There are plenty of people in the world who get nice things that they don’t (IMHO) deserve. So it’s especially nice when someone completely and utterly deserving is recognized for their greatness. I felt all the warm and fuzzies this morning when I heard on the news that the cartoonist and graphic novelist Alison Bechdel is a 2014 recipient of a MacArthur “Genius Grant,” one of the world’s most prestigious prizes. Bechdel draws the popular LGBTQ comic strip Dykes To Watch Out For and is the author/illustrator of the memoirs Are You My Mother? and Fun Home, the latter of which is one of the most esteemed books in the graphic novel genre (and a favorite of mine).
As a winner of the “Genius Grant,” which is awarded to between 20 and 40 individuals who “show exceptional merit and promise for continued and enhanced creative work,” Bechdel will receive upwards of $625,000 paid out over five years. The intention is for winners to use the prize money to continue doing their good work. Past winners have included people like “The Wire” creator David Simon, authors Chimamanda Ngozi Adihie, Junot Diaz and Edwidge Dandicat, and critic Susan Sontag.
After the jump, here are five things to know about Alison Bechdel, her cartoons and her important mark on pop culture! Keep reading »
Your TiVo queue just got unbelievably hotter: a BDSM erotica trilogy by Anne Rice, under the pen name A.N. Roquelaur, is headed to TV. The popular books, The Claiming Of Sleeping Beauty, Beauty’s Punishment and Beauty’s Release, will be adapted into a TV series for the channel Televisa USA. Your mom bought these compulsively readable books back in the ’80s when Rice first penned them, but they are still on the fiction shelves in bookstores today, especially after the renewed interest in BDSM due to the popularity of Fifty Shades Of Grey. But unlike the writing in Fifty Shades, which was terrible, the Sleeping Beauty books are gripping and the spanking scenes — oh, so many spanking scenes — are hotter. Should be fun for TV. Rice is executive producing the show alongside Rachel Winter, who was nominated for an Oscar for “Dallas Buyers Club.” Yay ladies! [The Hollywood Reporter]
A new book from the genius Margaret Atwood is always news. The author of The Handmaid’s Tale and The Blind Assassin has legions of readers around the world. But when her next book is published, most of them will be dead. That’s because Atwood has written a novel but won’t be publishing it until 2114 — 100 years from now.
It’s not some bizarre posthumous publishing wish, a la J.D. Salinger. Atwood is the first author to contribute a novel to “Future Library,” an art project that collects the texts of 100 books which will not be published until 100 years in the future. Keep reading »
It wasn’t enough to give Kim Kardashian her own coffee table book of selfies, was it, Rizzoli? Now actress/It girl Chloe Sevigny is getting in on the luxury publication biz with her very own Chloe Book. Yes, that’s the title. The hardcover publication will be an “art book,” according to Sevigny speaking to The Daily Beast, and feature high school photos and early modeling pics from Sassy magazine. Oh, and also pictures of her daily planner for some reason. Kim Gordon from Sonic Youth is writing the introduction, because of course she is. Stay tuned for Chloe Sevigny on your coffee table in April 2105. [Fashionista; The Daily Beast]
Today in Things That Make Me Want To Scream “CORRELATION DOES NOT EQUAL CAUSATION!” And Beat My Head Against The Wall:
Last year, a study out of Michigan State University found that the erotic BDSM trilogy Fifty Shades Of Grey “perpetuates” abusive relationships. Now, another study from the same professor at MSU claims young women who read the books are more likely to have an abusive partner and show signs of an eating disorder.
Women who read all three books in the trilogy (like me and Amelia), the study found, are more likely to binge drink and have multiple sex partners. Amy Bonomi, a professor of Human Development and Family Studies and lead author of the study, said that based on her study of over 650 young women ages 18 to 24, it’s possible the Fifty Shades books might “reaffirm” negative experiences and “aggravate trauma.” In other words, this lady r-e-a-l-l-y does not like these books.
Well, well, well. Where to start with this one? Keep reading »