Edgar Allan Poe

Reading Kobo Abe with One Eye on Edgar Allan Poe

There’s perspective and then there’s perspective. The perspective of a character locked inside of a narrative is one thing, but the perspective …

Popular Fiction

Baltimore-based RavenBeer relocates operations to Duclaw Brewing Company

(Baltimore, MD) – Fast approaching its milestone 20th year in business, Baltimore, MD-based RavenBeer is relocating its headquarters from the Peabody …

The Warmth of the Messy Page by Rachel Richardson

Congratulations! You’ve written a poem! Now what?<p>If you’re anything like me, after all the effort to get the words onto the page (or screen), you’re …

Poetry

These 10 Charleston artisans are creating goods with a Southern accent

Charleston is hot. We’re not just talking temperature or the fact that it continues to be named the best city in the country.<p>It's also a hotbed for …

Travel

These Imaginary Islands Only Existed on Maps

Some islands, like King Arthur’s Avalon, were pure legend. Others were mistakes or outright hoaxes.<p>In the age of GPS and Google Maps, it is hard to believe that maps can include places that don’t exist. But author Malachy Tallack argues that maps are as much “a cartography of the mind” as they are …

Maps

Spending A Day With Guillermo del Toro’s “At Home With Monsters”

<i>The Shape of Water is in select theaters now. Get your tickets here!</i><p>(Photos by Michael Gingold)<p>Guillermo del Toro has created some of the most …

H. R. Giger

Creative and Fun Ways to Document Your Travels

Our suggestions for the best ways to document your travels: these are creative and fun ways to document your travels to keep memories vivid and …

Travel

2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Librarians and Book Lovers

If you’re a librarian or avid reader, you’re probably used to getting the same things every year during the holidays—new books, bookmarks, requests …

T.S. Eliot

The 8 Best Gifts for Bookworms & Writers (Besides Books)

If you have a known bookworm or writer on your holiday gifting list, your first thought may be to buy them a book. But therein lies the problem: With …

Literature

A—go figure—dark Riverdale works hard to tear itself down

Well, everything’s gone to shit.<p>Sure, there’s a bizarre form of goodness in FP Jones’ complete inability to not be screw-up, no matter what. There’s …

TV

The Nutcracker review at Royal Opera House, London

Is it my imagination of have there been some excisions in this venerable Nutcracker?<p>I missed the naughty boys wielding wooden swords in the opening …

Ballet

'Intimacy,' a Story by Joyce Carol Oates

A celebrated visiting writing professor regrets her decision to hold office hours after sunset when a male student—an outlier who writes graphically violent, autobiographical stories—comes in and demands more attention than she wants to give him.<p><b>This story appears in VICE magazine's eleventh annual</b> …

William Shakespeare

Unsung Batman co-writer Bill Finger is getting the fame he deserves with a Bronx street named after him

Bill Finger was the long-unacknowledged co-writer of Batman and second fiddle to artist Bob Kane. DC Comics and Warner Bros. ultimately gave Finger …

Batman & Bill

Monday’s best TV: The Real Marigold on Tour, Employable Me, Addicted to Porn

A giggling foursome experience retired life around the world, and a first-class journalism graduate with cerebral palsy seeks work. Plus: a 13-year-old discusses his dependence<p><b>The Real Marigold on Tour</b> <br>9pm, BBC One<p>There’s something irresistibly uplifting about this show, and in this series Miriam …

TV

Interviews: Director Patrick O’Bell Talks About The Indie Horror Film The Blessed Ones

An isolated cult prepare for the prophesied apocalypse in Patrick O’Bell’s frightening <i>The Blessed Ones</i>, now available on Amazon Prime from Wild Eye …

Pop Culture

The Del Toro exhibit: Monsters, outsiders and death ... oh my

TORONTO - It started with the first book he bought - a compilation of horror stories edited by Forrest J. Ackerman. Guillermo del Toro was only 7, …

Guillermo del Toro

literatim Word of the Day

Now this is fine--it is rich!--and we have half a mind to punish this young scribbler for his egotism by really publishing his effusion verbatim et</b> …

Grammar

6 Ways Movies Subtly Distort Reality

In order to tell big, sweeping truths about the human condition, film and television productions often have to cheat a little when it comes to the …

Culture

8 Cheap and Free Things to Do in L.A. This Week

An Ava DuVernay doc screens at Union Station,<i>The Bechdel Cast</i> celebrates women in film, a NoHo tiki bar hosts a holiday market, and more to do and …

Los Angeles

16 Most Mysterious Celebrity Deaths That Were Never Solved

When you’re a famous movie star, performer or celebrity, solving your possible murder would seem like a pretty high priority. There’s always a high …

Crime

'Thriller': How Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones Made the Bestselling Album of All Time

After the album was released, pop music would never be the same again<p>Maybe it was a sign when the speakers in the studio burst into flames.<p>It was …

Music

15 White Elephant Gift Ideas For Readers That Aren't A Book They (Probably) Already Own

Yankee Swap. Nasty Christmas. And of course, white elephant. Whatever you like to call it, it's a cut-throat gift exchange that involves stealing, …

Crafting

Should We Remove Confederate Monuments — Even If They’re Artistically Valuable?

In 1912 and 1914, The Washington Post described the Confederate monument at Arlington National Cemetery as “a magnificent work of art” and “one of …

Jewish Culture

So You Want to Read American Gothic: Here’s Where to Start

Sometimes, the shotgun approach can be best when exploring a new genre. Award winning author Joyce Carol Oates certainly knows her way around …

Culture

‘Monday Night Football’ Ratings Hit Season Low As Ravens Peck Texans

It took the Baltimore Ravens awhile to get in the game against the Houston Texans last night on <i>Monday Night Football</i>, but in the end they grinded out …

TV

Bill Skarsgård, the Scary Clown From It, Tells Us What Scares Him

Clowns, sure, but also Swedish winters, American lighting, and social media.<p>Bill Skarsgård is very chill for someone with a famous family. Skarsgård, 27, put in his time in a Hollywood that knew him as Bill, brother of Alexander and son of Stellan, or as a thirsty teen in Netflix’s <i>Hemlock Grove.</i> …

Bill Skarsgård

Learning by Hearing, Learning by Seeing

In the hands of great fiction-writers, sensory descriptions do more than convey what characters hear or see. In the craft-talk of writers, …

Literature

The trials and triumphs of the University of Virginia (essay)

The University of Virginia has had a rough year. Actually, we’ve had a rough five years.<p>In the summer of 2012, members of the University Board of …

Education

Maryland nonprofits join 'Giving Tuesday' movement, solicit donations, volunteerism

A coalition of young people is searching for 614,000 pledges of time, money or acts of kindness as part of a local #GivingTuesday campaign to secure …

Giving Tuesday

The Delights of Parsing the Beatles' Most Nonsensical Song

Released 50 years ago, “I Am the Walrus” is endlessly analyzable, and yet somehow analysis-proof.<p><i>“It seems very pretty,” she said when she had finished it, “but it’s rather hard to understand!” (You see she didn’t like to confess, even to herself, that she couldn’t make it out at all.) “Somehow it</i> …

Literature