5 Weird Beach Reads for the Peverse Sunbather

Column by Ed Sikov, August 17, 2018
People usually think of the term "beach read" as involving but light literature. But that's so limiting! Here's a selection of perverse books to read while soaking up the sun.

Why I Have to Write, Even While Working Full-Time

Column by Karis Rogerson
August 16, 2018
Even if it's hard and exhausting to put in the extra hours writing on top of working full-time, it's the only way to feel truly "me."

Analyzing the Three-Act Structure in Tolkien's 'Fellowship of the Ring'

Column by Emmanuel Nataf
August 15, 2018
To celebrate the publication of The Fellowship of the Ring on July 29, 1954, we’re looking at how Tolkien used an enduring story structure to create an enduring trilogy.

When Horror Meets Crime: Occult Detectives

Column by Repo Kempt
August 14, 2018
A history of occult detectives in fiction.
"Convenience Store Woman": The Working-Class Novel American Audiences Need

"Convenience Store Woman": The Working-Class Novel American Audiences Need to Read

Review by Christoph Paul
August 14, 2018
Sayaka Murata's novel is a meditation on things sorely missing from American literature.

Folding Real-Life Detail into a Fictional Narrative

Column by Nick Kolakowski
August 13, 2018
Is there an ethical line when it comes to incorporating real-life details into fiction? And if so, where does that line exist?

Primer: What You Need to Know About Steve Alten’s ‘Meg’ Series Before Seeing the Movie

Column by Meredith Borders
August 10, 2018
"The Meg" is in theaters today. Bone up on the research!

Book vs. Film: 'Black Klansman' vs. 'BlacKkKlansman'

Column by Max Booth III
August 10, 2018
A look at Spike Lee's new film and its source material.

How Did Comics Become a Social and Political Battleground?

Column by Peter Derk
August 9, 2018
Drama of the highest order! Anger! Outrage! Defensiveness! Spider-Men!

6 Books to Stoke Your Inner Cyclist

Column by Stephanie Bonjack
August 8, 2018
The world of cycling and bicycles is a fascinating one. Turn yourself from a novice to an expert with these hand-chosen titles.

From Creepypasta to Doubleday

Column by Dathan Auerbach
August 7, 2018
"Penpal" author Dathan Auerbach returns with "Bad Man", and tells us how he went from Reddit to a major publisher.