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What Superhero Movies Need to Remember While Embracing Multiversal Madness

Much as audiences might long for Hollywood to change its approach to superhero movies, studios are loathe to let go of the genre’s established hallmarks. So things like glowing MacGuffins and overstuffed’s crossovers are utilized for a variety of reasons—including the simple fact that a lot of people genuinely like…Read more...
Tags: Hollywood, Science, Fiction, Continuity, Marvel Studios, Miles Morales, Multiverse, Fictional Characters, Spider Verse, Spider Man In Film, Creative Works, Fictional Universes, Alternative Versions Of Spider Man, Spider Man In Video Games

'Francis Bacon was my guy': Max Porter on his life-long obsession with the artist

The author reflects on the uncoolness of loving a famous painter, and the inspirations behind his latest book – a reimagining of Bacon’s final days in MadridIf I were to visit a floor plan of my artist obsessions and wander from room to room, there would be artists I will always have deep feelings for, the ones who provoke or engage especially, some for whom my affections have cooled, some I ought to revisit, some whose work is sewn organically to life experience and therefore exerts a nostalgic...
Tags: Books, Fiction, Culture, Art and design, Francis Bacon, Bacon, Max Porter

Graham Swift on Last Orders, 25 years on: 'I wasn't born a writer - I had to become one'

Twenty-five years after his Booker prize‑winning novel was published, Swift reflects on how his story of a dark day trip to Margate became a celebration of lifeWhen I wrote Last Orders in the early 1990s I was in my early 40s. My father had just died. The novel was my response and is dedicated to him. It was my first real recognition that “in the midst of life we are in death”, something that the pandemic now teaches us daily.I’ve always felt that my literary journey began even when I was small,...
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Mick Herron: 'I look at Jackson Lamb and think: My God, did I write that? My mother reads this stuff!'

As the first book in his spy series, Slow Horses, is made into a TV drama, Herron talks about his slow-burn success – and the resemblance of a certain blustering villain to our PMWere it not for the packed bookshelves – everything from Len Deighton to the complete Philip Larkin – you could almost imagine the novelist Mick Herron’s flat as a safe house, plain and modest as it is, tucked away in a rather anonymous modern block in Oxford. The other immediate impression given by his home is of – how...
Tags: Books, Fiction, Apple TV, Culture, Television & radio, Oxford, Crime fiction, TV streaming, Thrillers, Toshiba, Len Deighton, Gavin Bryars, Philip Larkin, Herron, Jackson Lamb, Mick Herron

‘Joburg Noir’ extract: ‘Weep for Me, Willow’ by Fred Khumalo

Fred Khumalo’s contribution to Niq Mhlongo’s ‘Joburg Noir’ opens with a scene of five gangsters chilling around a braai The post ‘Joburg Noir’ extract: ‘Weep for Me, Willow’ by Fred Khumalo appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Fiction, Short Stories, Friday, Hitmen, Gangsters, Soweto, Willow, Noir, Three Musketeers, Braai, Niq Mhlongo, Fred Khumalo, Jacana, Joburg Noir

Read this charming sci-fi short story about love, radio waves, and David Bowie

To mark the anniversary of David Bowie's birth and death last week, author and activist Sam J Miller wrote a new short story for titled "Let The Children Boogie." Set in the Hudson Valley in 1991, the story follows two queer teenagers named Laurie and Fell as they discover each other, and rock & roll, and a strange message broadcast over radio waves that may or may not come from the future. — Read the rest
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Bridgerton author Julia Quinn: 'I've been dinged by the accuracy police – but it's fantasy!'

Her ‘hot and crazy’ novels about feisty women bedding rakish aristocrats have become a Netflix sensation. The writer talks about literary snobs, colour-conscious casting and the curse of Jane Austen“People look down on romance novels,” says Julia Quinn. “We’re the ugly stepchild of the publishing industry – even though romance novels make so much money for publishers that they’re able to take chances on poetry, literary fiction and other things that don’t really make money.”This is why Quinn nev...
Tags: Books, Television, Drama, Fiction, Women, Life and style, Netflix, Culture, Television & radio, Jane Austen, Quinn, Seattle, Julia Quinn, Bridgerton, Romance Books, Period drama (TV

