As if we didn’t love LeVar Burton enough already.
The “Reading Rainbow” host, who’s quite possibly the greatest storyteller of our generation, read Adam Mansbach’s children’s book, Go The Fuck To Sleep, for a crowd of adults during Rooster Teeth‘s 24 Hour Extra Life stream. During the stream, more than $240,000 was raised for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals, in which LeVar’s performance helped to contribute. Keep reading »
Although books are a frequent source of inspiration for filmmakers, Hollywood doesn’t always see eye-to-eye with the authors of those books, because books are for nerds, so who cares what they think. Understandably, this often doesn’t sit well with the writers. But it doesn’t mean the author is always right — in fact, some of our favorite movies are books that Hollywood “ruined” in the eyes of their authors. Read More On Cracked…
The phrase “family values” tends to conjure up images old white dudes with traditional nuclear families imploring us to “think of the children” despite actively ignoring the plight of thousands of American kids growing up in poverty or with a poor shot at education – essentially, people who are not concerned with the wellbeing of families or children at all. In her new book The Radical Housewife, Shannon Drury reclaims the real meaning of “family values” as she advocates for a world and a government that actually puts children first. Through her experiences as president of the Minnesota chapter of the National Organization for Women, her wildly popular blog of the same name, and contributions to various other publications (including Avital Norman Nathman’s The Good Mother Myth), she’s waded through topics like abortion rights, classism, depression, and raising thoughtful kids - all with an equal dose of urgency and humor.
Drury’s self-awareness is what makes her such a fascinating read. She has in-depth knowledge to share on heavy topics, but she does so in such a relatable way, never afraid to reveal her own personal struggles and changes of heart in the process. Her clear explanations of the endless ways the system is stacked against the many millions of Americans who are not rich white men is the long-awaited answer for anyone who’s ever wondered why we still need feminism (spoiler alert: we need it, and bad). After the jump, Shannon’s chat with me about her new book, fostering modern feminism, and parenting in today’s not-so-equal world: 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 a handy list of awesome things to do this weekend! Keep reading »
Today, “The Best of Me” hits theaters nationwide, the ninth Nicholas Sparks adaptation to see release (and with two more in development, to boot). A Sparks adaptation has become as perennial and inevitable an event as the changing of seasons, giving appealing blond actresses and chiseled hunks paychecks for years now. The Internet has thrown continuous shade at Sparks’s novels and the movies based on them alike for the many similarities shared among every single one, and with “The Best of Me,” Sparks has actually doubled down, offering the same star-crossed lovers at two different ages for maximum tissue-clutching emotional impact, because sadness works best in bulk. Keep reading »
“Getting a divorce really sucks. Imagine spreading everything you care about on a blanket and then tossing the whole thing up in the air. The process of divorce is about loading that blanket, throwing it up, watching it all spin, and worrying what stuff will break when it lands.”
Amy Poehler‘s upcoming memoir, Yes Please, is sure to be a total riot, but as this quote from an excerpt published on The Mirror proves, it’ll also contain Amy’s refreshingly candid insights about real life problems, including her own. We’ve seen bits of this more serious side of Amy before, particularly in her Ask Amy advice series on YouTube, so I’m looking forward to seeing that fleshed out on the page, whether she’s writing about her own divorce from ex husband Will Arnett, parenting her two adorable sons, Abel and Archie, her road to success in Hollywood or her experiences with drugs. Speaking of which, here’s what Amy writes about what she learned from taking mushrooms: Keep reading »