All the Things Christian Grey's Cock Gets Up to in the New Fifty Shades

Rich Juzwiak · 06/19/15 07:30AM

Fifty Shades of Grey’s redundant companion novel Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian (as written by author E. L. James) was released yesterday. Its lead character is mysterious, precocious, spoiled, aloof, hard-headed, deeply affectionate, and a man’s penis. Christian Grey’s sex organ is busier than a termite in a sawmill in the newest chapter of the Fifty Shades saga. Here is an exhaustive catalog of the 39 things that Christian’s cock does and has done to it in this text, as reported by its owner:

Jonathan Safran Foer Is Blind, Deaf, and Dumb

CML · 06/16/15 02:20PM

These days, the New Yorker fiction issue is so bad it’s hard to imagine anyone liking it who wasn’t told to. It wasn’t always this way. Through his “New Yorker short stories,” J.D. Salinger reveals himself to be more than a writer for teens who’ve discarded Ayn Rand and have yet to discover Dostoyevsky. John O’Hara spun his filthy yarns into portraits of middle-class misery. And so on.

America's Largest Sci-Fi Publisher Gives in to Reactionary "Sad Puppies"

Jay Hathaway · 06/09/15 02:05PM

Earlier this year, two campaigns variously made up of traditionalist sci-fi fans, neoreactionaries, Gamergaters and other flavors of angry white dude hijacked the nominations for one of sci-fi’s most prestigious awards, the Hugo. Now one of the biggest publishers in sci-fi and fantasy seems to have come out in support (or at least appeasement) of those same groups, known as Sad Puppies and Rabid Puppies.

The Best Novels to Read During Summer, Ranked

Jason Parham · 06/09/15 11:00AM

Do you love to read? Is summer your favorite time of year? Does reading a good book on the beach or in the park under a bright blue sky bring you limitless joy? Here, the 25 best novels to read during summer.

On Roadwork: The Postmodern Stephen King Masterpiece You've Never Read

David Obuchowski · 06/02/15 01:30PM

Today, Stephen King’s 55th novel, Finders Keepers, will be published by Scribner. I expect the book will be a bestseller, and King’s name will be in the press even more than usual between its publication and the June 25 premiere of the third season of Under The Dome, a television series based on his novel, and for which he’s an executive producer.

The Great American Mulatto: Mat Johnson Talks Identity and Facing Ghosts

Victor LaValle · 05/20/15 12:00PM

Mat Johnson and I have been friends since we published our first books fifteen years ago. In that time we’ve spent an untold number of hours bullshitting about writing, parenting, and sundry nonsense. Mat’s new novel, Loving Day—which will be released by Spiegel & Grau on May 26—is the story of a mixed-race comic book artist who returns from Wales to his native Philadelphia to discover a daughter he never knew he’d fathered, a mixed-race cult that hopes to recruit him, and a pair of ghosts haunting his father’s home. Our conversation appears below.

Tao Lin Returns

Jason Parham · 05/18/15 01:25PM

Like the hipster phoenix rising from the polychromatic dumpsters overflowing with moldy kale on Williamsburg’s North Side, alt-lit icon (and alleged statutory rapist) Tao Lin has returned with new work. On Monday, the noted author published a short story on Terraform, Vice’s online hub for “future fiction.”

Gawker Review of Books · 05/15/15 01:26PM

“Literature will lose, sunlight will win, don’t worry.” —Franz Wright, March 18, 1953 - May 14, 2015 [Photo by Elizabeth Oehlkers Wright]

A "Destruction of Existing Order": Ken Liu on Fantasy Novels and Warfare

Vann R. Newkirk II · 05/13/15 10:00AM

This week, Gawker Review of Books is running interviews with three authors from the world of speculative fiction, discussing their work and their place within the evolving genre. Today, we’re speaking with Ken Liu, Chinese-American author of the recently released and utterly incredible The Grace of Kings. A former lawyer and computer programmer, Liu is also well-known for translating Liu Cixin’s bold science-fiction novel, The Three-Body Problem, to the masses.

Gawker Review of Books · 05/12/15 03:59PM

“Clutter is the disease of American writing. We are a society strangling in unnecessary words, circular constructions, pompous frills and meaningless jargon.” —William Zinsser, October 7, 1922 - May 12, 2015 [Photo of the author and Pirates pitching coach Ray Miller in 1989, via]

All Futures Are Political: a Q&A With Spec-Fic Author Alaya Dawn Johnson

Vann R. Newkirk II · 05/12/15 09:15AM

For a super-genre known for its imagination of radically different worlds and futurescapes, speculative fiction has always been considerably conservative. Spec-fic—an umbrella term encompassing science-fiction, fantasy, horror, alternate history, and some in-between works—has often contrasted fantastic worlds of elves, hobbits, clones, robots, or aliens with a singular binding truth: the genre has mostly exited through the eyes of white men.

Nothing Is Concise or Clear: An Interview With Sean H. Doyle

David Obuchowski · 05/06/15 01:05PM

This Must Be The Place, the new memoir by Sean H. Doyle—published May 1—features the most gratuitous drug use of any book I’ve ever read, and it’s packed with violence, grief, and generally horrible things. In fact, if you were to take out the drugs and the violence and the sadness, you’d really have nothing. But none of it reads in a way that’s designed to offend the reader. Instead, Doyle seems intent on making himself face his ugliest moments, his lowest points. A dog rubbing his own nose in the many messes he’s made on so many carpets.

Ban Men from Literary Readings

Josephine Livingstone · 05/05/15 02:50PM

There we are, sitting in the middle of a crowd of people in the back of a bookshop. Could be BookCourt, McNally, powerHouse, Housing Works: you know, the good ones. Maybe we’re even at a university. The author has spoken. The moderator has asked his own special questions. Silence has fallen. Now, the gazes of the dudes onstage swing towards us assembled fans like the headlamps on two old Volvos going round a corner. Up go the hands! The moderator chooses a select few, seemingly at random.