Unbound Edition Press Opens Submissions for Experimental Anthology

Acclaimed poet and critic Peter Campion to edit The whole of American literature might be seen as one extended experiment in finding a form for voices trying both to capture and pierce the nation’s cacophonous history and democracy. From Whitman’s constant revisions of Leaves of Grass to Stein’s authorial meditations in The Making of Americans, from Toni Morrisson’s interlaced points of view in The Bluest Eye to William Gass’s metafictional deep dig into the disappointed heart of America...
Tags: News, Fiction, Poetry, Poems, America, Experimental, Seo, Lgbtq, Campion, Stein, Whitman, Anthology, Peter Campion, BIPOC, Toni Morrisson, Cross Genre

Nick Kent: 'I was in the right place at the right time, on the wrong drugs'

The rock critic who revived British music writing at the NME in the 70s is back with his first novel – a caustic tale of rock megalomania Nick Kent, who is as close as British music journalism ever came to producing a legend, finally stopped writing about rock in 2007. “There was really nothing around that sparked my imagination,” he tells me. “There was no mystery, and rock’n’roll needs mystery.”So ended a singular odyssey that had begun 35 years earlier, in 1972, when Kent joined a then strugg...
Tags: Books, Music, Fiction, Culture, Pop and rock, Punk, Kent, Chrissie Hynde, Nme, Zeppelin, Nick Kent

Jenni Fagan: ‘I understand crisis. I grew up in a very, very extreme way'

From a childhood in care to dazzling readers with her debut The Panopticon, Fagan talks about writing her third novel, channelling rage, and why now is a pivotal moment for us allFor all that she was laid low early in the pandemic, and then spent months as a single parent trying to home-school her nine-year-old son, the last year has been far from a write-off for Jenni Fagan. Her third novel is about to be published, she completed her PhD. And on the day she speaks to me from her Edinburgh home,...
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Twisted brilliance: Patricia Highsmith at 100

Forbidden desires, strange obsessions and a singular talent for suspense... Carmen Maria Machado on the dark allure of the writer behind RipleyRead The World’s Champion Ball-Bouncer, an unpublished Highsmith short story There has always been something fundamentally difficult about Patricia Highsmith. And not difficult in the way that most people mean it: ironic, quirky, feminist (“Well-behaved women rarely make history”, and so on). I mean truly, legitimately difficult; a well of darkness with n...
Tags: Books, Patricia Highsmith, Fiction, Culture, Crime fiction, Highsmith, Carmen Maria Machado, Terry Castle, RipleyRead The World

A year of reading dangerously: in 2021, I resolve to read more challenging books

Comfort reading helped author Megan Nolan make it through 2020, but now it’s time for a return to hard-won rewardsI don’t set myself quantitative reading targets. I read as I live, compulsively and without much planning, which means that I average out at about a hundred books a year, mostly fiction. In terms of sheer mass I do fine, it’s just that I often remember almost nothing about them once I’ve finished. I read a lot, but very poorly. This has never been more evident than in 2020, when my t...
Tags: Books, Fiction, Culture, Thrillers, Megan Nolan, Jeffrey Eugenides

'If the aliens lay eggs, how does that affect architecture?': sci-fi writers on how they build their worlds

Authors including Nnedi Okorafor, Kim Stanley Robinson and Alastair Reynolds reveal what does, and doesn’t, go into creating their worlds - Revelation Space Universe (2000-2018); Poseidon’s Children Universe (2012-2015) Continue reading...
Tags: Books, Fiction, Culture, Creative writing, Kim Stanley Robinson, Alastair Reynolds, Science fiction books

George Saunders: 'These trenches we're in are so deep'

The Booker-winning author on what Russian short stories can teach us, late-life realisations and why he doesn’t like social mediaGeorge Saunders was born in Texas in 1958 and raised in Illinois. Before his first novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, won the 2017 Booker prize, he was best known as a writer of short stories, publishing four collections since 1996 and winning a slew of awards. In 2006, he was awarded both a Guggenheim and a MacArthur fellowship. His latest book, A Swim in a Pond in the Rain...
Tags: Books, New York, Texas, California, Fiction, Culture, Short Stories, Lincoln, Illinois, Leo Tolstoy, Booker, Anton Chekhov, George Saunders, Syracuse University, MacArthur, Saunders

