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A Minor Epiphany About Writing and Running

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I had a minor epiphany this morning: I should try to approach writing in the same spirit I approach running. I’ve been running fairly regularly for over a decade now. It has turned out to be […]

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Winter Tide by Ruthanna Emrys

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Winter Tide is the first novel in the Innsmouth Legacy series (it was preceded by a novella, The Litany of Earth). It’s one of a wave of recent books that re-imagines the legacy of H.P. […]

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248. Our Live Show at RT Part I: Robin Bradford and Janna MacGregor

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It’s our live show, recorded Friday, May 5, 2017, at the Romantic Times BookLovers Convention in Atlanta! We had wine, snacks, and a room full of somewhat tired and entirely awesome podcast fans, and I’m […]

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The Depth of Beauty by A.B. Michaels

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This RITA® Reader Challenge 2017 review was written by Erika S. This story was nominated for the RITA® in the Mainstream Fiction with a Central Romance category. The summary: In 1903 San Francisco’s Chinatown, slavery, […]

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Trump: The Presidency in Peril

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If Donald Trump leaves office before four years are up, history will likely show the middle weeks of May 2017 as the turning point. Chief among his mounting problems are new revelations surrounding the question […]

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What Gets Called ‘Civil War’?

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Civil Wars: A History in Ideas by David Armitage Knopf, 349 pp., $27.95 Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, PhiladelphiaBenjamin West: Death on the Pale Horse, 1817 The end of the world is on view […]

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The Pleasures of Pessimism

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Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum ImagesEmil Cioran, Paris, 1984 Why do we read writers who are profoundly pessimistic? And what sense are we to make of their work in our ordinary, hopefully not uncheerful lives? I am not […]

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Paradox Formation

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Crystal Liu, the moon and the tides, “please be gentle” (detail), 2016, gouache, ink, and watercolor on paper, 47″ × 104″. Courtesy Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco. LOS ANGELES BASIN The mollusk writes this from a […]

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Lolita Fashion

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Drawing by Jane Mai, from the cover of So Pretty/Very Rotten. Have you ever seen the Japanese movie Kamikaze Girls (aka Shimotsuma Monogatari)? It came out back in 2004 (released in the United States in […]

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The Robots Are Color-Blind, and Other News

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Robots hate these.   Colors: you may not like them, but they’re all we’ve got. Chartreuse, cerise, burnt sienna, ultramarine … our ability to detect and name these things is all that’s keeping us from […]