LURID: Bad to the Bone? (Part 2: Adults)

Column by Karina Wilson
December 14, 2011 (5) comments
Psychopaths - more common than you think, both IRL and in fiction. LURID looks at how religion and science have shaped the outlines of the ultimate villain, who's now become a hero to many.

Indie Bookstore Spotlight: City Lights Booksellers & Publishers, San Francisco, CA

Column by Craig Clevenger
December 14, 2011 (4) comments
Part of an ongoing series profiling some of the best independent bookstores in the country.

Generation Active: What Can Video Games Tell Us About the Future of Narratives?

Column by John Jarzemsky
December 13, 2011 (12) comments
Are video games beginning to make us think differently about narrative? A look at historical trends in different mediums and narrative styles, and what that might mean for the future.

Hashtag Haiku: #funwithshortforms

Column by Taylor Houston
December 12, 2011 (5) comments
Take a break from all that serious writing to play with a couple short forms--one old, one new.

Five Lame Excuses for Plagiarism

Column by Cath Murphy
December 12, 2011 (10) comments
Been caught stealing? Here are five excuses NOT to use.

Ultimate Spider-Man: The Hero We Need (Though Might Not Want)

Column by Jason Van Horn
December 9, 2011 (11) comments
Many reader's were upset by the idea of a black Spiderman, but they got one anyway. His name's not Peter Parker, but Miles Morales could end up being a better Spider-Man than Peter ever was.

10 Gift Ideas No Book Lover Can Live Without This Holiday Season

Column by Meredith Borders
December 9, 2011 (12) comments
Stumped on what to buy Dad, Mom, your friends, your fella or your lady? Allow us to help.

Neglected Books: Short Stories by Landolfi, Steiner, Wilson and Borges

Column by Phil Jourdan
December 8, 2011 (6) comments
This month we look at four great short stories by very different authors — from the story of a man married to a balloon to the capture of Adolf Hitler, from turtle soup to an intellectual conspiracy.

The Day I Met God

Column by Ed Sikov
December 8, 2011 (5) comments
Film biographer Ed Sikov regales us with the tale of the day he met his lord and master, legendary director Billy Wilder.

LURID: Bad to the Bone? (Part 1: Juveniles)

Column by Karina Wilson
December 7, 2011 (6) comments
Home for the holidays? Take a look at some literary psychopaths and learn to spot the real thing amongst members of your own family with Lurid's handy field guide. First up, the junior editions.