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National Book Award Winners 2013

The 2013 National Book Awards were held tonight. Awards were given in the categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, Young People’s Literature, and Poetry. The winners are: Fiction: The Good Lord Bird by James McBride Nonfiction: The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America by George Packer Young People’s Literature: The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata Poetry: Incarnadine by Mary Szybist Perhaps the most notable […]

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First Look: ‘Maleficent’ Trailer

The first trailer for Disney’s “Maleficent,” with Angelina Jolie playing the iconic villainess of the title, debuted on Wednesday. “You’ll be afraid,” Jolie sneers to Elle Fanning’s Princess Aurora before the teaser cuts to Maleficent making a giant barricade of intwined and (and likely cursed) trees. Scary. A twist on the classic fairytale “Sleeping Beauty,” […]

This week, Sparky Sweets, PhD brings his unique insight to bear on the Scottish play.

What are we to make of all that blood, murder and general toil and trouble? Is Macbeth solely to blame or are there greater forces at work, causing him to “ball ’til he falls”?

Watch the latest episode of Thug Notes above.

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As You Wish! ‘The Princess Bride’ Is Coming To The Stage

From The Huffington Post: As you wish! Beloved fairy tale turned cult rom com “The Princess Bride” is coming to the stage. Disney Theatrical Productions has announced plans to collaborate with William Goldman on a stage production based on his iconic 1973 novel. Describing it only as a “new theatrical work,” the announcement left the […]

A recently-announced porn spoof of George R.R. Martin’s “Game of Thrones” may have george rr martinseemed blasphemous to fans, but the author took a surprising stance on“Game of Bones: Winter is Cumming”: He says it’s not dirty enough.

When asked about the adaptation at the Santa Fe Film Festival, Martin said, “In the porn version that they’re doing they’ve omitted the incest because that would just be too shocking. So my books are actually dirtier than the porn version!”

He’s referring, of course, to the sexual relationship between Cersei and Jaime Lannister, who are twin siblings. Lee Roy Myers, the director of the film and a co-founder of WoodRocket.com, has said that his production company tries to “avoid incest as a running theme in porn.”

The first five episodes of “Game of Bones: Winter is Cumming” are now available online; They star James Deen (of “The Canyons” fame) and April O’Neil.

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Classic Books In 35 Seconds

From The Huffington Post: “Life in Five Seconds: Over 200 Stories For Those With No Time to Waste,” put together by the design and advertising firm H-57, came out earlier this month. It is a series of pictographs that takes on over 200 important events, inventions great lives, and cultural icons and condenses them to the […]

From THP:writer writing

NEW YORK — NEW YORK (AP) — Ten emerging authors, poets and playwrights have been picked as winners of $50,000 prizes for showing “exceptional talent and promise.”

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner hosted a ceremony in Manhattan on Monday for the Whiting Writers’ Awards.

Recipients include fiction writers Hanna Dela Cruz Abrams and Amanda Coplin (COPE’-lin), poets Ishion (EYE’-shee-on) Hutchinson and Rowan Ricardo Phillips and playwright Virginia Grise (GRICE’). The other honorees are fiction writers Jennifer DuBois, C.E. Morgan and Stephanie Powell Watts, nonfiction writer Morgan Meis (MEESE’) and nonfiction-fiction writer Clifford Thompson.

The Whiting prizes were established in 1985. Previous winners include Kushner, Jonathan Franzen and Mary Karr.