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10 Signs You're Living in a Noir Novel

When it comes to my favorite forms of genre fiction (and I have as many favorites as there are genres, maybe more), noir ranks on the higher end of …

Sue Monk Kidd's The Invention of Wings Lives and Breathes

<i>The Invention of Wings</i>, the latest novel from Sue Monk Kidd, is a recent Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection—and a triumph. Reading it is a sensory, …

1900s - Decade in SF&F

<b>THE WONDER TIMELINE: SF&F RETROSPECTIVE - Decade of 1910s</b> <b><br>Read other issues here</b><br>---------------------------------------------- <b><br>"Treasure Island...or</b> …

Welcome to Fortean Times Magazine | Fortean Times

<b>Fortean Times</b> <i></i>is a monthly magazine of news, reviews and research on strange phenomena and experiences, curiosities, prodigies and portents.<p>You'll …

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Stephen King apologizes again for “palpable bitchery” tweet: “That wasn’t my intention”

“I apologize for screwing up,” says the horror writer, who refers to his books as proof he has “respect” for women<p>Stephen King has issued a longer apology for the controversy he touched off for a tweet in which he referred to "an element of palpable bitchery" with regard to Dylan Farrow.<br>King -- …

Fantagraphics 2014 Spring Season: 39 Graphic Novels & Books

A new stretch goal of $250k to expand our manga line!<p>FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS IS ASKING FOR YOUR SUPPORT. CONTINUE OUR LEGACY BY HELPING TO FINANCE OUR …

The 10 Most Haunted Libraries In America

This Halloween, check out a book at one of these ten literary haunts.

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The 25 Best Sci-Fi Books Of All Time, According To The Internet

The genre forces both readers and writers to think beyond the confines of their own universe while considering major themes like morality, family, and war.<p>The best sci-fi books show both the opportunities and consequences of human innovation, while demonstrating the infinite possibilities of what …

Bestselling Self-Published Books: January 2014

<b>There's a lot of chance involved with deciding which self-published stories to read, and we understand many of you aren't the gambling type. But have</b> …

Rewind radio: The Reith Lectures; The John Peel Lecture; 6 Music Live at Maida Vale – review

<b>The Reith Lectures</b> (Radio 4) | iPlayer<b><br>The John Peel Lecture</b> (6 Music) | iPlayer<b><br>6 Music Live at Maida Vale</b> (6Music) | iPlayer<p>This first of this year's <b>Reith Lectures</b>, given by the Turner prize-winning potter Grayson Perry, was an absolute delight. Perry is such a fantastic speaker: a performer with …

Alan Bennett reads the shipping forecast on Radio 4

The playwright Alan Bennett, whose soft Yorkshire voice is familiar to generations of TV and theatre audiences, has tackled BBC Radio 4's shipping forecast.<p>The celebrated author read a "classic" forecast on Monday's edition of Radio 4's Today programme, which was guest-edited by comedian and writer …

The Exorcist makes its scary radio debut

A new version of <i>The Exorcist</i>, a film often considered one of the most frightening ever made, is to be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 this month.<p>The audio drama will go out late in the evening on two consecutive nights and, according to producer and director Gaynor Macfarlane, will be just as scary as the …

‘Worst moment in Corrie history’: Coronation Street fans left distraught as Michelle Keegan leaves the cobbles

<b>As Michelle Keegan made her exit from Coronation Street, there were plenty of tears as distraught fans came together in grief – with some even</b> …

Coronation Street star describes 'holy atmosphere' of Hayley Cropper scene

Coronation Street star Julie Hesmondhalgh said there was "an almost holy atmosphere" during her last scene when her character Hayley Cropper committed suicide in the face of incurable cancer.<p>She filmed the scene in one take with David Neilson, who plays her on-screen husband Roy, and said she was …

Coronation Street to have first Muslim family

UK soap <b>Coronation Street</b> will feature a Muslim family for the first time in more than 50 years<p>Producers admitted it was “bizarre” that it had not …

Coronation Street: farewell Hayley Cropper – review

He buttoned her cardigan wrong, that's the thing. On the day she'd chosen as her last, Roy had buttoned Hayley's cardigan wrong. "How did that happen?" he asked in anguish, and he begged her to stay just one more day so that they could do everything better tomorrow. But, suffering from terminal …

Is Coronation Street the right place to air the issue of assisted suicide?

<b>Barbara Ellen, Observer columnist</b><p>As a TV critic, you must realise that it's not only appropriate, it's crucial, for soaps to deal with issues such as assisted suicides. In particular with <i>Coronation Street</i>, any accusations of sensationalism or exploitation would be unfair – it's more than earned its …

A humanist funeral in Coronation Street? It must be normal

When Hayley Cropper made her debut on Coronation Street, in 1998, she was the first transgender character in UK soap history. As Stuart Jeffries recently pointed out, it helped to spark a national debate that led to the 2004 Gender Recognition Act.<p>Last week, as we watched her death and funeral, …

Why Are We Still on Facebook?

I joined Facebook fifteen days after it launched, becoming the five-thousand-two-hundred-and-fifty-eighth user. I remember the early Facebook well. Back then, it was still called thefacebook.com, and you had to have a Harvard e-mail address to join. You could browse profiles. You could request …

Fiction Podcast: T. C. Boyle Reads Donald Barthelme

On this month’s fiction podcast, T. C. Boyle reads two short stories by Donald Barthelme. In “Game,” two military men are, owing to some ambiguous “oversight,” abandoned in an underground bunker during the Cold War. In “The School,” a teacher describes how his grade-school classroom has been …

Grief and Anger: Philip Seymour Hoffman

“<i>Come stai</i>?” shouted Philip Seymour Hoffman, bursting out of a red Alfa Romeo sports car in “The Talented Mr. Ripley.” I had noticed him earlier in “Boogie Nights” and “Twister,” playing forlorn, rather masochistic hangers-on, shapeless guys trying to get a piece of the action. He was fearless, …

Philip Seymour Hoffman: “A Small Boy Chased By Furies”

I first noticed Philip Seymour Hoffman in a big way when I was reviewing movies for this magazine and spotted him—I referred to him as “the scene-stealing Philip Seymour Hoffman”—playing Scotty J., a chubby gofer with an abject crush on Mark Wahlberg’s character in Paul Thomas Anderson’s 1997 film, …

Listening to Dylan Farrow

There are certain accusations of rape so spectacular that a huge number of people, when they hear about them, are driven to pour out grief and anger—the high-school girl in Steubenville, Ohio; the three women trapped in the Cleveland house of horrors; the young woman gang-raped in Delhi. The …

What We’re Reading: An Umm Kulthum Bio, McSweeney’s Humor, Chekhov in Ukraine

<i>Notes from the New Yorker staff on their literary engagements of the week.</i><p>I’ve been reading “The Voice of Egypt,” a biography and music study written by a musicologist, Virginia Danielson, about the Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum, whose captivating filmed concerts I like to watch on YouTube but whose …

Brian Aldiss: 'These days I don't read any science fiction. I only read Tolstoy'

There is something curiously appropriate about Brian Aldiss, the Grand Old Man of British science fiction, living in Headington, a village now absorbed into Oxford. So he lives in Oxford, but not in Oxford; just as he is in the canon – he has recently been republished as a Penguin modern classic – …

Is teen romantic fiction bad for boys?

One of the great things about romantic fiction for so-called young adults is that, no matter how awkward or clumsy you believe yourself to be, you're left feeling that you can still be appreciated for who you are. How many hit novels now feature a clumsy, out-of-place teenage girl, and a handsome …

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