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Woman With a Gun: A Talk With Phillip Margolin

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 12.02.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

In Woman With a Gun, obsessed with finding answers, Stacey learns the woman in the photograph was suspected of having killed her millionaire husband on their wedding night, but the 10-year-old murder remains unsolved.

John Musker and Ron Clements Chart an Ambitious Course for Moana, Walt Disney Animation Studios' 2016 Release

Jim Hill | Posted 12.20.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

As Ron and John chart a course for their most ambitious animated feature to date through those treacherous, shark-filled waters that are known as modern motion picture production.

Silence Once Begun: a Talk With Jesse Ball

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 04.13.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Jesse Ball's new novel Silence Once Begun has just been released by Pantheon. His three previous novels are The Way Through Doors, Samedi the Deafness and Curfew. He's also written several works of verse.

Thug Notes Goes 'Straight Prime-Evil On Yo A**'

Posted 11.05.2013 | Comedy

This week, Thug Notes looks deep into the Heart Of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad... and as it turns out, it's pretty bleak indeed. If you never read t...

The Rise of the New Book

Jeff Klima | Posted 11.27.2013 | Books
Jeff Klima

So desperate and hungry were people for accessible fiction that "speaks their language," they turned a bastardized Twilight f**kfest fan-fiction turnip into a pop culture phenomenon. Imagine how well something as sexy as a contemporary Tropic of Cancer or Lolita would do in this day and age?

The Gift

Terence Clarke | Posted 07.29.2013 | Books
Terence Clarke

It is a curse upon every artist to have to deal with being ignored by the public, and most artists are indeed so disdained. I whine about it every day, at least to myself.

Finding the Heart of Darkness in 2013

Brian T. Finney | Posted 06.24.2013 | Los Angeles
Brian T. Finney

The horror in the Congo continues, but instead of being silent, as Marlow in Heart of Darkness chose to do, we must speak about it. The horror won't end if nobody knows it exists.

The Assad Regime -- From Orwell to Conrad

James Denselow | Posted 05.04.2013 | World
James Denselow

Two years into the conflict in Syria and the mask has slipped revealing that Assad is willing to enter the heart of darkness and take down the state along with his regime.

13 Pen Names You May Have Thought Were Real

Posted 12.04.2012 | Books

It's no secret Mark Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, and George Eliot was actually a woman named Mary Anne Evans. But you may not realize that...

PHOTOS: 10 People You Would Never Have Wanted To Duel

Posted 10.31.2011 | Books

From Melville House: Melville House’s new HybridBooks project allows readers of print books to download additional materials, called “Illuminat...

Mixed Tape of the Nightingale Mom

Tamsin Smith | Posted 08.10.2011 | Education
Tamsin Smith

Uncomfortable as it may be to explain adult topics to kids, I believe it's important to respect their intellectual capacity to seek and hold information they may only partially understand.

Old Books You Love: What Older Books Are You Reading Or Dying To Read? (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Zoe Triska | Posted 06.03.2011 | Books

We asked you what book you're reading (or dying to read) that is over 15 years old. We received a flood of responses--see #oldbooksilove. On Twitt...

Obama in Libya: The Horror! The Horror!

Cody Gault | Posted 05.31.2011 | World
Cody Gault

When I listened earlier this week to Obama's speech on the Libyan intervention, my thoughts kept drifting to Joseph Conrad's unforgettable description of a late-nineteenth century colonialist warship shelling the African coastline.

Mark Twain's Language: "Bad" Words Then and Now

Hugh Rawson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Hugh Rawson

The text of Huckleberry Finn includes more than two hundred instances of the controversial word. But this doesn't say very much about the author himself.

The Real N-Word Is "Nonsense"

Kenneth C. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Kenneth C. Davis

Some readers, along with educators and parents, have been offended by the use of a word that makes people uncomfortable -- with good reason. News flash: Art is supposed to make us uncomfortable.

Top 10 Seafaring Tales

The Guardian | Carsten Jensen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

"Given that men have sailed the seas for thousands of years, it's perhaps surprising how few great works of literature have been inspired by the seafa...

Larry David, Secretary of...Humor?

Erica Heller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Erica Heller

Obama must go back on television as soon as he can to fill the one appalling gap in his shining galaxy. He must appoint Larry David Secretary of Humor.