I've seen my share of salacious flap copy, but a friend's promotion of the forthcoming novella she edited for Harper Collins, Lust in the Library, caught my attention: "Some like it hot, and some like it in the reference section." "Do they?" I wondered, "or is this truly fiction?" Lust in the Libr ... More >>
The moral debate about meat continues: whether to eat it, and if so, then what kind? Industrial meat, with its allegations of animal abuse, cramped quarters, and ongoing food safety violations, presents a certain queasiness in even the most rabid of carnivores. On the other hand, sustainably raised ... More >>
Your required reading for the fall semester.
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David Henry Sterry
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Hitch in the Bay Area, zombie social structures, and theater-chain shenanigans
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Two studies in naked self-absorption
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James Ledbetter dissects the collapse of the late, great "Industry Standard"
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Camden Joy turned Cracker's David Lowery into fiction. Too bad he's real -- and really angry.
Tight Spot and The Big Clock
Jewel's poetry smacks into a screen door like, uh, a moth
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