A Modest Pro-POE-sal: Jonathan Swift and Doonesbury in the Age of Poe's Law

Column by Bart Bishop November 15, 2017
A look back at Jonathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal" and the comic strip Doonesbury and how Poe's Law has made their satire irrelevant.

Beyond Dickens: 8 Picaresque Novels For The Modern Reader

Column by Leah Dearborn June 9, 2016
It turns out that Pippi Longstocking and Hunter S. Thompson might have something in common.
‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’ Receives Comic Book Treatment

‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’ Receives Comic Book Treatment

News by Raine Winters May 29, 2015
Artist Troy Little is at the helm of this graphic novel project.

Boozing Like Famous Writers

Column by Peter Derk March 20, 2015
Writers are known for their boozing. What happens when an amateur writer tries out professional drinking?

Writing Lessons from the Dead: Hunter S. Thompson

Column by Max Booth III September 30, 2014
Max turns to drugs to inspire his creative side.

LURID: Get Your Motor Running — Bad Boy Bikers in Fiction and Memoir

Column by Karina Wilson September 8, 2014
The FIFTIETH (count 'em) Lurid takes a look at America's fascination with outlaw biker gangs, from 'The Wild One' to the final season of 'Sons of Anarchy', which begins on TV this week.

5 Classic Authors Who Hated Their Book Covers (and One Who Got His Ass Kicked as a Result)

Column by Robert Bieselin July 7, 2014
Some classic authors who ridiculed designers, drew up legal clauses in the wake of bad covers, and, yes, even called publishers “fucking pigs.”

Elan Gale, Viral Narrative, and Why It Matters

Column by John Jarzemsky December 11, 2013
Over Thanksgiving, reality television producer Elan Gale generated the most successful narrative on the web — and it was all a lie. Does it matter?

Top Ten Best-Worst Lawyers in Fiction

Column by Jessica Meddows October 29, 2013
One of history's oldest professions is also the most despised, yet so popular in historical literature and modern fiction. See if you agree with these ten lawyers rated the best-worst in fiction.
'I thought Hunter S Thompson didn't like me'

Ralph Steadman: 'I thought Hunter S. Thompson didn't like me'

News by Dean Fetzer
With a new book and a gallery show coming up soon, Ralph Steadman, friend and collaborator of the gonzo journalist, reveals they didn’t exactly hit it off on their first meeting.

12 Unpublished Novels We Wish We Could Read

Column by Joshua Chaplinsky September 17, 2013
Unfinished, unrealized, lost or destroyed: these are the unpublished novels we desperately wish we could read.

10 Big-Time Literary Druggies

Column by Ed Sikov April 5, 2013
An acid trip down memory lane: writers who achieved fame and fortune as (mostly) unrepentant drug users.

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.

Seven Badass Authors And Their Potentially Deadly Research Methods

Column by Kimberly Turner October 5, 2012
New rule: You can't call the research for your book "grueling" unless it involves a gun to your head, beatings from Hells Angels members, feigning madness, or eating someone in the jungles of Peru.

These Are Your Heroes On Drugs, And They Kind of Suck

Column by Keith Rawson August 13, 2012
The path to excess is complete an utter bullshit, and more than a few literary heroes are proof of it.

The 10 Most Bizarre Pieces Of Literary Merch

Column by Kimberly Turner July 6, 2012
It's not a stretch to assume that if you like the book or author, you'll buy the T-shirt, coffee mug, or bookmark. But what about the panties, shower curtain, and Ouija board?