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.
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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 »
I left the theatre after seeing Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity” with a quietly roiling anxiety in the pit of my stomach, and a deep desire never to go to space. I’m still recovering today! If the trailer above isn’t enough, here’s the story: Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are in space, working on a routine mission, something goes wrong and really, I will stop there, because you have to see it to find out. If you’re on the fence about this terror ride through the universe’s infinite blackness, click through for five reasons you need to see “Gravity” right now. Keep reading »
In a move that is sure to cause ripples in some dark corner of the Internet hive mind, the A-list subscription service on OK Cupid includes a robust search function that lets you sort by body type and attractiveness rating. To those of you prepping your pitchforks and strapping on your combat boots to storm the castle, hold off. I know what this sounds like, but trust me, it’s not necessarily as bad as it seems.
This feature has been available for months, and it’s only now gained traction, but it’s just a recognition of the way human minds work. There is nothing worse than being on a date with someone who is clearly not interested in you, whether you are fat or thin or covered in scales. Life is short! If you find yourself sitting across the table from someone that’s too short or too tall or bald or you’re just simply not attracted to them, that’s just a free beer and a waste of time. Imagine the new heights of success your dating life could reach if you were able to sort out by what you knew you weren’t attracted to! Imagine not feel weirdly obligated to at least mouth kiss some dude that bought you a lot of drinks, despite the fact you’re not attracted to him. Keep reading »
Rihanna is the Prince Harry to Beyonce’s Wills. A lot naughtier, possibly hotter and definitely dealing in buckets of fucks not given, RiRi is kind of the best. With Beyonce, we know exactly what is coming up — good hair, couture and a lot of dance tights. But with Rihanna, the possibilities are endless. Will she vomit ribbon? Will she sit in a bathtub looking flawless in one take? Maybe she’ll just sit on a throne in that denim thong we all talked about, throwing stacks of cash with her face on the bills, while some strippers show off. Check out her video for the woozy Mike Will Made It produced track “Pour It Up” above!
I was less than enthused about the last person I dated, but could not put my finger on why. He was nice, smart, attractive, and I had enough fun with him, but something wasn’t right. At first, I chalked my indifference up to a personal tendency towards being overly critical. I had shoved off the detritus of my last long-term relationship, and was feeling open to new things and experiences. Dating him felt like something I should be doing — or at least trying — so I did. My enthusiasm never peaked though. It merely flatlined at a “I guess this is good enough” level for six months. It was only after we broke up that I was able to identify what was really going on: I was in a panic relationship.
It’s official. Fall is here to stay, and the same old dance jams of this summer’s BBQs and lazy beach days feel not quite right. Fall music is music you listen to wrapped in a scarf and sipping hot chocolate, walking thru freshly raked leaves. Fall music has a little more oomph, because fall is Serious Business. You’ll need a new soundtrack for handholding, cuddling, briskly shopping, and whatever other treats fall might bring you. We want to celebrate the glory that is new fall releases, with a healthy dose of some old classics. Throw on this playlist, make a lasagna, bake some cookies, or just sit and watch the light change through the leaves. Keep reading »