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Lost And Found: 5 Forgotten Classics Worth Revisiting

I don't remember when I first realized that books could go away, that they could — and did — pass into obscurity or out of print. <i>Myra Breckinridge</i> by Gore Vidal, <i>All</i> <i>About H. Hatterr</i> by G.V. Desani, <i>Speedboat</i> by Renata Adler, the sublime <i>An Armful of Warm Girl</i> by W.M. Spackman. Each of them, snuffed …

50 Places Every Literary Fan Should Visit - Flavorwire

If you're like us, and you hear that you're in an area that is home to a place that has any little bit of literary historical significance, you have to go and visit it.<p>Read more on flavorwire.com

Thomas Nagel: Thoughts Are Real

The philosopher Thomas Nagel’s new book, “Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False,” restores the primal force of a great old philosophical word, “metaphysics.” He starts with a boldly discerning look at that strange creature, mankind, and …

How the bad guys won

“Difficult Men” chronicles how antiheroes like Tony Soprano and Walter White — and their creators — took over TV<p>There was a time when rank iniquity got a bum rap on television, when serial killers, gangsters, dope dealers, corrupt cops and the like were routinely portrayed in a negative light. …

Writer-to Writer: A Talk With Simon Toyne

Simon Toyne is the author of the highly acclaimed <i>Sanctus</i> trilogy. Simon graduated from Goldsmith's College in London with a degree in English and Drama. He worked in British television for nearly 20 years as a producer. In 2007, he left television and moved with his family to France where they …

Study: Children’s Books Reinforce Stereotypes

'Calvin And Hobbes' Documentary, 'Dear Mr. Watterson,' To Premiere In November (VIDEO)

Get ready to bathe in the sweet, intoxicating aura of your own nostalgia: A "Calvin and Hobbes" documentary is coming out in just a few short months.<p>But perhaps oddly, the film, titled "Dear Mr. Watterson," won't include an interview with the comic strip's reclusive creator, Bill Watterson, who …

Author Craig Nova: “The novel is the way we discover what we really believe”

The author of “All the Dead Yale Men” on the future of the novel and how having daughters changed his writing<p>Booklist had this to say about "All the Dead Yale Men":<p>'Long-awaited' is an overused phrase in publishers' promotional blurbs, but Nova's follow-up to his acclaimed 1982 novel "The Good Son" …

Director List Revealed For 'Game Of Thrones' Season 4

For the hard-core fans: Here's who is directing each episode of "Game of Thrones" season 4.<p>One notable name is Neil Marshall ("The Descent"), who helmed Season 2's pivotal "Battle of the Blackwater" episode. Fans should also keep an eye on "The West Wing" Emmy-winner Alex Graves, who really …

Anthony Grafton: How I Write

The Princeton history professor, who co-edited the new book The Classical Tradition, now out in paperback, talks about founding a new field of study, …

'Inferno' Movie: Dan Brown's Latest Robert Langdon Novel Gets Release Date; Tom Hanks Attached To Star

Movie audiences haven't seen the last of Robert Langdon. Sony announced on Tuesday that Dan Brown's latest Langdon novel, "Inferno," will arrive in theaters on Dec. 18, 2015. Tom Hanks will reprise his role as Langdon; he last played the character in 2009's "Angels & Demons."<p>Released in May, …

Author Chuck Klosterman Picks The Most Villainous First Names

First published at Bookish.com<p><i>In his books including Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs, Eating the Dinosaur and Killing Yourself to Live, author and pop culture critic Chuck Klosterman has taken on topics as diverse as reality television, rock and roll, porn, the Unabomber and Tom Cruise. His newest</i> …

4 Worst Pieces Of Advice For Young Writers

If you are a young writer looking for advice on how to write well, there is an endless sea of options available to you.<p>Read more on www.policymic.com

A buzzy debut novel about a predatory teacher

The controversy around Alissa Nutting's new book, <i>Tampa</i>, suggests two possible interpretations: The novel, about a beautiful, 26-year-old sexual predator, could be <i>Fifty Shades</i>-style pop-erotica, a dark titillation bound up in Internet-innuendo, or it could be satirical social commentary, a <i>Lolita</i> …

Gender stereotypes plague children’s picture books

A study finds nurturing mothers and breadwinning fathers remain ingrained in literature for young children<p>It is a fictional portrait of a world in which traditional family roles prevail. Mothers do the caring and nurturing, while fathers are the providers who work outside the home.<p>The amusingly …

Mark Gatiss Joins 'Game Of Thrones'

This is the sort of casting us geeky TV bloggers dream about: A "Game of Thrones," "Doctor Who," "Sherlock" combo!<p>Read more on EW

To Kill a Mockingbird: a book that still raises questions about 'good' justice

So many excellent points were raised below my article about morality in To Kill A Mockingbird last week that I can't resist continuing the …

Science fiction roundup – reviews

Few novelists manage to create convincing future worlds extrapolated from current trends, but Will McIntosh has achieved it in his third novel, <b>Love</b> …

The Wolverine – first look review

Bullets, bombs, critics - nothing can stop the Wolverine. Just four years after the press mauled his X-Men Origins story the fast-healing mutant is …

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien - review

This book has got to be one of the greatest books I have ever read. While the Lord of the Rings was targeted at a much older audience, I think that …

Private Eye July: Spotlight on Scandinavian suspense - Blog Post

The Land of the Midnight Sun continues to pump out more and more outstanding thrillers and mysteries, and this year is no exception. For readers who …

20 Great Insults From Science Fiction And Fantasy Books

Suppose you really need to put people in their place? Consult the great works of science fiction and fantasy!<p>Read more on io9.com

Must-Read Books About Pop Music, Politics, and Revolution

We can talk all we like about the importance of pop music as a culturally relevant form of art (and we do), but the fact remains that the politically …

No, Really - Fiction Is Stranger Than Truth

In the 1998 movie "Enemy of the State," Will Smith plays a beleaguered lawyer who runs afoul of a nefarious NSA program and is marked for termination. His only hope, of course, is another NSA man who's been disavowed. Throughout the film the Hollywood fantasies of the omnipotent NSA are showcased, …

Joyce Carol Oates Writing Advice: 10 Tips Tweeted By Author

Joyce Carol Oates is one of our favorite writers and writing personalities. A prolific tweeter, the 75 year old today put out 10 pieces of great advice for writing on her Twitter account. Check them out below, and let us know what you think in the comments!

Devilishly Dark Days: A Review of Alex Grecian's The Black Country

It was late. The snow was falling thick over Illinois in the heavy dark just before Christmas, 2012. I was staying in the apartment of my better half, an L-shaped box of a place and one of the less auspicious watering holes of our commuter marriage... Badly sealed windows barely kept out the gale, …

The best crime-writing festivals around the world

The hunger for Scandi TV and fiction has sparked a new interest in crime festivals (as perhaps will JK Rowling's foray into the genre with Cuckoo's …

History in the making: a Roman map… and an 18th-century hoax

During the 1745 Jacobite uprising, it became clear that the Hanoverian forces under the Duke of Cumberland lacked accurate maps of Scotland; their …

Reader reviews roundup

This week HGirl1000 wrote a superb review of <b>Enid Blyton</b>'s classic <b>Secret Seven</b> series. In these books the seven children detectives Peter, Janet, …