This has been a good year for reading, and Drawn & Quarterly was the source of several books I loved in 2020, including Adrian Tomine's bestselling memoir The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist (on Kirkus and PW best ofs), Tom Gauld's Department of Mind-Blowing Theories, Sophie Yanow's queer coming-of-age autofiction The Contradictions, and Michel Rabagliati's Paul at Home.
A new interactive article from the New York Times examines just how white the publishing industry actually is. And despite the number of high-profile books from non-white authors in recent years, the demographic data is bleak: according to their data, 95 percent of published authors are white. How's how journalists Richard Jean So and Gus… READ THE REST
The Literary Review has cancelled its Bad Sex in Fiction Award for 2020 because "the public had been subjected to too many bad things this year to justify exposing it to bad sex as well," according to the organizers. From The Guardian: The prize was set up in 1993 by Auberon Waugh, with the intention… READ THE REST
Ernest Cline's long-awaited sequel to Ready Player One is out this week! My copy of Ready Player Two just arrived and I can't wait to dive back into the Oasis. Above Ernie's Spotify "soundtrack" for the book. And below, here's a bit from an interview with Ernie in Entertainment Weekly: ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So when did… READ THE REST
While there are those few weirdos that don't like pizza, the rest of us normal folks can usually find our place on the pizza loving spectrum. If you're a kid, you're likely fine with a frozen pizza from the store. It's usually not fantastic, but you know…it's still pizza. As you get older, you order… READ THE REST
Massage guns have become a staple of athletes, trainers, and other workout fans who appreciate the pounding burst of that percussive power after an intense session. Unfortunately, there's a problem with these therapeutic wonder tools: most are so heavy that they feel like you're lugging around a jackhammer. Assuming you don't have a personal assistant… READ THE REST
The world is chomping at the bit to get back out on the road. So when the day comes that air travel reignites, the car tank refills, and everyone is given the all-clear to get out and explore again, it makes sense that you might need some new luggage to match your new outlook on… READ THE REST