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Remember the University of the Arts commencement speech that went viral last May? "Make Good Art," as it became known, was delivered by English author Neil Gaiman, and people were pretty much weeping over it in joy. Here's the bit you'll remember.When things get tough, this is what you should do: Make good art. I'm serious. Husband runs off with a politician -- make good art. Leg crushed and then eaten by a mutated boa constrictor -- make good art. IRS on your trail -- make good art. Cat exploded -- make good art. Someone on the Internet thinks what you're
The Philadelphia Free Library has invited Twilight author Stephenie Meyer to conduct a book signing on February 22nd about her book "The Host," which has just been adapted into a movie.* Isn't a reputable public library bringing in Stephenie Meyer for a talk about literature kind of like a reputable journalism foundation bringing in plagiarist/fabulist Jonah Lehrer for a book signing?*Corrections: Meyer will be conducting a book signing, not a talk, as originally stated. Meyer's first name was also misspelled in an original version of this post.
A preview of the coming year in film, TV and books.
As the awards season slowly comes to an end, we can finally stop looking back on 2012 and start looking forward to what’s to come in 2013. We’ll see the surprising return of old characters (the cast of Anchorman 2), and people we thought we’d never see again (the Bluths). We’ll be inundated with superheroes, and get sequels to last year’s blockbusters (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug). Here, a look at all the TV shows, movies, and books we’ll be talking about this time next year.
Penn Student Retypes Entire Kerouac Novel, Proving He’s Both Very Hip and Very Boring, Just Like Kerouac.
Let's be honest here: It's impossible to know what to make of Penn student Jason Jadick's weekend project—sitting down at a computer and typing the entirety of Jack Kerouac's novel The Subterraneans into Tumblr in a marathon 24-hour keyboard session. Is it plagiarism? Is it performance art? Is it a bunch of hooey? It's probably not the first: There's a long history of artists copying other writers in order to get a feel for their rhythms—and Jadick was earning a grade, believe it or not, in Kenneth Goldsmith's "Uncreative Writing" course at Penn. (Goldsmith explains the deeper purpose here.) Performance
I was one of the lucky ones during Frankenstorm Sandy—no loss of water, no loss of power. But, like many in the region, I was fully prepared: bathtub filled with water, car with a full tank of gas, canned goods, candles, several bottles of wine, machete for zombie attacks, a fully charged laptop/phone, and books. Lots and lots of books. And while many people’s Kindles or iPads were filled with bestsellers, my Nook was packed with scary novels (like the new novels Breed by Chase Novak and Your House is on Fire, Your Children All Gone by Stefan Kiesbye). Partly in preparation for this post, but mostly because I love reading scary books this time of the year. So if you’re going stir-crazy from being off from work or simply want to drop off a care package that will scare the shit out of a friend who’s still without power, here are 13 books that kept me up at night.