Novels don't have to be "good reads." Sometimes, the best book is the one …

Over in the Guardian, there's a provocative article that we're judging novels by the wrong standards. Instead of expecting them to be "good reads" or judging them according to their "re-readability," argues Kirsty Gunn, we should be celebrating more books that are frustrating reads that we would never, in a million years,… » 10/24/12 11:07am 10/24/12 11:07am

Uncensored version of Oscar Wilde's Picture of Dorian Gray finally…

It's only taken 120 years, but the full text of Oscar Wilde's novel The Picture of Dorian Gray has finally gotten published. Wilde's editor J.M. Stoddart removed a large amount of "objectionable" material from the book prior to its first appearance in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine in June 1890, including "a number of… » 4/29/11 7:30am 4/29/11 7:30am

How Gary Ross beat out Sam Mendes and David Slade to direct Hunger…

Scoring the director's chair in the live-action movie adaptation of Suzanne Collins' wildly popular Hunger Games series was no easy task. But Gary Ross knew exactly what to show the studio to beat out all the other Hollywood contenders. » 12/23/10 6:30am 12/23/10 6:30am