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10 Underrated Science Fiction Books To Read When You Want Something Off-The-Beaten Path

It's hard to claim that science fiction is an "underrated" genre. Our big budget movies are full of space expeditions and alien invasions, our TV …

Science Fiction

The Ultimate Guide To Getting Published In A Literary Magazine

Here's everything you need to know before submitting your work to the literary publication of your dreams.<p>In this essay, I will attempt to tell you everything I’ve learned about submitting and publishing in literary magazines. Here’s the first thing: When you publish a book of stories that were …

25 Books Guaranteed to Make You a Better Writer

Everyone has a story to tell. And pretty much everyone (at least everyone of a certain variety) has dreamed about writing that story down and sharing …

The Non-Judgmental Guide to Getting Seriously Into Tea

My friend Laura is way more into wine than tea, so it took some cajoling to get her to travel an hour and a half away from home to a tiny tea shop in a Queens strip mall, where we settled in for a three-hour tasting of teas from all over China and Taiwan.<p>"I want you to see the amazing teas I keep …

The Best Science Fiction And Fantasy Books Of 2014

This was a crazy good year for books. There was mind-expanding science fiction —including William Gibson's return to the future! — along with …

Authors’ favorite books: The ultimate literary guide to 2014

From Roxane Gay on Lindsay Hunter to Knausgaard on Donald Antrim, authors share the books they loved most this year<p><b>Karen Abbott, author of “Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy” (Harper)</b><p><i>“Euphoria,” by Lily King (Atlantic Monthly Press)</i><p>I was wholly captivated by Lily King’s “Euphoria,” drawn from the life …

The Best Books of 2014

<i>We asked some of our contributors for their favorite books they read this year. (Most listed new books, but a few picked older favorites or ones that will come out in the new year.)</i><p>I was riveted by Martin Amis’s <b>“The Zone of Interest,”</b> with its daring projection into the mind and “heart” of a …

The Perfect Family Book List

For the holidays, critic Alan Cheuse is making up a list of books to give to each of his family members. Only the best of 2014 for them. Here are his picks.<p>Transcript<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:<p>We're going to do some last-minute shopping with our book critic Alan Cheuse. Needless to say, his friends and …

The Recommender: All the Best of 2014 | Hazlitt

<b>Scaachi Koul:</b><p>Have you seen <i>Gone Girl</i>? Have you read it yet? Well, you have to do both before the year is over. I’ve spent a significant portion of the …

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Science fiction: How not to build a future society

Science fiction films have many warnings for us – not least, how the road to a perfect future society is fraught with peril. Quentin Cooper loads up the DVD player to see what lessons we can learn.<p>Science-fiction films sometimes offer us a future so bright we’ve got to wear shades. But mostly we’re …

The Art of Terror: Robert Aickman's Strange Tales

<b>1.</b><br>In “Ringing the Changes,” one of the great <b>Robert Aickman’s</b> best-known “strange stories,” a woman asks her husband why a place in their inn is …

'Sally Heathcote' Rescues Women's Suffrage From The Doldrums

It's the hats. In century-old photos of women's suffrage activists, there's something just plain dowdy about the headgear. Teetering atop laboriously pinned-up hair, groaning under the weight of improbable foliage, the hats can't help but make suffragists seem irredeemably stodgy to modern eyes.<p>Of …

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Fall Books And Great Detectives

Listen to Pop Culture Happy Hour<p><b>Listen</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b><p>When we learned that our treasured friends Barrie Hardymon and Margaret "Hulahoop" Willison (thus named for her actual middle initial, H, as well as her whimsical and irresistible delightfulness) were both going to be in town when we …

A Hits List to Help Finish Off 2014

Over the coming four months, fans of crime and thriller fiction will have plenty to celebrate. On November 6, Agatha Christie’s 1939 stand-alone …

The Girls of Summer: The Well-Readheads Pick Satisfying Summer Reads

<b>RJS</b>: I don’t know about you, kitten, but where I am, we’re deep into the sultry days of summer. The weather is hot, the coffee is iced, and I’m …

The Best Music of 2014 So Far

Now that we’ve spent a weekend with hotel-grade Prosecco and consumer-grade explosives, it’s time to look at spreadsheets and dance.<p>Below is a Spotify playlist of fifty songs from 2014 that I love. It is missing Lil Wayne’s “D’usse” and a dozen other songs only available on YouTube. Take note: …

Most Anticipated: The Great Second-Half 2014 Book Preview

2014 has already offered a literary bounty for readers, including new books by <b>E.L. Doctorow, Lorrie Moore, Teju Cole</b>, and <b>Lydia Davis</b>. The second-half …

10 Must-Read Books for April

Winter is (supposedly) over, and April’s showers means you can spend a few more weeks indoors reading your heart out until the nice weather starts. …

Annie Dillard on the Art of the Essay and the Different Responsibilities of Narrative Nonfiction, Poetry, and Short Stories

<i>“Only a person who is congenitally self-centered has the effrontery and the stamina to write essays,”</i> E.B. White remarked in his reflection on the art of the essay. And yet there must be a reason why the essay is what we turn to when we set out to assess human potential, as in college applications, …

Creepy Witch Lit Is Out There, Just Not Easy to Find

These two new little spell books are the right kind of messed up.<p>Why isn’t everything more messed up? Everything is always the wrong kind of messed up, tangibly messed up, like big-box stores or an entire television network dedicated to 24-hour-a-day celebrity coverage. When I was in second grade, …

Reading Andrew Cowan's gripping+shocking novel, "Worthless Men." Eek! Who knew there were any? @uniofeastanglia

April Must Reads in Mystery, Suspense, and Fiction

<b>Here are the books that I’m especially looking forward to in Mystery, Suspense, and Fiction for April (click on the covers to pre-order)! Note I took</b> …

50 Essential Mystery Novels That Everyone Should Read – Page 2

<b>Gaudy Night, Dorothy L. Sayers</b><p>Again, read: <i>everything Sayers has ever written</i>. Ahem, please excuse those hysterical italics. Her Lord Peter Wimsey …

The American South: On the Map and in the Mind on Guernica

Whether you’re partial to images or prose, attempt to capture the American South and you will soon find yourself deep in a thicket of contradiction. …

Human Rights

11 Writers on How They Deal With Criticism

Even for the most successful writers, criticism can hurt. A teacher, a colleague, a friend, or — most importantly — a book reviewer’s thoughts on …

It's Time to Rethink the Crime Genre

Everybody loves stories about crime, particularly murder, and the uncanny rituals and oddities that go along with any profane act. It’s so effective as source material that most books or shows don’t bother to play with the form itself at all. I've...<p>Everybody loves stories about crime, particularly …

The Hattie Awards 2013!!! Or the best books of 2013 (That I've read)

They are finally here! What you've all been waiting for. The Hatties Awards have returned! At first I was behind. Then I was set on not putting this …

13 Literary Books That Young Adult Readers Will Love

What to read after you’ve finished Harry Potter and The Hunger Games.<p>Over the last decade, the young adult boom has overtaken the literary conversation. Sometimes it can seem like mega-series such as Harry Potter and The Hunger Games are the only things keeping the publishing industry afloat. …