It’s the time of year when the dark and endless doom of winter is about to knock. It’s finally cool enough for you to sit on your couch with a blanket, and that means it’s time to spend some quality time with the written word. Let’s set aside the fluff from this summer and get into some fall jams. What’s a good fall book? You know it when you see it. A fall book is a big heavy novel, full of plot; a book that just feels cozy; a book that you read over and over again, every year. If you find your mind aching for something a little more fulfilling these days, check out our picks and share yours in the comments!
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After a long and fruitful career as one of the most prolific and talented short story writers of our time, Alice Munro can now add Nobel Prize winner to her long list of achievements, making her the first Canadian and 13th woman to win. A pioneer of the Southern Ontario Gothic genre, which was later explored by the early works of Margaret Atwood, Munro is considered one of the preeminent masters of the short story. If you’re not familiar with her work, stop what you’re doing and read her short story “Gravel” right now. Once you’ve collected yourself, hustle to your bookseller of choice with our starter list of Munro’s best works, after the jump.
There are approximately one thousand billion independent comics out there on the Internet and I am a fan of almost all of them. Crudely-drawn one-panels or intricately inked, sweeping stories — there’s something out there for everyone, really.
One of the things I love most about webcomics is how accessible they are. They’re drawn by people just like you or me — they have jobs, they fight with their significant others about doing the dishes. They take public transit and accidentally step in rain puddles. But in my mind, they’re like superheroes: mild-mannered blue-collar worker by day, but by night, they churn out these amazing works of art.
Here’s the thing: there are a lot of really lovely, female-positive webcomics out there created by dudes, but this list? This list is for the ladies. Keep reading »
Warsan Shire, 24, has just become London’s first ever Young Poet Laureate. The Kenyan-born Somali poet writes about both English and African culture, exploring war, sex, culture, love, and everything in between with a great depth and sensitivity. She expresses her worldview with an honest vulnerability that most would shy away from. Her first book of poems, Teaching My Mother How To Give Birth, was published in 2011. She has a BA in creative writing and even teaches workshops on using poetry to heal trauma – and she’s not even halfway through her 20s yet. Warsan was chosen from six young finalists, and she will now undertake a residency at the Houses of Parliament and spend the next year creating work that reflects on London. Carol Ann Duffy, London’s current poet laureate, announced Warsan as the winner as part of National Poetry Day. Her willingness to be candid and speak her truth in her work is something we could all stand to learn from. ”It is our vision for east London to be a thriving cultural district,” said chief executive Dennis Hone, “and Warsan as the first Young Poet Laureate for London will play a key part in that transformation.” Congratulations! [BBC; Well & Often; Warsan Shire]
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 »
And because the book isn’t out yet, though the spoiler-ific excerpt is, I will adhere to my own rules about spoilers and keep this one out of the headline and the pre-jump post introduction! (Though other news outlets aren’t being so courteous.) Click on if you want to know what Bridget is crying about in her diary in Helen Fielding’s upcoming third book in the popular series…
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“That is so awful. That word is like so disgusting to me. That’s horrible. It’s just about the playfulness, about teasing, it’s about ‘hmmm, no, I don’t want it tonight’ but he’s going to take it. It’s about being aggressive and trying new things in the bedroom. It’s not about, ‘hey, I have a headache, honey, and I’m not in the mood tonight,’ and your husband’s going to take it from you. I mean, come on. … My book is about mutual respect with your partner, for one another. It’s about honesty, it’s about loyalty, it’s about making your partner first in your life. Where that word comes into play, to me, is awful and disgusting.”
– Melissa Gorga, star of “The Real Housewives Of New Jersey” and author of the new marriage advice book Love Italian Style, is not loving that a passage in her book from husband Joe Gorga has been described by critics — including yours truly — as advocating marital rape. Alas, Melissa may not like that that’s how people are interpreting her husband’s advice (“If your wife says ‘no,’ turn her around, and rip her clothes off”), but the fact of the matter is what Joe described — and what Melissa reinforces in this very quote – is the very definition of rape. When a woman says “no” to having sex and a man “takes” it — it being, you know, HER BODY — anyway, that is rape. Even when it’s a husband and wife. If Joe is actually advocating for consensual dom/sub play, he worded it very badly and an editor certainly should have raised a red flag. But my hunch is that Melissa and Joe have seriously fucked up issues that they should not be selling to the masses as secrets to a happy marriage. [Dlisted]
- Courtney Robertson, season 16 winner of “The Bachelor” with Ben Flajnik, landed a book deal for a memoir called I Didn’t Come Here To Make Friends: Confessions Of A Reality Show Villain. [US Weekly]
- “Glee” star Heather Morris gave birth this weekend to a baby boy named Elijah. Mazel tov! [US Weekly]
- Lindsay Lohan’s parents have been banned by Oprah’s network from appearances on LiLo’s reality show. [TMZ]
- Rachel Leigh Cook has welcomed her first daughter with “Vampire Diaries” actor Daniel Gillies. Congrats! [People]
- Is “Breaking Bad” a critique of U.S. healthcare (or lack thereof)? [Feministing]
- “Modern Family” might be getting a spinoff. [Hollywood Reporter] Keep reading »
Stoneybrook, Connecticut, may have been an idyllic town where The Baby-Sitter’s Club giggled about boys, doodled horses, and played hopscotch with kids, but Ann M. Martin’s wholesome characters sometimes found themselves in some tricky situations. The series would go on to have spin-offs like The California Diaries that dealt with more mature themes head-on and without tidy resolutions, but there was nothing quite like the original series, that handled such issues with kid gloves and high-minded morals.
Here’s a list of the best moments where the PG-rated sitters verged into some PG-13 (-ish) territory. Mallory fans: you may need to sit this one out. Keep reading »
Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Read Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Lowland, Watch “Masters Of Sex” & Make Apple Pie Ice Cream
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 »