On Dialogue Tags: Why Anything Besides 'Said' And 'Asked' Is Lazy Writing

Column by Rob Hart
December 15, 2011 (33) comments
Expressive dialogue tags are the mark of lazy writing, because they break one of the cardinal rules--they tell instead of show. This is why 'said' and 'asked' are all you ever need.

A Reader’s Confession: I Dog-Ear My Books.

Column by Meredith Borders
December 15, 2011 (16) comments
Always cherish your books not for what they are, but for what they say.

Why Independent Bookstores Matter: A Rebuttal To Slate's Farhad Manjoo

Column by Rob Hart
December 14, 2011 (17) comments
Farhad Manjoo's Slate piece, 'Don’t Support Your Local Bookseller', makes the claim that Amazon is the true supporter of literary culture--but by my measure, it is riddled with hollow arguments.

LURID: Bad to the Bone? (Part 2: Adults)

Column by Karina Wilson
December 14, 2011 (5) comments
Psychopaths - more common than you think, both IRL and in fiction. LURID looks at how religion and science have shaped the outlines of the ultimate villain, who's now become a hero to many.

Indie Bookstore Spotlight: City Lights Booksellers & Publishers, San Francisco, CA

Column by Craig Clevenger
December 14, 2011 (6) comments
Part of an ongoing series profiling some of the best independent bookstores in the country.

Generation Active: What Can Video Games Tell Us About the Future of Narratives?

Column by John Jarzemsky
December 13, 2011 (12) comments
Are video games beginning to make us think differently about narrative? A look at historical trends in different mediums and narrative styles, and what that might mean for the future.

Hashtag Haiku: #funwithshortforms

Column by Taylor Houston
December 12, 2011 (5) comments
Take a break from all that serious writing to play with a couple short forms--one old, one new.

Five Lame Excuses for Plagiarism

Column by Cath Murphy
December 12, 2011 (9) comments
Been caught stealing? Here are five excuses NOT to use.

Ultimate Spider-Man: The Hero We Need (Though Might Not Want)

Column by Jason Van Horn
December 9, 2011 (11) comments
Many reader's were upset by the idea of a black Spiderman, but they got one anyway. His name's not Peter Parker, but Miles Morales could end up being a better Spider-Man than Peter ever was.

10 Gift Ideas No Book Lover Can Live Without This Holiday Season

Column by Meredith Borders
December 9, 2011 (12) comments
Stumped on what to buy Dad, Mom, your friends, your fella or your lady? Allow us to help.