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‘Girls’ star partially delivers in new memoir

“There is nothing gutsier to me than a person announcing that their story is one that deserves to be told,” writes Lena Dunham (“Girls”) in her advice-dolling memoir “Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s ‘Learned.’ ” And tell she does — in witty, disgusting Read More…

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Burning irony in Burning Man literature

“It was art for art’s sake, art in its purest form, a Dadaist dream on steroids cut with a tab of acid,” explains Will Chase, editor of the Burning Man blog, in “Burning Man: Art on Fire.” After closely examining this text, I looked up to an image of Pepe Read More…

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‘The Curse of Van Gogh’ curses itself

There’s something grittily old-school and satisfying about consuming a classic heist thriller, both in print or on screen. The typical conventions of the genre — the character development, preparation for the actual heist, various other minor plotlines — all build up to this one enormous event that leaves you flipping Read More…

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Back to the future with Litquake’s ‘Less Than Zero’

Why is Litquake better than Christmas? Because it happens all year long! Outside the annual festival, events all over the city are held each month to celebrate great books and authors, such as master classes for writers and would-be writers and themed events where your inner costumed child can cavort Read More…

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Woodstock memoir misses the beat

Woodstock — the massive music festival of 1969 that radically challenged the way we experience music — has been recreated and relived so many times since that a book depicting who Woodstock’s creators are today seems like a new and natural extension of the concert’s narrative. The title and persona Read More…

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Rowling makes magic again with ‘The Silkworm’

Any J.K. Rowling novel is bound to come under an avalanche of scrutiny simply for appearing post-Potter. Thankfully, the main character of her newest novel, “The Silkworm,” published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith last month, is Cormoran Strike: a 6-foot-3 former soldier with self-proclaimed “pube” hair who is tough enough Read More…

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A two-male fairytale breaks ground in children’s literature

Let’s think back to bedtime stories: thin, hardbound books stacked atop the bedside table, unassuming but full of magic, wisdom and fantastical stories. Mother Goose, nursery rhymes, fairy tales and fables, princes slaying dragons, kings marrying off their fairest daughter to the most worthy suitor and the new royal couple Read More…