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12 Independent Book Stores You Should Follow on Instagram

You might not expect a bookstore to have a beautiful Instagram account—the two entities appear to have diverging priorities. Yet anyone who scrolls through my Instagram feed—passing pictures of a young and sunken-eyed Jamie King from Nan Goldin's Naked New York or Kyoichi Tsuzuki's photographs of bursting-at-the-seams Japanese apartments in Tokyo Style--is witness to quite the opposite. These images, and more, many of which you've probably never have seen before, appear on the Instagram accounts of savvy booksellers who are turning the social platform into a global billboard to showcase their goods. The result is eye—and brain—candy." see more
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Food Photographer Re-creates James Bond's Most Lavish Fictional Meals

The Bond films are a visual feast for petrolheads, gun lovers, fashionistos, and boob men. But those with an appetite for ... well, food, get served a slightly raw deal. While Ian Fleming's books are peppered with lavish descriptions of 007's intercontinental dining habits—intended to be consumed as part of a postwar package of ultimate fantasty—the series's big-screen adaptations are more concerned with watches and swimsuits than they are filet mignon steaks. But now, photographer Henry Hargreaves, along with food stylist Charlotte Omnes, has given us a new glimpse into the characters of both Bond and his author. Hargreave see more
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Dead Genius F. Scott Fitzgerald Still Producing Material, Apparently

In a box at Princeton, cataloged but forgotten, Andrew Gulli of mystery magazine Strand found something amazing: an unpublished, unfinished novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The manuscript is called "Ballet School—Chicago" and it chronicles "a ballerina trying to make her way in Chicago," Gulli told The Washington Post. "She has an attraction to a wealthy neighbor because he can get her out of this tough existence ... and she can have a happy life with him. The story goes into the very hard training for ballet dancers. But then something quirky and unsuspected happens that changes her impression of him." see more
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Where to Start With David Foster Wallace: A Primer

In 2010, two years after the death of David Foster Wallace, Rolling Stone editor David Lipsky published "Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself," a chronicle of the revered novelist's cross-country press tour for Infinite Jest in 1996. This July brings The End of the Tour, James Ponsoldt's hotly anticipated adaptation of the book, starring Jesse Eisenberg as Lipsky and Jason Segel as Wallace. Hard-core DFW fans—and they are a proud and vocal contingent—are approaching the film with equal parts enthusiasm and apprehension. On the one hand, a literary idol is being revived for a few precious hours; on see more
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An All-Gay Fighter Game That Mixes It up With LGBT Stereotypes

When you begin to play the newest—and only—mobile game from Handsome Woman Productions, you're greeted with a somewhat ominous warning: THE ONLY COLORS IN THIS RAINBOW ARE BLACK AND BLUE. It could easily serve as the introduction to a different game, a much more serious one, one that echoes the frighteningly real point of view and extreme violence that have become the hallmark of so many titles flooding the gaming market today. But this game is not one of those games. This game is Gay Fighter Supreme. If you have any question of just how firmly the tongue of see more
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Batman Crossover Announced at Comic-Con

Strange bedfellows, indeed. Over the weekend, amid all the high-profile buzz coming from San Diego's Comic-Con, you might have missed a juicy bit of news: Batman and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are teaming up, reports Vulture. Beginning in November, there will be a six-part comic-book series featuring the Caped Crusader and the crime-fighting amphibian quartet—who will no doubt join forces to battle an evildoer. Details are still scarce at this point, but it is known that the series will be written by James Tynion IV and drawn by Freddie E. Williams II. We can only assume there will see more
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J.K. Rowling: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to Hit London Stage in 2016

Harry Potter fans—which is every human currently alive and living on the planet Earth—got some amazing news, courtesy of author J.K. Rowling. Today is a very special day for two reasons. Firstly, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was published in the UK 18 years ago!— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 26, 2015 I'm also very excited to confirm today that a new play called Harry Potter and the #CursedChild will be opening in London next year.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 26, 2015 That sound you just heard is the entire world rejoicing. While having a new chapter in the see more
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How a Rap-Rocker Named Juiceboxxx Changed This Writer's Life

At age 17, Leon Neyfakh attends a DIY basement show in a church in his Illinois suburb. A 15-year-old is on the bill, a kid from Milwaukee with the nom de rap Juiceboxxx. It turns out to be a crazy night. Juiceboxxx shreds the place, dropping the kind of all-out, confrontational performance that he'll spend the next dozen years replicating as he crisscrosses America. Neyfakh is an immediate convert. Through college and beyond, he'll proselytize for Juiceboxxx, both as a friend and as his "No. 1 fan." It's not always easy for Neyfakh to convey the attraction. Juiceboxxx burdens under see more
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George R. R. Martin Doesn't Want to Hear Your Game of Thrones Complaints

Just in case you were considering sending George R. R. Martin an e-mail expressing your dissatisfaction with the past few episodes of Game of Thrones, a word of advice: Don't. The author has just about had it with fans complaining to him about the most recent (and most brutal) plot twists in the series, particularly because some of those twists didn't even happen in the books. What's out of his hands is out of his control, as he explained on his Not a Blog on Wednesday: "Yes, I know that THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER named me "the third most powerful writer see more
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10 Unforgettable Quotes by Saul Bellow to Celebrate His 100th Birthday

One hundred years ago today, novelist Saul Bellow was born. In his lifetime, he made his name as a prolific master of fiction, picking up the ultimate trio of literary awards: a Pulitzer Prize for fiction, a Nobel Prize for literature, and a National Medal of Arts. And while he's no longer with us in the flesh, the upside of being a great writer is that you leave a treasure trove of wisdom behind. Herewith, 10 lessons about manhood that live on, in Bellow's words. 1. On hard work "No one ever drowned in his own sweat." see more
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