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Tuesday, November 29 2005

This Time You Pray For Real

Books for kids on life, death, sexual awakening, sexual abuse, death, the Holocaust, and the Taliban. Farrar, Straus and Giroux offers kids startling alternatives to Harry Potter this Christmas.

Thursday, November 17 2005

Dealing in Experience

Augusten Burroughs loves dogs, writing, and a man called Dennis. In a sweetly intimate, rather revealing phone interview, PopMatters spoke to him about these things and more.

Tuesday, November 15 2005

What She Loves: A Chat with Laura Pedersen

From millionaire Wall Street whiz kid to novelist with fans covering the literary spectrum, life looks mighty good for Laura Pedersen. Jackie Regales spoke to Pedersen about Her Brilliant Career.

Thursday, November 3 2005

Too Brief By Far

'More than any other writer of the modern era, Capote is obsessed by the notion of cruelty: cruelty as both the active infliction of pain and, perhaps more insidiously, the passive withholding of kindness.' Tim O'Neil looks at Vintage's recent releases celebrating the life and work of Truman Capote.

Friday, October 28 2005

Beyond Boo!: The Case for Stephen King as Literature

'Decades from now, fans will unearth his tomes and savor their sensational scares the way we lord over Stoker's violent vamp, or Shelley's modern Prometheus.' Bill Gibron assesses the works of horror master, Stephen King.

Tuesday, October 25 2005

Lying Liars and the Lawyers Who Love Them: An Interview with Michael Kun

'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

The Honour and the Provocation

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

Salvation Artist

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

Who’s Afraid of Alfred Kinsey?

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'.

What’s So Funny ‘Bout Pee, Poop, and Underwear: The Controversy Over Captain Underpants

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

A Court of Their Own

Chris Evert vs. Martina Navratilova.

Friday, September 16 2005

Forever Young: Lolita Turns 50

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

Movies in Her Head: A Minute with Lori A. May

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

Magical Things: An Interview with Julianna Baggott

'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

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...

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