Whether crafting fiction or how-to manuals, self-expression is a negotiation.
A new book celebrates the morbid motif's 20th-century resurgence on the covers of comic books, pulp fiction, and other paperbacks.
The discovery of a rare folio of The Bard's works add to the claim that Shakespeare was a secret Catholic.
The creator of a new documentary outlines how closely farmworkers' lives are connected to what's on grocery-store shelves
Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples's comic-book epic proves there's still room for originality in the over-franchised world of sci-fi.
A new biography co-authored by the home of the Copyright Office is alleged to lift text from at least five different sources with no attribution.
In movies, whites protect all of humanity; blacks usually protect their neighborhoods.
One 1939 book written entirely without the language's most common character uses more "G" words and fewer prepositions.
With growing competition from online review services, Lonely Planet and other makers of travel books are experimenting—for better and worse.
American Interior author and rock musician Gruff Rhys learned a lot by following in footsteps of a gullible pioneer.
The long tradition of moral ambiguity and unhappy endings in kids' fiction returns with Evangeline Lilly's The Squickerwonkers.
Stone Butch Blues was a gateway for me to understanding love, gender expression, and my girlfriend. It should be up there with the classic coming-of-age novels.
A guide for the perplexed
From Leonora Carrington to Haruki Murakami, disparate writers tap into something universal when they channel the bizarre.
Shakespeare didn't even know what a balcony was—so how did one end in his most famous scene?
The poet, who would have turned 82 today, originally intended the posthumous collection Ariel to close on a few poems about bees, instead of death.
A surprisingly moving and engrossing tale of modern war
Fifteen years ago, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events built a huge following among children–in part because it used highly self-conscious, experimental literary techniques.
A panicked moment reciting William Butler Yeats in an MRI convinced the former poet laureate Billy Collins that oration is poetry's last, most enlightened defense.
Before diehard defenders of the pulpy mainstream trolled the Internet, they trolled comic books.