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15 Easter Eggs in Marvel’s Ant-Man

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 - by Duane Lester

If there’s one thing I enjoy more than watching my favorite stories come to life through Marvel Studios’s fantastic movies, it’s watching for the little things, the “Easter Eggs” added to the movie for fanboys like me. Sometimes they are there as foreshadowing, sometimes they are there just as a nod from Marvel to me, […]

From First to Worst: NBC’s “Hannibal” Goes from Broadcast’s Best Crime Drama to a Sick Mess

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015 - by David Forsmark

“Believe me, you don’t want Hannibal Lecter inside your head.” – Jack Crawford, The Silence of the Lambs That sage advice has been ignored by every writer and director to use the character of Hannibal Lecter ever since the huge popularity of Jonathan Demme’s great film and Anthony Hopkins’ Oscar winning portrayal—including Thomas Harris, the […]

Football, Faith, and Flannery O’Connor: A Love Letter to the South: New PJ Media E-Book

Monday, July 20th, 2015 - by Rick Moran

Today we’re pleased to announce that our latest Freedom Academy e-book, Football, Faith, and Flannery O’Connor: A Love Letter to the South by PJ Media contributor Chris Queen is now available for pre-order! To celebrate, we’re releasing the book’s cover for the very first time here on the blog. Take a journey down the “backbone […]

Is It Right for a Publisher to Accept Only Women’s Books?

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015 - by Robert Wargas

The phrase “wheels of justice,” of shady proverbial origin, is a popular way both to celebrate and lament the process of law. These wheels do turn, we are told, but they turn slowly. Are there not also wheels of injustice, constructed of a much stronger alloy, and forever counterposed to the forces of equity and […]

The Dangerous Messages US Weekly Sent to Women This Week

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015 - by Bethany Mandel

Gossip rags aren’t generally known for sending positive messages to women who read them. Despite the fact that magazines like US Weekly are marketed to women, they often send messages quite toxic to their readers and to society in general. This week’s issue is no different, and as a regular reader I can say, especially […]

The Violet Crow Takes a Borscht Belt Twist on Film Noir for the Ultimate Summer Mystery

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

What do Jews, Quakers and biotech have in common? Jersey, of course, the setting for Michael Sheldon’s debut novel The Violet Crow. Private Detective Bruno X, a rough around the edges Yiddish trash talker with a sixth sense for murder, is called in to consult on an unsolved mystery at a small Quaker school in […]

People Love Books, So Where Are the Bookstores?

Sunday, May 31st, 2015 - by Robert Wargas

A recent NPR article has a few interesting facts about bookstores and the continuing stand-off between the worlds of digital and print: …independent bookstores overall are enjoying a mini-revival, with their numbers swelling 25 percent since 2009, according to the American Booksellers Association. Sales are up, too. Remarkably, it’s a revival fueled, at least in […]

Interview with Thomas Fleming, Author of The Great Divide: The Conflict Between Washington and Jefferson

Monday, May 25th, 2015 - by David Forsmark

  Recently, I was called out in an online debate by a prominent Tea Party activist in Michigan who allowed that I might be a communist infiltrator. This person, like most libertarians, likes to post Thomas Jefferson quotes as Facebook memes. Even very conservative legislators can find themselves branded as enemies of freedom for life, […]

Interview with Thomas Fleming, Author of The Great Divide: The Conflict Between Washington and Jefferson

Sunday, May 24th, 2015 - by David Forsmark

Perhaps because he is next to George Washington on Mount Rushmore, Americans seem to think that Thomas Jefferson is equally essential to the American Founding.  In a terrific and ferociously argued new book, The Great Divide: The Conflict Between Washington and Jefferson that Defined a Nation, Thomas Fleming shows us that while Jefferson is a pivotal […]

Book Plug Friday! What Is Good?

Friday, May 15th, 2015 - by Sarah Hoyt and Charlie Martin

  Hi, this is Sarah [Contrary to rumor, yes, still alive. Surgery, Sad Puppies, Social Justice Warrior Attacks, finished a book. The usual] and today we ask “What is good?” There is more to this than a vague post-modern query.  Though the answer when it comes to art might indeed be post modern. However, it’s […]

Book Review: Making Music: 74 Creative Strategies for Electronic Music Producers

Friday, May 8th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

“For many artists, nothing inspires more existential terror than actually making art. The fear that we’re not good enough or that we don’t know enough results in untold numbers of creative crises and potential masterpieces that never get realized,” electronic music composer/producer Dennis DeSantis writes at the beginning of his new book, Making Music: 74 […]

Three Ways to Write a Book When You Don’t Have Time for It

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 - by P. David Hornik

Over the last six months I’ve written a book — even though my schedule didn’t seem to have room for it. It’s not the longest book in the world, but also not particularly short; if published it will come to maybe two hundred pages. Efforts to get it published are, of course, already underway. But […]

Is This Book Really ‘the Best Account of the Whole of the Human Experience’?

