It's Ladies Night and X-Men Drink Free

Column by Kelly Thompson June 6, 2013
A new X-Men #1 debuted to much critical acclaim last week, even though the all-female cast was a topic of heated debate early on.

10 More Hysterical, Offensive, Ridiculous, Controversial, Frightening, Sexy Book Covers

Column by Joshua Chaplinsky May 30, 2013
They say don't judge a book by its cover, but these designs make it awfully hard not to. Maybe even more so than the previous batch.
professor asks for grammar pedants to relax

Professor of English Calls on the Grammar Police to Relax

News by Dean Fetzer May 30, 2013
Simon Horobin, a professor of English at Magdalen College, Oxford, shocked an audience at the Hay Festival when he suggested the spelling of “they’re”, “their” and “there” could be standardized.

Fictional Dealbreakers?

Column by Kelly Thompson May 29, 2013
Where do you draw the line in supporting a fictional work that goes against your personal beliefs?
Atheists Texts to Sit Alongside Holy Bibles

Atheist Texts to Sit Alongside Holy Bible in Georgia State Parks

News by Christopher Shultz May 21, 2013
A prominent atheist group hopes to diversify the religious reading material offered in cabins and other state lodgings. Will they succeed?
Bret Easton Ellis attacks 'politically correct gayness'

Ellis Attacks Gay Campaign Group Over "Politically Correct Gayness"

News by Dean Fetzer May 15, 2013
Controversial author Bret Easton Ellis has done it again, upsetting activist group GLAAD in the process.
Teacher Who Bought 9th Grader ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Suspended

Teacher Who Bought 9th Grader ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Suspended

News by Dean Fetzer May 7, 2013
Philip Aidoo, a teacher at Eastern University Academy Charter School in Philadephia, bought James' book for the 14-year-old “after seeing it on his reading wish list”.
Oakland University sued over 'Hot For Teacher' journal entry

‘Hot For Teacher’ Journal Entry Gets Student Suspended — Now He’s Suing

News by Dean Fetzer March 18, 2013
Playing on the title of the Van Halen song, mature student Joe Corlett wrote about his attraction to his teachers, which they didn’t appreciate, resulting in a $2.2 million lawsuit.
Who Censored Shelley’s 'The Revolt of Islam?'

Who Censored Shelley’s 'The Revolt of Islam?'

News by Dean Fetzer
The discovery of an original printing of ‘The Revolt of Islam’ - an epic at nearly 5,000 lines - suggests someone other than the poet amended it.
Orson Scott Card’s anti-gay stance could affect promotion of ‘Ender’s Game’

Major Media to Join Backlash Against Orson Scott Card?

News by Dean Fetzer February 22, 2013
Orson Scott Card’s anti-gay stance could affect promotion of ‘Ender’s Game’ by the media companies involved.

COUNTERPOINT: We Shouldn't Be Giving Lena Dunham a Break

Column by John Jarzemsky February 18, 2013
Lena Dunham and her series 'Girls' are worthy of criticism, they just aren't getting the right kind.
anti-gay Orson Scott Card to pen new Superman storyline

DC Comics Face Boycott by Stores and Fans Over Anti-Gay Author

News by Dean Fetzer February 15, 2013
Unashamedly homophobic author Orson Scott Card has been chosen to write a portion of an upcoming storyline in ‘The Adventures of Superman’, but the decision has sparked a backlash.

Call It What It Is: The Hatred Directed At Lena Dunham Is Petty, Childish Bullshit

Column by Rob Hart February 8, 2013
Lena Dunham, the 26-year-old writer and star of HBO's 'Girls', invites quite a bit of derision on the internet. Maybe because other writers are mostly just jealous of her success?
Bestselling Hitler Satire Divides Critics

Bestselling Hitler Satire Divides Critics

News by Dean Fetzer February 6, 2013
Hitler as a modern day celebrity? A German bestseller suggests the great dictator could easily repeat his rise to power in the modern age.
Manly Library in Sydney Lance Armstrong's books

Lance Armstrong Books Reclassified as ‘Fiction’ in Australian Library - Well, It Was a Hoax

News by Dean Fetzer January 21, 2013
The sign saying the cyclist’s books would be moved to the fiction section in a Sydney library was not ‘officially sanctioned’.
Controversy Over Steinbeck’s Nobel Prize

Controversy Over Steinbeck’s Nobel Prize Resurfaces

News by Dean Fetzer January 7, 2013
Opening of the Swedish Academy archives suggests John Steinbeck’s 1962 Nobel Prize went to “the best of a bad lot”.
Bret Easton Ellis apologizes to Kathryn Bigelow

Bret Easton Ellis Apologizes To Kathryn Bigelow For Sexist Tweets

News by Dean Fetzer December 19, 2012
The author of ‘American Psycho’ has wholeheartedly apologized to Kathryn Bigelow, director of the Oscar-winning ‘Hurt Locker’, after he tweeted sexist comments about her directorial ability.

5 Famous Authors Who Became Infamous

Column by John Jarzemsky December 17, 2012
Sometimes authors--both talented and otherwise--become famous due to circumstances wholly unrelated to their work or craft.
Schooled by Deena Bright

Ohio School Teacher Faces Stiff Punishment for Writing an Erotic Novel

News by Christopher Shultz December 13, 2012
The teaching career of one Carol Ann Eastman is on shaky ground. Will her writing career take off as a result?
Burchfield allegedly deleted entries from the OED

Eminent Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary Deleted Words

News by Dean Fetzer November 28, 2012
According to a new book, Robert Burchfield, who was responsible for four supplements to the OED between 1972 and 1986, apparently took thousands of words out of the dictionary.
Charity Using Fifty Shades of Grey as Toilet Paper

Abuse Charity Using Fifty Shades of Grey as Toilet Paper

News by Dean Fetzer November 7, 2012
Wearside Women in Need, a charity specialising in helping victims of abuse, has announced plans to use the best seller as compost and toilet paper, describing it as the best use of the paper.
The Most Dangerous Game Joel McCrea

“The Most Dangerous Game” Goes Too Far For Colorado Mom

News by Dean Fetzer November 6, 2012
The mother of a Brighton, Colorado, 8th-grader was shocked to discover a homework assignment requiring him to answer questions about the short story, in light of a recent child abduction and murder.
Amazon Wipes Kindle, Won't Explain Why

UPDATED: Amazon Closes Customer's Account And Remotely Wipes Kindle, Won't Explain Why

News by Rob Hart October 24, 2012
A woman from Norway recently found that her Amazon account has been suspended and her Kindle has been wiped of all the eBooks she'd bought. Amazon doesn't seem interested in explaining why.
Author RJ Ellory Outed For Sock Puppetry

Author RJ Ellory Outed For Sock Puppetry--But Not The Fun, Whimsical Kind

News by Rob Hart September 6, 2012
Ellory, a British crime writer, has been outed for writing praise-filled reviews of his own books under a fake name on Amazon--and slagging the books of his fellow authors.
Controversy, J.K. Rowling, News

J.K. Rowling Plans US Event For New Book; USA Today Makes Seemingly Sexist Implication About Her Writing

News by Rob Hart August 23, 2012
J.K. Rowling will visit Lincoln Center on Oct. 16. Meanwhile, USA Today makes a remark in an article about her that some consider to be sexist.