Transgression in Theory: The Idea of a Fight Club

Column by Phil Jourdan
February 29, 2012 (23) comments
A critical look at how a fight club could turn into Project Mayhem — as part of a new series of columns on transgressive fiction.

What The Hell Ever Happened To... Harry Crews?

Column by Joshua Chaplinsky
February 28, 2012 (8) comments
We check in on literary badass and national treasure Harry Crews, who hasn't published a novel since 'American Family' in 2006.

10 Graphic Novels for the Literary Minded

Column by Kelly Thompson
February 27, 2012 (6) comments
Comic books aren't just for geeks and kids anymore. We humbly present these 10 titles as evidence.

Top 10 Words That Need To Die, Immediately

Column by Rob Hart
February 24, 2012 (183) comments
The English language is full of beautiful words--and also some blights that should never be uttered, for they do nothing but make us sound dumb. Here are 10 of the worst offenders.

LURID: Deadlier Than The Male

Column by Karina Wilson
February 24, 2012 (9) comments
Think female killers are rare, IRL or on the page? They're more common than you imagine. Lurid looks at the deadly women skulking in the shadows of popular fiction.

Film is Truth? Why Writing Novels Is Probably A Smarter Career Move

Column by Hanna Brooks Olsen
Some of 2011's biggest blockbusters weren't originally written by film geeks, they were adaptations of novels. What does the success of 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' & 'The Hunger Games' teach us?

They Do Not Move: Why Boredom is No Excuse

Column by Jack Joslin
February 23, 2012 (6) comments
Can boredom be a useful part of reading?

Writing in the Negative

Column by Jon Gingerich
February 22, 2012 (5) comments
Sometimes the most compelling elements of a story are the ideas and themes that are hinted at but aren't placed directly on the page.

The Age of No Controversy

Column by John Jarzemsky
February 22, 2012 (8) comments
No riots in the streets, no bonfire rallys, no blood in the gutter...are we living in an age of controversy-free literature?

Ask The Lit Coach: "Should I Submit Queries To Publishers If My First Novel Isn't Finished?" and More

Column by Erin Reel
February 21, 2012 (3) comments
The path to publication and creative focus are the topics this week on Ask The Lit Coach.