEW: The hunter becomes the hunted....West Grayer is done killing. She defeated her Alternate, a twin raised by another family, and proved she’s worthy of a future. Show More Summary

Christian Lorentzen Joins New York Magazine Team

Christian Lorentzen has been hired to serve as a book critic for New York magazine. Lorentzen’s pieces will appear in both the publication itself and the entertainment website He will be responsible for crafting book reviews,...Show More Summary

How to give your memoir real bite

The new issue of the American Scholar scratches open my sore feelings about Christian Wiman not winning the National Book Critics Circle award for poetry earlier this month. Hearing him read from “Once in the West” the night before the ceremony confirmed my admiration for his captivating verse. The former editor of Poetry magazine, he’s […]

Every Day Is Ferris Bueller's Day Off: The Enduring Magic Of John Hughes

In his new book, John Hughes: A Life in Film, critic Kirk Honeycutt decodes why the late director's movies still matter so much. It seemed especially cruel when John Hughes passed away from a heart attack in 2009 at just 59 years old. Show More Summary

Oscar Winner Octavia Spencer to Play God in Film Version of Controversial Bestseller 'The Shack'

One of the most controversial books amongst the Christian community to come out in recent years, The Shack underwent intense scrutiny and criticism from Christians for its depiction of the Holy Trinity in ways that veer away from the Bible and the basis of Christian beliefs. Show More Summary

The James Beard Foundation Announces 2015’s Media Awards Finalists

Hooray! This morning, the James Beard Foundation announced its nominees for the Books, Broadcast & Journalism Awards — a long, comprehensive list of writers, critics, videographers, editors, and chef-authors. The finalists include Food Curated's Liza de Guia, Julia Kramer of Bon Appétit, David Chang for GQ, Sean Brock, and Dorie Greenspan. Show More Summary

Ayaan Hirsi Ali on Her New Book Heretic: Islam Needs Reformation, Now

We can't talk about Islam critically without being called Islamophobic. We can't criticize Islam through the press without being threatened with...

If You Love Something, Write A Good Review About It

Wow, everything about this review of Silvina Ocampo’s Thus Were Their Faces just makes me want to cry. And I do mean everything, from the beyond clichéd title to pretty much everything the critic tries to say about this book. There are various circles of hell for bad critics. Show More Summary

Apple Opens Up to Praise New Book on Steve Jobs, and Criticize an Old One

Apple brass, including its chief, Timothy D. Cook, are throwing their weight behind the unauthorized biography of Mr. Jobs, which goes on sale Tuesday.

Gal Gadot Responds To Criticism That She’s Too Skinny To Play Wonder Woman

Gal Gadot’s being cast as Wonder Woman has caused its fair share of controversy. When it comes to casting, comic book fans are notoriously picky about who plays their supers, and even more picky when it comes to who’s playing their female supers. Show More Summary

Daily dose: Part-time Tata strikes again edition

4 days agoUS Politics / Liberal : BlueNC

NC Transportation Secretary blasts Iran talks (Raleigh News & Observer) -- N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Tony Tata, who recently faced criticism for taking to the book tour trail outside of the state while North Carolina...Show More Summary

Control All Delete, Part 3: How a Critical Review of a Book on How Great Vaccination Is Got Pulled By a Publication That Brags How "Independent" It Is

By Dan Olmsted Few books published last year won the raves that welcomed On Immunity – An Inoculation by Eula Biss. Its spare 163 pages of text offered a “beautiful shot of insight,” The Los Angeles Times wrote -- a...

Feminist Critic of Islam Picks Best Journalists: Megyn Kelly, Anderson Cooper, and Charlie Rose

The New York Times Book Review interviewed the controversial author Ayaan Hirsi Ali – too anti-Muslim for Brandeis to allow speak at commencement – for their “By The Book” feature appearing this Sunday and asked about her taste in books...Show More Summary

"When I was 9 or 10, in Kenya, the Nancy Drew books showed me a type of empowered girl that I was not used to at all."

"I used to read those in secret with my sister. When I was older, Charles Dickens inspired my sense of justice and fairness. George Orwell criticized liberals for apologizing for Communism; he continues to inspire me to persist in my position that Islam unreformed, when put into practice, leads to a dystopia. Show More Summary

Mini-interview with Rob J. Hayes (Interviewed by Mihir Wanchoo)

Official Author WebsiteOrder It Takes A Thief To Catch A Sunrise here (US) and here (UK)Read Fantasy Book Critic's review of It Takes A Thief To Catch A SunriseRead Fantasy Book Critic's review of The Heresy WithinRead Fantasy Book Critic's review of The Colour Of VengeanceRead Fantasy Book Critic interview with Rob J. Show More Summary

National Book Critics Circle Award Winners Announced!

The National Book Critics Circle Award winners were announced at a ceremony in New York last night; and to our delight, Claudia Rankine has won the poetry award for Citizen, reports the LA Times. Another notable win was the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, given to Toni Morrison. More: Claremont poet Rankine won the poetry […]

It Takes A Thief To Catch A Sunrise by Rob J. Hayes (Reviewed by Mihir Wanchoo)

Official Author WebsitePre-order It Takes A Thief To Catch A Sunrise here (US) and here (UK)Read Fantasy Book Critic's review of The Heresy WithinRead Fantasy Book Critic's review of The Colour Of VengeanceRead Fantasy Book Critic interview with Rob J. Show More Summary

Claudia Rankine: Serena, Indian Wells, and Race

Last week was an eventful one for the writer Claudia Rankine. On Thursday her book Citizen, a shape-shifting treatise on American racism, won a National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry, having also been nominated as criticism. The following day, one of her book’s key subjects, Serena Williams, returned to Indian... More »

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