Top 10 Words That Need To Die, Immediately

Column by Rob Hart
February 24, 2012 (183) comments
The English language is full of beautiful words--and also some blights that should never be uttered, for they do nothing but make us sound dumb. Here are 10 of the worst offenders.

LURID: Deadlier Than The Male

Column by Karina Wilson
February 24, 2012 (9) comments
Think female killers are rare, IRL or on the page? They're more common than you imagine. Lurid looks at the deadly women skulking in the shadows of popular fiction.

Film is Truth? Why Writing Novels Is Probably A Smarter Career Move

Column by Hanna Brooks Olsen
Some of 2011's biggest blockbusters weren't originally written by film geeks, they were adaptations of novels. What does the success of 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' & 'The Hunger Games' teach us?

They Do Not Move: Why Boredom is No Excuse

Column by Jack Joslin
February 23, 2012 (5) comments
Can boredom be a useful part of reading?

Writing in the Negative

Column by Jon Gingerich
February 22, 2012 (5) comments
Sometimes the most compelling elements of a story are the ideas and themes that are hinted at but aren't placed directly on the page.

The Age of No Controversy

Column by John Jarzemsky
February 22, 2012 (8) comments
No riots in the streets, no bonfire rallys, no blood in the gutter...are we living in an age of controversy-free literature?

Ask The Lit Coach: "Should I Submit Queries To Publishers If My First Novel Isn't Finished?" and More

Column by Erin Reel
February 21, 2012 (3) comments
The path to publication and creative focus are the topics this week on Ask The Lit Coach.

Book Brawl: The Strain vs. The Passage

Column by Meredith Borders
February 21, 2012 (8) comments
Duking it out in the ring this month, we have the first novels in concurrent vampire trilogies: THE PASSAGE by Justin Cronin and THE STRAIN by Guillermo del Toro.

Post-Mortem: 'House of Leaves' by Mark Z. Danielewski

Column by Kasey Carpenter
February 17, 2012 (6) comments
An autopsy of Mark Danielewski's 'House of Leaves,' a book you could teach an entire college course on.

Comics 101: A Question of Canon

Column by BH Shepherd
February 17, 2012 (3) comments
As comics continue to accrue cultural currency, their occurrence in canonical conversations can only increase. These graphic novels are typically regarded as unimpeachable pinnacles of the form.