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Women Still Not Published as Often as Men in Arts Publications, but Who’s Counting?

VIDA: Women in Literary Arts released its much awaited annual pie charts Monday, demonstrating once again that the scales are tilted toward men when it comes to literary publications in the U.S. and U.K.

Posted on Feb 25, 2014 READ MORE



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In the Shadow of War

For at least a decade, Americans have been living in the shadow of war and yet, except in pop fiction of the Tom Clancy variety (where, in the end, we always win), there’s remarkably little evidence of it.

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Previously Unseen Joseph Heller Story Explores American Racism

A grim tale in which a racist Southern community seeks revenge for the stabbing of a white man, written before the cherished author penned “Catch-22,” is set to be published by the American literary magazine The Strand this week.

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Ripped From Tomorrow’s Headlines: Brian Wood, Comic Book Futurist

Brian Wood is a best-selling comic book writer whose body of work expresses a political and social awareness that ranks with the best in speculative fiction.

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Why Is the Measure of Love Loss?

“When my mother was angry with me, which was often,” writes Jeanette Winterson in her new memoir “Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?,” “she said, ‘The devil led us to the wrong crib.’ ”

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They Didn’t Say It

Coffee mugs, bumper stickers and posters displayed at political rallies nationwide bear the clumsy distortions of remarks made by thoughtful people throughout the ages. The question of their popularity and endurance has been the subject of a number of recent essays. (more)

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‘Midnight,’ Mother, Love

Truthdig is pleased to present this excerpt of Sister Souljah’s new novel, “Midnight and the Meaning of Love,” in which Midnight, a young fighter and family man from Brooklyn, sets out to find his kidnapped wife, Akemi, while keeping his mother and little sister safe back home.

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The Double Life of a Hip-Hop ‘Mogul’

Aaron “Big A.T.” Tremble, the main player in Terrance Dean’s debut novel, “Mogul,” is a music producer with a secret: He’s on the up-and-up in his career, but he’s also on the down low, struggling to come to terms with his sexuality at the risk of losing his family and his fame in the hip-hop industry.

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Why I Miss Norman Mailer

I thought that I’d done everything I was supposed to do. This was back in the springtime of 2007, about seven months before Norman Mailer died.

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2011: A Brave New Dystopia

The two greatest visions of a future dystopia were George Orwell’s “1984” and Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World.” It turns out they were both right.

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How to Write Fiction, by Actual Fiction Writers

Hey, aspiring fiction writers: Watch your adverbs closely and lay off the exclamation points! Those are just two how-to tips (or maybe how-not-to tips) from crime writer Elmore Leonard’s “10 Rules of Writing,” which, as the title suggests, offers handy guidelines for would-be authors.

Posted on Mar 1, 2010 READ MORE


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Jane Ciabattari on Kurt Vonnegut

A wondrous new collection of previously unpublished vintage Vonnegut confirms his enduring and subversive ear for the absurd and the tragicomic.

Posted on Dec 25, 2009 READ MORE


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Chris Hedges on Books About War

The Truthdig columnist, veteran war correspondent and author of “War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning” tells “On the Media” that when it comes to capturing war, “fiction is a better medium.”

Posted on Nov 30, 2009 READ MORE


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Freedom’s Fight

Truthdig is pleased to present an excerpt from Gary Phillips’ novel “Freedom’s Fight,” which interweaves real historical figures and situations in a fictive narrative about World War II, focusing not just on the black soldier’s struggle, but also on the debates various civil rights groups had about the war stateside.

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Yet Another Faux Memoir Exposed

The fluidity of memory aside, this is getting a little strange: Following in the footsteps of James Frey, Misha Defonseca and Margaret Seltzer, yet another “memoirist,” Herman Rosenblat, has admitted that his supposedly true story, “Angel at the Fence,” is a bit lacking in the truth department.

Posted on Dec 30, 2008 READ MORE


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Troy Jollimore on Martin Amis’ ‘The Second Plane’

When the second plane hit the second skyscraper on 9/11, how many of us knew then just how radically our world would change?

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Jabari Asim: Paying Homage Isn’t Plagiarism

Let’s cut authors like Ian McEwan a little slack and allow him to “sample” from other works in the same way that every other artist does.

Posted on Dec 11, 2006 READ MORE


Author James Frey appears on 'Larry King Live'
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Relatively Speaking, How Big a Liar Is Frey?

The line between fact and fiction blurs more often in memoirs than we’d like to believe, as this article makes clear. | story
Hey, that sounds like a perfect medium for a certain POTUS we know… browse the book

Posted on Jan 18, 2006 READ MORE


James Frey Gets Spanked by Two NYT Columnists

Kakutani and Haberman slam the “Million Little Pieces” fabulist for his B.S. spin attempt. | There seems to be no end to the number of potential headline puns stemming from “A Million Little…” 

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