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.
Friday, April 29 2005
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
'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
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
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
'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
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.