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Crowdsourcing a Book

Important Indiegogo Alert: Kenneth James is editing the personal journals of novelist and critic Samuel R. Delany in a five-volume series. The first volume is complete, and James is asking for a bit of help to complete the second. Neil Gaiman has offered substantial monetary support. The post Crowdsourcing a Book appeared first on The Millions.

After Much Criticism, Gay Talese Renounces His Forthcoming Book The Voyeur's Motel 

14 hours agoPop Culture / Celebrity : Jezebel

In April 2016, the New Yorker published an extraordinary tale of male entitlement. Literary journalist Gay Talese told the story of how self-proclaimed amateur sex researcher and professional peeping tom Gerald Foos had purchased the...Show More Summary

New War Dogs Trailer: It’s Like The Hangover, But With Jonah Hill, Miles Teller, and War Profiteering

Based on a Rolling Stone article (and later book) about two Miami beach bros who managed to lowball their way into a multimillion dollar military contract, War Dogs promises all the criticism of America's Bush-era foreign policy you've come to expect from a Jonah Hill bromance. Miles Teller co-stars as the version of ... More »

Ray Eames and the Art of Entertaining

Welcome back to Critical Eye, Alexandra Lange's incisive, observant, curious, human- and street-friendly architecture column for Curbed. In this edition, Lange dives into The World of Charles and Ray Eames, a new book that reveals how the design duo lived, and examines how Ray turned house work and entertaining into innovative design. Show More Summary

By the Book: Geoff Dyer: By the Book

The novelist, essayist, critic and author, most recently, of “White Sands” says reading William Finnegan’s “Barbarian Days” made him realize his whole life has been pretty much a waste. “I suspected this anyway.”

Spielberg's The BFG: Joys of Whizpoppers, Snozzcumbers, and Cannibalism

When The New Yorker's critic Pauline Kael was reviewing the screen adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's The Fox, she insisted: "If you are going to see a movie based on a book you think is worth reading, read the book first. You can never read...Show More Summary

My World Of Flops: We need to talk about Bill Murray case file #64: Rock The Kasbah

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. Bill Murray long ago stopped being a mere actor and became something closer to a figure of American folklore. Show More Summary

Battlefield 1, Dishonored 2, Horizon Zero Dawn lead Game Critics E3 award nominees

Another E3 is in the books, and that means it must be time for some award nominations for what impressed the plethora of press at the event. We already presented our top games, but others want attention, too. The Game Critics Awards are probably the most well known, and they have released their list of nominees in more than 15 categories. Show More Summary

Book Review: "The Art & Making of Independence Day: Resurgence"

With a second-place finish in its opening weekend to “Finding Dory,” a lower opening frame than the original did in 1996 dollars ($41 million vs. $50 million), and less critical support (34% on Rotten Tomatoes vs. 62% for he original), one has to consider Roland Emmerich’s “Independence Day: Resurgence” something of a disappointment. Show More Summary

GUEST POST: Swords and Shotguns: Writing Characters in Epic and Urban Fantasy by Gail Z. Martin

Today we welcome Gail Z. Martin to Fantasy Book Critic. She is here to share her amazing insight into writing characters in epic fantasy and urban fantasy. Gail Z. Martin stops by to celebrate the release of some amazing books. The first book is The Shadowed Path, which is the first Chronicles of the Necromancer book in 5 years. Show More Summary

The 37 Best Things To Do in Seattle This Week

4 days agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

Camptacular!, A Chuck Palahniuk Book Signing, Where Love is Illegal, And More Picks For June 27-July 3 by Stranger Things To Do Staff Our music critics have already recommended the 23 best concerts in Seattle this week, but now it'sShow More Summary

TV Club: A bloodbath wraps up the second act of Game Of Thrones (newbies)

Welcome to another season of Game Of Thrones reviews for those who have not read the books the series is based on. Since critics won’t be receiving screeners this season, each week I’ll publish the episode page once the broadcast ends and add my review to the page when I finish. Show More Summary

Caplan Audits Age of Em

When I showed Bryan Caplan an early draft of my book, his main concern was that I didn’t focus enough on humans, as he doesn’t think robots can be conscious. In his first critical post, he focused mainly on language … Continue readi...

Cole Swensen Talks About Translation As A Continual Opening

Cole Swensen is a poet with fifteen books out, most based in research and many ekphrastic. She also translates contemporary French poetry, experimental prose, and art criticism. She co-edited the 2009 Norton anthology American Hybrid and is the founding editor of La Presse, which publishes French work in translation. Show More Summary

Secret Service Tell-All Reveals Many ‘Cheap Shots’ At The Clintons

The Secret Service tell-all book by former agent Gary Byrne is being called out for taking many “cheap shots” at the Clintons so close to the presidential election. Many are criticizing the book as going beyond the pale, as Secret Service agents are supposed to protect and not expose their assignments. Show More Summary


Following in the wake of Chance the Rapper's critical smash Coloring Book, his Savemoney crewmate Joey Purp debuts with the bright iiiDrops, another Chicago dispatch full of soaring horns and impassioned deliveries. Purp juxtaposes optimistic beats and unflinching lyrics about growing up in "Chiraq": "I ain't been church in a...

Stein’s History

Judith Stein is one of the finest historians working today. Her book, Pivotal Decade, is a superb discussion of the 1970s and the economic shift away from manufacturing to financialization. Critical work. You should read it. Stein has a long interview with Jacobin that is also worth your time. I don’t agree with her on […]

Ahead of Meeting, Evangelicals Sense Leverage Over Trump

Donald Trump will meet with an audience of nearly 1,000 Christian conservative activists in New York City on Tuesday, and the summit could hardly come at a more critical time. The event has been on the books for over a month, but organizers...Show More Summary

TV Club: Two battles test the season’s sense of hope on Game Of Thrones (newbies)

Welcome to another season of Game Of Thrones reviews for those who have not read the books the series is based on. Since critics won’t be receiving screeners this season, each week I’ll publish the episode page once the broadcast ends and add my review to the page when I finish. Show More Summary

Q&A: A. Scott Berg on His Classic Max Perkins Biography, Now a Big Movie Starring Jude Law

The following article first appeared in The National Book Review: A. Scott Berg's Max Perkins: Editor of Genius has become a classic since its publication in 1978, shining a light on an overlooked but critically important literary figure -- and on a golden age of editing. Show More Summary

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