John Waters: Holding Court with the King of Filth

Co-hosts Eric Newman, Medaya Ocher, and Kate Wolf are granted an audience with his Holiness, the King of Filth, John Waters. Speaking about his new memoir Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder, Waters opens up about the importance of understanding the business of show business, remaining committed to your vision, and believing, …

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The unacknowledged legislators of the online world

Behind the Screen. By Sarah Roberts.Yale University Press; 280 pages; $30 and £20. THEY ARE paid to spend their days watching filth: beheadings and chemical-weapons attacks, racist insults and neo-Nazi cartoons, teenagers encouraging each other to starve, people having sex with animals or with ex-lovers against whom they want revenge. When batches of images leap …

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What Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse-Five” Tells Us Now

I first read “Slaughterhouse-Five” in 1972, three years after it was published and three years before I published my own first novel. I was twenty-five years old. 1972 was the year of inching slowly toward the Paris Peace Accords, which were supposed to end the war in Vietnam, though the final, ignominious American withdrawal—the helicopters …

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Book Riot’s Deals of the Day for June 14th, 2019

Sponsored by Lady in the Lake by Laura Lippman These deals were active as of this writing, but may expire soon, so get them while they’re hot! Today’s Featured Deals The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro for $2.99. Get it here, or just click on the cover image below. Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde for …

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A Muckraker’s Progress

Reporter: A Memoir by Seymour M. Hersh Vintage, 355 pp., $17.95 (paper) The New York Times/ReduxSeymour Hersh in his office at the Washington bureau of The New York Times, 1975 Seymour Hersh has been the premier American investigative reporter of the last half-century. In the late 1960s his articles (some of which appeared in these …

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The Soul in the Machine: On Peter Bebergal’s “Strange Frequencies”

JUNE 13, 2019 FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE announced the “death of God” and thereby entrenched the end of belief in the supernatural in our science-centered modernity. Yet he ironically described the ancestry and lineage of scientists as distinctly occult and supernatural. “Do you believe,” he asks in The Gay Science, “that the sciences would have arisen and …

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Treasure Entertainment options Davis-Goff’s debut

Published June 13, 2019 by Heloise Wood Irish production company Treasure Entertainment has optioned Sarah Davis-Goff’s debut Last Ones Left Alive (Tinder Press). The deal for Davis-Goff’s debut novel was brokered by… Irish production company Treasure Entertainment has optioned Sarah Davis-Goff’s debut Last Ones Left Alive (Tinder Press). The deal for Davis-Goff’s debut novel was …

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The life and loves of Alma Mahler

Passionate Spirit: The Life of Alma Mahler. By Cate Haste.Bloomsbury; 486 pages; £26. To be published in America by Basic Books in September; $32. ALMA MAHLER was the supreme femme fatale of early-20th-century Vienna. From composers to priests, artists to architects, scientists to writers, she conquered hearts—and broke them. Her first kiss was with Gustav …

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