Why 'Moby-Dick' Matters

Column by Ed Sikov
February 23, 2016 (5) comments
On his fourth go-round with this American Lit classic, Ed Sikov finds – to his surprise – that he needs the help of a Melville nut to explain what it means and why it still matters.

'City of Rose' Book Tour Diary: San Francisco

Column by Rob Hart
More burritos, why friends can be better than hotels, and the art of the live reading.

What Works & What Doesn't: 'Pulp Fiction'

Column by Christopher Shultz
February 22, 2016 (3) comments
We're exploring the dynamics of a scene in its entirety, and what better way to do so than with Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avary's timeless script?

'City of Rose' Book Tour Diary: Seattle

Column by Rob Hart
February 22, 2016 (1) comments
Loneliness, laundry, more burritos, Noir at the Bar, and the importance of the long game.

LURID: Fear The Preacher — In Fiction and Beyond

Column by Karina Wilson
February 22, 2016 (2) comments
The Preacher is a fixture in American film and fiction. Lurid takes a look at why he's such an inherently sinister - or totally badass - figure in our cultural landscape.

The Architecture of Fantasy: How Authors Use Real Places To Build Imaginary Ones

Column by Leah Dearborn
Sometimes our world and others overlap, like the center of a Venn diagram. These new worlds that still retain vestiges of our own offer a unique angle; they allow the author to make comparisons.

Kindling Love: 9 of the Strangest Erotic Stories on Kindle

Column by Peter Derk
February 19, 2016 (1) comments
Pimp dinos, astronaut dinos, and other things non-dino: the weirdest Kindle erotica.

Writing Tag Teams: How to Collaborate on a Novel

Column by Max Booth III
A look into why and how to collaborate on a novel, with advice from some of the best in the business.

6 Coloring Books You Won’t Be Sharing With the Kids

Column by Riki Cleveland
February 18, 2016 (1) comments
Whether you’re looking for a little mild relaxation with abstract, flowing designs, or are in the mood for something a little bolder, there’s an adult coloring book that you can call your very own.

'City of Rose' Book Tour Diary: Portland

Column by Rob Hart
February 18, 2016 (2) comments
Nerves, burritos, books, friends, strip clubs, and the importance of bookmarks.