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Richard Eder: In the obituary of book critic Richard Eder that appeared in the Nov. 23 California section, one of his surviving sisters was listed as Liz McCullough. Her name is Elizabeth McCulloch.

Book Review: Jeff Chang’s Who We Be traces how art reflects social change

In a recent essay, cultural critic Alyssa Rosenberg issues a challenge for a fresher, more nuanced approach to talking about the political elements of culture. Simply assessing whether a piece of art contains certain ideas, which are either uniformly beneficial or harmful, is insufficient. Show More Summary

Spectator books of the year: Melanie McDonagh embraces The Essence of the Brontës

Muriel Spark wasn’t only one of the great British novelists but a cracking literary critic and a lovely essayist. Her book on Mary Shelley is extraordinarily perceptive; ditto, but more… Continue reading The post Spectator books of the year: Melanie McDonagh embraces The Essence of the Brontës appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Richard Eder dies at 82; won a Pulitzer as L.A. Times book reviewer

Richard Eder, a foreign correspondent who made the unusual transition to arts critic and was awarded a 1987 Pulitzer Prize for his Los Angeles Times book reviews, died Friday at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. He was 82.

Texas Textbooks Up the Crazy

The infamous Texas textbook adoption committee has just approved new social studies books for the state’s public schools. Critics said that some of the government and world history textbooks, for example, exaggerate the influence of biblical figures — such as Moses and Solomon — on the nation’s founding and Western political tradition. A few of […]

Kirk Cameron Wants to Save Christmas, but He Can’t Even Save His Own Movie

This is the actual poster for Kirk Cameron's movie Saving Christmas: It's one of those cases where you can absolutely judge a book by its cover. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a pathetic score of 9%, with one critic saying it's "one...Show More Summary

Late Night: The Roundup

Enjoy your weekend folks! James Risen will be here tomorrow to discuss his new book and James Gustave Speth will be here on Sunday with his memoir. - Uh-oh. Editors in Egypt pledged not to criticize any institution in the country; Still,...Show More Summary

What Is Everyone Saying About The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1?

Almost every critic who's seen the The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 so far has bristled at the fact that the movie only tells half the story of the third and final book in Suzanne Collins's saga. The consensus has been that this installment also offers significantly less action... More »

The Rise of Chu: Chatting with Wesley Chu about returning to Angry Robot Books and his new series, The Rise of Io

Angry Robot Books announced on November 17th that they have signed Wesley Chu, author of The Lives of Tao, to a three book, six-figure deal for a follow-up sequel to his critically acclaimed science fiction series. The first volume of The Rise of Io will be released in August, 2016. Show More Summary

Barbie computer engineer book criticized for 'sexist drivel'

It has been more than 20 years since Mattel brought the infamous "Teen Talk Barbie" into the world, a talking doll programmed to say deathless phrases such as "I love shopping!" and "Math class is tough!" Of course, times have changed since then. Kind of.

‘People love spying on one another’: A Q&A with Facebook critic Eben Moglen

Eben Moglen has dedicated himself to convincing people to resist Facebook's siren song. The bushy-bearded Columbia Law School professor and founder of the Software Freedom Law Center is a central figure in the new book "More Awesome Than Money," by Jim Dwyer of the New York Times. It's the story of how four New York University students who, filled with the […]

Mini-Reviews: The Wolf In Winter by John Connolly & The Shotgun Arcana by Rod S. Belcher (Reviewed by Mihir Wanchoo)

Official Author WebsiteOrder the book HERE Read Fantasy Book Critic's Review of “The Lovers” Read Fantasy Book Critic's Review of “The Whisperers” Read Fantasy Book Critic's Review of “The Burning Soul” Read Fantasy Book Critic's Review...Show More Summary

Charles Champlin: LA arts and film journalist was 88

Charles Champlin wore a lot of hats on the Los Angeles arts and entertainment journalism scene: LA Times arts editor, film critic, book critic, columnist, author, host of TV programs and more.

Lez Liberty Lit #59: Luminous Misandry

Texts from Jane Eyre as a new form of literary criticism, whether to finish every book you start, strong opinions on book lists and more.

Mom's Home: A Word to Conservative Critics of Pope Francis

Ok, everyone. I realize I have been out of the loop for a while. I have been trying to finish a book. And I had an unexpected family emergency to deal with. But Mom's home now. Time to shape up.

Marco Rubio Pens Pre-Run? Book

Florida Senator Marco Rubio has a book out in January, timed, it seems, for a possible 2016 presidential run. …followed by a book tour that comes at a critical time for him as he weighs a presidential run,” the Tampa Bay Times reports. American Dreams: Restoring Economic Opportunity for Everyone is listed on Amazon with a [...]

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Here's John McCain's Response To Critics Who Say He's Too Eager To Go To War

Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) has a simple response to those who accuse him of always advocating for war: Tell me when I've been wrong. During a WNYC radio interview promoting his new book, "Thirteen Soldiers," on Tuesday, McCain was pressed by a caller on his hawkish foreign policy views. Show More Summary

Book Review: Ha Jin’s A Map Of Betrayal offers a spy novel without cloak-and-danger antics

Novels can be acts of self-interrogation, with writers using the fictional space to plumb questions of their own identities. (In fact, some critics argue that every novel is such an act.) It’s hard not to see Ha Jin’s latest book, A Map Of Betrayal, in this light. Show More Summary

WORLDWIDE GIVEAWAY: The Heresy Within by Rob J. Hayes

Official Author WebsiteRead Fantasy Book Critic's review of The Heresy Within by Rob J. HayesLast year Rob J. Hayes absolutely exploded on to readers with his excellent debut, grimdark trilogy. He’s now being re-published and it's our...Show More Summary

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