February 2011

Something Rare: Ernest Hemingway’s Mystic Communion

The lure of mystery and dread in Catholicism that attracted the fatalistic author.

January 2011

Why Jane Austen makes a surprisingly decent sleuth… and why Elizabeth I may not.

In Jane and the Stillroom Maid, The Devonshires provide the emotional flourishes, Mr. Collins provides the comedy relief, and early-19th-century medicine the fascination that drives this increasingly dark murder mystery.

Lovecraftians Unite! Report from MythosCon

From January 6 to the 9th, fans and scholars of H.P. Lovecraft gathered in Phoenix to celebrate and discuss the horror writer's work and legacy.

Where Are Barnes & Noble’s Nooks for Nook Readers?

Marketing e-readers is about marketing the way we read, about marketing an experience. And that’s where Barnes & Noble could win.

Life During Wartime: Carl Sandburg’s Poetry of the Macabre

For every moment of brief tedium in Sandburg’s masterpiece, the master suddenly hits the reader with a scene or a moment that is breathtaking in its prose and cold, dispassionate observation of life during wartime.

December 2010

Win a Signed Copy of ‘Freedom’ by Jonathan Franzen

In 3 words or less, what does "Freedom" mean to you? Let us know and you have a chance to win a signed copy of Jonathan Franzen's new book.

Bujold’s Miles Vokosigan Novels Exemplify Why I Prefer Science in My Fiction

The settings may seem improbable, but I often fine science-fiction protagonists to be the most believable.

Salman Rusdhie on Gods in ‘Luka and the Fire of Life’

Booker Prize winning author Salman Rushdie offers his thoughts on gods, mythology, and stories.

November 2010

Introducing The Mongoliad… A Serial Novel

An ongoing epic journey through the Mongol invasion of Europe, as seen only on your computer, tablet, or phone.

Is ‘The Daily Show’ the Home Shopping Network of Books?

Stewart and Colbert highlight books that are either new and relevant to the news of the day or just plain fascinating in some way. The short, humorous conversations key in on the most interesting elements of the books, and the authors usually have just enough time to make their case and whet my appetite for more.

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//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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