Reluctant Habits

Review: The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

Posted by in Comics, Film, Reviews, Spider-Man

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.

Sarah Polley (The Bat Segundo Show)

Posted by in Bat Segundo, Film, interview, polley-sarah

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.

The Adventures of Augie March (Modern Library #81)

Posted by in Bellow, Saul, Modern Library, Reading

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.

Jesmyn Ward (The Bat Segundo Show)

Posted by in Bat Segundo, interview, Katrina, ward-jesmyn

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.

Elizabeth L. Cline (The Bat Segundo Show)

Posted by in Bat Segundo, cline-elizabeth, Fashion, Haul Videos, interview

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.

How Jonah Lehrer Recycled His Own Material for Imagine

Posted by in gladwell-malcolm, Imagine, lehrer-jonah, Plaigiarism

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.

Emily St. John Mandel (The Bat Segundo Show)

Posted by in Bat Segundo, interview, mandel-emily

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.

Arrested Development

Posted by in anderson-wes, richardson-kartina, The New Inquiry

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.

Alison Bechdel III (The Bat Segundo Show)

Posted by in Bat Segundo, bechdel-alison, interview

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.

BEA 2012: The African American Literary Marketplace

Posted by in BEA, BookExpo

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.

RIP Ray Bradbury

Posted by in Bradbury, Ray, Obits

Ray Bradbury gave us the okay to believe in stories and the hunger to find more of them. Here are some reasons why.

BEA 2012: Science Fiction & Mainstream — Crossing Over

Posted by in BEA, BookExpo

Can four well-regarded authors discuss science fiction at BEA? Or do a few of them need hugs?

BEA 2012: What Librarians Wish Publishers Knew

Posted by in BEA, BookExpo, Libraries

The librarians didn’t come for the muffins. But the publishers came for the librarians.

BEA 2012: Richard Russo at ABA

Posted by in Amazon, BEA, BookExpo, Independent Bookstores, russo-richard

A Pulitzer Prize-winning author tells independent booksellers how they can stay alive against Amazon’s ongoing threats.

BEA 2012: IDPF Publishers Roundtable

Posted by in BEA, BookExpo

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.

Vital Facts About Richard Dawson

Posted by in dawson-richard, Obits, Television

In an effort to come to terms with the late Richard Dawson’s legacy, we have assembled 14 vital facts (all sourced) about the game show host.