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Sunday, September 14 2008

20 Questions: Howard Blum

Bestselling author, Vanity Fair contributing editor, and New York Times award-winning investigative reporter Howard Blum chats with PopMatters 20 Questions about Bob Dylan, Melville's Ishmael, and a bit of a Mafioso affinity.


Wednesday, September 10 2008

The Second Coming of Steampunk: An Interview with Ann and Jeff VanderMeer

Originally a literary movement that mashed cyberpunk-style themes with speculative rewritings of Victorian culture, steampunk is now equally a subculture devoted to repurposing mass-market consumer products into gloriously obsessive idiosyncratic designs.


Sunday, September 7 2008

20 Questions: Chuck Klosterman

Prolific pop culture critic Chuck Klosterman knows as well as PopMatters that, well, pop matters. He discusses with PopMatters 20 Questions some of the things in this world that influence, sway, and affect.


Monday, September 1 2008

20 Questions: Handsome Dick Manitoba

Punk rock godfather and legend Handsome Dick Manitoba likes to kick back in the ol' Barcalounger and enjoy the comforts of home, as he reveals to PopMatters 20 Questions.


Tuesday, August 26 2008

Who Can Save Us Now?

Sherlock Holmes, pudgy heroes, and Superman’s sexual prowess: an interview with Owen King.


Thursday, August 21 2008

Yukio Mishima, of Love and Death

Death and sex were verboten, and Mishima took it upon himself to be a virtuosic provocateur; part passionate expressive modernist, part fervent traditionalist.


Thursday, August 14 2008

Collection Obsession: William Davies King’s “Collections of Nothing”

Wrestling with objects, saving and ordering them, is a way to cope with flux, doubt, and the twin gods of sex and death. Banash deconstructs the human urge to collect all manner of stuff.


Sunday, August 10 2008

20 Questions: Clyde Edgerton

Novelist Clyde Edgerton talks with PopMatters 20 Questions about Ry Cooder’s slide guitar, Errol Morris' Vernon, Florida, and the soothing effects of chicken watching.


Sunday, August 3 2008

20 Questions: George Pelecanos

George Pelecanos takes a little time from his prolific career to contemplate with PopMatters the temptation to try out a silencer and laser sight.


Wednesday, July 30 2008

Fighting Words: Reading Lolita in Tehran

Orientalist fantasy? Neoconservative propaganda in a literary guise? The debate over Reading Lolita in Tehran


Monday, July 28 2008

Bleeding on the Page in the Middle of a Nervous Breakdown: Willy Vlautin’s Northline

Willy Vlautin loves the damaged people that most of us would go out of our way to avoid.


Thursday, July 24 2008

Surviving the Net Crunch: A Practical Guide for Print Publications in a Digital World

Forget about easy answers, and don't think that the latest hip tech craze will save: PopMatters' Jason Gross offers advice for how long-running print publications can adapt to this brave new Net-driven world.


Tuesday, July 8 2008

Let the Buyer Beware: Bookstore Caveat Emptor Will Not Go Quietly Into That Good Night

Thirty-seven years and still going: Justin Dimos dissects Bloomington's historical secondhand bookstore.


Saint Vinnie

Deanne Sole journeys Melbourne's charity outlets, exploring the fundamentals of the down under St. Vincent de Paul outlet: Bargains, surprises, drunks.


In Memoriam: Thomas M. Disch

It's often said of uncommonly talented writers that they defied description; in Disch's case, that actually managed to be true.


Wednesday, July 2 2008

Fareed Zakaria’s View of a Post-American World

No one book will make all the difference, but familiarity with this particular volume would help ensure that the 44th President of the US is better equipped to deal with America’s changing role than the 43rd.


Tuesday, July 1 2008

Book Arbitrage

Joan Didion once wrote, "the hippies scorn money -- they call it bread." Rob Horning explains how best to reap the benefits of the secondhand bookstore's cash-or-credit system.


The Delicate Ecology of the Used Bookstore

You know, it's not easy rummaging through your trash. Ian Mathers takes a look at the secondhand bookseller's world from the inside.


Tuesday, June 24 2008

The Book Barn

Kirby Fields revisits Joplin, Missouri's Book Barn, and poses the question: What does it mean to be the cultural center of a community that has no culture?


The Dust Test

Let's face it: the way that someone interacts with a used bookstore suggests some things about how he will interact in other, slightly more intimate venues... Erika Nanes judges her potential dates by the way they handle their secondhand books.


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