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Flavorwire Exclusive: Read an Excerpt from Gilbert Hernandez’s ‘Bumperhead’

Gilbert Hernandez, co-creator of Love & Rockets and one of the best American cartoonists — not to mention storytellers — working today, is back with a new book, Bumperhead, a companion to Marble Season. Hernandez’s latest follows a young, slightly bumpy-headed Bobby through childhood, then into his teen years, his experiments with different subcultures, music, drugs, women, and friendships, his grown-up disaffected ponderings, all the way to old age. The book’s storytelling style is frantic, with episodes lasting only a few pages before moving on to something else, no transition — which is somehow exactly fitting. It reads like how memory feels: you get it in snatches, in patterns, in moments of glory or pain. Except Hernandez’s vision is in rather better focus. Bumperhead hits shelves September 16. Check out an exclusive excerpt after the jump. … Read More

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Man Booker Finalist Joshua Ferris on the Internet, Social Media, and ‘To Rise Again at a Decent Hour’

In a new interview with Vulture, Joshua Ferris, the author books including Then We Came to the End and this year’s… Read More

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Trigger Warnings: Why We Should Trust Instructors to Prepare Students for Literature

Earlier this year, there was a lot of talk about proposed “trigger warnings” for literature taught in college classrooms. These warnings, requested by some students, would be “explicit alerts… that the material they are about to read or see in a classroom might upset them or… cause symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.” This week, the American Association of University Professors announced their official opposition to trigger warnings in classrooms and on syllabi. … Read More

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‘So We Read On’ and Why We Should Keep Fighting About ‘The Great Gatsby’

In Sigrid Nunez’s book The Last of Her Kind, the central character, Georgette, meets her troubling, troubled, wonderful friend Ann when they are both students at Barnard College in New York. I can remember, quite clearly, that school for Georgette consists of her writing a long paper, “Why The Great Gatsby Is Not a Great Book.” … Read More

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Bad Poets of Pop Culture: A Brief Survey

Are you a bad poet? Are your rhymes ridiculous? Your meter mediocre? Your enjambments a joke? Well, take heart, gentle friend: you’re not alone. Some of the best characters in fiction of all kinds also happen to be terrible poets — whether their deficiency is played for laughs (or tears) or whether they’re actually so bad they’re kind of good. Hey, something to aspire to! After the jump, a brief survey of some of the best bad poets in pop culture. Add any favorites missing here to the list in the comments. … Read More

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‘Geek Sublime’ Author Vikram Chandra on the Beautiful, Hideous, and Dangerous Codes That Shape Our World

“When I wrote [Red Earth and Pouring Rain], when I write now, I want a certain density that encourages savoring. I want entanglement, unexpected connections, reverberations, the weight of pouring rain on red earth. Mud is where life begins,” writes Vikram Chandra – best known for his sprawling novels, 1995’s Red Earth and Pouring Rain and 2008’s Sacred Games – in his first published work of nonfiction, Geek Sublime: The Beauty of Code, the Code of Beauty. … Read More

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