The only real downside to my new obsession with weaving is that I haven’t yet figured out how to read a book and weave at the same time, so I haven’t been as voracious a reader as usual. I love books and was really missing reading, though not so much that I was willing to drop the loom, so I finally signed up for an Audiobooks.com account. Good news is the meditative impact from weaving actually puts me in the perfect mindset to absorb what I’m hearing. My Audiobooks account also came in handy this weekend while I was unpacking in my new Brooklyn apartment (!!!) and wanted something a little more stimulating than music to listen to. I’ve already “read” Lena Dunham’s Not That Kind of Girl (side note: her vocal delivery of THAT passage is just as blase as it appears on the page) and Amy Poehler’s fantastic new book Yes Please. The latter I found to be especially enjoyable as an audiobook because Poehler had a whole list of friends stop by the studio to help her read, plus there were also audio clips from “Parks & Rec” — hell, the whole experience of listening to this book may actually be better than reading it (though regardless of how you “read” it, just DO). I suspect that this may be true of a lot of comedic memoirs, as most of them have the actual comics reading their work, giving them the opportunity to actually perform it.
I’ve listened to a few others audiobooks in the past, including a couple of the Harry Potter books (so good on tape, y’all), but I’m hoping you might have some other recommendations, as I suspect that some books are way better on tape than others. So, hook a girl up. What are some audiobooks you’ve listened to that you loved, or what are some books you’ve read recently that you think would be great as audiobooks? Let’s share!
In her new memoir, Not That Kind Of Girl, Lena Dunham tells a couple of stories that include references to her younger sister Grace which are intended to illustrate Lena’s “weirdness” as a child, as well as her youthful obsession with the baby of the family. Instead, critics both on the right and the left say these stories not only cross the line of appropriateness, but suggest that young Lena’s treatment of her sister was sexually abusive, and that including them in her book is an extension of that abuse into adulthood. Keep reading »
Anne of Green Gables remains one of my favorite books of all time (I love the entire L.M. Montgomery series, though I wish Anne-with-an-E didn’t end up being saddled with quite so many children, but I digress) and growing up, I watched the PBS movie adaptation more times than I could possibly count. My best friend and I regularly dressed up as Anne Shirley and her BFF, Diana Berry, and I dreamed of a day where I would have enough money to procure a dress with puffed sleeves and a bottle of raspberry cordial. Anne’s love of literature, her romanticism, her stubbornness and her temper were all things I did and still do relate so much to. That’s why I’m kind of obsessed with this Anne of Green Gables themed wedding photoshoot from Canadian (obviously) photographer Jessica Zais. Inspired by her favorite book, Zais worked with local vendors to recreate various recognizable settings from the books, including the White Way of Delight, the Lake of Shining Waters, and Green Gables, where young Anne first came to live with Matthew and Marilla. A real-life couple stood in for Anne and her beau, Gilbert Blythe, with “Anne” donning her trademark poofy bun and a dress with puffed sleeves. The entire shoot is so spot-on, I’m sure that Anne, were she real, would consider Zais to be a real kindred spirit. Click through for a few more photos and check out the rest at Zais’ blog! [via Buzzfeed]
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 »