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10 Marriage Thrillers For “Gone Girl” Fans

10 Marriage Thrillers For "Gone Girl" Fans

“I suppose these questions stormcloud over every marriage: What are you thinking? How are you feeling? Who are you? What have we done to each other? What will we do?

This seemingly innocuous quote from “Gone Girl” takes on a much more chilling undertone once you’ve read the book or, now, seen the movie. In fact, throngs of movie theater goers took to Twitter this week to voice their fear of marriage after seeing the film, and Jezebel even went so far as to say that “Gone Girl’s biggest villain is marriage itself.” There is something so fascinating about a novel that has you questioning how well you really know the person you’ve chosen to spend the rest of your life with and the secrets we all hide from our partners — even when the premise is extreme. These dangerous love stories have become so popular that they’ve even garnered a new subgenre: “marriage thrillers.” And while there’s nothing new about the notion that marriage is scary, it takes on a much darker meaning in these 10 novels. Read more on Tres Sugar…

Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Read The Radical Housewife, Watch “Transparent” & Cook Soup

Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Read The Radical Housewife, Watch "Transparent" & Cook Soup

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! Keep reading »

5 Things To Know About Cartoonist Alison Bechdel, Winner Of A MacArthur “Genius” Grant

Alison Bechdel

There are plenty of people in the world who get nice things that they don’t (IMHO) deserve. So it’s especially nice when someone completely and utterly deserving is recognized for their greatness. I felt all the warm and fuzzies this morning when I heard on the news that the cartoonist and graphic novelist Alison Bechdel is a 2014 recipient of a MacArthur “Genius Grant,” one of the world’s most prestigious prizes. Bechdel draws the popular LGBTQ comic strip Dykes To Watch Out For and is the author/illustrator of the memoirs Are You My Mother? and Fun Home, the latter of which is one of the most esteemed books in the graphic novel genre (and a favorite of mine).

As a winner of the “Genius Grant,” which is awarded to between 20 and 40 individuals who “show exceptional merit and promise for continued and enhanced creative work,” Bechdel will receive upwards of $625,000 paid out over five years. The intention is for winners to use the prize money to continue doing their good work. Past winners have included people like “The Wire” creator David Simon, authors Chimamanda Ngozi Adihie, Junot Diaz and Edwidge Dandicat, and critic Susan Sontag.

After the jump, here are five things to know about Alison Bechdel, her cartoons and her important mark on pop culture! Keep reading »

Anne Rice’s BDSM Erotica Trilogy Sleeping Beauty Heads To TV!

anne rice sleeping beauty

Your TiVo queue just got unbelievably hotter: a BDSM erotica trilogy by Anne Rice, under the pen name A.N. Roquelaur, is headed to TV. The popular books, The Claiming Of Sleeping Beauty, Beauty’s Punishment and Beauty’s Release, will be adapted into a TV series for the channel Televisa USA. Your mom bought these compulsively readable books back in the ’80s when Rice first penned them, but they are still on the fiction shelves in bookstores today, especially after the renewed interest in BDSM due to the popularity of Fifty Shades Of Grey. But unlike the writing in Fifty Shades, which was terrible, the Sleeping Beauty books are gripping and the spanking scenes — oh, so many spanking scenes — are hotter. Should be fun for TV.  Rice is executive producing the show alongside Rachel Winter, who was nominated for an Oscar for “Dallas Buyers Club.” Yay ladies! [The Hollywood Reporter]

These Underwater Puppy Portraits Are Giving Me Life

What’s cuter than a bunch of adorable puppy faces? A bunch of adorable puppy faces captured UNDERWATER. I’m just going to tell myself that all of the pups shot by award-winning animal photographer Seth Casteel for new book, Underwater Puppies (a followup to the New York Times bestseller, Underwater Dogs), are having the time of their lives, because I sure am having a blast seeing them swim. See a few more shots above, check out an interview with Casteel over at NPR, and get a head start on your holiday shopping by picking up Underwater Puppiesfor all the pooch-loving people in your life when it hits stores on September 16. [All photos by Seth Casteel]

Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Get Nostalgic For “My So-Called Life,” Listen To BANKS & Pre-Game With Soft Beer Pretzels

Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Get Nostalgic For "My So-Called Life," Listen To BANKS & Pre-Game With Soft Beer Pretzels

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! Keep reading »

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