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Hear Ye, Hear Ye, A Jane Austen Victorian Airbrushing Scandal!

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Jane Austen is the newest face on Britain’s 10 pound note.  Yay feminism, right?  Well, hold your horses, sister suffragette, because now Austen’s biographer is howling about an airbrushing scandal. Keep reading »

Want: The Perfect Calendar For Cat-Loving Book Nerds

Does your love for books rival your love for cats wearing costumes? Have you been yearning for a way to combine these two interests while also keeping track of important dates? Then you definitely need to order a Puss In Books wall calendar, which features an adorable cat dressed up in adorable costumes corresponding to 12 different quotes from classic literature. From Alice in Wonderland to Pride and Prejudice to Hamlet, there’s a quote (and a cat costume) for everyone. Calendars are $19 each, with $1 from each sale donated to Feline Rescue, a no-kill shelter. I’m planning to just buy a dozen of these and be done with my holiday shopping, because I can’t think of a single one of my friends who wouldn’t appreciate the sight of a cat dressed like a pig next to a quote from Animal Farm. Magical. [Puss In Books Calendar]

Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Read The Book Of Jezebel, Listen To The Head And The Heart & Roast Some Pumpkin Seeds

Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Read The Book Of Jezebel, Listen To The Head And The Heart & Roast Some Pumpkin Seeds

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!
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“Deranged Sorority Girl” Rebecca Martinson Is Writing A Novel

Rebecca "Resigns"
Rebecca Martinson
The Delta Gamma sorority letter writer resigns. Read More »
Career Advice For Rebecca
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"Deranged Sorority Girl" Rebecca Martinson Is Writing A Novel

Remember Rebecca Martinson, the University of Maryland sorority girl who sent her fellow Delta Gammas a lengthy screed that introduced the world to the term “cunt punt”? Of course you do! Things have worked out well for Rebecca, despite being mocked mercilessly by the internet and being given the boot by her sorority — she’s been writing a reliably bitchy column for the dude site Bro Bible and now comes news that she’ll be putting pen to paper on her first novel. Ahh, book deals, so hard to come by these days unless you’re a horrible waste of space. Martinson is co-writing the book with the creator of the blog White Girl Problems (sounds like a collaboration made in heaven) and it’s being shopped around by none other than Tucker Max’s agent, so I think we can expect a best seller. Personally, I thought that Martinson’s notorious cunt punt email, while nasty as hell, was pretty well-written, funny and had good timing. Which is not to say I approve of this book deal. I just hate it less than others. [Huffington Post]

Frisky Q&A: Anna Holmes, Editor Of The Book Of Jezebel

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If you are a lady of a certain age with an Internet connection, chances are you read Jezebel.com. In fact, you might be on it right now.  The blog launched in 2007 and truly proved — to the mainstream media, to our feminist foremothers who complain that women today are apathetic, to men — that there is an appetite for smart, sassy, feminist commentary on the Internet. The site inspires intense feelings amongst feminists and Reddit-trolling men’s rights activists alike — the former critiquing the site for its coverage of hot-button issues and the latter for encouraging women “to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.”

OK, that last one was Pat Roberston, but I am betting he would not like Jezebel either. Which is precisely why I love it.

So you can imagine how thrilling it is that Anna Holmes, founder and original editor of Jezebel, has published The Book Of Jezebel, a coffee table encyclopedia of modern womanhood.  The contributors’ page reads like a who’s who of the smartest women writers today, who have written entries ranging from “Roseanne” to abortion to Alice Walker to vulvas. No wonder the conservative web site The Daily Caller already had an apoplectic fit about The Book Of Jezebel, accusing its “angry women” authors and fans of having widespread daddy issues.

I called up Anna Holmes to discuss the book’s release and her thoughts on the feminist media ecosystem today.  Here’s our conversation, after the jump!

