What a murderous Winnie the Pooh can tell us about the public domain and remix culture

[ad_1] LOS ANGELES — The giant stuffed bear, its face a twisted smile, lumbers across the screen. Menacing music swells. Shadows mask unknown threats. Christopher Robin begs for his life. And is that a sledgehammer about to pulverize a minor character’s head? Thus unfolds the trailer for the 2023 movie “Winnie the Pooh: Blood and … Read more

Apple Store – Top Books

[ad_1] Top Paid Books (US Bestseller List): 1. Toxic Prey by John Sandford (Penguin Publishing Group) 2. The Women by Kristin Hannah (St. Martin’s Publishing Group) 3. A Taste of Whiskey by Melissa Foster (World Literary Press) 4. Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn (Avon) 5. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. … Read more

Characters enter the public domain. Winnie the Pooh becomes a killer. Where is remix culture going?

[ad_1] LOS ANGELES — The giant stuffed bear, its face a twisted smile, lumbers across the screen. Menacing music swells. Shadows mask unknown threats. Christopher Robin begs for his life. And is that a sledgehammer about to pulverize a minor character’s head? Thus unfolds the trailer for the 2023 movie “Winnie the Pooh: Blood and … Read more

Faith Ringgold, pioneering Black quilt artist and author, dies at 93

[ad_1] NEW YORK — Faith Ringgold, an award-winning author and artist who broke down barriers for Black female artists and became famous for her richly colored and detailed quilts combining painting, textiles and storytelling, has died. She was 93. The artist’s assistant, Grace Matthews, told The Associated Press that Ringgold died Friday night at her … Read more

Learn more about O.J. Simpson: The TV, movies, books and podcasts about the trial of the century

[ad_1] NEW YORK — The story of O.J. Simpson’s life was inherently cinematic — what started as fodder for a triumphant sports biopic abruptly became something much darker and complex as Simpson slid from fame to infamy following the killings of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. It’s little wonder then that Simpson’s many-chaptered life … Read more

Several writers decline recognition from PEN America in protest over its Israel-Hamas war stance

[ad_1] NEW YORK — Several authors have turned down awards and awards nominations from PEN America, citing unhappiness with the literary and free expression organization’s stance on the war in Gaza. This week, PEN announced its long lists in categories ranging from the $75,000 Jean Stein Award for best book to the $10,000 PEN/Hemingway award … Read more

10 emerging writers each receive $50,000 Whiting Awards

[ad_1] NEW YORK — Fiction writer Aaliyah Bilal, a National Book Award finalist last fall for her story collection “Temple Folk,” is among 10 winners of the Whiting Award for emerging authors. Bilal and the other recipients, who include fellow fiction writers Yoon Choi, Gothataone Moeng and Ada Zhang, will each be given $50,000. On … Read more

Marisha Pessl’s ‘Darkly,’ her first novel in six years, to come out Nov. 12

[ad_1] Marisha Pessl’s first novel in six years is a psychological thriller with the kinds of intricate clues and connections she has been known for since her acclaimed debut, “Special Topics in Calamity Physics.” NEW YORK — Marisha Pessl’s first novel in six years is a psychological thriller with the kinds of intricate clues and … Read more

Book Review: Jen Silverman’s gripping second novel explores the long afterlife of political violence

[ad_1] Earlier this year a former member of the far-left Baader-Meinhof gang who spent decades in hiding was arrested by German police in connection with a string of crimes. It was just another example of the long afterlife of the anti-war movement of the late 1960s, which Jen Silverman explores in a brilliant, beautifully written … Read more

Maia Kobabe’s ‘Gender Queer’ tops list of most criticized library books for third straight year

[ad_1] NEW YORK — Maia Kobabe’s graphic memoir “Gender Queer” continues its troubled run as the country’s most controversial book, topping the American Library Association’s “challenged books” list for a third straight year. Kobabe’s coming-of-age story was published in 2019, and received the library association’s Alex Award for best young adult literature. But it has … Read more