Category Archives: Literature

Vlad III Draculea, the Wallachian prince on whom Stoker's vampire was reportedly based.

Understanding “Dracula”

Vampire stories, while timeless, are really only as narratively rich as the world they emerge from and thematically draw on. Continue reading

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IKB 191, aka International Klein Blue, a painting of Yves Klein's made with his patented color which was IKB was developed by him and chemists at pharma co Rhône Poulenc.

Getting the Blues – Sex, Words and the Hues

How William H Gass’s take on the shade of blue, gives Tessa Laird the Blues – while examining sex, writing and the power of the color itself. Continue reading

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Monday Rock City: A Conversation with Joe Perry of Aerosmith

Intrepid scribe J.M. Blaine chats with rock icon Joe Perry, lead guitarist and co-mastermind – with Steven Tyler – of Aerosmith, and it’s a helluva ride. Perry’s long-awaited memoir “Rocks: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith” drops this week, and the soulful brooder gives us all a sneak peek at his amazing, drug-addled, miraculous, and glitzy tale, which also includes advice on how to stay married for three decades, which may be his most amazing achievement of all. Continue reading

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Joanna Walsh. #ReadWomen.

Literary Luminaries: Beards, Vaginas and the Avant-Garde Novelist – Part II

In Part II of her two-part essay, Sam Mills ponders why female avant-garde novelists are not as celebrated as their male counterparts. Continue reading

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Eleanor Catton, the youngest novelist to ever win the Man Booker Prize.

Literary Luminaries: Gender and the Avant-Garde Novelist – Part I

“Beards vs. Vaginas,” the first of a two-part essay about literary fiction, gender, expectation, media bias, and the avant garde. Continue reading

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Gabriel Wins

In which the obscure but brilliant writer Gabriel Mason recounts his experience winning the Wisner Stroller Fiction Award. Continue reading

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Tim Howard eyes the ball for Everton...

The Outsiders: Goalies, Writing & Existentialism

For the World Cup Final, James Irwin on the weirdness of goalies. Or: why so many writers (Camus, Nabokov) have served in soccer’s goal box. Continue reading

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