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Novels About Drugs

By The Top 13 on March 11, 2010

The genre of drug fiction, as much as or perhaps more than any other genre, is known for its terrible writing and trite storytelling. Perhaps the problem is that so much of... more

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Second City Alumni

By A.J. for The Top 13 on January 25, 2010

Late this past year, the legendary Second City comedy troupe celebrated its 50th anniversary in Chicago. After fifty years of laughing the heads off of thousands of... more

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Adaptations

By Nicholas for The Top 13 on January 20, 2010

Ever since Cecil Hepworth adapted Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland for his 1903 film, aspiring screenwriters have looked toward literature for inspiration... more

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Science Fiction Novels

By Wes for The Top 13 on January 12, 2010

Science Fiction. These two words can send even the most level-headed bibliophile to the nearest exit. Admittedly the genre is littered with offal, and regrettably, for... more

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Novels of the Year

By The Top 13 on December 30, 2009

In a terrific year for the novel, The Top 13 struggled to whittle down our list to our standard baker's dozen. Ultimately, of course, we did it, and the resulting Top 13... more

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Webcomics

By Nicholas for The Top 13 on December 29, 2009

In the past decade, webcomics have gone from the red-haired stepchild of syndicated newspaper strips to a serious way to make a living, not to mention one completely free... more

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Readable Classics | Guest List by Paul Shirley

December 15, 2009

Before I was (vaguely) known for being a misanthropic basketball player, and long before I was (even more vaguely) known for being a music writer, I was a bookworm. The... more

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Coming-of-Age Novels

By Nicholas for The Top 13 on December 09, 2009

The coming-of-age novel or "bildungsroman" could be the single most ubiquitous genre of modern literature. You may have read a number of The Top 13 throughout your... more

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