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50 Great Genre-Bending Books Everyone Should Read

Sometimes, it seems as though the arguments about genre — be it poetry vs. fiction, fiction vs. nonfiction, literary fiction vs. SF vs. fantasy vs. mystery vs. vs. vs. — will never end. So why not just take yourself off the board entirely? After all, marketing professionals aside, does anyone really care what genre they’re reading if the book is good? After the jump, 50 genre-bending novels guaranteed to enthrall you, whether you’re a literary fiction snob or a die-hard fantasy nerd. Enjoy without judgements! … Read More

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10 Small TV Towns with Dark Secrets

Every time we think we’re ready to dismiss M. Night Shyamalan, he reels us back in. The trailer for the filmmaker’s new producing project Wayward Pines debuted this week. If Shyamalan’s The Village and David Lynch’s Twin Peaks made creepy babies, they would probably look something like this TV series. The show is centered on Matt Dillon’s character, “an outsider and Secret Service agent into the depths of the strange little town, as he becomes increasingly aware of its evil underpinnings. He’s aided in his discoveries by a typically rebellious Juliette Lewis.” Since we love a good show about a small town with dark secrets, here are ten other TV towns that have something to hide. … Read More

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50 Great Novels About Madness

Not so much into March Madness? Well, perhaps you should look at it another way. March is the perfect month for reading books about madness — it is a transitional time, after all, possessed of both lion and lamb. Plus, you’ll have ample reading time, both outside and inside. The books herein, it should be noted, are those that deal with a kind of literary madness — obsession and absurdity and hallucination — not directly focusing on mental illness proper, whenever the two can be separated. So you won’t find The Bell Jar or One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest or The Yellow Wallpaper here, though those are all excellent… Read More

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50 of the Greatest Literary Moments on TV

It’s probably safe to say that media tends to refer to itself, in one way or another — and referring to literature, as opposed to other forms of pop culture, is one way to make just about anything a little more highbrow. Television, notoriously full of references and allusions, might be the worst/best culprit, and the most fun to hunt through for literary moments — after all, nothing’s more fun than seeing books on the boob tube. Here, you’ll find 50 of the greatest and most memorable literary allusions, shout-outs, cameos, and references on television, as well as real-life author appearances and whole episodes, or even whole seasons, based on… Read More

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The 50 Sexiest Literary Villains

In The Wizard of Oz, when Dorothy, open-mouthed, says “I’ve never heard of a beautiful witch before,” Glinda famously quips that only bad witches are ugly. But ’tis not so — or at least, there are plenty of very bad witches who are the opposite of ugly: beautiful, sexy, charming, devastatingly intelligent, or all of the above. So, in honor of J.K. Rowling’s outrage that we all love Draco so much, here’s 50 villains that we wouldn’t kick out of… Read More

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Flavorwire’s Guide to (Expiring) Movies to Stream This New Year’s Eve

Well, friends, New Year’s Eve is nearly upon us, and for many of you, that means snazzy new outfits and elaborate parties and champagne sipping and streamers and generally being a well-adjusted social creature who is capable of interacting with others. This post is not for you! It’s for the rest of us, the shut-ins, for the awkward types who will be spending the last night of the year as God intended: behind a deadbolt lock, in our cozies, on the couch, consuming take-out and motion pictures. And, what with it being the end of the month, December 31 will also see the departure of several fine films from Netflix instant, so we went ahead and compiled your New Year’s Eve viewing menu (just click the title link to watch them right now). You’re welcome. … Read More

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