Will the “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie be Rated R or Rated Pg-13? Yes, the studio has said they want to stay faithful to the books. The director has said the film will contain the essence of the story. But what does an R-rating truly mean to box office returns?
As we’ve seen from films like The Matrix, The Terminator, and even recent comedies, an R-rating is not the kiss of death. BUT – and this is a big but – when the films are based on a romantic, sex-driven narrative that appeals primarily to older women, it might mean differently. Or does it? Read more at Celeb Dirty Laundry…
At the beginning of the summer, Queens Library Children’s Librarian Susan Scatena came up with a unique way to encourage local kids to participate in her summer reading program: if 300 kids signed up and read at least 4,000 books, she would read a story to an alligator. The wacky challenge was alluring enough to make the program a smashing success, with 344 kids enrolled and 4,595 books read. This week, Scatena made good on her promise, reading There’s An Alligator Under My Bed aloud to a 5-foot alligator named Wally while hundreds of delighted kids watched. This isn’t the first time Scatena has used a crazy dare to get kids to read. Past summer reading challenges have included sitting in a tub of jello, kissing a rabbit, and snuggling with a python. The best part? She’s had to make good on every single promise, because her summer reading programs always hit their goals. [School Library Journal]
The other day, I was strolling around my neighborhood when I came upon the guy who sells, amongst other things, used books at a table set up on the sidewalk. I see him all the time and he’s always got a truly random hodgepodge of books — tattered copies of various chick lit classics, old cookbooks, and Oprah book club picks. This time, though, there was a familiar cover that caught my eye. Woman’s Body: An Owner’s Manual is a health and body book that my parents gave me when I was on the cusp of puberty. I remember it well, not because I read it from cover to cover at any point, but because there were a few choice sections that had a profound impact on my burgeoning sexuality. Basically, this was the book that taught me how to masturbate and provided me with the initial information I needed (i.e. how people have sex) to construct a hot (enough) fantasy to think about while humping a pillow on my bunk bed. 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 weekend!
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We recently discovered that one of the many things we have in common is a deep love of new age bookstores. Ami actually used to work in one in LA, while Winona has spent countless hours wandering the aisles of Portland’s many alternative book shops, sniffing incense and wondering if she could ever make a living as a palm reader. The funny thing is, as unique as each of these quirky little stores may claim to be, they’re all exactly the same. Tarot readings? Check. Meditation room? Check. Wind chime soundtrack? Check. Light your spell candle and read on for a list of signs you’re in a new age bookstore… Keep reading »
What many of us end up with after checking a book out of the library: a fine for returning it late. What one woman ended up with: a long-lost half sister. That woman isn’t named by NPR, who spoke to author Cheryl Strayed. Wild is a memoir of her 1995 1,100-mile West Coast hike with the now-extra appropriate subhead From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. As a bestseller and the first pick for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0, it led to a flood of correspondence from fans—including an email she read this summer from a woman who “was just halfway into chapter one when she said she sat bolt upright in bed and realized that we had the same father,” Strayed tells NPR. Read more on Newser…
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 »
When I was in a book club, I only finished the chosen books about half the time. So I feel you, Taryn Manning (yup, Pennsatucky from “Orange Is The New Black”). I really feel you. But your mistake was lying about that shit. [Funny Or Die]
According to the book Salinger and accompanying documentary opening this Friday, the reclusive author’s driving, creative force were his balls, or lack thereof. A New York Times review of the book by David Shields and Shane Salerno reveals the theory that Salinger’s alleged missing nut was his secret shame and cause for isolation:
“The authors contend that Salinger ‘was born with only one testicle’ and they argue that this caused him enormous embarrassment — that it was ‘surely one of the many reasons he stayed out of the media glare’ so as ‘to reduce the likelihood that this information would emerge,’ and that it amplified his psychological need ‘to create flawless art.’ This assertion, however, is based on anonymous sources: two unnamed women who the authors say ‘independently confirmed’ hearsay that Salinger suffered from this anomaly.”
While it’s interesting to attribute Salinger’s need to create flawless art alone in the woods of New Hampshire to his missing ball, it seems like a bit of a stretch. Not to be insensitive about any shame this might have caused him. But a lot of writers suffer from the very same affliction, missing nut or not. [The Atlantic Wire]