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    1. Aug. 21, 2015, 11:45 p.m. Does popular fiction matter? Yes, according to Christine Berberich, the editor of The Bloomsbury Introduction to Popular Fiction (Bloomsbury Academic, $39.99) , which has 18 essays, from a variety of academic authors, constituting an excellent vade mecum to popular literature, The Bloomsbury Introduction begins with overviews and histories of popular fiction, followed ...

    2. ‘That afternoon I wrote five books, edited a magazine and then went to the pub with Jimi Hendrix’ I’d say I was a fairly typical Londoner of my generation. I was born during the Blitz in 1940 and I’d stay out with my mate Keith until my mum called us in. Happy times. I loved reading Stendhal and Edgar Rice Burroughs , and by the age of 11 I was making a living from writing what would now be ...

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      The New StatesmanAug 20 08:18 AM

      What shall I do with the money? At the moment, I am typing this on a laptop that is perched on a chair by the side of my bed.

    4. Professor Will Brooker will spend months at a time experiencing the star’s life at different points through his 40-year career – from Ziggy Stardust to Let’s Dance From Ziggy Stardust and Aladdin Sane to the Thin White Duke, a cultural studies professor in London is to live his life as David Bowie for a year to gain a better understanding of the pop icon’s mind. Will Brooker, a film and cultural...

    5. Neil Gaiman is no stranger to having his books banned. Here the author of Coraline and The Graveyard Book talks about controversial books in libraries, censorship threats to graphic novels and why freedom of speech is not the freedom to harass Do you remember reading any books as a child that were in some way disapproved of or forbidden? If yes, did they traumatise you for life, or did the ...

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    7. Scales of Justice is a round-up of some of the cases decided at Teesside Magistrates' Court on August 5

    8. 12 tips for creating truly terrifying art

      Computer ArtsAug 04 09:35 AM

      Read more about 12 tips for creating truly terrifying art at What do you mean by horror? You've got to know that before you get rolling. Are we talking HP Lovecraft? Scooby-Doo? Twenty-five years in art has taught me that it's the thinking that counts the most. Iteration without knowing where you’re coming from first is just spitballing – you’re just wasting time.

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