Books

Can Obama and Big Publishing Save Children’s and YA Ebooks?

With e-book revenues nearly in freefall, especially in the category of Children/Young Adult books, a new partnership between the White House, publishers, libraries, and other institutions seeks to lay the groundwork for growth and educational development. But is it also an attempt to save a collapsing market? … Read More

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10 Must-Read Books for May

Often a given year’s publishing calendar is lopsided — the heavyweight books come out in September, after the literary mind has been thoroughly and evenly baked by the summer sun. But not this year! After a spirited April, we’re seeing a wise and hilarious May. One-of-a-kind acts of literary brilliance? Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts and Nell Zink’s Mislaid. Clear-eyed interventions in American life? Try Susan Neiman’s Why Grow Up? or n+1‘s City by City. There is even a potential science-fiction masterpiece in Neal Stephnenson’s Seveneves. If we project our minds to the end of 2015, my guess is that we’ll see many of these on those lists of “best” and “notable”… Read More

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Bokonon Lives: Vonnegut’s ‘Cat’s Cradle’ Coming to TV

It was zah-ma-ki-bo. Cat’s Cradle — Kurt Vonnegut’s anti-religion, anti-war, anti-everything masterpiece centered around a bogus-but-believable religion called Bokononism — is… Read More

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“Patriarchy Is Neither Universal Nor Inevitable”: Gloria Steinem on Paula Gunn Allen’s ‘The Sacred Hoop’

Feminist writer and activist Gloria Steinem has launched a book review series: “Reading Our Way to the Revolution: Each Month, a Timeless and Timely Book.” This month, Flavorwire is pleased to host Steinem’s review of The Sacred Hoop: Recovering the Feminine in American Indian Traditions by Paula Gunn Allen. … Read More

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Jon Stewart Interviews Judith Miller, and It’s Painful to Watch

Former investigative reporter for The New York Times and current commentator for Fox News Judith Miller just experienced another painful… Read More

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Ellen DeGeneres Is Bringing an Expensive, Animated ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ to Netflix

Sam-I-Am and the best-selling children’s book by Dr. Seuss — Green Eggs and Ham — are coming to Netflix as a… Read More

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More than 30 Authors, Including Junot Díaz and Lorrie Moore, Sign Letter in Protest of PEN Award to Charlie Hebdo

Today New York Magazine reports that an email signed by more than 30 writers was sent to PEN on… Read More

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Does ‘Charlie Hebdo’ Deserve PEN’s Freedom of Expression Courage Award? A Conversation

Earlier this week, six authors — Teju Cole, Rachel Kushner, Michael Ondaatje, Francine Prose, Peter Carey, and Taiye Selasi — announced their withdrawal as literary hosts of this year’s PEN America gala, over the group’s acknowledgment of Charlie Hebdo with its annual Freedom of Expression Courage Award. Responding to what Kushner referred to as the magazine’s “cultural intolerance,” the writers met with quick condemnation from both PEN itself and one of its loudest spokesmen, Salman Rushdie.

So, who’s right? Is the Charlie Hebdo staff’s martyrdom enough to justify honoring them? Or should an award like this be reserved for work that PEN and its constituency actually endorse? Flavorwire Editor-at-Large Sarah Seltzer and Literary Editor Jonathon Sturgeon found themselves on the opposite sides of these questions. Below, each argues their point of view. … Read More

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Courtney Love’s Ghostwriter Files Lawsuit Over Unpublished Memoir

Courtney Love’s ghostwriter, Anthony Bozza, wants to get paid for delivering a finished, 123,375 word manuscript (which Love ultimately rejected)… Read More

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Flavorwire Exclusive: Civilization Is Doomed! McKenzie Wark Takes on the Anthropocene

In the below excerpt, drawn from the conclusion of his energizing new book Molecular Red, McKenzie Wark confesses that “we all know this civilization can’t last.” Nevertheless! Wark asserts that our imaginations are up to the standard of describing a new and better world, and so he sets out to consider what metaphors we might use to define a future that will “undo the workings of the Anthropocene.” The industriousness and intellectual range you see here defines Molecular Red, a brilliant and persistently entertaining book that considers everything from cyborgs to Russian intellectuals and Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars trilogy. … Read More

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