• Virtual Book Clubs for Readers Who Want to Connect

    Virtual Book Clubs for Readers Who Want to Connect0

    Whether you call it social distancing, shelter in place, or hashtag Stay Home, your book club is probably not meeting at the coffee shop this month. There are, however, a number of virtual book club options, some well-established already and some cropping up now to meet the recent demand of people who wish to discuss

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  • Remembering Charlee Jacob: Cities and Guises

    Remembering Charlee Jacob: Cities and Guises0

    Charlee Jacob’s novella “Up, Out of Cities that Blow Hot and Cold” – which debuted in the 2000 collection of the same name before being reissued as a standalone book – is a story that takes the concept of urban decay literally. All around the world, cities are being hit by disasters: the Eiffel Tower

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  • Weary of Being a Woman: Dark Agnes — from Pulp to Comics

    Weary of Being a Woman: Dark Agnes — from Pulp to Comics0

    Conan the Barbarian is the best-known of the characters created by Robert E. Howard, but he is far from the only one. Prior to his early death in 1936, Howard conceived an entire pantheon of pulp heroes including the likes of Solomon Kane, Kull of Atlantis and Bran Mak Morn, many of whom had afterlives

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  • Random House Book Club Is Extremely Hip

    Random House Book Club Is Extremely Hip0

    If you want to drink wine and chat with smart enthusiastic people about a buzzy book in an extremely cool lounge, the publisher Random House has your back. Continuing their pattern of innovative New York City event planning after their fun Book Fair for Grownups last fall, Penguin Random House launched a swanky new monthly

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  • Portrait of an Artist: Frida Kahlo Is Perfect for Art Lovers Young and Old

    Portrait of an Artist: Frida Kahlo Is Perfect for Art Lovers Young and Old0

    Frida Kahlo is one of the most recognisable artists who ever lived. While her likeness has been highly commodified in recent years, the potency of her art and her fanbase is larger than ever — and constantly increasing. Her home, her Blue House, has now become a regular stop for art lovers in Mexico City,

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  • Remembering Charlee Jacob: Dread in the Beast

    Remembering Charlee Jacob: Dread in the Beast0

    Bodily fluids flow freely through horror fiction. Whether the substance in question is sucked out by vampires or splattered across walls by serial killers, there is a good chance that a novel of the genre will contain its share of blood, brains and viscera. In the more erotic corners of horror literature, readers are apt

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