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 »
What the fresh hell is this? Penguin Books has just released a brand new cover for Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for the book’s 50th anniversary (left) and it is a stark departure from previous incarnations (right). It is, you might say, sexier. Is the little girl supposed to be Veruca Salt? I love Veruca as a character, but she isn’t the primary star of the book, nor did Dahl describe the spoiled rich girl as a depressed, tarted up, child beauty queen type. I don’t get it. If you were to take the name of the book off this image, I would be more inclined to guess that it was the cover for a kid version of Valley of the Dolls. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory would never even occur to me. On top of being an unsettling and icky cover for a book about/for kids, it’s terrible marketing. Who approved this? Someone a little high on fizzy lifting drinks? [Facebook]
When I was in high school, I read How Stella Got Her Groove Back, and I was like, “eh.” Ever since then, every time I’ve read stories and books about women awakening to their strength and becoming empowered in their womanhood, I’ve had exactly the same reaction (and to be fair, I have the same feelings about the bildungsroman in general, regardless of gender). Except once.
It’s been hard for me to put my finger on what I love so much about Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love, or what I love so much about Elizabeth Gilbert in general. Here are my top three books: Galápagos by Kurt Vonnegut, This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen by Tadeusz Borowski, and Antoine de Saint-Éxupery’s The Little Prince — stories that, at heart, are about atrocities and devastating loss and how people or characters cope with the aftermath. Keep reading »