Book Review: The Psychopath Test:  A Journey Through the Madness Industry

by Vanessa Knoedler Book Review: The Psychopath Test:  A Journey Through the Madness Industry (2012) ` by Jon Ronson  Looking for a spooky read with a mysterious figure riding through the wood - eyes furtively searching the shadows for malevolent figures dancing through the brush ere the sun rises? Tough stuff- this is not that … Continue reading Book Review: The Psychopath Test:  A Journey Through the Madness Industry

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Halloween Book Recommendation: ‘The Passage’ by Justin Cronin

by Vanessa Knoedler  Looking for a ghoulish Halloween read?  Interested in a modern take on vampires? (I mean… who isn’t, as long as it isn’t mired in teen angst?! Or maybe especially if it is…) Consider Justin Cronin’s The Passage.  It brings together secret government facilities, fugitive chase scenes, a deadly virus rampaging through the … Continue reading Halloween Book Recommendation: ‘The Passage’ by Justin Cronin

Halloween Book Recommendation: Sheridan Le Fanu’s ‘Uncle Silas’

by Davy Kenney Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu is possibly one of the most underrated Victorian spook-smiths. If you are a Bram Stoker aficionado, you will easily recognize many borrowed motifs in stories like “Carmilla” and “An Account of Some Strange Disturbances in Aungier Street.” But beyond his influence, Le Fanu is a master of horror. Long … Continue reading Halloween Book Recommendation: Sheridan Le Fanu’s ‘Uncle Silas’

Social Reading Event: Grab Your Horror Book and Head to the #HauntedPubs

*Spooky Books deserve Spooky Settings* That’s why the Literati Pulp team is grabbing their horror books and heading to haunted pubs to read with the ghosts. We will be visiting famously haunted pubs in Dublin, London, Minneapolis, Chicago, Milwaukee, and Boston until Halloween. Join us by tweeting your scary read in your favorite pub-haunt using … Continue reading Social Reading Event: Grab Your Horror Book and Head to the #HauntedPubs

Verdi Invented This Weird Musical Trick Used In Many Pop Songs

by Simon Critchlow Following a trip to the see the English National Opera's current production of Verdi's Aida, I was reminded of a famous musical device that occurs in Act II's Grand March. The Grand March, featuring onstage trumpets, heralds the arrival of the conquering hero Radamès, fresh from his quashing of Egypt's arch enemies, … Continue reading Verdi Invented This Weird Musical Trick Used In Many Pop Songs

8 Books to Read to Commemorate World Mental Health Day

by Colleen White The best novels offer us a glimpse of a world we couldn’t otherwise experience, providing insight into the thoughts and actions of characters novel in their difference or striking in their similarity to ourselves. Perhaps it’s this ability to peer into the thoughts of a book’s main characters that make stories that … Continue reading 8 Books to Read to Commemorate World Mental Health Day

Analysis of Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’ for a Modern Audience

After seeing Julia Jones conduct Mozart’s The Magic Flute (or Die Zauberflöte) at The Royal Opera in London, here is a reflection on the important elements of the opera and its translation to a modern audience.  by Simon Critchlow  It's 1791 and all is well for W. A. Mozart. He’s off to the theatre to see his mates, doubtless … Continue reading Analysis of Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’ for a Modern Audience