It’s the time of year when the dark and endless doom of winter is about to knock. It’s finally cool enough for you to sit on your couch with a blanket, and that means it’s time to spend some quality time with the written word. Let’s set aside the fluff from this summer and get into some fall jams. What’s a good fall book? You know it when you see it. A fall book is a big heavy novel, full of plot; a book that just feels cozy; a book that you read over and over again, every year. If you find your mind aching for something a little more fulfilling these days, check out our picks and share yours in the comments!
After a long and fruitful career as one of the most prolific and talented short story writers of our time, Alice Munro can now add Nobel Prize winner to her long list of achievements, making her the first Canadian and 13th woman to win. A pioneer of the Southern Ontario Gothic genre, which was later explored by the early works of Margaret Atwood, Munro is considered one of the preeminent masters of the short story. If you’re not familiar with her work, stop what you’re doing and read her short story “Gravel” right now. Once you’ve collected yourself, hustle to your bookseller of choice with our starter list of Munro’s best works, after the jump.
Keep reading »
There comes a time in every new thing when it feels necessary to define what’s going on between the two of you. You need to have “the talk.” Say things have been going well, feelings are mutual and developing rapidly. You know that you should talk about this, but the time never seems quite right! Maybe you don’t even have to talk about it, because clearly you two are on the same page. You are linked by pure love and mutual understanding and shimmering light between your heart chakras and one day, you’ll just wake up and know deep down this is your lobster. Who needs to talk when it all feels so right? Keep reading »
“To be a female narcissist is an act of political defiance comparable to not being humble as a person of color. It’s about preserving your dignity in a world where you’re constantly told you aren’t shit and are expected to act accordingly.”
Confused on how to feel after viewing Rihanna’s newest and, quite frankly, amazing video earlier this week? This quote from Ayesha A. Siddiqi, writer at The New Inquiry, in conversation with Sarah Nicole Prickett and Susan Nicole Shepherd about just what to make of RiRi’s latest offering is a very strong argument for Rihanna doing her thing for women, not for dudes. [The Hairpin]
Everyone’s favorite graffiti artist Banksy announced his month-long NYC residency on Instagram a couple days ago, and his subversive and witty take on street art has been popping up in all sorts of places from Chinatown to the West Side. Yesterday, he headed over to Brooklyn, where he added some cheeky commentary. This one’s our favorite, but click through to see the rest of his New York pieces! Keep reading »
See those ladies up there? That’s Haim (rhymes with lime), America’s favorite Jewish sister indie-rock group. See all that hair? It is the stuff of modern legend. It’s the kind of hair that makes me ponder extensions and cast quiet incantations willing my follicles to grow a foot of bouncy, swingy, perfectly ombred hair over night. Thank god for The New York Times Style section, and their brief but extremely informative article on the maintenance of these shiny-haired goddesses. Quoth their stylist Candice Birns: “Those girls are my little Shaggy McShaggersteins.” Truer words were never spoke. Read the article, absorb every word, and listen to this bonus track off their debut Days Are Gone, after the jump. Keep reading »