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Genre Trouble: How the Music Industry Classifies Iggy Azalea

Emma Joslyn | Posted 08.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Emma Joslyn

Iggy Azalea is the new Miley Cyrus. In the same way that Miley served as a point of entry to many conversations about whiteness and cultural appropriation last year, Iggy is the latest example of how white artists snatch up elements of black culture, whitewash them, and then sell them to the mainstream as their own.

#AOLBUILD Spotlights Lindsey Stirling

AOL BUILD | Posted 08.05.2014 | Arts
AOL BUILD

Gino DePinto, AOL BUILD "'You're too different' is what everyone said (...) I think it's so ironic that the very reason I was told I would never b...

Reading to Feed the Soul

Cindy Tansin | Posted 07.30.2014 | Books
Cindy Tansin

Wouldn't you rather be climbing Mt. Everest or fighting off a rogue wave or falling in love with a time traveler? And what better to beat rush hour traffic than a great audio book?

Dawn of the Multi-Genre Mash-Up

G. Doucette | Posted 05.24.2014 | Books
G. Doucette

Genres are there to define where a book belongs, but that's only to help a potential reader find something to read. The problem -- and I don't think I'm the only one who has it -- is that I can't color within the lines.

Once More in Defense of Fantasy: A Response to Joanna Trollope

Foz Meadows | Posted 12.10.2013 | Books
Foz Meadows

Just when I think the literary establishment can become no more obliviously dismissive of SFF as a genre, along comes Joanna Trollope to complain that fantasy novels, while "a lovely escape," fail to provide a strong enough sense of moral guidance for children.

Romance Cooties: Women and Science Fiction

Foz Meadows | Posted 08.03.2013 | Books
Foz Meadows

Science fiction is a sandbox, and for most of its history, men have been hogging it. Now that women are well and truly getting a turn, it's like the boys are sitting on the sidelines, wailing at how we're using their toys.

Why Music, Part 7: Beyond Genre

Frank Fitzpatrick | Posted 05.01.2013 | Arts
Frank Fitzpatrick

Although genres in music may be useful in helping us organize our song libraries, like any labels -- racial, cultural, artistic or spiritual -- genres can limit the potential to staying open to more encompassing visions and a greater sense of personal connection.

The Future of the Novel

Warren Adler | Posted 12.02.2012 | Books
Warren Adler

The book business has become a competing stew of infinite taste sensations that are offered up increasingly sliced and diced, and composed for an increasing segmented reading public.

Goodreads and the Rise of Digital Reviewing

Foz Meadows | Posted 09.24.2012 | Books
Foz Meadows

The book blogger community is still essentially a frontier town, caught between laying foundations on the one hand and trying to deal with the regular influx of lawbreakers, businessmen, migrants and pioneers on the other.

Dear HBO, That Was Awesome: A Geek Girl Watches Game of Thrones

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 07.16.2012 | TV
Ilana Teitelbaum

If Game of Thrones continues in this vein, the show may actually overcome its reputation as a gratuitous-gore-and-sex fest and become one of HBO's all-time greatest shows.

Critique of Ice and Fire: A Geek Girl Watches Game of Thrones

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 06.20.2012 | Books
Ilana Teitelbaum

Maybe the showrunners are worried that if there's no sex in a scene, we'll get bored and check our email, due to the much-touted Death of the American Attention Span. But there is some great acting.

Why Does It Matter If The Writer Is A Woman?

| By Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis | Posted 12.07.2011 | Books

By Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis for Bookish: Lisbeth Salander, the rugged yet vulnerable hacker chick who powered Stieg Larsson's trilogy to the...

Step Into This Incredible Doc -- Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel

Brad Balfour | Posted 12.17.2011 | New York
Brad Balfour

Having grown up enjoying Roger Corman's filmic retelling of Edgar Allen Poe's horror tales, his garish productions were lodged in my brain forever. So when I saw Corman's World, a flood of memories returned.

Erotica Gives Book Publishers A Boost: Once-Fringe Genre Now Booming

msn.com | Brian Alexander | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

"Thong on Fire" may sound more painful than sexy, but erotic books like it may just help keep the struggling publishing industry afloat. The popular n...