Tuesday, October 25 2005
'No matter how good the story is, the fact that the reader is holding something in his hands that expressly states that it is fiction prevents the reader from getting as involved in the story and the characters as he could otherwise.' PopMatters talks to Michael Kun about lies, truths, death, and Heather Locklear.
Tuesday, October 18 2005
What does it mean to win a major book prize? Apart from a giant load of cash? With the recent Booker announcement in mind, Simon Williamson ponders the benefits of pitting art against art.
Friday, October 7 2005
Dirty Found is on tour. Co-created by Jason Bitner, the magazine celebrates the smuttiest photos, notes, and other paraphernalia left laying about the world. Jodie Janella Horn caught up with Bitner in Los Angeles. 'I'm not an artist,' Bitner tells her. She begs to differ.
Friday, September 30 2005
In celebration of the First Amendment and Banned Books Week, Robert Roose revisits Alfred Kinsey's Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, the book that launched the modern-day crusade of censorship in the name of 'family values'.
Viewing Captain Underpants for what it is -- a children's book -- Bill Gibron attempts to figure out exactly why Dav Pilkey's creation is number four on the ALA's Banned Books list.
Thursday, September 22 2005
Chris Evert vs. Martina Navratilova.
Friday, September 16 2005
Lolita was, understandably, a tough sell upon its original publication in 1955; furthermore, much of its sustained notoriety stems from the controversy it has since towed in its wake. Zeth Lundy looks back at 50 years of Lolita.
Wednesday, September 7 2005
Lori A. May talks to PopMatters about her new book, her love of crime-time TV, and how CSI has made readers of crime lit so very demanding.
Monday, August 29 2005
'If you pay attention to the world around you, you'll see truly magical things.' Julianna Baggott talks about The Anybodies and The Nobodies, her fantasy books for young readers that reveal the path to enlightenment lies in a life spent reading.
Tuesday, August 23 2005
'Write what hurts you'. Author David Niall Wilson discusses his writing philosophy with PopMatters. In doing so, he finds time to reflect on the state of contemporary horror writing, the dangers of being too literary, and how the blues inspired his latest novel, Deep Blue.
Tuesday, August 16 2005
'Ellis -- like Prospero -- is ultimately the creator of the novel's increasing chaos.' The star of Bret Easton Ellis's Lunar Park, the author's first book in six years, is... Bret Easton Ellis. Jeff Gomez explains.
Tuesday, August 9 2005
'While I do have an affection for Jill Kelly, I wouldn't call it an obsession. Obsession is the sort of word one immediately associates with statements like, 'Your Honor, my client promises to keep the court-ordered mandatory distance away from...'' Alessandro Porco talks about The Jill Kelly Poems, his ode to porn star that reveals a lot more about the male psyche than perhaps it intended.
Thursday, July 14 2005
'If we value literature at all, we should be valuing Harlan Ellison. But we don't, or at least, that's how it appears.' Bill Gibron asks, after 50 years in the business, what has happened to Harlan Ellison. Why has he dropped off the face of the pop culture landscape, and better yet, why was it a place that he was so precariously perched on to begin with?
Wednesday, July 6 2005
According to Torture the Artist author Joey Goebel, not all mainstream entertainment is bad... just most of it.
Wednesday, June 15 2005
Melissa Bank discusses her new novel, the writing process, and what it feels like for a girl...
Wednesday, June 8 2005
'There are people out there cheering for war, treating those deaths like some kind of athletic event. How sick do we have to be that this is not only acceptable, but virtually unchallenged by other politicians or clergy or anyone? And it's artists who have to stand up and be counted. Right now.' Stephen M. Deusner talks to Steve Almond.
Friday, June 3 2005
In 2005, when record numbers of soldiers return home without limbs, cable news television replays images of extra-judicial torture carried out in the name of civil society, and the nation finds itself engaged in a conflict mired in bad faith -- in 2005 Faulkner is every bit as relevant as he was in 1932.
Wednesday, June 1 2005
Is Bruce Campbell the world's coolest actor? Daulton Dickey thinks so. Dickey takes a look at Campbell's new book before attempting a brief chat with the actor without asking about Evil Dead. It's harder than it sounds.
Thursday, May 19 2005
Cannibalism, self-mutilation, dismemberment, and horrible things happening to newborns. What exactly is Chuck Palahniuk's point?
Thursday, May 5 2005
From her San Francisco hotel room, Picoult talks about Vanishing Acts, her writing life, the impact of her fan-friendly website on her work, and why it's okay not to be Dan Brown.