Your tax dollars at work: the State Department is sending Andrew W.K. to the Middle East to promote peace. We’re entirely behind this idea, for what it’s worth. (Update: apparently, the trip is off.)
Mara Tatar on Philip Pullman’s retold fairy tales.
Ta-Nehisi Coates examines Raymond Chandler, Alfred Hitchcock, and misogyny.
Gabrielle Gantz on Sina Grace’s Not My Bag.
Pete Astor is interviewed about his forthcoming Richard Hell-centric 33 1/3.
Juliana Nash’s murder ballad playlist. (Yes, Nick Cave is on it.)
Metazen is accepting submissions for a Christmas ebook.