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Rousting the Book Pirates From Google

Topic: Books Google Play has been criticized as a sort of vast and unruly garden compared with Apple’s impeccably mowed lawns. In Forbes recently, Erik Kain called Google Play “an ugly, poorly organized store filled with myriad knockoffs,...Show More Summary

Yo La Tengo Made Their Loveliest Album Ever: Expert Witness with Robert Christgau

Welcome to Expert Witness with Robert Christgau, the self-proclaimed "Dean of American Rock Critics." He currently teaches at NYU and published multiple books throughout his life. For nearly four decades, he worked as the music editor for The Village Voice, where he created the annual Pazz & Jop poll. Show More Summary

How a 'Pornographic' Lesbian Graphic Novel Ignited a Culture War at Duke

BY ELIEL CRUZ A group of freshmen at Duke University is boycotting a critically acclaimed book assigned for summer reading because of its gay-themed content. The book in question is Alison Bechdel's illustrated memoir Fun Home--which has recently been made into a Tony Award-winning musical. Show More Summary

Interview with Tim Marquitz (Interviewed by Mihir Wanchoo)

Official Author website Order Aftermath HEREOrder Influx: Clandestine Daze #1 HERERead The Nocturnal Library's review of InfluxRead Fantasy Book Critic's review of Armageddon Bound Read Fantasy Book Critic's review of Resurrection Read...Show More Summary

IKEA Catalog Literary Review

“Happiness is a super comfy sofa bed, a few side tables and a strong Wi-Fi connection.” IKEA’s catalog is the world’s most widely distributed book. Literary critic Hellmuth Karasek gave the latest edition a tongue-in-cheek review.

My World Of Flops: Taped before a live studio audience, okay? case file #43: Mulaney

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. Though only a sprightly 33, John Mulaney has already accomplished more than most comedians do in an entire career. Show More Summary

Critic’s Take: Closing the Book

A writer struggles to read while grieving for her parents.

Chris Morris Writes the Book on A Great American Band

On May 4, 1980, Los Angeles Reader music critic Chris Morris went to see punk heroes PiL (John Lydon's post-Sex Pistols lineup) at the suitably seedy Olympic Auditorium near downtown LA. Morris and his "plus-one," a saxophone whiz named Steve Berlin, could never have dreamed that... Show More Summary

With Sword and Pistol by Edward M. Erdelac (Reviewed by Mihir Wanchoo)

Official Author Website Order With Sword And Pistol HEREOrder Andersonville HERERead Fantasy Book Critic's review of Merkabah Rider: Tales of a High Planes Drifter Read Fantasy Book Critic's review of Merkabah Rider: The Mensch WithShow More Summary

10 Books Banned Because Critics Missed the Point

Books are often banned or challenged because their critics read a novel’s content without any context. An off-the-cuff swear word... The post 10 Books Banned Because Critics Missed the Point appeared first on Lifehack.

Growing Up Black and Female Meant Depression Was Forbidden

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In her latest book, the Pulitzer Prize–winning critic Margo Jefferson offers a new definition of "Negroland." “Negroland is my name for a small region of Negro America where residents were sheltered by a certain amount of privilege and plenty,” she writes in the introduction to her new memoir. Chronicling her... More »

Duke students protest reading graphic novel turned Tony-winning musical 'Fun Home'

Fun Home may have impressed critics as both a graphic novel and an award-winning m usical — but the book is currently facing protests from a group of incoming Duke freshmen. Some members of Duke's class of 2019 refused to read Fun Home...Show More Summary

Critical Eye: Touring the Modern Architecture of Fire Island's Pines

Thank you to Chris Rawlins for the amazing tour. Highly recommend his book, Fire Island Modernist + upcoming site PinesModern.org This was the one cool house he knew nothing about! #fireisland A photo posted by Alexandra Lange (@langealexandra) on...

German Literary Critic Reviews the IKEA Catalog — Design News

Pin it The most printed book of our time, the IKEA catalog, has never been properly reviewed—until now. IKEA had German literary critic Hellmuth Karasek give his honest opinion about this important work. READ MORE »

The 'Biggie Smalls' Detective Who Was Critical of the LAPD Dies During an Interview About His New Notorious B.I.G. Book 

You had to be living under a rock in the late 1990s if you don't recognize Russell Poole, the former LAPD detective who appeared in a number of television specials and documentaries about the murder investigation of one of the greatest MCs to ever to do it: the Notorious B.I.G. (government name: Christopher Wallace, and also known as Biggie Smalls).

Guest Review: Twelve Kings in Sharakhai by Bradley Beaulieu (Reviewed by A.E. Marling)

Official Author Website Order Twelve Kings In Sharakhai HERE Read Fantasy Book Critic's review of The Winds Of Khalakovo Read Fantasy Book Critic's review of Strata Read Fantasy Book Critic interview with Bradley P. BeaulieuAUTHOR INFORMATION: Bradley P. Show More Summary

Expert Witness with Robert Christgau: Hopping Along into a Girlpool

Welcome to Expert Witness with Robert Christgau, the self-proclaimed "Dean of American Rock Critics." He currently teaches at NYU and published multiple books throughout his life. For nearly four decades, he worked as the music editor for The Village Voice, where he created the annual Pazz & Jop poll. Show More Summary

A respected literary critic reviews… the IKEA catalogue

“It’s a book that aims to endear itself to us, by putting us in a positive frame of mind. The book by IKEA could be criticized for featuring more pictures than characters. It has a lot to say, but much could be considered junk…” Hellmuth...Show More Summary

What can you learn from a book about a historical policy in Tanzania?

I’ve never nurtured a critical opinion of Tanzania’s first president Julius Nyerere. During the summer I spent in Arusha in graduate school, I learned to refer to him with honorific titles like Mwalimu (teacher) or Baba wa Taifa (father of the nation). In my class on African politics, I devote one lecture to teaching about […]

Review: What Is The State of Play in Video Games Right Now? - Video games have grown up a lot. Kinda.

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In their new book, The State of Play, Daniel Goldberg and Linus Larsson compile different chapters written by sixteen prominent and respected voices in games criticism that all aim to show just how video games have grown up—and how much growing up video games still need to do.

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