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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen getting a reboot

The 2003 adaptation of Alan Moore's comic book THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN was a legendary misfire. Released to mediocre box office, poor audience and critical reception, and disappointment from fans of the source material,...Show More Summary

The Title of Jessica Hopper's New Music Criticism Collection Made Me Uncomfortable. I'm Glad I Read Past the Cover

The Title of Jessica Hopper's Music Criticism Collection Made Me Uncomfortable. I'm Glad I Read Past the Cover. by Lindsay Hood T hough many of my friends were in on the joke, at first I found the title of Jessica Hopper's new book, The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic, uncomfortably arrogant. Show More Summary

Ant-Man's Costume Has One Massive Flaw

While comic book purists are generally hard to please, the comic-inspired costume that Paul Rudd wears in the upcoming Ant-Man seems to be controversy-free. However, some notable critics regarding the unitards's utilitarian value happen to be the people who created the getup. Show More Summary

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You may have heard (via this site or elsewhere) that Harold Bloom has a new book out. In the Times Sunday Book Review, Cynthia Ozick gives her take, identifying the critic’s use of the phrase “without precedent” as key to understanding his theory. You could also read Matt Hanson on Bloom’s classic The Anatomy of Influence.

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Helen Vendler is one of those rare scholar-writers who doesn’t adhere to a particular school of theory. In her new book of essays, she explains her view of criticism as distinct from both philosophy and scholarship, as a form of learning that’s inherently “unsystematic and idiosyncratic.” In Open Letters Monthly, Jack Hanson reads through the […]

Interview with Rob J. Hayes (Interviewed by Mihir Wanchoo)

Official Author WebsiteRead 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's review of The Price Of FaithRead Fantasy Book Critic interview with Rob J. Show More Summary

Michael B. Jordan Responds to Critics of His Casting in Fantastic Four

Apparently people are upset that Michael B. Jordan was cast as Johnny Storm in the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot. The primary cause of concern? That Jordan is black. Obviously the realism that underpins a comic book adaptation in which...Show More Summary

Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google

A review of James Palfrey's new book 'BiblioTech,' and the culturally critical role libraries play. If you were airdropped, blindfolded, into a strange town and given nothing but a bus ticket, to where would you ride that bus? You might be surprised to learn that there’s only one good answer, and that’s the public library. Show More Summary

The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

I finished Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant the other day, and immediately thereafter I looked through various reviews, as this book has been notoriously disliked by a number of high-profile critics. After judging this book for myself and seeing the objections, I generally don’t understand the critiques being lodged at Ishiguro. Show More Summary

Blogging Around: Mostly Churchy Stuff

Clutching Her Head in a Field Here's the one non-churchy item. Want to see how many different book cover designers found this stock photo captivating?Caustic Critic Cover pulled it together for us.I was really surprised to see how little...Show More Summary

Rand Paul’s New Book Sees Filibuster Lessons in 2013: Wear Sneakers

When Sen. Rand Paul stood for more than 10 hours on the Senate floor to criticize the government’s collection of phone data, he was suited up like a veteran of this kind of stamina test: He wore sneakers. It was a lesson, he writes in a new book, learned from the 2013 filibuster that sprung him to national prominence.

Spin Fail as Clinton Foundation Keeps Books Firmly Shut

Earlier this month, I was in Marrakech to cover the Clinton Global Initiative schmoozefest and make up my mind about whether the Clinton Foundation is as sinister as its critics make it out to be. Between raids on the (excellent) buffet...Show More Summary

Critic’s Notebook: Bin Laden’s Bookshelf Reflects His Fixation on West

6 days agoNews : NYTimes: News

A declassified list of the books and articles found in the Qaeda leader’s hide-out in Pakistan shows the efforts he made to know his enemy.

Jerry Saltz: How and Why We Started Taking Kim Kardashian Seriously (and What She Teaches Us About the State of Criticism)

6 days agoLifestyle / Fashion : The Cut

A conversation between senior art critic Jerry Saltz and editor David Wallace-Wells about just what to make of Kim Kardashian, her sort of brilliant book Selfish, and the weird fact that all of a sudden, everyone seems to be taking her very, very seriously. David Wallace-Wells: Jerry, last year you... More »

Jerry Saltz: How and Why We Started Taking Kim Kardashian Seriously (and What She Teaches Us About the State of Criticism)

A conversation between senior art critic Jerry Saltz and editor David Wallace-Wells about just what to make of Kim Kardashian, her sort of brilliant book Selfish, and the weird fact that all of a sudden, everyone seems to be taking her very, very seriously. David Wallace-Wells: Jerry, last year you... More »

Jetstar defends pre-ticked web boxes

Jetstar backs pre-checked selections in online booking despite consumer rights criticism.

13 Facts About 18th Century French Fashion

last weekHumor / odd : mental_floss

In Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell’s new book, Fashion Victims: Dress at the Court of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette, the author dives into the world of high fashion and high society at a critical crossroad. Extreme luxury and opulence gave...Show More Summary

RD Recap: New Hires at BuzzFeed; Changes at WaPo

The New York Times moves literary critic Janet Maslin down to contributing book critic where “she will continue to write regularly for The New York Times but at a somewhat less grueling pace.”… Roll Call lands a new politics editor, grabbing John Helton from CNN, where he spent the last 14 years. Show More Summary

Simon Pegg has a Franzen moment: Book criticism needs a poptimist revolution to take down genre snobs

Modern science fiction and comic books are "childish"? They're not -- and it's time for this debate to end

North Carolina Teacher Does Something Amazing After 3rd Grader Is Bullied For Being Gay

North Carolina Reads Book About Gay Kings To Class After Student Is Bullied A North Carolina teacher is drawing both praise and criticism for the way he handled a bullying situation with one of his students. Via HuffPo: Omar

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