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The French premiere of HORNS (photo via director Alexandre Aja).

It’ll open here in about 5 weeks.

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Who is the man? David Mitchell is the man. I’ll be in conversation with him this Thursday at First Parish Church at 6:30. Come see us & snag a copy of his new one, THE BONE CLOCKS, a supremely fun, supremely great read.

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Look at this sexy beast. The movie tie-in edition is out any day now.

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Fuck bald eagles. The national emblem should be a raccoon shooting a mini-gun. THIS says freedom, motherfuckers.

Someone get a petition going. Change-dot-org that shit. Make this happen, America. Make our forefathers proud.

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Artist Kevin Weir creates ghostly animated GIFs using Archival photos from the Library of Congress

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staff:

Today’s the day. The day you help save the internet from being ruined.

Ready? 

Yes, you are, and we’re ready to help you.

(Long story short: The FCC is about to make a critical decision as to whether or not internet service providers have to treat all traffic equally. If they choose wrong, then the internet where anyone can start a website for any reason at all, the internet that’s been so momentous, funny, weird, and surprising—that internet could cease to exist. Here’s your chance to preserve a beautiful thing.)

I do whatever The Hulk tells me to do. Because otherwise, Hulk Smash.

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Here’s the reading and Q&A I did for the Pixel Project last night, which includes a short piece from the new (still unfinished) novel, THE FIREMAN. The excerpt from the book is right up front at the beginning, and goes from the first minute or so to about the 11 minute mark. Hope you like it.

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"The difference between a symbiotic and a parasitic relationship is that in symbiosis, the host is not harmed in any way. The two organisms work together for mutual benefit. In a parasitic relationship, the growth of the secondary organism outstrips the ability of the host to sustain itself. Unlike symbiosis, a parasite kills its host, and eventually, itself."

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thetinhouse:

Kurt always says it best.

Kurt Vonnegut: 16 Rules For Writing Fiction

1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.

2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.

3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.

4. Every sentence must do one of two things — reveal character or advance the action.

5. Start as close to the end as possible.

6. Be a sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them — in order that the reader may see what they are made of.

7. Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.

8. Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To heck with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.

9. Find a subject you care aboutand which you in your heart feel others should care about.

10. Do not ramble.

11. Keep it simple. Simplicity of language is not only reputable, but perhaps even sacred.

12. Have guts to cut. Your rule might be this: If a sentence, no matter how excellent, does not illuminate your subject in some new and useful way, scratch it out.

13. Sound like yourself. The writing style which is most natural for you is bound to echo the speech you heard when a child.

14. Say what you mean. You should avoid Picasso-style or jazz-style writing, if you have something worth saying and wish to be understood.

15. Pity the readers. Our stylistic options as writers are neither numerous nor glamorous, since our readers are bound to be such imperfect artists.

16. You choose. The most meaningful aspect of our styles, which is what we choose to write about, is utterly unlimited.

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  • Question: What are the comics you think every comic book fan must read? - oosilentcoon
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    Currently? SEX CRIMINALS if you’re a grown-up. I’m less sure about the best ongoing title for kids. Kate Leth might have some suggestions.

    Older stuff? SANDMAN, THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN vol. 1, Y: LAST MAN if you’re an adult. (SANDMAN has actually just returned for a limited run, and is dizzying in its awesomeness). For kids, I’d recommend BONE by Jeff Smith. For kids and adults both, the complete CALVIN & HOBBES is as important, probably, as HUCKLEBERRY FINN. No, seriously.

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