October 2009

The Oz Man’s Fine New Christmas Story

One of the great times in my life was the ten years during which I read to my daughter Julia every night before her bedtime.

The Gargoyle

The Gargoyle is a brutal story about a man terribly disfigured in a car crash, burned to an almost unrecognizable crisp following an alcohol and

Girldrive: Criss-Crossing America, Redefining Feminism

Authors Nona Willis Aronowitz and Emma Bee Bernstein document and reveal American women across the continent in Girldrive: Criss-crossing America, Redefining Feminism, while traveling the

The E-book Pirate Ship Sets Sail

It's now possible to download e-books for free from piracy Web sites. How will the already downtrodden publishing industry fight back?

White Noise in the Kitchen Supplies Aisle

Postmodernism in the 21st Century: Coming Soon to a Grocery Store Near You!

Uglier Than a Monkey’s Armpit

It has been an irrepressible activity since the dawn of man: to heap insults on enemies, rivals, neighbors, and even friends. Despite the ubiquitousness of

‘Bending Towards the Sun’ and Why Blacks & Jews Must Pray Together

"As Uncle Max took Nachum's lifeless body out of my mother's trembling arms, I closed my eyes and pretended that what was happening was not real. Nachum's death left 13 of us in the attic, at least for the time being." -- Rita Lurie, Holocaust survivor

Lessons Learned From Banned Books

Today caps off this year’s Banned Books Week, the one week wherein reading rebels celebrate their right to read whatever they desire. The American

September 2009

The Power of Kindess: “Shop A Little Bit Richer”

If you were lucky enough to wander into McNally Jackson Books in New York City on 30 September, employees from the Tarcher imprint at Penguin handed

Wake in Fright all over again

Grant felt himself exposed in no man’s land. There was no avenue of retreat and the enemy was invisible and unassailable. His supports had

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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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