David Foster Wallace

In Image's Death Of Love, A Self-Proclaimed 'Nice Guy' Wages War On Romance

"I'm a nice guy" is right up there with "<i>Infinite Jest</i> is my favourite book" and "You like Huey Lewis and the News?" on the list of things a man can …

12 Conversation-Worthy Books to Help Avert Holiday Dinner Disaster

A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery<p>Who doesn’t love an astronaut? They’re genuinely ready-made heroic icons. Scott Kelly, the astronaut who spent a record breaking year on the International Space Station, certainly fits the bill. Kelly lays it all out, from the awe-inspiring sights of life on …

Culture

Emily Blunt And John Krasinski Get Scared Speechless In ‘A Quiet Place’

Real-life married couple John Krasinski and Emily Blunt are starring in the upcoming <i>A Quiet Place</i> as a married couple with two children who must remain completely silent at all times or face some kind of terrifying no-good very bad thing, presumably with very scary wall-destroying claws. Krasinski …

Entertainment

Grace

Former Omahan Neil Tabor has embarked upon a journey to the geographic end of the world to study a past end of the world (of sorts) in hopes of …

National Science Foundation

Puppetmasters - Who Is Pulling the Strings in the New Information Economy?

It almost seems quaint now — a case of old school information manipulation, outlined recently in a riveting <i>New Yorker</i> article about the Sackler …

Research

There are these two fish… graduation 2017

There are two young fish swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says, “Morning, boys, …

Education

10 Beers Inspired By Books

Beer has more connections to the literary world than you might imagine. There’s the obvious thing, where being a writer makes you want to drink. …

Lifestyle (Canada)

Dee Rees wanted to make ‘an old-fashioned movie’ and ended up with an Oscar contender

At the Middleburg Film Festival in October, the director Dee Rees had tears in her eyes. Her movie “Mudbound” had just brought a packed ballroom to its feet and, even though she had been on tour for several weeks with the film — a sprawling historical drama about two families, one African American, …

Lifestyle

10 Lesser-Known Works by Famous Authors to Read Right Now

A Novel<p>While George R.R. Martin is best known for the brutal and epic fantasy found in the <i>A Song of Ice and Fire</i> series, Martin has been known to stretch his literary muscle from time to time with brilliant results. <i>The Armageddon Rag</i>, a surreal murder mystery built on the radical history and music …

Culture

America is seduced by 'leadership bling' and lacks true leaders

<b>(CNN) —</b> Only a little more than 10 months into Donald Trump's tenure, a significant majority of America's citizenry view their 45th president as a kind of anti-leader, encouraging the worst elements at home to commit bad actions, undermining his own diplomats, ham-fistedly comforting bereaved …

Opinion

Two Books I Revisit and Recommend Every Year

Revisiting Books Is A Low Priority<p>As my TBR pile grows with each fleeting moment, I’ve come to realize that one pass through a text is all I crave. …

The Used Honor A Late Friend, As Well As Kurt Cobain, More On 'The Canyon'

The Used frontman Bert McCracken only knows one way to approach music. “I’ve chosen art and I’ve chosen to take that deadly serious, life or death serious,” he says, as we sit outside talking at Sportsmen’s Lodge in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles.<p>That approach is felt both lyrically and …

Kurt Cobain

For Hollywood, It’s Mueller Time (Guest Column)

There is currently a showrunner on a popular TV series who uses his power to humiliate and harass female writers. These women rarely last more than a …

Feminism

On Abandoning My Reading Goal

As winter begins to descend upon the Northern Hemisphere we are reminded that the year is drawing to a close. It is now past the end of October, and …

These Cities Are Building Downtowns Safe From Vehicle Attacks

After Tuesday, there’s no excuse for a limited imagination when it comes to safer streets.<p>How do you stop a terrorist, a crazy person, or just a rage-filled asshole in a commercial vehicle from ramming into a sea of people ? Don’t bother: According to the <i>Los Angeles Times,</i> it’s near impossible.<p>“New …

Urban Design

The Philosophy of Rick and Morty: What Everyone’s New Favorite Cartoon Has in Common with Albert Camus

"Nobody exists on purpose, nobody belongs anywhere, everybody's gonna die." So, in one episode of <i>Rick and Morty</i>, says the fourteen-year-old Morty …

Culture

BoJack Horseman and Infinite Jest Are Basically The Same Story

What I learned from watching a tennis player and a washed-up horse actor try to struggle through family traumaI f you talked to me in 2015 in any …

BoJack Horseman

How to Remember What You Read

“I cannot remember the books I have read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.”<p>Why is it that some people seem to be able …

Arianna Huffington

Getting There is Only Half The Fun If Being There Isn't Any Fun At All

Image: Ian Sane via Flickr<p><i>“I’m traveling a long way home for Thanksgiving. What makes the time go faster?” —Traveling Tim</i><p>I try to sleep through …

Christopher Cerrone: Everything Comes From Language

There have been many composers who have been deeply engaged with literature. Perhaps the most famous examples are Anthony Burgess and Paul Bowles, …

Orchestras

Jason Segel on Otherworld and Whether He’ll Finish His Dracula Musical

Jason Segel (“Forgetting Sarah Marshall”, How I Met Your Mother”) is an actor, producer, and co-author, along with Kirsten Miller, of books for young …

Culture

Paris Review - Come On All You Ghosts

Matthew Zapruder<p>Issue 193, Summer 2010<p>1.<p>I heard a little cough<br>in the room, and turned<br>but no one was there<p>except the flowers <br>Sarah bought me <br>and my death’s head<p>glow in the dark key chain<br>that lights up and moans<br>when I press the button<p>on top of its skull<br>and the ghost <br>I shyly name Aglow.<p>Are you there …

Poetry

STORM WINDSURFING AVON BEACH UK - Windsurf Magazine

Filmed 21 October 2017 in the eye of Storm Brian. Features James Cox hitting some huge waves and getting some massive air. incredible to watch – very …

Windsurfing

“It’s Not Some Form of Primal Scream Therapy”: An Interview with Tom Gauld

Tom Gauld’s <i>Baking With Kafka</i> is a collection of weekly cartoon strips from <i>The Guardian</i>‘s books section, hilariously sending up the literary world, …

Authors

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Long-form Journalism

Pull Up A Stool With Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware (Photo by Jeff Quinn)Off-centered goodness was already coming from the taps and the kitchen at …

Beer

How a star freelancer found her way from Marfa, Texas, to The New Yorker

THIRTY MILES OUTSIDE the West Texas town of Marfa is the world’s unlikeliest swimming pool: a 35-foot-tall rusted steel tank, formerly used to …

Columbia University

Consider the Lobster and DFW’s Nostalgia for a Lost Meaningfulness

<i>In reality, there is no such thing as not voting: you either vote by voting, or you vote by staying home and tacitly doubling the value of some</i> …

Karl Rove

What the Hell Is a ‘Male Secret’?

Is there anything about us women don’t already know?Over the weekend, Julian Assange was generous enough to share what he called a “male secret.” …

Julian Assange

I’m Looking for a Woman Who Will Challenge Me

I’m looking for a woman who will challenge me. A woman who isn’t afraid to argue, as long as it’s not about sports, politics, or pop culture. I want …

Stan Lee