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Comedian Dan Wilbur's New Book Gives Classics Way Better Titles

The honesty of the new book titles is downright hilarious.<p>Raise your hand if SparkNotes got you through a few English Literature classics (c'mon, don't lie). Raise your hand if you still can't <i>quite</i> remember the details of each story. Luckily, there's a handy — and hilarious — way to give yourself a …

The Bittersweet Victories of Women

Because of Sex: One Law, Ten Cases, and Fifty Years That Changed American Women’s Lives at Work<p>by Gillian Thomas<p>St. Martin’s, 291 pp. $26.99<p>In full …

General Electric

Finding Shakespeare: 12 Shakespearian Locations in NYC

William Shakespeare is not only one of the most widely read English authors, but also one of the most easily recognizable, with his beard, mustache, …

The author of Divergent tells us about her new book Carve the Mark, why she’s obsessed by corrupt and deeply flawed governments and who she’d run to in a zombie apocalypse<p><b>What was your source of inspiration that led you to create your new book Carve the Mark?</b><p>Carve the Mark started — many years ago! …

Books

Germany issues commemorative stamp collection in honor of Lemmy Kilmister

<i>One of the five commemorative stamps issued by the German postal service honoring the late Motörhead frontman, Lemmy Kilmister.</i> <br>If you have friends …

Comic book artist Darwyn Cooke enters palliative care

A giant in the comic book illustration world who moved to Nova Scotia's Eastern Shore about a decade ago has entered palliative care for what his …

Former spy Robin Dalton: "I feel sorry for young women today. There's very little romance"

Two lively literary ladies are comparing notes about the business of getting old. “Do you have trouble sleeping?” the author Diana Athill asks her friend and fellow nonagenarian Robin Dalton. Dalton considers briefly. “Well, no,” she replies. “I rather enjoy not being able to sleep because I enjoy …

Unforgettable: Becoming an Amnesiac’s Memory

<i>by Caitlin Myer</i><p>In the fall of 2013, my beloved lost his memory. This was not a slow decline. It was a sudden disaster, like losing control of your …

10 German Books by Women We’d Love to See in English

Only a tiny fraction of fiction published in English is translated, and only about a quarter of that translated fiction was originally written by …

‘A novel I am prepared to repudiate’: 10 books disowned by famous authors

From what John Banville called his ‘absurdly pretentious’ debut novel to Martin Amis’s non-fiction guide to Space Invaders, a fascinating look at …

Whit Stillman on Love & Friendship and Loving Jane Austen

Jane Austen’s novels are delightful, amusing, entertaining, and witty, but even her most zealous fans might hesitate to call her laugh-out-loud funny. Then again, it’s likely that few have cracked <i>Lady Susan</i>, the comic, epistolary, zinger-filled novella about an unscrupulous, gold-digging widow that …

An Interview with Vetch: A Magazine of Trans Poetry and Poetics

In a year of unconstitutional "bathroom bills" aimed at terrorizing trans women and Antioch Review's publication (and defense of) one of the most transphobic "articles" many of us have seen in recent years (a petition opposed to its publication garnered thousands of signatures in a day) it's become …

Katherine Dunn, Author Behind Geek Love, Dead at 70

Katherine Dunn, writer of the best-selling novel <i>Geek Love</i>, died Wednesday at her Portland home. The 70-year-old’s son confirmed the update with</i> …

Why Queer Poetry Still Matters

In a time when acceptance is illusory, it’s more important now than ever that stories from the outside are told.<p>The times have changed since Lawrence …

Reading the Middle East

ISRAEL IS NOT QUITE the size of New Jersey. The occupied West Bank is slightly smaller than Delaware. And the Gaza Strip is a bit more than twice the …

Israel

Concept Art for Terry Gilliam’s Return to ‘Don Quixote’ Leaked

Terry Gilliam has tried to adapt <i>Don Quixote</i> in the past, and failed so hard that someone actually made a documentary about it. It appears the visionary is back on track, this time with Adam Driver and Michael Palin at his side as he attempts “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote,” a surreal tribute to …

