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It’s alive! EC Comics returns

EC Comics, which specialized in tales of horror, crime and suspense, and was shut down in the “moral panic” of the 1950s, is making a comeback.

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A journalist goes undercover to reveal the absurdity of the art scene

“If you are not rich, you’re not getting rich,” the writer Fran Lebowitz once quipped about life in contemporary America. Judging from “Get the Picture,” Bianca Bosker’s mesmerizing new book about New York’s contemporary art scene, Lebowitz might as well have been talking about cultural capital. If you’re not born with it, you probably won’t amass much of it, because the gatekeepers in this book make it clear that they’re not sharing any wealth. “The art world is the way it is because not everyone has access to it. And not everyone understands it. And that’s sort of what creates interest and intrigue,” a gallerist on the Lower East Side tells the author.
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This week’s bestsellers from Publishers Weekly

Here are the bestsellers for the week that ended Saturday, Jan. 27, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by Circana BookScan © 2024 Circana. (Reprinted from Publishers Weekly, published by PWxyz LLC. © 2024, PWxyz LLC.) HARDCOVER FICTION 1. Fourth Wing. Rebecca Yarros. Red Tower 2. Iron Flame. Rebecca ...
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19 new books to get you through winter

It's chilly out there, people. It's reading time! Year-end holidays are the most popular season to give books. And now we're heading into the best time to read them — while nestled in a Slanket, with a cup of tea, of course. Fortunately, publishers are keeping the promising titles coming. As you plot your reading Excel spreadsheet for winter and spring (that's a thing, right?), here are ...
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Ron Sylvester: Real magic in ‘The Strange Beautiful’

Anyone who’s ever fantasized about sex with Tinker Bell, but wasn’t sure how that would happen, Carla Crujido has you covered. But flings with flying sprites is only a start to the wild world of “The Strange and Beautiful” series of short stories and fiction writing debut for Crujido.
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Book World: When should you give up on a book? Readers weigh in.

Like a lot of great ideas, Nancy Pearl‘s “Rule of 50” arrived in a flash. The librarian and best-selling author was fielding questions on a public radio show when a woman called in and explained she wasn’t enjoying the book she was reading but felt guilty about abandoning it.
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This week’s bestsellers from Publishers Weekly

Here are the bestsellers for the week that ended Saturday, Dec. 30, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by Circana BookScan © 2024 Circana. (Reprinted from Publishers Weekly, published by PWxyz LLC. © 2024, PWxyz LLC.) HARDCOVER FICTION 1. "Iron Flame" by Rebecca Yarros (Red Tower) Last week: 3 2. "Fourth ...
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Book World: In these bestsellers, hardened warriors find life beyond mayhem

Genre fiction is full of killing machines and supernatural warriors, characters whose very bodies are weapons and whose whole existence is mayhem. In many stories, these fighters may find themselves rubbing elbows with civilian noncombatants, who offer logistical support – or need protection. But what happens when a hardened warrior lives in the midst of a peace-loving community of artists or scientists?