Archive: October 25, 2009 - October 31, 2009

Are you looking for a little vampire love?

By Stephen Lowman This Halloween, are you yearning for more mystery than a gigantic variety bag of fun-sized candy bars can offer? Does your well meaning, but dull, boyfriend or husband leave you hankering for someone with stamina, strength and a passionate hunger? When you come upon Count Chocula in...

By Steven E. Levingston | October 30, 2009; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (2)

Satan TV journalist does the evening news

The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Robert Olen Butler recently released a comic novel called "Hell" that's got us warmed up. It's about a TV journalist who works for Satan and interviews the famous and infamous for a show called "The Evening News From Hell." In the spirit of Halloween, we asked...

By Steven E. Levingston | October 29, 2009; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Liberals under Nazism: lessons for today?

It's a common belief that German liberal democrats fled their homeland at the rise of Nazism, or at least resisted Nazi policies. Not so, says historian Eric Kurlander in "Living With Hitler: Liberal Democrats in the Third Reich," published in August by Yale University Press. Many liberals stuck it out,...

By Steven E. Levingston | October 28, 2009; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (5)

How to mash up Jane Austen and the Zombies

If you want to create a literary mash up, you can't just dig up parts of other people's books and sew them together like Dr. Frankenstein in his lab. You've got to worry about copyright law. Watching "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" claw its bloody way up the bestseller list...

By Steven E. Levingston | October 27, 2009; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (1)

Strength of "Wimpy Kid," Barnes & Noble's e-reader challenge, waiting for Stephen King's latest e-book

Jeff Kinney's fourth "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" book lands atop USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists this week, replacing Dan Brown's "The Lost Symbol." The book also overtook Stephanie Meyers' "Twilight" series on the New York Time Children's bestseller list. And although President Obama said his daughters...

By Steven E. Levingston | October 26, 2009; 2:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Marriage of opposites: Darwin and his devout wife

By Stephen Lowman This year has been dubbed the "Darwin Year." It was 200 years ago that Charles Darwin was born and 150 years ago "The Origin of Species," his momentous work of scientific literature outlining his theory of natural selection, was published. The number of texts written about him...

By Steven E. Levingston | October 26, 2009; 11:55 AM ET | Comments (0)


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