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Figuring It Out with "Reverse Dracula", Wayne Koestenbaum

Figuring out some arguments by exegesis: a witty conversation with author, artist, and academic, Wayne Koestenbaum.

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Wall-Buster Ani DiFranco Has a Chokehold on Irony: 'No Walls and the Recurring Dream'

Ani DiFranco is growing up and getting over herself. Her memoir, No Walls and the Recurring Dream, highlights the ironies of a one-of-a-kind musical legacy.

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There's Room in Joy Division's Expansive Universe for Jon Savage's 'This Searing Light...'

Can Jon Savage's literal book This Searing Light, The Sun and Everything Else close the metaphoric book on Joy Division once and for all?

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Satire's American King Bret Easton Ellis Whites Himself Out with Alleged Work of Non-Fiction, 'White'

Let's pretend for a moment that Bret Easton Ellis is capable of such a staggering feat of truth-telling, and read White as if it is indeed a work of nonfiction.

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Inspiring Empathy by Removing the Abstraction: Tey Meadow's 'Trans Kids'

With Trans Kids, Tey Meadow educates readers and gives them hope for societies that are just now learning to address gender beyond the strictures of presumed binary biology.

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Jessica Hopper's 'Night Moves': Prose Poetry for the Punk Rock Masses

Jessica Hopper's Night Moves is a dozen thorny roses for the city that keeps blowing its windy-ness beneath her darkly comic wings.

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Through the Looking-Glass of Black Mirror's 'Bandersnatch'

Netflix's interactive movie, Bandersnatch, doesn't really offer choices, but it does offer something else: a warning.

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The 80 Best Books of 2018

The authors' whose works we share with you in PopMatters' 80 Best Books of 2018 -- from a couple of notable reissues to a number of excellent debuts -- poignantly capture how the political is deeply personal, and the personal is undeniably, and beautifully, universal.

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'Wasteland', or, How We Went From World War I to White Walkers

In Wasteland: The Great War and the Origins of Modern Horror, historian W. Scott Poole exhumes our obsession with the living dead.

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'Freak Kingdom': On Hunter S. Thompson's Fight Against Fascism

In Freak Kingdom, Timothy Denevi gives a charmingly sensational account of Hunter S. Thompson's life in order to prove his point that Thompson actually conducted himself as quite a serious anti-fascist.

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Blundering Blindly in the Corridors of Imagination: An Interview with Paul Auster

Forget everything you think you know about Paul Auster, as with the release of his New York Trilogy manuscripts, the award-winning author talks typewriters, telephones, and why he doesn't think of himself as a novelist.

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The End of Endings: How 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' and Don DeLillo's 'Zero K' Explain the Current State of Storytelling

Somehow, without realizing it, for both DeLillo and Rowling, death, the end of the world, and endings themselves are best emblematized by a dysfunctional father/son relationship.

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​Michael Chabon and Pops Culture

If there is one thing even harder than parenting, it's writing about parenting well.

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On the Pleasures of Immersing One's Self in Tolstoy and Dostoevsky in Print and Audio

With maturity, voracious readers may begin to judge which novels are worth precious time, and why. With the works of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky also available in audio and e-books , the pleasure is deepened.

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Don't Quit Your Day Job, Brother Wayne: MC5 and 'The Hard Stuff'

This rock memoir reads like Kramer set up an AA meeting and then didn't want to stand up and give his share.

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Nowhere Is a Place in Tatyana Tolstaya's 'Aetherial Worlds'

The short stories in Aetherial Worlds poignantly merge past, present, and fantasy through auto-fiction, essayistic pieces, and allegorical tales.

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The Poets Are Angry: Patti Smith, However, Is Not

Whatever anger has landed on her heart in the jungles of Trumplandia, Patti Smith consistently performs the miracle of putting it down, as seen in her recently published prose-poem, The New Jerusalem.

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Why Are Evangelicals So Full of Fear? and So Supportive of Trump? Interview with Historian John Fea

As discussed with PopMatters, in Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump, Fea finds long roots in answering his questions, but he clears a path forward, too.

