I just started reading Wild by Cheryl Strayed (yes, I have been under a rock for the past few years) and am completely swept away by it. Strayed, who’s also behind the much-adored Dear Sugar advice column at The Rumpus (which has been turned into a book called Tiny Beautiful Things, which you will read and then instantly buy for all your friends), describes tough decisions and what it is to be human in a way that nobody else quite can.
In honor of the campaign to turn one of her best Dear Sugar columns into an animation (and simply because her words never get less awesome), here are some of Strayed’s most wonderful and inspiring quotes about life, love, fear and forgiveness: Keep reading »
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 holiday weekend!
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“Game of Thrones” superfans, start saving your coins! For a mere $20,000, A Song of Ice and Fire creator George R.R. Martin will name a character after you in an upcoming book from the series … with the promise that you’ll meet a “grisly death.” Sweet! You can even dictate what your character does — though the manner of death will have to come as a surprise. That $20K will go to a good cause too; Martin is crowdfunding for the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary and The Food Depot, two Santa Fe-based organizations. If $20K is too rich for your blood, you could donate $7,500 and get one of Martin’s beloved and well-worn fisherman’s caps. And if you can only donate $20, that’s great too — plus, all donors will be entered into a drawing, with one winner receiving a tour of the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary from Martin himself. Dude, if I won that, I would be so excited I’d instantly make water in my smallclothes. [Business Insider]
Well, well, well. And what do we have here? Just a clickbait article from my (usually lovely) Slate called “Against YA.” And the subhed is fun: “Read whatever you want. But you should feel embarrassed when what you’re reading was written for children.”
It’s on, motherfuckers. Keep reading »
What are you looking forward to this summer? Sure, it may not be Oscar season, but there are plenty of movies, books, music, TV shows, and holidays we’re jazzed about. We’ll skip the Tom Cruise and Ninja Turtles flicks—there’s plenty of art on its way that’s more up our alley. Have a look at The Frisky’s summer calendar, broken down by month, after the jump! Keep reading »
Where is the future of book publishing? In Harry Styles’ knickers, apparently. Anna Todd, 25, a first time writer who’s married and lives in Central Texas, has sold her insanely popular One Direction fan fiction e-book series, After, to Simon & Schuster Gallery Books for a reported six figures. At least she’s an adult, which makes me feel better because the thought of a 13-year-old making more money than me makes me die a little inside. Anyway, After – and its two sequels — has been read over 800 million times (?!?!) according to the website, and tells the story of Tessa Young, “an 18 year old college student with a simple life, excellent grades, and a sweet boyfriend,” who “meets a rude boy named Harry, with too many tattoos and piercings who shatters her plans.” Tessa and Harry — Styles, OBVS — have their own Twitter hashtag couple name — #HESSA — and Todd even sells goddamn jewelry inspired by the books. I’m not hating; I’m in awe. I still have no desire to read One Direction fanfic, but shit, if Anna Todd wrote a book about starting your own fanfic empire, I would read the hell out of that. [NYMag.com]