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Halloween Inspiration Board: Tris From Divergent

Halloween Inspiration Board: Tris From Divergent

The Hunger Games is sooooooo last year, you guys. This year’s dystopian young adult series that older folks are late to the party on is Divergent by Veronica Roth. The books — there are two out, with a third hitting shelves in a few weeks — are being made into a movie series starring Shailene Woodley as Tris, the teenager born into the Abnegation faction (known for their selflessness) who decides to transfer to Dauntless (known for their bravery). Dressing up as Tris for Halloween simply requires a tough-meets-sexy all black wardrobe (a nice change from Abnegation’s dull grey style), comfy shoes (for jumping from trains, natch), and a few key fake tattoos — the three ravens on the collar bone representing Tris’ mother, father and brother, as well as the symbols for Abnegation and Dauntless on the shoulder blades. Get the details on the costume above, after the jump! Keep reading »

Costume: Lorde
Halloween Inspiration Board: Lorde
The British chanteuse is the perfect costume for anti-Mileys. Read More »
Costume: Cara Delevigne
Halloween Inspiration Board: Model Cara Delevigne
The bad ass model is the perfect Halloween inspiration. Read More »
Costume: Tina Belcher
Halloween Inspiration Board: Tina Belcher From "Bob's Burgers"
The "Bob's Burgers" teen is our Halloween inspiration. Read More »

Travel Porn: The Most Beautiful Libraries In The World

Any bookworms who are trying to decide where to take their next vacation will definitely want to check out a new tome called The Library: A World History. Author Dr. James Campbell and photographer Will Pryce explored more than 80 magnificent libraries in 20 countries (best. job. ever.) to create a comprehensive view of the most amazing libraries ever built. While the book is meant to be informative and artistic, I prefer to think of it is a travel guide, because after seeing some of the photos, I’ve already planned out a global itinerary of library pilgrimages. Click through the gallery to see some of these beautiful, book-filled buildings for yourself! [Daily Mail]

Travel Diary: Morocco
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Travel Diary: Paris!
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Reese Witherspoon Shows Us Her “Wild” Side

We are so, so, soooo excited that author, advice giver, general badass, and The Frisky staff’s literary life coach (Tiny Beautiful Things is pretty much our bible around here) Cheryl Strayed‘s memoir, Wild, is being adapted into a movie. Earlier today, the film’s producer and star, Reese Witherspoon, posted this photo of herself decked out in Cheryl’s hiking outfit and hoisting the famously giant backpack she carried on the Pacific Crest Trail. Reese really does resemble Cheryl here, doesn’t she? Can’t wait to see the adventure play out on the big screen. [Reese Witherspoon on Who Say]

10 Unconventional Chick Lit Novels

It’s time to create a new definition of chick lit, one that moves away from the tired standbys and into a new frontier. There are stories written for women by women that are varied and interesting and funny. These 10 books all share similar themes to the traditional chick-lit offerings: strong female characters and relatable situations. The key difference is the focus. Instead of serving as tarted-up romance novels, the books offered here explore the difficulties of the entire range of female experience. Let’s try and expand our horizons. Jennifer Weiner and Sophie Kinsella serve one purpose. Let these other forays into chick lit fulfill another. Click through for our suggestions for unconventional chick lit.

The Triumph Of The Singleton: How Bridget Jones Changed The Landscape For Women

New Bridget!
Helen Fielding is writing a new Bridget Jones book. Read More »

I first read Bridget Jones’ Diary when I was a teenager, marveling over how adult and grown up Bridget’s entire world was. Cigarettes! Drinking! Poor decisions! For a 15-year-old with an untraditional worldview, Bridget’s foibles were aspirational. She was a woman in her thirties, still single, still struggling to make it to work wearing a bra and with both shoes on, still trying to figure out what a happy life meant. Her problems, while abstract, were problems that I saw myself having as I got older. I quietly recognized bits of her in myself, and unknowingly carried that with me as I grew up. Revisiting the book at age 31, I was pleasantly surprised to see that not much had really changed.

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