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Game of Chairs

April 13, 2015 By: jessicazafra Category: Television No Comments →

Don’t lose your head, Neddy baby. Bring me a sweater, I think winter is coming.

Game of Thrones: Here be dragons, refreshers and spoilers

April 10, 2015 By: jessicazafra Category: Books, Television No Comments →

Readers used to own Game of Thrones, or as we fastidiously put it, A Song of Ice and Fire. Having read the books we had an advantage over mere viewers of the HBO series, who were unprepared for the beheading of Eddard Stark, the Red Wedding, the Purple Wedding, and other traumas in Westeros. Part of the genius of showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss is that they make terrible events so much worse. It hurts to watch this series. I know people who are still recovering from the sight of Oberyn Martell (Pedro Pascal) snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, stepping too close to a behemoth who wasn’t quite dead, and getting his head crushed like fruit.

But with the series catching up to the events in the books, the showrunners having jettisoned entire chapters and plotlines that slowed down the action (Goodbye, Lady Stoneheart), it will soon be in uncharted territory. In interviews, Benioff and Weiss have announced that the series will likely end before all the books—we are awaiting the sixth of a projected seven volumes—are published. Meaning Game of Thrones is in a weird existential bind in which the series will spoil the books it is based upon. Here be dragons.

Read our TV column The Binge at BusinessWorld.

John Oliver talks to Edward Snowden

April 07, 2015 By: jessicazafra Category: Current Events, Television 1 Comment →

On surveillance, security, and the freedom to send out dick-pics.

Three days till the Outlander fanfiction deadline

April 02, 2015 By: jessicazafra Category: Books, Contest, Television No Comments →


Mat wants to give you these books.

While you wait for the new X-Files, read David Duchovny’s book

March 26, 2015 By: jessicazafra Category: Books, Television No Comments →

It has been confirmed that The X-Files will return in ten new episodes featuring Mulder and Scully, who are not so much TV characters as long-lost relatives.

In the meantime, David Duchovny has published a book.


Before he got sidetracked, Duchovny had impeccable literary nerd credentials and was at Yale writing his doctoral dissertation on Thomas Pynchon. His novel is peopled by talking animals. We’re not into anthropomorphic animal novels, not even Animal Farm or the many, many cat detective books, and we suspect that cats are insulted by anthropomorphism, but we’ll read this because it looks odd and funny. Also when we moved into our apartment we didn’t have a bed and we slept on the couch, and for years we didn’t see the point of buying a proper bed when Mulder slept on a couch, too.

LitWit Challenge: Write us some Claire-Jamie-Frank fan fiction and win a set of Outlander books

March 25, 2015 By: jessicazafra Category: Books, Contest, Television 2 Comments →

The winner of our Outlander LitWit Challenge is clemichka. Congratulations! Please email to claim your prize.


Do you love the time-travel fantasy series Outlander? How much? Enough to flex some writing muscle and produce a Claire Beauchamp-Jamie Fraser-Frank Randall story?

Win a set of the first four books in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series in our LitWit Challenge. Just write a short story of at least 500 words involving any or all of the major characters Claire the time traveller, her 20th century husband Frank, or her 18th century husband Jamie. Post your stories in Comments on or before noon on Sunday, 5 April 2015. We’re giving away two of these sets, each of them just slightly smaller than Jamie Fraser’s bicep.

Questions you may be asking:

What era should the story be set in? Any time period, including the distant future, as long as the characters are recognizably Claire, Jamie and Frank.

Can the story be R-rated? Yes, we will add warnings in case readers have to avert their eyes.

Does it have to be Claire and Jamie or Claire and Frank, or could it be Jamie and Frank? Knock yourself out.

Could it be Frank and Black Jack? If you can solve the grandfather paradox, knock yourself out.

Puedeng kami ni Jamie? Puede.

Lola T will help us judge the entries, so points will be awarded for kileg.

This LitWit Challenge is brought to you by our friends at National Bookstores.