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Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Read My Drunk Kitchen, Have A Robin Williams Marathon & Listen To Mikky Ekko

Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Read My Drunk Kitchen, Have A Robin Williams Marathon & Listen To Mikky Ekko

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 »

Delaware School Board Nukes Summer Reading Program Rather Than Let Kids Read Book About Gay Teen

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  • What horrors could await the precious ninth-grade snowflakes of the Cape Henlopen School District in Delaware after they read The Miseducation Of Cameron Post, a YA novel about a gay teen? Concerned parents were not about to find out! Back in June, the board had removed Cameron Post from the list. After some negative attention and accusations of bigotry, they appear to have just eliminated the entire reading list. Citing profanity in some of the books — which included modern classics like The Fault In Our Stars by John Green and Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, both of which I have read and which are TOTALLY appropriate for 9th graders — the board is just not going to have 9th graders do summer reading. Sigh. These parents know that 14-year-olds (and their friends) use the Internet, right? And that there’s gay stuff all over it?! Oh well, at least with no summer reading list anymore, kids have more time to spend online! [Delaware Online, Cape GazetteBoing Boing]
  • Maryam Mirzakhani, a professor at Stanford, is the first-ever woman to win the Fields Medal, the highest prize in mathematics. [Guardian UK] Keep reading »

Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Read Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist, Stream The New Sinead O’Connor & Make A Ricotta Grilled Cheese

Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Read Roxane Gay's Bad Feminist, Stream The New Sinead O'Connor & Make A Ricotta Grilled Cheese

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 »

Kim Kardashian Is Publishing A Book Of Selfies

  • You know, I really don’t think there are enough photos of Kim Kardashian in the universe. Good thing she is releasing a book of selfies. (Yes, really.) Titled Kim Kardashian Selfish, the coffee table book from publisher Rizzoli comes out/the apocalypse is nigh in 2015. [US Weekly]
  • In other Kardashian news (isn’t it all Kardashian news, though?), NBA player Chandler Parsons reportedly pulled out of a dating reality show because he’s dating Kendall Jenner. Mama Kris set them up. [Daily Mail UK]
  • Shirley Manson is urging a Wisconsin church to cancel a pig wrestling event. [ONTD]
  • Girl group Danity Kane announced today they are are splitting up. [Daily Mail UK] Keep reading »

Penguin Books’ 50th Anniversary Cover For Charlie And The Chocolate Factory Is All Sorts Of WTF

Penguin Books' 50th Anniversary Cover For Charlie And The Chocolate Factory Is All Sorts Of WTF

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]

Report: Lindsay Lohan Wants To Hire A Ghostwriter To Write Her Tell-All

  • Lindsay Lohan is reportedly meeting with London publishing honchos, hoping to secure a book deal for a tell-all memoir. Lindz has reportedly got her eye on Fifty Shades Of Grey author E.L. James as a ghostwriter … despite the fact that writing quality was not exactly the strong suit of Fifty Shades. [Um, I'm available, LiLo. Call me. -- Amelia] [Radar Online]
  • Zooey Deschanel has split from her screenwriter boyfriend of two years, Jamie Linden. [US Weekly]
  • Ariana Grande and her boyfriend Jai Brooks are dunzo. [E! Online]
  • Mariah Carey is on the cover of Turkey’s first-ever gay magazine! [Pink News UK] Keep reading »
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