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Why I’m Avoiding The New Slew Of Pro-Vegetarian Books and Movies

I feel like Jonathan Safran Foer is stalking me. OK, maybe not the actual guy—he’s got a beautiful, ridiculously talented wife, some kiddos, and a new best-selling book called Eating Animals, which Natalie Portman says made her go vegan, so no, he’s not actually stalking me. But I feel like he is, in the same way that I feel like Michael Pollan (who penned The Omnivore’s Dilemma) is, in the same way I feel like Robert Kenner (who made the film “Food Inc.”) is, in the same way that I feel like Barbara Kingsolver (who wrote Animal, Vegetable, Miracle) is. They’ve all created what I hear are persuasive, fascinating, and sometimes terrifying books and films about food that will inevitably change the way I think about every little thing I put in my mouth forevermore. But honestly, I just don’t want to hear it. Keep reading »

Photos Of Girls Twirling Their Hair

Around seven years ago, photographer Jeff Mermelstein started taking photographs of women twirling their hair. Walking the city streets with camera in hand, Mermelstein found he wasn’t lacking for subjects. Over the years, he became an “expert” in female hair twirlers. Reportedly, women twirl their hair more in the summer, and women of all races and nationalities do it. Some women twirl a thin strand; other women twirl bigger chunks. So, why do women twirl their hair? “There’s an easy interpretation: reflective of anxiety and tension,” says Mermelstein. “And nervousness.” Now, he’s turned his preoccupation into a book, Twirl / Run, which also features his other preoccupation, photographs of people running. [NYTimes.com] Keep reading »

Frisky Q&A: Erica Kennedy, Author Of “Bitch Lit” Novel “Feminista”

Erica Kennedy is known to many readers for her hip-hop novel Bling, but her latest novel, Feminista, has been making waves for its so-called entry into the “bitch lit” genre and its unapologetically ballsy protagonist, Sydney, a writer who finds love almost despite herself. Kennedy, who blogs about “feministas” in pop culture, from Michelle Obama to “The Princess and the Frog,” at The Feminista Files, answered our questions via email. Check out the interview, after the jump! Keep reading »

10 (More) Male Literary Characters We’d Like To Bone

If you want to escape your real love life, why not get lost in the pages of a great book … with a sexy leading man? I mean who hasn’t wished that they were coming home to Mr. Darcy after a long, stressful day? Asylum compiled a list of their 15 most sex-worthy ladies of literature after reading Lemondrop’s top 15 most do-able literary men. But I think they forgot a few characters with whom you might really want to curl up in bed. After the jump, 10 more fictional characters we really, really wish were real. So we could bone them. Sometimes it pays to be an avid reader. Keep reading »

“Twilight” Love Story Has All The Components Of An Abusive Relationship

One of the primary criticisms of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series is that the incredibly idealized love story between Bella Swan and Edward Cullen is actually, well, kind of creepy and pathetic. But an eagle-eyed blogger has noted that their relationship — beloved by teenage girls and their sisters and mothers — fits the profile of an abusive one. Blogger kar3ning of Captain’s Log compared Bella and Edward’s relationship against the National Domestic Violence hotline’s 15 signs that you may be in an emotionally or physically abusive relationship and discovered that, lo and behold, the glittery vampire and his devoted girlfriend were a match across the board.

Does your partner … look at you or act in ways that scare you? Check! … make all the decisions? Check! … threaten to commit suicide? Check! Keep reading »

New Perez Hilton Book Out Tomorrow

And people say reading is good for you? Perez Hilton‘s second book of 2009, True Bloggywood Stories: The Glamorous Life of Beating, Cheating, and Overdosing, hits bookstore shelves tomorrow, and it’s being billed as the perfect holiday gift for any tabloid hound. His Gosspiness claims that the book is full of juicy, can’t-read-anywhere-else tidbits, but I’m skeptical since, uh, why would he save big scoops for the book rather than throwing them up on his blog along with doodly pictures? One of the claims Perez makes in the book: that Drew Barrymore isn’t so reformed. “She was f***ed-up. She’s always f***ed-up,” he writes. “She is not the sober kitten that the main public may think she is.” Keep reading »

Palin Parody Book Creating Lots of Oopsies In The Media

Ha ha ha. On the very same day that HarperCollins released Sarah Palin‘s memoir, Going Rogue: An American Life, new book publisher O/R put out its first offering—Going Rouge: An American Nightmare. The covers are almost identical, though instead of the red hoodie and sunny sky, the mock version uses a stock photo of Sarah in a red suit against a stormy sky. Going Rouge is a collection of essays about Sarah Palin, curated by Richard Kim and Betsy Reed, both editors at The Nation, and written by authors and journalists like Eve Ensler, Katha Pollitt, Frank Rich, Tom Perrotta, and Naomi Klein. And the tome is apparently causing a ton of confusion. When USA Today ran a review of Palin’s book in today’s issue, the piece was accompanied by a photo of Going Rouge. Fox News Channel made the same mistake in a segment last week. (Or were these errors the work of Palin-hating employees playing a prank?) And O/R publishing has evidently been contacted by oodles of reporters wanting to chat with Palin. “One website not only thought we were Ms. Palin’s publishers but called the book Going Rough,” joked the book’s co-publisher. So what do you think—is this funny satire, or over-the-line sabotage? [NY Post]
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Sarah Palin’s Memoir Gives Hope To Wolves Everywhere

Since the release of Sarah Palin’s Going Rogue: An American Life, many folks have been howling about the claims made within its covers. But there is one group that stands to profit from her opus—and it’s not the donkeys or elephants. It’s the wolves. San Francisco bookstore Green Apple Books has decided to “go rogue” and donate 100 percent of the profits from Palin’s book to the Alaska Wildlife Alliance. The AWA seeks to stop the aerial hunting of wolves and other game, which the gun-toting ex-governor supports. Why is hunting wolves a problem? Because they’re a vital part of the healthy Alaskan wilderness and aerial hunting is decimating the population and disturbing the delicate ecosystem. Who’s howling now, Sarah? [Newser] Keep reading »

They’re Baaack … Sex And The City Prequel Cover Revealed

Hot off the presses! Check out the just-released cover of the Sex and the City prequel: Candace Bushnell‘s The Carrie Diaries. The book, which takes place during Carrie Bradshaw’s high school years, won’t be released until April 27, 2010, and “Sex and the City 2″ isn’t slated for release until May 28, 2010, but it’s never too early to pre-order, is it? This time around, the story focuses on Carrie’s first love (Mr. Tiny?), her early relationships, and how she became a writer. The book is the first of two that chronicle Carrie’s early years. Surely this means there’ll be more “Sex and the City” movies for years to come. [People] Keep reading »

What Does It Mean To Be A Good Man?

Wouldn’t it be nice if all the good men in the world had an invisible stamp on their hand, and all you had to do to find one was shine a black light on it? But, uh, what constitutes a “good man” anyway? Tom Matlack of The Huffington Post is attempting to answer that question with The Good Men Project: Real Stories from the Front Lines of Modern Manhood, a collection of first-person stories that he’s turned into a book and documentary about what it means to be a man in America today. Encompassing stories from Pulitzer winners to ex-cons, and pro Football Hall of Famers to just regular Joes, the authors share their defining challenges, losses and triumphs through honest and simple truths. Keep reading »

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