Pixies frontman to release graphic novel involving porn

The worlds of comics and rock music have coincided many times in the past. Gene Simmons, Claudio Sanchez of Coheed and Cambria, Alice Cooper and My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way have either written comics or commissioned writers to produce a work based on their music, and Wavves has a comic
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‘White Girls’ can’t be judged by its cover

Hilton Als reverses expectations with the title of his newly released work, “White Girls,” in which he portrays no version of what would instinctively be considered a “white girl.” The book’s title evokes images either of blond kids in pigtails playing with Barbies or those who mirror the outrageous cast
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Actor perhaps not so anonymous in James Franco novel

One of the greatest concerns an author has when writing fiction is that he reveals too much of himself in it, discarding his fleshy facade and leaking the inner workings of his mind, his consciousness as visible as the black ink on the page. Celebrated actor James Franco revels in
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Erotica reading cuts straight to the climax

The dildo store smells like hot rubber and looks like a candy counter. Everything is colorful and slick, shining under the lights. Vaguely suggestive dance music plays overhead: “Do you right, yeah / All night, yeah.” Nervous women, always in groups, cluster around the displays, whispering. “I heard they have
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Istanbul, Johannesburg, Singapore art cities of tomorrow

Florence was the “capital of art” during the Italian Renaissance. This distinguished title jumped around between the 15th and 20th centuries from Paris to Berlin to Barcelona. Fontainebleau saw the rise of the Barbizon School. Zurich gained recognition with the popularity of Dadaism at the turn of the century. And
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