Dylan Dog: the hit London-set Italian horror comic unknown in the UK

The Italian detective’s horror comic book adventures have sold 60m copies worldwide. So why is he not well-known in his fictional home?There is a breakfast cafe called Dylan Dog at 7 Craven Road, near Paddington station in west London. To most customers, it is simply another venue for coffee and eggs, wedged into a busy street among the area’s more elegant stucco-fronted terraces and squares.But to Italians the address is no less magical than Harry Potter’s Platform 9 and 3/4, or Sherlock Holmes...
Tags: Books, UK, London, Fiction, UK News, Culture, Paddington, Italy, Sherlock Holmes, Comics and graphic novels, Dylan Dog, Craven Road, Horror books, Harry Potter 's Platform

Novels are terrible and you'll never convince me otherwise | Prove me wrong

We don’t need fiction – the real world is strange enough. Plus, fancy writing is incomprehensible, argues Ben Butler. Lucy Clark tries to prove him wrongBen Butler: Lucy, novels are terrible and you’ll never convince me otherwise.Genre fiction can be OK, provided it doesn’t go on for too long. I haven’t finished the Game of Thrones books, but as I recall they increasingly resemble a building material in shape, dimensions and weight as the series wears on. Continue reading...
Tags: Books, Fiction, Culture, Ian Fleming, Margaret Atwood, George Rr Martin, Lucy, Ben Butler Lucy Clark

Kiley Reid: 'The premise that literary fiction has to be a drag is so silly'

The novelist’s hit debut, a witty spin on race, feminism and sex based on her time as a nanny in New York, has even won fans among her former employers…This time last year, Kiley Reid was a tantalising rumour, the truth of which was known only to her publishers and to the film company that had optioned her debut novel two years before it was ready to see the light of day. When Such a Fun Age was published – on New Year’s Eve in the US and a week later in the UK – the rumour checked out: here was...
Tags: Books, UK, New York, Fiction, US, Culture, Jane Austen, Reid, Kiley Reid, London Reese Witherspoon

Feed your soul: the 31-day literary diet for January

Looking for a more positive new year resolution? From a Shirley Jackson short story to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s 30-minute Ted talk, nourish your mind with our one-a-day selection of literary treats Our revels now are ended and January looms, with its exhortations to get fit, lose weight, dry out. So here’s a radical alternative diet: instead of depriving yourself, how about making it a month of treats – but feeding your brain instead of your face? Our one-a-day calendar will take you into mag...
Tags: Amazon, Books, Film, Fiction, Poetry, Blogging, Ted, Netflix, Culture, Volcano, Essays, BFI, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, John Huston, Shirley Jackson, Malcolm Lowry

Susanna Clarke's new book PIRANESI is a contemplative thriller about solitude

Susanna Clarke's debut novel, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, took the world by storm when it came out in 2004. The 900-page magical Victorian epic was swiftly followed by a short story collection, The Ladies of Grace Adieu, which was set in the same universe. — Read the rest
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The Bad Sex in Fiction Awards have been (kind-of) saved, courtesy of Electric Lit and a Bot

Earlier this month, the Literary Review announced that the 2020 Bad Sex in Fiction Awards would be cancelled, on the grounds that "the public had been subjected to too many bad things this year to justify exposing it to bad sex as well." — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Sex, Fiction, Erotica, Literary Review, Erotic Fiction, Predictive Text, Electric Lit, Bad Sex, Auto Erotica, Bad Sex Awards, Sex In Fiction, Sexy Predictive Text

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig Is a Goodreads Winner in Fiction

I found about The Midnight Library when I voted The Best Book of the Year 2020 on Goodreads, a few weeks ago. It’s actually called the Best Choice Award or something. I have voted for books whose authors I’ve heard of or I have read before, but also blindly, like in a poker game. I […] The post The Midnight Library by Matt Haig Is a Goodreads Winner in Fiction appeared first on Rodolfo Grimaldi Blog.
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‘I was running to adventure – and away from myself’ | Jami Attenberg

For 20 years, I was on the run across the US, but it’s only recently that I have realised what I was running from, writes the novelist Jami AttenbergIf I tell you I didn’t have a bed frame until I was 44 years old, can we all pretend I was a minimalist and not some odd bird flapping her wings all over the country? “Peripatetic” was a word I learned when I was in my early 20s – I remember looking it up after reading it somewhere, and thinking: “That sounds familiar.” I grew up in a small town in ...
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John le Carré didn't invent the spy novel – he joined a tradition and made it new again

