Posts tagged "literature"

Who Are Your Favorite Female Literary Characters?

Reddit user specfreader asked the r/Books community yesterday: Who is your favorite female book character? As the answers came in, an interesting trend emerged. Take a look at some of the most popular answers:

Minerva McGonagall from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series
Granny Weatherwax from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series

Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 2, 2015

Librarians Are Delivering Books By Bike To Low-Income Neighborhoods

Low-income neighborhoods aren’t just susceptible to be food deserts – they can also be book deserts. Underfunded and understaffed libraries as well as prohibitive distances to libraries mean that kids who live in poverty don’t always have the access to books that they should.
Librarians are a crafty and resourceful lot, though, and

Rebecca Vipond Brink / August 26, 2015

Hugo Awards See Huge Loss For Vox Day And The Sad Puppies

The Hugo Awards – probably the now-second-most prominent sci-fi and fantasy awards outside of the Nebulas – were awarded on Saturday. You might recall that there was a huge controversy over the Hugos this year, with authors Brad Torgensen and Larry Correia rigging the ballots against what they perceived as a too-diverse field of prior

Rebecca Vipond Brink / August 25, 2015

The 16 (Actual) Best Books For Men To Read

Forget Esquire’s mammoth ode to white, male authors – these books will help men get by in today’s society.

Michael Chiodo / August 11, 2015

Today’s Lady News: Earth Day Edition!

It’s the one day of the year we acknowledge this beautiful planet of ours and all the ways we’ve destroyed it!

Rebecca Vipond Brink / April 22, 2015

China’s 5 Arrested Feminist Activists Have Been Released From Custody

The five Chinese feminist activists who were arrested in the days leading up to International Women’s Day for handing out brochures about sexual harassment have been freed from custody.

Rebecca Vipond Brink / April 13, 2015

Why Campus Rape News Coverage Is Failing Rape Victims

Plus, what the heck are “painful anime bags”?

Rebecca Vipond Brink / April 7, 2015

Frisky Reads: Hausfrau By Jill Alexander Essbaum

Oh, what to do with Hausfrau? I promised myself when I started reviewing books that I wouldn’t give negative reviews, under the premise that if if I didn’t have anything nice to say, I shouldn’t say anything at all. But Hausfrau has me stuck: I can give an unmitigated glowing review of two-thirds of the…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / March 10, 2015

Top 5 Favorite Billboard Essays: Nick Hornby Reflects On High Fidelity, 20 Years Later

If you’re in your mid-twenties or older, you may have been wondering what Nick Hornby’s thoughts on the ultimate fate of the characters in High Fidelity. Well! Fear not. He has written a short retrospective essay about his novel-form love song for record shops for Billboard.
More interesting than his short insights on what Ro…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / March 9, 2015

Fifty Shades Of Grey Tattoos Tell Me Everything I Need To Know About Fifty Shades Of Grey

I never read any of the Fifty Shades of Grey books, because 1) I was advised not to read it by my very good friend who was reading it voraciously when it came out, and 2) Luvvie Ajayi epically live-tweeted reading the first book and called it #50ShadesOfShade, and it was perfect, and I pretty…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 3, 2015

Frisky Reads: Get In Trouble By Kelly Link

I was the kind of kid who eschewed children’s literature for Mary Higgins Clark and Steven King by the time I was maybe six or seven. By ten I was reading, and worshiping, Neil Gaiman’s Sandman graphic novel series and making my way through A Midsummer Night’s Dream. By high school, my favorite book wa…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / January 28, 2015

Frisky Reads: After Birth By Elisa Albert

To get this out of the way from the get-go, Elisa Albert’s After Birth is going to offend a lot of sensitive people, some for the following reasons:

Some mothers won’t like the fact that the novel takes place in the depths of post-partum depression and will claim that they got…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / January 22, 2015

4chan Drove A Book Vlogger Off Of YouTube For Existing As A Book Vlogger On YouTube — But What Classy Thing Will They Do Next?

Classy as always, 4chan used its collective powers to drive a book vlogger off of YouTube with comments on her channel that were in turns condescending, mansplaining, and vulgar. She had nothing to do with the forum’s /lit/ board; her channel’s link was posted there for a discussion about book vloggers, and, of course, the…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / January 13, 2015

How Did Dr. Seuss Create Green Eggs And Ham?

Ever wondered what corner of Ted “Dr. Seuss” Geisel’s brain Green Eggs and Ham came from? As it turns out, it came from the part that takes dares. The iconic book was conceived after a dare to write a book containing 50 words or less (it comes in at 50 exactly).
In this video, the…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / January 8, 2015

Two More Women Are Suing Bill Cosby For Defamation

Two women have joined alleged rape victim Tamara Green in her defamation suit against Bill Cosby and his lawyer. [Death and Taxes]
What lies do you believe about your vagina? [Daily Dot]
More vagina news: Read about how to embrace your vagina as you age. [VICE]…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / January 6, 2015

What Do You Do When The Things You Love Don’t Match Up With Your Politics?

I already knew, without acknowledging it, exactly, that Kurt Vonnegut and women were an awkward mix at best. Kurt Vonnegut didn’t write women well — he wrote women who weren’t fully people, exactly, but more a physical manifestation of the mystery women seemed to him to be. It’s not to say that he didn’t get…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 12, 2014

The New Zelda, The Future Of Video Games, And Empathy

Despite the fact that I love video games, I don’t really keep up with news about them — I just kind of hear about games, play them, and if I like them, keep playing them. So I didn’t know about the preview of the upcoming Zelda game that aired on the Game Awards on the…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 11, 2014

Read The Cringe-Worthy Passage That Won The Bad Sex In Fiction Award

I am by no means a prude, but I’m more than happy to admit that reading sex scenes in fiction (or nonfiction, for that matter) skeeves me out a little. OK, a lot. I’m more on the “exhibitionist” end of the spectrum than the “voyeur” end, I guess.
Anyway, if you’re like me, get…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 5, 2014

No, George R.R. Martin Hasn’t Finished The Song Of Ice And Fire Books Yet

Theories abound about George R.R. Martin’s plans for the Song of Ice and Fire series, and therefore the Game of Thrones series, but Martin says that the most ridiculous theory of all is that he’s actually finished with the last two books of the series and is sitting on them to create demand. At the…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / November 8, 2014

The Best Tweets Of #ReaderGate (So Far)

Writer Tauriq Moosa tweeted out a link to a conversation he’d had about PS4 specs and firmware versus XBox One on a gaming web site, saying, “at least this is back to boring console dick measurements — not yelling about women.” A follower tweeted back to him wondering what it would look like if #GamerGate…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / November 6, 2014