I put forth the modest proposition that a movie containing this much paralogia should be rejected by a mass audience. Why the new Spider-Man movie is a drag.
In this 20 minute radio interview, writer/director Sarah Polley discusses TAKE THIS WALTZ, Toronto’s gentrification, marriages, mature men, and the importance of living with flawed human beings.
In this latest Modern Library Reading Challenge essay, our intrepid reader is awestruck by Saul Bellow’s masterpiece and what it says about stretching the soul.
In this 40 minute radio interview, National Book Award winning novelist Jesmyn Ward discusses Salvage the Bones, why reactions to Hurricane Katrina made her angry, life within a poor community, trees with limbs, smoothies, and models of womanhood.
In this 40 minute radio interview, journalist Elizabeth L. Cline discusses the fashion industry, haul videos, the impact of consumer choice, and considers the prospect of raising a mighty army of fashion alterers and traveling seamstresses.
Jonah Lehrer didn’t just borrow his own passages for The New Yorker. Our investigation reveals how he repurposed his own material for a large chunk of his book, Imagine.
In this 40 minute radio interview, novelist Emily St. John Mandel discusses The Lola Quartet, her views on cars and cities, safe places to express emotions, metaphorical vampirism, and how to get inside a character’s head.
In this very special and very personal essay, the absolute voice of a new generation describes life’s horrors and why she hates Wes Anderson.
In this one hour interview, Alison Bechdel discusses her memoir, Are You My Mother?, what it is to be a secret writer, reading guilt, and various levels of perceived hypocrisy.
The people who needed to hear about the African American literary marketplace were still nursing their hangovers, but our report covers one hour of talk on this vital issue.
Ray Bradbury gave us the okay to believe in stories and the hunger to find more of them. Here are some reasons why.
Can four well-regarded authors discuss science fiction at BEA? Or do a few of them need hugs?
The librarians didn’t come for the muffins. But the publishers came for the librarians.
A Pulitzer Prize-winning author tells independent booksellers how they can stay alive against Amazon’s ongoing threats.
My 1,700 word report on Monday morning’s publishers roundtable discussion, featuring readers being referred to as consumers, Steve Jobs mimics, Fifty Shades as the latest metric, and strange claims about enhanced books.