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Trayvon Martin’s Parents Are Planning A Book

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Trayvon Martin's Parents Are Planning A Book

Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, the mother and father of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed Black teen who was killed by self-appointed neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman last year, are meeting with publishers about writing a book about their son. Their book will give a full picture of their son in the wake of a trial that attempted to paint him as a thug who must have had it coming the night he was killed. (Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges in July and has been anything but an upstanding citizen since.) The meetings, which took place last week, were described as “somber and moving” by publishers who spoke to The New York Times. The book is expected to reveal the turmoil the couple experienced before, during and after the trial, and, according to one publishing executive who met with Martin and Fulton, likely touch on social issues of race and religion. Heartbreaking though the subject may be, I look forward to reading this book when it’s on shelves. [NYTimes]

Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Read The NY Times’ Story “Invisible Child,” DIY Wrapped Paper & Listen To Shovels & Rope

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 a handy list of awesome things to do this weekend!
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Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Read Rob Delaney’s Memoir, Listen To Ashley Monroe & DIY Holiday Decor

Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Read Rob Delaney's Memoir, Listen To Ashley Monroe & DIY Holiday Decor

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 a handy list of awesome things to do this weekend!
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British Bookseller Waterstones Overshadows Amazon’s New Drone Program

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Sorry, Amazon: your robot drone delivery program just got one-upped, in terms of both efficiency and novelty. The future of delivery will not be dependent on technology, but rather winged animals — that is, if one British book retail giant has any say in it. Waterstones has trounced Amazon’s plans (which, really, now seem quaint in comparison) by announcing the introduction of their O.W.L.S., or Ornithological Waterstones Landing Service. A fleet of specially trained owls will be ordained with the task of delivering your Waterstones package within 30 minutes. Dispiritingly, this is only proposed as a future plan: as the bookseller’s appropriately named press manager, Jon Owls, reasons, “It takes ages to train owls to do anything, and we only just thought of it this morning.” [Refinery29]

Lena Dunham And Judy Blume’s First Conversation Was So Compelling That It’s Been Turned Into A Book

We shouldn’t be surprised that when Lena Dunham got together with YA author Judy Blume, their first conversation about writing, celebrity, sex, censorship, and favorite breakfasts” was so earnest and entertaining that it was worthy of publication. The result is a limited-edition, 80-page book published by McSweeney’s The Believer.

Blume, a “Girls” fan, says she loves the show because she “never had that experience of being a young woman living on her own,” and by watching she gets to“to live it vicariously.” And Dunham, who grew up reading Judy Blume books like many of us, explains the importance of reading the authors’ books in the intro:When we, as young women, are given the space to read, the act becomes a happy, private corner we can return to for the rest of our lives.” Aww. I’m already getting all soppy. After the jump, a complimentary excerpt, which will obviously make you want to go buy the thing for all the book loving ladies in your life. Spoiler: They talk about horses!  Keep reading »

10 Reasons Reading Rob Delaney’s Book Will Make Your Life Better

10 Reasons Reading Rob Delaney's Book Will Make Your Life Better

If you are on Twitter and don’t follow @RobDelaney, you need to rethink your life. It’s like going to Italy and not eating pizza, or driving through New Jersey for the first time and not listening to Bruce Springsteen, which I’m pretty sure is illegal. Bruce Springsteen is the King of New Jersey, and Rob Delaney is the King of Twitter.

Delaney is more than a hairy Twitter King in a green speedo, however, and he recently wrote a fantastic book called, Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage.

I just finished reading it, and now I want to hug people who look sad, call my mom to tell her I love her, trespass on creepy abandoned property, tickle a kitten, and be a better, funnier person.

Here are 10 reasons to read the book: Keep reading »

First Look: Jamie Dornan & Dakota Johnson Get Heated On The Set Of “Fifty Shades Of Grey”

“You’re a virgin?” he breathes. I nod, flushing again. He closes his eyes and looks to be counting to ten. When he opens them again, he’s angry, glaring at me. “Why the fuck didn’t you tell me?”

I don’t know if that’s the scene “Fifty Shades Of Grey” stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson are filming, but it is so much more fun to look at photos of them onset and imagine the shitty bits of dialogue coming out of their mouths. Can’t wait for all 90+ minutes to hit theaters! See a few more pics after the jump… [Photos: Fame/Flynet] Keep reading »

Someone Bookmarked Every Death In The Game Of Thrones Series So Far

Spoiler alert: Everyone dies, basically, so don’t get too attached. To anyone. [via Twitter]

Frisky Q&A: Emily Matchar, Author of Homeward Bound: Why Women Are Embracing The New Domesticity

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QA Emily Matchar Homeward Bound

One upon a time, the phrase “domestic diva” referred to Martha Stewart and stereotypes of 1950′s housewives. But you may have noticed recently that all your friends are knitting and growing their own kale. Your cousin is raising chickens in her backyard. Your mom is making her own pickles and selling them on Etsy. And everyone is wondering why you aren’t baking your own bread yet.  (“It’s so easy!”)  Congratulations, you have been hit by New Domesticity, an aughties phenomenon in which traditional homemaking tasks experience a revival in the hopes of saving money, eating fresher, improving health, and cutting the government out of your personal life.

Journalist Emily Matchar always loved reading blogs, especially the do-it-yourself (DIY) and homesteading genres. She was surprised to see a lot of middle-class professionals, including Third and Forth Wave feminists (not the likeliest group to embrace washing their laundry by hand), taking on pioneer woman-style chores and calling it a feminist choice. Matchar got curious what was going on. Why would people milk their own cows if they could just buy milk at the store?  Why would parents refuse to vaccinate their children? Were women who quit their jobs to devote themselves full-time to growing nearly all their family’s food could really be serious? Quickly Matchar fell down a rabbit hole where answers only lead to more questions.  There are liberal Earth mamas, conservative Mormon housewives and even some pioneering dudes who read the same blogs about DIY homemaking tips — and they are everywhere. In her new book, Homeward Bound: Why Women Are Embracing The New Domesticity speaks to a bunch of these folks and paints a fascinating portrait of this new twisty-turn in feminism.

I spoke with Matchar over the phone in Hong Kong, where she is currently living about New Domesticity, traditional gender roles, and the pleasures of breaking your bed. (Apparently, it really is so easy.)  Our conversation, after the jump:

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Patti Smith Is A Huge “Hunger Games” Fan, Wrote A Song For The “Catching Fire” Soundtrack & Rocks A Mockingjay Pin

Patti Smith Is A Huge "Hunger Games" Fan, Wrote A Song For "Catching Fire" Soundtrack & Rocks A Mockingjay Pin

The Hunger Games book series and movies are hugely popular with a wide audience, but I was still surprised (and delighted!) to learn the legendary rock star and poet Patti Smith counts herself amongst its fans. In fact, Smith enjoys the series so much, she:

  1. Wears a mockingjay pin on her lapel and carries a mockingjay iPhone case.
  2. Has been known to hold her fingers up in the District 12 salute, which she says is “beautiful” and “brings tears” to her eyes, at concerts.
  3. She wrote a song for the “Catching Fire” soundtrack called “Capital Letter,” which, she explains, “[Is] like a letter to the Capitol, warning them about Katniss, but warning them in a proud way.” It includes the lyrics, “Rebellion has a heart / Breaking like the dawn / Bursting into song” and “She’s the silent one / In her silent boots / Racing through the flames.”

 One question remains: Team Peeta or Team Gale? [Vanity Fair]

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