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We Go to William Trevor's Works to Look for Ourselves and to Understand Others

Posthumous collection Last Stories proves that Trevor, as a short story writer, was a master in command of his craft and will remain in a class of his own.

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Lauren Grodstein Reads from 'Our Short History' in This Exclusive Video

Lauren Grodstein reads from Our Short History -- a warm, complicated, and at times angry and sarcastic missive to a grown man his mother will never know.

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'Against Memoir', or, Winning the War of Attrition

We just keep standing there, digging our heels into the mainstream D-list—also known as the queer A-list—and running our mouths for decade after decade at top volume.

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Positively Tripping with Michael Pollan

That a highly respected professor would take a variety of illegal drugs so he can tell the rest of us what we're missing is a pretty enticing project.

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Take It Apart by the Seams: Vera Tobin on Your Brain on Fiction

"Dumb-smart stories", fake news, serial narratives, and surprise endings: an engaging conversation about cognitive bias.

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'Looking for The Stranger': Sometimes the Truth Is as Strange as the Fiction

Aspiring writers with ambition to shape the philosophies of the future can benefit from Camus as both an inspiration and a cautionary tale.

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Informed or Inflamed? Author Steve Almond Talks About How We Consume Trump

With the recent release of Bad Stories: What the Hell Just Happened to Our Country, Steve Almond talks in-depth about the US president whom most parents wouldn't even let on the playground -- and about his beef with the American left.

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Jennifer Caloyeras Gets Unruly In Her New Short Story Collection

Intimacy with animals, babysitting plastic dolls, and running into your dad at a furry cuddle party are just a few of the details in this off-the-chain collection of stories, Unruly Creatures.

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"Hope and Rebellion Are Inextricably Linked": An Interview With Author Anjali Sachdeva

"Some people would argue that writing stories about rebellious people is not actually an act of rebellion," says Sachdeva, "but I believe those people underestimate the extent to which we internalize a story that really moves us."

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Genocide and the Benevolence of 'The Beekeeper'

Using techniques applied in his work, an Iraqi beekeeper rescued Yazidi and Christian minority women and children from Daesh during the recent Sinjar massacres.

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Rust Never Sleeps

In this installment of Bloombury's Object Lessons, Rabate counters our negative view of rust with a wide variety of examples drawn from philosophy and the arts and sciences, for a convincing argument for the merits of rust.

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The Deconstructive Irony of Ortberg's 'The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror'

This collection gives us Ortberg's trademark gender-swapping, flipping of accepted norms of good vs evil even while blurring the line between them, and startling backstories that do not always reveal underlying motivations but definitely add dark, ironic humor.

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Short Stories: Souvenirs

Why do we feel a need to collect things as we travel through our lives? Alice Walker, Tim O'Brien and Lori Sambol Brody capture the importance of souvenirs in these three short stories.

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'How to Stop Time' Is Thoughtful but Thin

There are certainly delights to be found in How to Stop Time, despite its tendency to oversimplify.

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On the Hidden Lives of Souvenirs in 'Souvenir (Object Lessons)'

Rolf Potts explores why and how we collect souvenirs, what they have represented to us through the ages, and how we use them to narrate our lives.

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Without a Net's Memoirs of Poverty in America Will Haunt You. Let It.

These women are not simply simulating scenes of poverty for the reader; they experienced it and now they own it as one constant facet of their diverse identities.

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'Yellow Negroes' Draws the Plight of Undocumented Lives

The liminal state between immigrant and citizen becomes the permanent experience of undocumented people.

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Beware the Books in 'Bibliomysteries'

Book reading, book collecting, murder in libraries, and the mysterious desperation lurking in the dusty corners and between every aisle of bookstores past.

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Walk a Comfortable Mile in All Kinds of Shoes

If you can't make it to the Bata Shoe Museum, then pick up this oddly thrilling explanation of things we already suspect about footwear.

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