Monday, April 13th, 2015 - by Dave Swindle

To my brother Jeremy, I know I’ve already sent too many book titles to start sorting through and deciding what you like and what you don’t. But now here’s another to add to the pile. I’m going to try to grab this at the library this afternoon: If you could have dinner with any three […]

The Most Spectacular 1960s Sci-Fi Stories

Thursday, April 9th, 2015 - by Pierre Comtois

After many decades, the steam in the SF train that had left the station in the earlier part of the century, finally began to run out. It wasn’t something that happened right away or even a trend that could be recognized at the time, but in conjunction with the spirit of the times, a younger […]

3 Reasons Why Supernatural Surpasses Grimm In Educating Us About Fighting Evil

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015 - by Aaron C. Smith

The Grimm brothers were aptly named. They told dark, scary stories around the campfire. They were morality tales, warnings. Obey those more wise than yourself. Watch out who you invite into your home, into your family. Back in the days before the Green Revolution figured out how to feed vast numbers of people, starvation was […]

Book Plug Friday: Kickstart the Hawaii Project

Sunday, April 5th, 2015 - by Sarah Hoyt and Charlie Martin

Yes, this is Book Plug Friday, and yes, it’s Sunday (Happy Easter and Happy Hanamatsuri and Gute Pesach) and yes, things have been a little ragged recently. And yes, this is Charlie. Here’s an abbreviated version of the story: Sarah had reasonably major surgery and has been recuperating, successfully; I recently left my old day […]

Must We Keep Citing 1984? The Case Against Orwell in 2015

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015 - by Kia Heavey

One thing that should be obvious by now is that the name “Conservative” no longer fits the modern American pro-freedom movement. The establishment has been so thoroughly corrupted and rotted by Progressivism’s long march that only the most zealous leftist can argue against the need for corrective change. Indeed, the most common conflict in Conservatarian […]

Woman Trades Baby Wishes for Open Marriage

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Robin Rinaldi wanted children more than anything. Instead of pursuing the journey of motherhood, she wound up experiencing what is being dubbed “feminist enlightenment” through sexual exploration, chronicled in her new book The Wild Oats Project: When she was in her mid-30s and engaged to be married to a man several years older, Rinaldi, the author […]

‘You Are Now Wanted For Murder On 762 Planets… I Conclude That You Are Evil. Is This Correct?’

Thursday, March 19th, 2015 - by Liberty Island

The ship shot upward, and then I hit The Button. I never cared much for ship-to-ship battles — they’re computerized and very predictable and neither interest nor challenge me. So I had previously studied data on likely patterns in airborne fights and written a macro for my ship’s weapons systems connected to a big button […]

Can Conservatives & Libertarians Unify? A Review of The Conservatarian Manifesto

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 - by Chris Queen

Both conservatism and libertarianism carry a certain reputation for adherence to core principles, and while both philosophies share a few common ideals, there are certain sticking points — like immigration, the war on drugs, and abortion– that tend to separate the two philosophies. Conventional wisdom holds that conservatism and libertarianism sit in different areas on […]

Do Fairy Tales & Scary Stories Hide Secrets For Defeating Evil?

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 - by Dave Swindle

I can’t wait to read Andrew Klavan’s new novel Werewolf Cop. #fiction #Culture #crime A video posted by David Swindle (@daveswindlepjm) on Mar 17, 2015 at 3:30pm PDT   Dear Andrew, I’m excited about your new novel Werewolf Cop. It looks like just the catalyst needed to start a new discussion about fantasy books and […]

When A Giant Leaves: RIP Sir Terry Pratchett

Friday, March 13th, 2015 - by Sarah Hoyt and Charlie Martin

A Human Wave writer should not have to write this many obituaries.  I don’t like them, and they leave a bad feeling, like the lights are going out one by one leaving me alone, chilled in the dark. Today I heard of Sir Terry Pratchett’s death. He wasn’t Heinlein, and he didn’t occupy for me […]

7 Reasons Why Backstrom Is Perfect Counter-Culture Conservative TV

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Don’t let the appearance of Rainn Wilson fool you. Everett Backstrom is no Dwight Schrute, nor is Backstrom yet another take on the Sherlock trend. This smart, funny detective series walks into dark territory to examine the human desire to look toward the light. It goes against formula and against the grain manipulating authority and questioning […]

My Family, My Tribe

Sunday, March 1st, 2015 - by Sarah Hoyt and Charlie Martin

Hi, this is Sarah and has been a week to remember who my family is.  No, I don’t mean I suffered sudden amnesia and stopped remembering my parents and brother.  I mean, my other family.  My spiritual family, you could say.  Or perhaps, in a Portuguese expression “my family by affinity.” My first moment of […]