The first trans man to box in Madison Square Garden spars with masculinity

A boy isn’t supposed to hit a girl, even when she throws the first punch. It’s the first thing many of us learn about masculinity, on the playground or the school bus. So it feels familiar when Amateur author Thomas Page McBee panics when asked to spar with fellow boxer Larissa. It doesn’t matter that she’s been…

8 graphic novels to get your kids hooked on comics

Our A.V. Club Field Guide To Parenting is designed to guide you toward the best kids’ books, shows, movies, and music, just like we do with The A.V. Club for adults. Every month or so, we will feature a new subject with a few essential pop culture takes parents should know, saving you from the mountains of kids’ dreck…

Parker Posey’s offbeat You’re On An Airplane is the rare celebrity memoir worth reading

Early in the actor’s career, Parker Posey once spazzed out so much during an audition that the casting director asked her agent if she was on drugs. “I wasn’t,” Posey recounts in her memoir, “but just had a lot of energy and was excited to be there.” As it was in person, so it goes on the page. In You’re On An Airplane…

The 25 essential baby books every nursery should have

Our A.V. Club Field Guide To Parenting is designed to guide you toward the best kids’ books, shows, movies, and music, just like we do with The A.V. Club for adults. Every month or so, we will feature a new subject with a few essential pop culture takes parents should know, saving you from the mountains of kids’ dreck…

Legendary critic Michiko Kakutani reviews all the president’s lies in The Death Of Truth

If the role of the critic is to “educate the public,” as Oscar Wilde once wrote, Michiko Kakutani couldn’t have picked a worse time to retire from her post as chief book critic of The New York Times last July. Sure, serving for three decades as arguably the most important gatekeeper in literary publishing warrants a…

Megan Abbott’s Give Me Your Hand mixes the horrors of high school and work

Thriller author Megan Abbott can make anything creepy. In her latest novel, Give Me Your Hand, she describes a hotel’s indoor water park as “a hothouse for dying grandparents and abandoned children [with] two water slides and a bumper-boat pool and the sharp echo of kids screaming all night, their throats gurgling, as…

Man Seeking Woman's Simon Rich wrote a tragic autobiography of Paul Revere's horse

The halls of history are littered with once-important people whose contributions have become forgotten by time, much like how Chewbacca didn’t get a medal after the Battle Of Yavin, but The New Yorker has tried to rectify this for one historical figure by publishing an “autobiographical” piece from the perspective of…

Prison bans the Game Of Thrones books because inmates might do…something…with all those maps

George R.R. Martin’s A Song Of Ice And Fire books are a little grim as far as pure escapism goes, but that hasn’t stopped at least one Maryland prison from banning them on the grounds that their contents qualify as potential tools for escape. Per a recent piece for The Marshall Project, courtesy of Maryland…

Urine luck, Sawbones fans: Justin and Sydnee wrote a book, and we've got the exclusive 

Fans of medical history and/or the McElroy family of podcasts are already familiar with Sawbones, the podcast where Justin “Houston’s Native Son” McElroy interrupts his wife, actual medical doctor Dr. Sydnee McElroy, as they explore the bizarre, misguided, sometimes totally disgusting history of how medical…

The A.V. Club’s favorite books of 2018 so far

The first half of 2018 has seen dozens of notable releases: Rachel Kushner’s follow-up to The Flamethrowers, Stephen King’s “It for the Trump era,” a much-buzzed-about debut from Tommy Orange; essay collections from heavyweights like Marilynne Robinson and Zadie Smith; short story collections from favorites John Edgar…

DC to relaunch Vertigo line with new books from Ben Blacker, Zoë Quinn, and Rob Sheridan

Back in March, DC Comics announced a new series of spin-offs based on Sandman, Neil Gaiman’s critically acclaimed series from DC’s Vertigo imprint about the wacky adventures of the master of all dreams, but it turns out that the new Sandman books were actually foreshadowing a full-on Vertigo revival. Today, DC…