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7 Ways To Tell If You're Human

Joanna Bourke | Posted 02.12.2012 | Books
Joanna Bourke

Does intellectual ability make us human? Or self-consciousness? Or the possession of a soul? Or tool-making? Or private property? Or genetic inheritance? Whatever definition we choose, it excludes some creatures we might want to include in the "human."

How Much Money Do Poets Make?

Madeleine Crum | Posted 12.13.2011 | Books

The chances of making money as a poet are pretty slim - but how slim? The latest issue of New York Magazine puts some numbers on the old cliché with ...

Amazon's Best-Selling Books 2011

Madeleine Crum | Posted 12.13.2011 | Books

Today, Amazon announced their best-selling books of the year. The list includes first-edition titles, both Kindle and hardcover, that were published i...

'Young Adult' Writer Diablo Cody: We Never Really Grow Up

| Posted 12.09.2011 | Books

By Margaret Bristol for Bookish: In 2007, Diablo Cody won over adults and teens alike with her Academy Award-winning screenplay for "Juno" -- bring...

Should You Boycott Amazon?

Madeleine Crum | Posted 12.12.2011 | Books

Should people boycott Amazon? Increasing numbers of retailers and publishers have been daring to ask the question, in the face of aggressive tactics b...


| Posted 12.09.2011 | Books

By Gabe Habash for Publishers Weekly: Before you get all riled up about how we’ve previously called two other books ("How to Avoid Huge Ships" an...

10 Reasons Why Nothing Matters

Ron July | Posted 02.07.2012 | Books
Ron July

Of all the things that exist, none is stranger than nothing. But, of course, nothing is not a thing, and neither can it be said to exist. So why are people fascinated by nothing? Why should something so crazy and mind-boggling be important?

11 Non-Book Gifts For Your Favorite Book Nerd

Madeleine Crum | Posted 12.08.2011 | Books

It's risky buying books for bookish friends. There's always the chance they've already read this year's bestsellers. To play it safe, buy your literar...

Did Our NaNoWriMo Writers Finish Their Books?

Madeleine Crum | Posted 12.07.2011 | Books

November has come and gone, and the National Novel Writing Month participants we've been following are gladly wiping their brows and putting down thei...

This Year's Books You Should Have Read

| Emily Temple | Posted 12.08.2011 | Books

From Flavorwire: Unfortunately, hundreds of great books come out every year to little or no critical attention, a fate that is perhaps unavoidable ...

Would You Read A Book About Amazon?

AP | Posted 12.07.2011 | Books

NEW YORK --, the country's largest online bookseller, will itself be the subject of a book coming out in 2013. Bloomberg Businessweek writ...

10 Books To Get Your Dad

Madeleine Crum | Posted 12.06.2011 | Books

You've got your mom's reading material covered, but you're still lost on smart gifts for your dad. Steve Jobs's biography may be tempting, but we say ...

PHOTOS: 7 Things You Find Most Disgusting

Colin McGinn | Posted 02.05.2012 | Books
Colin McGinn

What seems to provoke disgust is the co-presence of death with pulsing life: the corpse being consumed by bacteria and worms, living things turned to dead pulp in digestion, bleeding wounds, scurrying rats in graveyards.

Inspirational Reading Quotes From Your Favorite Authors

Madeleine Crum | Posted 12.05.2011 | Books

From Flavorwire For some, they're an escape to another, more magical world. For others, they're a chronicling of human history. No matter why you l...

9 Books To Get Your Mom

Madeleine Crum | Posted 12.05.2011 | Books

When you were too restless to sleep, she read you the same story a million times, never wavering in her theatric enthusiasm. Instead of battling the m...

'Gold-Hatted Gatsby' And What Your Other Favorite Books Were Almost Called

Madeleine Crum | Posted 12.02.2011 | Books

A book title is a story's thesis statement. If it's boring or off-putting, readers will turn their attention elsewhere. If it's evocative or captivati...

Writer Wednesday: 5 Most Dangerous Career Pitfalls For New Writers

Posted 12.01.2011 | Books

From Writer's Relief: The writing life is fraught with dangers big and small—everything from life-crushing depression to sore fingers from long t...

The Unabomber, And 3 Other Murderers Who Read A Lot

Posted 11.30.2011 | Books

By Rose Young for Bookish: Here's a shocker: Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people and injured 51 in two attacks in his native Norway last s...

WATCH: Steamy Romance Novel Cover Shoot

Madeleine Crum | Posted 11.30.2011 | Books

When it comes to romance novels, it's hard to adhere to the old adage about judging books by their covers. Whether or not the assumption is fair, when...

12 Authors You Didn't Know Were From New Jersey

Sharon Kay Penman | Posted 01.28.2012 | Books
Sharon Kay Penman

But many people don't know that New Jersey is a fertile breeding ground for writers, some of them quite renowned. And I would wager that most would be truly startled to learn that the star in the Jersey firmament is--drum roll here--Newark. This is a city that struggles with many burdens.

Black Friday Mania: 11 Dystopian Books

Madeleine Crum | Posted 11.25.2011 | Books

The bizarre and sometimes violent social phenomenon that is Black Friday is upon us. Although past years have resulted in sleep loss, trampling and st...

The Plight of the Mainstream Novelist

Warren Adler | Posted 01.22.2012 | Books
Warren Adler

Lost in the conversation of the impact of eBooks is the plight of the mainstream novelist, who writes books that fit no genre category but nevertheless represent the crown jewels of the authorial world, the lynchpin of the trade publishing business.

13 Quick Airplane Reads

Madeleine Crum | Posted 11.21.2011 | Books

If you're anything like the rest of the country, you'll be spending Thanksgiving in your hometown, happily surrounded by family and food. The only thi...

'On The Rocky Road' And Other Junk Food Novels

Madeleine Crum | Posted 11.21.2011 | Books

Sure, we've heard of Proust's Madeleine, that little lemon cookie that packs a punch, and the enticing dinner parties Mrs. Ramsey is known for whippin...

How China Is Beating The U.S.

Dr. Stephen Leeb | Posted 01.18.2012 | Books
Dr. Stephen Leeb

The world is entering an era of resource scarcity. China's leadership recognizes this and is beating us to the punch. They're racing to accumulate critical and diminishing resources vital to every aspect of modern life, from growing and transporting food to making and running the computers