William Boyd remembers an exemplar of the ultimate literary professional, tirelessly writing at the top of his game well into his 80sI can still remember the strange thrill I experienced on first reading The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, John le Carré’s third novel, published in 1963, and the one that made his name and brought him lasting international success. I must have been in my early 20s, I suppose, but I can vividly recall that feeling of privileged access that the book gave to you – as ...
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'I've never felt less festive': the art of writing Christmas novels, 365 days a year

Drinking sherry, bingeing Downton Abbey ... how authors keep up the spirit of the season, even when writing during heatwaves and a nightmarish ChristmasChristmas novels are not a new phenomenon. Charles Dickens sold out of his first print run of A Christmas Carol in days in December 1843, while Agatha Christie played on seasonal stresses with titles including The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding in 1923 and Hercule Poirot’s Christmas in 1938. But these days, there are acres of festive crime an...
Tags: Books, Downton Abbey, Fiction, Christmas, Culture, Crime fiction, Charles Dickens, Agatha Christie, Georgette Heyer, Hercule Poirot, Smashwords, NELL, Romance Books, Anna Jacobs, Rebecca Tope, Edward Marston

Top 10 house parties in fiction | David Leavitt

From Evelyn Waugh to Virginia Woolf and Sally Rooney, these novels offer masterclasses in dialogue-driven narrativeFor better or worse, I am a literary Anglophile. My mother was too. As a child I remember peeking over her shoulder at the novels she read after dinner: PG Wodehouse, Ngaio Marsh, all 12 volumes of Anthony Powell. It was with my mother that I first watched Upstairs, Downstairs — I was 10 at the time – and, through it, got an early glimpse of the house party, a phenomenon the sheer B...
Tags: Books, Fiction, Palo Alto, Culture, Agatha Christie, Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf, Ian McEwan, Rachel Cusk, David Leavitt, Anthony Powell, Sally Rooney, Wodehouse Ngaio Marsh

John le Carré remembered by writers and friends: 'He always had a naughty twinkle in the eye'

Margaret Atwood, John Banville, Tom Stoppard and more pay tribute to a master who transcended the limits of spy fiction Continue reading...
Tags: Books, Fiction, Culture, Thrillers, Espionage, John Le Carre, Margaret Atwood John Banville Tom Stoppard

The don of disillusionment: John le Carré on film

The paranoia and cynicism of Carol Reed’s The Third Man fired Le Carré’s imagination, while Tomas Alfredson updated Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy for the Iraq war eraA life in picturesTinker, tailor, writer, spy: the many lives of John le Carré, in his own wordsInterview: ‘My ties to England have loosened’I met John le Carré once, in 2016; appropriately enough, it was in Berlin where the TV adaptation of The Night Manager was getting a showcase premiere at the film festival — and the city where, as ...
Tags: England, Film, Iraq, Berlin, Fiction, Orson Welles, David, Culture, Vienna, Film adaptations, Thrillers, John, John Le Carre, Alex Gibney, Graham Greene, Fritz Lang

John le Carré, author of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, dies aged 89

Thriller writer most famous for stories of complex cold war intrigue began his career as a real-life spy in postwar EuropeTinker, tailor, writer, spy: the many lives of John le Carré, in his own wordsInterview: ‘My ties to England have loosened’John le Carré, who forged thrillers from equal parts of adventure, moral courage and literary flair, has died aged 89.Le Carré explored the gap between the west’s high-flown rhetoric of freedom and the gritty reality of defending it, in novels such as The...
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Edna O’Brien on turning 90: ‘I can’t pretend that I haven’t made mistakes’

Ireland’s greatest living writer is as ambitious as ever. She talks about working in Nigeria, coping with critics – and one final novelMost people approaching their 90th birthday would be forgiven for deciding that, whatever their work, enough was enough and it was time to relax.Most people, however, are not Edna O’Brien. Ireland’s greatest living writer has over the past week delivered this year’s TS Eliot lecture on Eliot and James Joyce for Dublin’s Abbey Theatre – Covid-19 meant that it was ...
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