“It’s kind of a more cynical version of The Phantom Tollbooth mixed with a game of Dungeons & Dragons from Community creator Dan Harmon’s podcast Harmontown.”
—Wired, chosen as one of “This Summer’s 14 Must-Read Books”
A recent study by the makers of the Read It Later app determined that the articles written by Drew Magary—columnist for Deadspin, correspondent for GQ, and author of the critically acclaimed sci-fi novel The Postmortal—are saved, shared, and read more than any other writer on the Internet. Tabbed the Internet’s Ranter-in-Chief, Magary is known by his loyal and far-reaching readership for his brash commentary on everything from professional football to politics. Assigned to cover the Republican National Convention for GQ, Magary’s article on presidential hopeful Ben Carson, aptly titled “F*ck Ben Carson,” went viral last fall. “Why Your Team Sucks,” Magary’s cult-hitDeadspin column, spares no punches in bashing every NFL team and their fan base.
THE HIKE, however, might surprise many of his loyal readers. No doubt the novel was penned in his trademark, hilarious, no-holds-bard prose, but Magary was as inspired byclassic fairy tales, The Odyssey, and children’s books like The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe as he was by old King’s Quest PC games when he wrote THE HIKE. The result is utterly imaginative, deeply felt novel—like a Salvador Dali painting on amphetamines.
A caffeinated, metaphysical thrill ride that evokes some of literature’s greatest tales and gaming’s most classic video games, THE HIKE is truly a unique addition to fantasy genre, written by one of today’s most hilarious and unmistakable authors.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Drew Magary is a correspondent for GQ and a columnist for Deadspin. He is the author of the memoir Someone Could Get Hurt and the novel The Postmortal, which was a finalist for the Philip K. Dick and Arthur C. Clark Awards. His writing has appeared in Maxim, New York, NPR, NBC, The Atlantic, Bon Appétit, The Huffington Post, the Awl, Gawker, Penthouse, Playboy, Yahoo!, ESPN, Rolling Stone, Comedy Central, and more. He’s been featured on Good Morning America and has been interviewed by the AV Club, the New York Observer, USA Today, US News, and many others. He lives in Maryland with his wife and three kids, and is a Chopped champion.
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STRATEGY THAT WORKS, a new book out of Harvard Press, explores the question of how to close the gap between strategy and successful results. In “Strategy That Works,” Paul Leinwand and Cesare Mainardi explain how. They show how some of the best companies in the world consistently leap ahead of their competitors.
Based on new research, the authors reveal five practices for connectingstrategy and execution used by highly successful enterprises such as IKEA, Natura, Danaher, Haier, and Lego. These companies commit to what they do best instead of chasing multiple opportunities:
1) They build their own unique winning capabilities instead of copying others
2) They put their culture to work instead of struggling to change it
3) They invest where it matters instead of going lean across the board
4) They shape the future instead of reacting to it.
Paul Leinwand, is a principal with PwC US. PwC, formerly known as Price Waterhouse, has a long history of delivering professional services to their clients helping to resolve complex issues and identify opportunities.
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And his single-panel cartoon does it without any recurring characters. That gives him tremendous freed0m, but it also means he has to create each one from scratch, without any running gags to lean on.
Fortunately, he is more than up to the task.
This 240-page book features more than 250 full-color cartoons hand-selected and colored by the cartoonist himself specifically for this project.
• More than 250 Rubes® Cartoons
• 240 pages, archival quality
• Limited edition, collector’s item
Order online HERE.
About the cartoonist:
Leigh Rubin began his cartooning career in 1978 by establishing his own greeting card company, Rubes Publications. His first cartoon collection, the popular Notable Quotes musical cartoons, was published in 1981.
In 2009 Leigh celebrated the 25th anniversary of Rubes® with the publication of The Wild and Twisted World of Rubes, a “best of” collection which contains 240 of his personal favorites out of over 9,500 cartoons.
Originally self-syndicated, Rubes is now distributed by Creators Syndicate to more than 400 media outlets worldwide. Rubes appears in The Dalles Chronicle and in major daily metropolitan papers, such as the Oregonian, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Toronto Sun, The Washington Times, the Sacramento Bee, The Orange County Register, the Los Angeles Daily News.
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Sample pages from Rubes’ Twisted Pop Culture
THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL: THE EVER NEVER HANDBOOK
(For Evers and Nevers* alike)
Every year, students flock to the School for Good and Evil, ready to prepare for life in a fairy tale. The highest-ranked students become the heroes and villains of the fairy tales, while the lowest end up enchanted animals or plants (if they’re lucky, that is). This handbook is a personal guide to help students to the top of their class—from surviving Uglification, to picking your own sidekick or henchman, to earning a part in the yearly school musical, and so much more. And of course, it’s in glorious full color and duotone because in the School for Good and Evil, very little is black-and-white.
Soman Chainani, a Harvard-educated fairy tale expert, turns all pre-conceived notions of Disney princesses and Grimms’ fairy tales upside down with his whimsical, captivating and even subversive tale of two archetypal heroines who are not what they appear to be on the surface. Since going on-sale in 2013, The School for Good and Evil series has sold more than a million copies and has been sold into twenty countries worldwide. Universal Pictures snapped up movie rights and powerhouses Joe Roth (Maleficent, Snow White and the Huntsman) and Jane Startz (Tuck Everlasting) will produce the film adaptation. Each of the novels has had a theme – book one’s question was “Good versus Evil,” with main characters Sophie and Agatha put into the (supposedly) wrong schools; the definitions of Good and Evil turned out to not be as black and white as they seemed. In book two, “Boys versus Girls:” the notion that princesses don’t need princes to survive was explored. And in book three, “New vs. Old” brought into discussion as stories are told and retold, as they evolve and change with new characters who discover you can’t really have a future without the past.
*FYI: At the School for Good and Evil, ordinary girls and boys are trained to become legendary fairy tale heroes and villains. Children who attend the School for Good are called “Evers” and children in the School for Evil are “Nevers.”
Link to the School for Good and Evil website HERE.
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Imagine: you are the parent of a toddler, a rambling, ambling bundle of energy delighted by the world and reveling in every new word and accomplishment; growing so fast—almost too fast! Then one day, you notice your child beginning to slow down, lose words, withdraw; instead of moving forward, he seems to be in reverse. And you have no idea why.
Now, imagine you’re that child: gradually, inexplicably, uncontrollably, the big bright world you were beginning to conquer starts to dim and shrink. The new words you’ve been practicing—to your parents’ delight—have dwindled to just one: juice. The “big boy cup” you’d gotten used to you can no longer hold. You’re frustrated, you cry…your parents pull you onto their laps; they’re crying, too. You stare into each other’s eyes, wondering: what is happening?
Neither of you understands what’s going on, why, or how…or what’s next. For Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind—and his wife, Cornelia, and their son, Owen—there was no need to imagine. This was their real life.
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