Posts tagged "literature"

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…
By: 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…
By: 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 through birth just fine,…
By: 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,…
By: 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…
By: 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]…
By: 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…
By: 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 Award…
By: 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 ready…
By: 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…
By: 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…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / November 6, 2014

Amazon Released A List Of Its Most Popular Kindle Highlights

Kindle’s popular highlights are pretty much the only reason I would have to read anything on a Kindle anymore. I have successfully boycotted Amazon for books and most other things for the last several months, but I still find myself amazed at the popular highlights, mostly…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / November 3, 2014

NFL Wives Were Pressured To Stay Silent About Domestic Abuse

Ex-wives of NFL players  talked to the Washington Post about the pressure they faced to stay silent about domestic abuse. [Deadspin] Female genital mutilation in the west is more common than you would ever imagine. [Daily Beast] Scratch had a roundtable on the problems faced by black authors in publishing. [Scratch]…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 20, 2014

One Of TIME‘s Most Influential Teens Is Trans

One of TIME’s 25 Most Influential Teens is a transgirl advocate and author named Jazz. [Advocate] Artist Kara Walker responds to white viewers’ macabre selfies at A Subtlety, her installation at the Domino Sugar Factory in Brooklyn this summer. [Jezebel] #StopGamerGate2014 has been trending all day on Twitter. [Kotaku] The National Book…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 15, 2014

The Vatican Is Easing Up On The Vitriol About Gays Without Changing Church Doctrine

The Vatican is changing its tone in the way it talk about gay people, if not its actual attitude toward them. [The Daily Beast] A law against revenge porn with a sentence of up to two years in prison has been proposed in the UK. [Marie Claire] Even if two parents share domestic…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 13, 2014

Tao Lin, Ed Champion & Stephen Tully Dierks: The Literary World’s F**ked Up Treatment Of Women

Everything going on with women in the literary world right now is fucked. You might have heard about Ed Champion, the now apparently abandoned book reviewer/sexist Twitter troll, sure. But have you heard about Janey Smith and Tao Lin and peterbd? Have you heard about Stephen Tully Dierks? Short version of…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 2, 2014

Frisky Rant: On Guys Who Don’t Read Books By Women

It wasn’t long after I started using OK Cupid in late 2012 that I realized I was just looking at the same guy over and over and over. Bearded, goofy, self-effacing, liberal arts major, non-religious, burgeoning career, presents as worldly -- basically, hipsters. But that’s not why I say “the same guy.”  I say “the…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / June 9, 2014

Great Idea, Chipotle: 8 Other Places That Customers Could Use Some Reading Material

As we mentioned earlier today, Chipotle had the genius idea to feature short selections of original literature on their various food surfaces, like cups, takeout bags, etc. Not only does this help keep customers entertained while they're dining, but it prevents the awkward eating-alone…
By: Katie Oldenburg / May 18, 2014

Literature Bro David Gilmour Doesn’t Teach Books Written By Women: “If You Want Women Writers Go Down The Hall”

"I’m not interested in teaching books by women. Virginia Woolf is the only writer that interests me as a woman writer, so I do teach one of her short stories. But once again, when I was given this job I said I would only teach the people that I truly, truly love. Unfortunately, none of…
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 25, 2013

The Exceptional Rise Of “I” And “Me”

According to a study published in the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, in an analysis of literature published between 1960 and 2008, the use of first person singular pronouns (I, me) increased by a staggering 42 percent. An article published in The Atlantic Wire looks at this exceptional rise in first person pronouns and writer…
By: Ami Angelowicz / August 16, 2013
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