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‘Hurt People’, Fractured Book

There are sinister elements at work in Cote Smith's debut novel that mark it as an honest horror story of the best kind. If only they didn't also compromise it so fundamentally.

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An Epoch of Annihilation Whose Consequences Still Reverberate

In Fire and Blood, Historian Enzo Traverso sets his sights on two concepts: the facile equation of totalitarianisms, and the equally facile belief in the inevitability of historical progress.

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Dave Stewart’s Charmed Life, Page by Page

The Eurythmics co-founder gives an in-depth account of how he went from being a football-loving kid to one of our greatest writers and producers. And man, has he got a lot of friends.

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Is the Search for Bigfoot Just Another Act of Faith?

Those who spend their days scouring the woods for Bigfoot are no different from those who put their full trust and belief in an all-seeing, all-knowing deity in the sky.

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On the Artifice, Ostentatiousness and Camp in James Bond Songs

Every time a new song is premiered ahead of the film, well, plus ça change. Then again, perhaps that makes a Bond song the perfect metaphor for the music industry.

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‘Politics in a Time of Crisis’ Brings Urgent Relevance to Current Elections Worldwide

Anti-austerity party Podemos is shaking up the political establishment in Spain. This shows how anti-establishment politics might change the global balance of power in the 21st century.

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Can We Design Our Way Out of Gender Inequality?

Is it possible to design environments that steer people toward acting in more equitable ways? Behavioral economists offer a compelling, if not entirely convincing, case.

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‘Snowden’ Is a Good Introduction to Our Era’s Struggle for Free Speech and Privacy Rights

Award-winning cartoonist Ted Rall offers a graphic novel to inspire the next generation of whistleblowers and activists.

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Preston Sturges: A Woefully Underrated Filmmaker

One of the Golden Age of Hollywood's most richly complicated and woefully underrated figures gets the critical attention he deserves in this essay collection on his life and movies.

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‘You’re Better Than Me’ Makes You Want to Embrace Your Inner Crazy Person

Bonnie McFarlane spins comedy gold in this feminist fish out of water memoir.

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This Graphic Novel Brings Fresh Life to the Gonzo Quest for the American Dream

Hunter S. Thompson's "Vegas book" remains relevant as it subversively confronts the disillusionment and desperation that he saw corrupting his beloved American dream.

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‘Ostend’ Bids Adieu to a Literary World Before WWII

Ostend is a beautiful recreation of a literary circle’s last gasp before World War II.

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17 Feb 2016 // 3:05 AM

May the Puke Be With You

Brian Chippendale’s Puke Force has static on every page; not motionless images but bits of visual noise. It's like watching a great old TV show with bad reception.

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‘Season of the Witch’: Pick Up Every Stitch

Peter Bebergal writes about the “satanic panic” which rose alongside rock 'n' roll, a parallel universe of paranoia and biblical absurdity.

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‘Political Animals’ Is a Rich and Wide-ranging Study of Contemporary Feminist Film

“Girls to the front!” Sophie Mayer’s superb study of contemporary feminist filmmaking is provocative, critically insightful and addictively readable.

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There’s Splendid Concept Art to Be Found in ‘The Art of Star Wars’

This is a visually stunning display of concepts, characters and starships from a galaxy far, far away that, more often than not, didn’t even end up on screen.

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There’s Something Oddly Comforting in Chris Oliveros’ Futile Tale

The Envelope Manufacturer is a light parable on the ravages of neoliberal capitalism.

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The Nebulas Are Not About Elitism, But About Giving a Platform to Good Sci-fi Stories

Nebula Awards Showcase 2015 shows that contemporary literary sci-fi is in rude health.

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Questioning Authenticity and Narrative Performance in Dodie Bellamy’s ‘When the Sick Rule the World’

A new collection of writings by one of the progenitors of the American New Narrative movement is stylistically impressive, but lacks engagement with its subject matter.

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What Doesn’t Kill You Will Surely Give You Heartburn

When reading The Bare Bones Broth Cookbook, food safety and strange adaptations of classic recipes may come to mind.

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