“A campaign to break down gender divides in children’s publishing has met with instant success, after one of the publishers under fire announced they will stop producing titles labelled as “for girls” or “for boys”.
"Canceled by the CW in 2007, the cult-fave mystery series Veronica Mars completed its third season with an (open-ended) episode titled “The Bitch Is Back.” Revived for the big screen, the gumshoe drama finds its title character, nine years later, insisting that she’s in a mellower frame of mind, no longer the angry, crime-solving kickass who thrills to danger. As if…”
"It hardly sounds like mass-market material. But Geek Love has been a perennial bestseller for 25 years, and its cultural influence has been prodigious. The book has inspired and moved writers, artists, and performers to tell their own wild stories…"
“…the two alleged victims here were not in a place and circumstance where they reasonably would or could have had an expectation of privacy.” Further, the fact that the defendant was using his phone out in the open meant that he was not secretly photographing them…”
“John le Carré has warned that the intelligence services could “become as much of a peril to our democracy as their supposed enemies” if they are not subjected to rigorous examination. The novelist was defending himself against the accusation that his former colleague John Bingham, upon whom he based his most famous creation, the spy George Smiley, “deplore[d]” how his novels revealed the “secret world” of the intelligence services…”
“To readers in 1951, Shirley Jackson’s second novel Hangsaman (reissued this year by Penguin with an introduction by Francine Prose) must have come as quite a shock. It lacked the smooth, consistent tone of her first novel The Road Through The Wall and the distancing, parable-like qualities of “The Lottery,” both published in 1948. Reading Hangsaman is like entering a dark labyrinth, only to discover that you have always been it, and that the novel has merely awakened you to this fact, something you have tried all your life to forget. How and why is this so? How does a book whose ostensible plot is as simple as young-woman-goes-to-college-and-awakens-to-herself assume gigantic, monstrous proportions in your mind? It’s impossible to say, of course; that’s the weird magic of the book. So instead of a review or an attempt to decode Hangsaman‘s tightly framed hall-of-mirrors interior logic, here instead are thoughts on some of the elements that contribute to the novel’s spell…”