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The GOP is Why I Write Fiction

Phil Fragasso | Posted 12.01.2015 | Media
Phil Fragasso

Fiction is often dismissed as a cheap form of escapism, but the GOP's almost universal disdain for factual information has created an environment where writers of fiction can entertain and educate at the same time.

The Surfing Guru

Tim McHenry | Posted 11.24.2015 | Green
Tim McHenry

If you are on a surf board, and think you are at one with nature, think again. Being a wave warrior and being on board the Rainbow Warrior are clear...

Visiting Uncle Bardakçı (Part 3)

Nathan Gauer | Posted 11.24.2015 | Books
Nathan Gauer

(The following is the second part of a three-part fictitious short story. Read part one here and read part two here.) "Mr. Bardakçı, I've been...

5 Hot Books: Paris's Best Street, How to Beat Cancer, and a Transgender Novel

The National Book Review | Posted 11.23.2015 | Books
The National Book Review

The following article first appeared in The National Book Review Five books that people are talking about this week -- or should be: 1. The Danish G...

National Book Awards: The Best Reader Wins!

Joseph Olshan | Posted 11.21.2015 | Books
Joseph Olshan

The winners of the National Book Awards were selected this week following an evening in which all the nominees participated in a reading hosted by New School University. Even though I have no idea whether or not the judges attended the readings, I couldn't help noticing that the best readers ended up winning their categories.

A Peek Inside the Writing of Paul Beckman

Loren Kleinman | Posted 11.19.2015 | Books
Loren Kleinman

Paul Beckman's stories are widely published in print and online in the following magazines amongst others: Connecticut Review, Raleigh Review, Litro, Playboy, Pank, Blue Fifth Review, Flash Frontier, Metazen, Boston Literary Magazine, and Literary Orphans. His work has been included in a number of anthologies and published in a dozen countries.

Visiting Uncle Bardakçı (Part 2)

Nathan Gauer | Posted 11.18.2015 | Books
Nathan Gauer

(The following is the second part of a three-part fictitious short story. Read part one here. ) The ferry continued rocking back and forth after i...

5 Hot Books: Steven King, "Gray's Anatomy" Creator Shonda Rhimes, and Ted Koppel on Looming Disaster

The National Book Review | Posted 11.17.2015 | Books
The National Book Review

From the woman who owns Thursday night television ("Grey's Anatomy," "Scandal") and founder of "Shondaland," The Year of Yes is Rhimes's winning story of what happened when her sister spurred her to say "yes" more often and do more things that scared her.

Visiting Uncle Bardakçı

Nathan Gauer | Posted 11.11.2015 | Books
Nathan Gauer

(The following is the first part of a three-part fictitious short story.) The train rumbled out of the station as Kiera pushed past the turnstile....

Life and Other Near Death Experiences: A Conversation With Camille Pagán

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 11.10.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

For many people, their bucket lists remain abstract, a list of things to do some day in the future. But for Libby, the protagonist of Camille Pagán's novel, Life and Other Near Death Experiences, a terminal cancer diagnosis prompts her to take charge of the time she has left to reinvent her life.

The Left Turn

Jodi Weiss | Posted 11.10.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Jodi Weiss

If you haven't yet, it is likely that you will reach a point in your personal and/or professional life, and think now what? Which direction do I go? S...

5 Hot Books: John Irving's New Novel, and Letters From Actress Mary Louise Parker

The National Book Review | Posted 11.09.2015 | Books
The National Book Review

The following article first appeared in The National Book Review 1. Dear Mr. You by Mary Louise Parker (Scribner) Parker is known as the marijuana-d...

3 Articles About Books to Read Right Now: Less on Peggy Guggenheim's Sex Life, More on Her Role in Modern Art

The National Book Review | Posted 11.07.2015 | Books
The National Book Review

Links to three great new articles about books, from The Guardian, The New Criterion, and Buzzfeed

Still-Foreign Correspondent

Daniel A. Olivas | Posted 11.06.2015 | Latino Voices
Daniel A. Olivas

Mainstream media must start figuring out that it makes good business sense to rely on Chicano talent as news anchors, authors, artists, actors and film directors. By going to the source, I assume the representation of Chicano culture would be more honest and accurate than what we often see.

Review: Mary Gaitskill's Heartwarming Novel of Awkward Racial Tensions

The National Book Review | Posted 11.04.2015 | Books
The National Book Review

This article first appeared in The National Book Review. By Tara Merrigan The Mare By Mary Gaitskill Pantheon 448 pages On its surface, Mar...

Start From the End

Melissa Garvey | Posted 11.03.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Melissa Garvey

Image Courtesy Ladyheart I recently had a friend in town visiting who is an incredible musician, and we were chatting one morning over coffee about...

No, All Romance Novels Are Not the Same

Jenny Trout | Posted 10.30.2015 | Books
Jenny Trout

All romance novels are not the same. All romance readers are not the same. A quick perusal of the romance category on Amazon could prove that in three clicks. Unless a journalist is willing to reach out to authors and readers of romance, or at least research the genre before denouncing it entirely, then they -- and we -- would be better off if they didn't write about it at all.

Dear Infidel: The Dilemma of British Muslims

Raza Rumi | Posted 10.28.2015 | Religion
Raza Rumi

The Indian community in Britain has been termed as a better performing group in terms of "integration and economic advancement." Do they have to go through a test of proving themselves as loyal Britons?

The Abbey: An Interview with Fr. James Martin, SJ

Jamie Arpin-Ricci | Posted 10.22.2015 | Religion
Jamie Arpin-Ricci

Like many non-Catholics, I first encountered Father James Martin, SJ, was when he appeared as a regular guest on the brilliant late night satirical news program The Colbert Report.

10 Scary Books That Will Seriously Keep You Up At Night

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 10.21.2015 | Arts

In a recent interview with HuffPost, Goosebumps author R.L. Stine said he thought most fears were “universal,” and, for him at least, lin...

5 Hot Books: JFK's Mentally Disabled Sister, Ted Hughes, and More

The National Book Review | Posted 10.19.2015 | Books
The National Book Review

From a different perspective, Larson tells the story of Rosemary Kennedy, the intellectually disabled sister of JFK, and her disastrous lobotomy, after which she was hidden away and ignored for decades.

Crazy Dreams

Sandy Lowe | Posted 10.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Sandy Lowe

In the end, my heart overruled all logical objection because BSB offered me something priceless and something I value every single day: the opportunity to work with LGBTQ people and to be part of the literary legacy of the LGBTQ community.

The Novel?

Terence Clarke | Posted 10.15.2015 | Books
Terence Clarke

In the September 24, 2015 issue of the New York Review of Books, Jed Perl writes about the current state of an art form that has been declared dead or dying many times. That would be painting.

The Faithful Shopper: Halloween Havoc

Faith Hope Consolo | Posted 10.15.2015 | New York
Faith Hope Consolo

Costumes, candy and company -- the perfect way to spend a splendid Halloween. Take the scare out of shopping for this most frightening of nights by checking out my latest list of stores, where you'll be treated to all you need for your creepy costume.

Surprising Questions An Author Gets Asked

Eva Lesko Natiello | Posted 10.14.2015 | Books
Eva Lesko Natiello

As an author, I love talking to readers. Whether that's at book club discussions, or through my website or Goodreads, I get a lot of wonderful feedback and tons of great questions.