Black Mirror

Even Scarier Than The Book Or Movie: 'The Shining' Is Now An Opera

<i>The Shining</i> was Stephen King's first hardback bestseller. Stanley Kubrick's film version was listed by no less than Martin Scorcese as one of the scariest horror films ever made. Now, the story is an opera — and its creators want it to be even more terrifying than the book or the movie.<p>Composer …

Horror

19 books that librarians say changed their lives

1/<p>"Watership Down" by Richard Adams<p>Despite the fact that Adams' novel is about a group of talking rabbits, the parallels between rabbit and human …

Katherine Dunn has died; the 'Geek Love' author once took the world by storm

Katherine Dunn, famous for her 1989 novel "Geek Love," died Thursday at home in Portland, Ore., her son told Willamette Weekly. Dunn, 70, died from complications from lung cancer.<p>The book, which told the story of a house full of circus sideshow performers, was a finalist for the National Book Award …

Books are back: Printed book sales rise for first time in four years as ebooks suffer decline

For years, book-lovers have been lamenting the inevitable demise of the printed book in the face of competition from a digital behemoth.<p>But reports of the death of the traditional book have been greatly exaggerated, according to the definitive annual survey of the industry.<p>The Publishers …

Books

12 bookstores every reader should visit in their lifetime

The organizers of Independent Bookstore Day celebrate book havens and book lovers everywhere each spring, and what better way to mark the occasion than to seek out an indie book shop on your next trip?<p>"The idea of Bookstore Day, first and foremost, is to celebrate indie bookstores and the symbiotic …

The True Story of the Booze, Bullfights, and Brawls That Inspired Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises

Ernest Hemingway’s debut novel gave a voice to the Lost Generation—often by lifting it directly from his affluent expat circle in post-war Paris. A new book by Lesley M. M. Blume recounts the scandalous trip to Pamplona that inspired Jake Barnes, Lady Brett Ashley, Robert Cohn, and the characters …

US circus elephants bow out and retire to Florida

The 70-year-old elephant, Mysore, clamped her jaw down on my hand. For a moment, I wondered if I would go through life from there on with the nickname "Lefty".<p>But, though marinated in elephant saliva, I was safe. The Asian elephant's teeth lie in the back of her jaw, safely out of the way of the …

Epic Animal Rescue Returns Lions to Africa

Copyright: Animal Defenders International/Rey - as he was in a Peruvian circus<p>There have been some truly wonderful stories of animal rescues, such as after Hurricane Katrina, but none has inspired such awe in me as Animal Defenders International's rescue of over 100 animals abused in circuses in …

11 vintage photos of Coney Island, the world-famous theme park New Yorkers have flocked to for decades

For over a century, Coney Island has been attracting New Yorkers and tourists alike to its sandy beaches, fun carnival foods, and amusement rides.<p>Coney Island opened with just one roller coaster in 1895, but by 1904 had three amusement areas with many different rides: Dreamland, Luna Park, and …

For Its Centennial, Nathan’s Brought the Golden Age of Coney Island Back to Life

Aficionados of Coney Island—the legendary Brooklyn amusement district that enjoyed its heyday before World War II—often lament that they're too late …

Dilemma

Many Doctors Hold Racist Beliefs About How Black People Feel Pain

Black Americans are prescribed addictive painkillers less often than white Americans are, partly because of racist beliefs dating back to the slavery era.<p>A new survey of medical students at the University of Virginia found that about half held “false and even fantastical” beliefs that black people …

The Mysterious Letter Writer Who Beguiled Flannery O’Connor and Iris Murdoch

In 1974, the novelist and philosopher Iris Murdoch wrote to her friend Naomi Lebowitz, a professor of English and comparative literature at Washington University, in St. Louis, to ask, “what am I supposed to think about Flannery O’Connor?” The Southern writer had been mentioned, Murdoch told …

Bookslut is Dead, Long Live Bookslut

A small corner of the unprofessional literary Internet became quieter this week as Bookslut published its final issue. During its 14-year run, the …