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"Fairy Tail" Author Hiro Mashima's New Manga Teased in Sketches

While we eagerly await the full reveal of manga author Hiro Mashima's followup to <i>Fairy Tail</i>, Kodansha Comics swooped in with a quick tease. The …

Manga

Teen with full ride to 20 colleges requests public apology from Fox affiliate in order to air interview

A teen accepted to 20 colleges offering him full financial aid wants journalists at a Fox affiliate to apologize for calling his decision to apply to the schools "obnoxious."<p>An anchor and contributor on Fox 5 in Washington, D.C., criticized Micheal Brown's decision to apply to 20 colleges in a …

College & University

7 Useful Writing Lessons You Can Learn From Successful Writers

The Technique, Attitude and Best PracticeIf you want to go somewhere, it is best to find someone who has already been there — Robert KiyosakiYou know …

Creative Writing

J.R.R. Tolkien book The Fall of Gondolin coming in August

The Fall of Gondolin, which to many is the "Holy Grail" of Tolkien books, takes place thousands of years before the events of the famed Lord of the Rings adventure.<p>J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings, died in 1973. But fans will get the chance to read a new book by the …

Movie Review - Coco (2017)

<b>Coco</b>, 2017.<p>Directed by Lee Unkrich.<br>Featuring the voice talents of Anthony González, Benjamin Bratt, Gael García Bernal, Alanna Ubach, Renee Victor, …

Animation

Top 12 Greatest Visual Artists of all Time

If you ask art historians who the greatest visual artists of all time are, there would be a multitude of different names. Of course, there are …

How artists captured the splendor and misery of the Weimar Republic

Germany’s Weimar Republic (1918-1933) was a colourful yet contradictory time marked by political, artistic and societal revolution. A new exhibition …

John Crowley's new epic 'Ka' is a late masterpiece in a stellar fantasy career

Neil Gaiman calls John Crowley's best-known novel, "Little, Big," "one of my favourite books in the world." Michael Chabon claims Crowley as an inspiration for his own work, alongside Borges, Steven Millhauser and Thomas Pynchon, "writers who can dwell between worlds." Other fans include the late …

Go Classic With These Quintessentially English Baby Names

These baby names are as quintessentially English as strawberries and Pimm's at Wimbledon. Some are Old English names — even celebrity names that seem modern, like Harper and Kendall — while others are Anglicized versions of names from other countries. There are even a few that were invented by …

A Writer Should Get As Much Education As Possible

A writer should get as much education as possible, but just going to school is not enough; if it were, all owners of doctorates would be inspired …

Writing

The Purpose of Being a Writer Is Not to Express Oneself

The purpose of being a serious writer is not to express oneself, and it is not to make something beautiful, though one might do those things anyway. …

Writing

Here Are The States With The Most Hate Groups

Where does your state fall?<p>Watching the news footage of white men walking down the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia brazenly waving around …

Rights & Freedoms

University drops world's oldest erotic novel written in English from curriculum

It remains one of the most widely banned books in history, shocking readers with its 'pornographic' content centuries before Lady Chatterley’s Lover.<p>Nearly 270 years on, it seems that modern day students are proving equally squeamish, as Fanny Hill, the first ever erotic novel written in English, …

Literature

Actually, 'The Great Gatsby' Is Trash

Contrary to popular belief, the book isn't so great or novel, although it sure is American.<p>Among the books everybody's forced to read in high school, <i>T</i><i>he Great Gatsby</i> is one of the most famous and definitive. Its legacy goes hand-in-hand with the idea of the Great American Novel—relatively easy to …

Literature

14 Best Science-Fiction Books to Read

These days, it seems like the headlines being splashed across our TVs, phones, and computer screens seem more like they're from a book or movie than actual real life. It's all enough to make you think to yourself, "Wait, did they just... is this a science-fiction novel?"<p>Not quite — this is all very …

10 cozy reading nooks for the perfect escape

These hideaways would make even Jane Eyre jealous.<p>There are few literary characters I identify with more than Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre; if you …

Lightship Chronicles Author Dave Bara Talks About His Latest: Defiant

Dave Bara is the author of the <i>Lightship Chronicles</i>: a military space opera set in a future universe with many parallels to our own. Buy the latest …

Science Fiction

Read an excerpt from YA fantasy novel about a gender-fluid assassin

The YA fantasy realm is adapting to our gender-eschewing modern times: Linsey Miller’s forthcoming debut <i>Mask of Shadows</i> centers on Sal, a …

This Honest Trailer for 'Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory' is hilariously brutal

Nothing makes you look at a beloved children's film with fresh horror quite like an Honest Trailer.<p>This time ScreenJunkies, the gang behind the viral …