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Tuesday, August 23 2005

Words and Music: An Interview with David Niall Wilson

'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

Dark Side of the Moon

'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

His Anal Queen: Down and Dirty with Alessandro Porco

'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

Lost in the Islets of Langerhans: In Search of Harlan Ellison

'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

Through the Cracks: An Interview with Joey Goebel

According to Torture the Artist author Joey Goebel, not all mainstream entertainment is bad... just most of it.

Wednesday, June 15 2005

One Good Sentence with Another: An Interview with Melissa Bank

Melissa Bank discusses her new novel, the writing process, and what it feels like for a girl...

Wednesday, June 8 2005

Roaring the Truth: An Interview with Steve Almond

'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

The American Humanist: Why the World Needs William Faulkner

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

The Big Picture: A Chat with Bruce Campbell

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

Mischief and Punches and Body Functions: Palahniuk’s Back

Cannibalism, self-mutilation, dismemberment, and horrible things happening to newborns. What exactly is Chuck Palahniuk's point?

Thursday, May 5 2005

Thinking a Little Harder: An Interview with Jodi Picoult

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.

Thinking a Little Harder: An Interview with Jodi Picoult

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.

Friday, April 29 2005

Rediscovering DNA

As the big screen adaptation of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy hits theaters, Patrick Schabe takes a look back at the life and work of its iconic creator, Douglas Adams.

Tuesday, April 12 2005

Da Vinci Turns Two: The Fiction of Historical Accuracy

'All descriptions of artwork, architecture, documents and secret rituals in this novel are accurate,' screams page one of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, now settling in for it's third year on international bestseller lists. Glenn Michael McDonald explores the functions and effects of this proclamation in light of the book's enduring success.

Friday, April 8 2005

A March’s End: Saul Bellow, 1915-2005

What Saul Bellow leaves behind is a body of work attempting to define human nature, one that he lived and dreamed.

Tuesday, April 5 2005

Writing the “Spiritual Questings of Schleppy Males”: Marshall Boswell on Rock Drummers, Writing Your

Why have the Stones and U2 remained vital in the ever-evolving music industry over The Who and R.E.M.? According to Alternative Atlanta author Marshall Boswell, it has something to with drummers.

Friday, March 25 2005

Nation of Rebels and the United States of Uniformity

For punks-turned-pedants Joseph Heath and Andrew Potter, the rock 'n' roll dream is over. Now only pilgrimages to Home Depot and dreams of installing the great Hobbesian Leviathan separate them from darkness and the Final Judgment.

Thursday, March 10 2005

To Do with Reality: An Interview with Burk Sauls and Brett Savory

'Despite the fact that no evidence of a satanic ritual was found in Robin Hood Hills or in the way the children were killed, the police promoted their stories of devil worshippers. The local media obliged...' Free the West Memphis Three founder, Burk Sauls, and editor of the new collection, The Last Pentacle of the Sun: Writings in Support of the West Memphis Three, Brett Savory, discuss fear and fiction in the case of Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, convicted as teenagers of triple murder in one of the country's most controversial criminal trials.

Friday, February 25 2005

The Heart is Now Lonely a Hunter: Dr. Hunter S. Thompson 1937-2005

That Hunter S. Thompson's death is apparently self-inflicted is expectantly unexpected, a sad and disappointing end to not only a breathing American literature objet d'art, but of a life.

Hunter Thompson: The Vultures are Gathering

Thompson's death shatters the illusion of his life, and the first layer of that illusion is that we knew him. What we knew was a mask, a fictionalized self.

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