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American Idol: An Interview with Jessica Anya Blau

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2013 | 11:13 AM

Funny people love Jessica Anya Blau. And the consensus among funny people is that The Wonder Bread Summer, her magical funhouse of a third novel, is her funniest offering yet. Larry Doyle, author of I Love You, Beth Cooper and numerous episodes of The Simpsons, says, "This book will make...

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Prize Prose

(2) Comments | Posted January 22, 2013 | 2:46 PM


"I CANNOT, in good conscience, say that she is a novelist yet."

That is the penultimate sentence in the (generally positive) New York Times review of Francine Prose's debut novel, Judah the Pious, which was published in January, 1973 -- 40 years ago this month. Her output since has been...

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Occupy This Interview

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2012 | 6:36 PM

David Crosby & Graham Nash, Joan Baez, Willie Nelson, Patti Smith, and Jackson Browne, highlight a slew of legendary and emerging artists inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement who have lend their voices to Occupy This Album: a compilation of music by, for and inspired by the...

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Don't Fear the Mayans: It's Not the End of the World As We Know It

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2011 | 7:26 AM

With the U.S. economy in shambles, the Euro worth about as much as the Lego, a new strain of super-contagious swine flu, the Arab world in upheaval, Kim Jong Il dead, Ron Paul surging in the primaries, the Detroit Lions making the playoffs... with the world, in other words, teetering...

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The Fathermucker Holiday Shopping Guide: Gifts for Dads: Vol 2: Nonfiction

(1) Comments | Posted December 6, 2011 | 4:05 PM

Last week, I listed my recommendations for novels that would make great gifts for dads. But some guys don't read fiction (their loss, but that's a topic for another day).

Here are some nonfiction books that make great daddy gifts:

1. The Book of Basketball, Bill...

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The Fathermucker Holiday Shopping Guide: Best Gift Books for Dads, Part 1: Novels

(2) Comments | Posted November 29, 2011 | 2:18 PM

So you want to buy the dad in your life a book, but you're not sure what to get him, because he's already finished the Dragon Tattoo series and he thinks Game of Thrones is for pimple-faced middle schoolers?

Fear not; I've got you covered.

Here are my recs...

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When Popular Novels Perpetuate Negative Stereotypes: Mark Haddon, Asperger's and Irresponsible Fiction

(49) Comments | Posted November 18, 2011 | 1:00 PM

A celebrated novelist decrees that "imagination always trumps research." A father of a boy with Asperger's disagrees.


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Mark Haddon's debut novel, was the sort of mammoth best-seller writers dream of, a work that garnered both near-universal critical acclaim...

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12 Things That Have Become Amusing Since My Then-3-Year-Old Began Referring to Her Private Parts as Her "China"

(0) Comments | Posted October 12, 2011 | 10:20 PM

1. "China Girl"
2. "China Grove"
3. All the tea in China
4. China cabinet
5. China doll
6. China House (restaurant)
7. Digging a hole to China
8. Great Wall of China, The
9. Made in China
10. New China...

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Mr. & Mrs. Smith & Mr. & Mrs. Olear

(0) Comments | Posted September 13, 2011 | 2:33 PM

Angelina Jolie has everything--a successful career, a romance with Brad Pitt, a crew of cute kids and millions in the bank--except for the one thing she really needs: friends. "Angelia is hungry for normal moms to be around," a source close to the star, 34, tells Hot Stuff. "She feels...

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8 Reasons Why Stay-at-Home Dads Are Better Than Stay-at-Home Moms

(125) Comments | Posted August 16, 2011 | 10:19 AM

A quick caveat, before you hit me with a rolled-up Ms. magazine: I don't really think stay-at-home dads are better than stay-at-home moms. That was just a ruse, to get you to click the link. Besides, everybody knows that the ideal child-raising set-up is not to have just one parent...

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A Look At History's Most Notable Fathers: Good, Bad and Ugly

(4) Comments | Posted August 1, 2011 | 6:41 PM

Yahweh (b.∞ BCE)

Prototypical disciplinarian. Constructed greatest playground of all time for His son, then put Adam in time-out for the rest of eternity because he ate an apple -- kind of an overreaction, when you consider that I'd do almost anything to get my kids to eat an apple.

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