I was the kind of kid who eschewed children’s literature for Mary Higgins Clark and Steven King by the time I was maybe six or seven. By ten I was reading, and worshiping, Neil Gaiman’s Sandman graphic novel series and making my way through A Midsummer Night’s Dream. By high school, my favorite book was Antoine de Saint-Éxupery’s The Little Prince. I read Vonnegut and Bradbury with far greater enthusiasm than my classmates. You see where I’m going with this: I love fairy tales, mythologies, theologies, mysteries, aliens, ghosts, monsters, other worlds, other universes, and the whole range of possibilities that the fact of existence suggests. Keep reading »
Activities are wonderful, but sometimes, it’s fine to want to shut the world out for a couple of days, and make some serious time for you. Don’t be afraid of FOMO, either. There will always be another party, another pub crawl, another picnic. The time you’ll spend indulging in the things you want to do, alone, are well worth it. Here’s an-extra long, handy list of awesome things to do this weekend!
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Here is the cover of Kim Kardashian’s forthcoming book, Selfish, out in May 2015. This is the cover photo, and frankly, it’s amazing. I am sure the impending arrival of Kim’s coffee-table book of selfies will cause a lot of people to raise their fists in anger about how we are turning into a society of self-obsessed zombies with the compulsive need to document our lives as if they were important, but I disagree with these haters. If we look at her face and body of work as a study in the uncanny valley, then she is a genius. Her face is a perfect and confusing mix of artifice and reality, and because of that it’s mesmerizing. Besides, she’s just trying to live, like we all are, right? Let Kim do Kim. It’s what she’s good at. [Twitter]
Somehow we stumbled on the topic of the Sweet Valley High series in Frisky group chat this week and I found myself arguing the merits of various characters from the series. I’ve read most of the books multiple times and used to collect them — I was forced to give up about 20 of them during a major move about eight years ago and it’s among the greatest regrets of my life — so I consider myself a little bit of a Sweet Valley expert. Oh fuck it, I thought. I’ll just rank them. I started with the dudes, ranking them based on a mixture of how attractive they were as drawn with colored pencil on their relevant book covers, how interesting their little micro dramas were and various other criteria, like whether I would hit it… Keep reading »
Classy as always, 4chan used its collective powers to drive a book vlogger off of YouTube with comments on her channel that were in turns condescending, mansplaining, and vulgar. She had nothing to do with the forum’s /lit/ board; her channel’s link was posted there for a discussion about book vloggers, and, of course, the 4channers decided that the appropriate course of action was to speculate about her virginity and harass her over her looks, persona, and content.
What’s next for 4chan in their quest to sexually harass women who are doing things that in no way affect those 4channers? My guesses are that they’ll start harassing… Keep reading »
No matter how hard you think you have it, someone always has it worse. This is perhaps the strongest lesson we can learn from Michael Wolff’s heart-wrenching USA Today profile (titled “White Men Tell Stories Too“) of Kevin Morris, a struggling big-time entertainment lawyer who wrote a book that no one wanted to publish because he is a part of an oppressed minority.
Kevin Morris, you guys, is a white man. Keep reading »