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Margaret Atwood Is Coming Out With A New Book — But There’s A Catch

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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first author to contribute a novel to “Future Library,” an art project that collects the texts of 100 books which will not be published until 100 years in the future.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 »

Chloe Sevigny Gets Her Own Coffee Table Book

Chloe Sevigny Gets Her Own Coffee Table Book

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]

Study: “Fifty Shades” Readers Are Slutty Binge Drinkers With Eating Disorders & Abusive Partners

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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 »

Delaware School Board Nukes Summer Reading Program Rather Than Let Kids Read Book About Gay Teen

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  • What horrors could await the precious ninth-grade snowflakes of the Cape Henlopen School District in Delaware after they read The Miseducation Of Cameron Post, a YA novel about a gay teen? Concerned parents were not about to find out! Back in June, the board had removed Cameron Post from the list. After some negative attention and accusations of bigotry, they appear to have just eliminated the entire reading list. Citing profanity in some of the books — which included modern classics like The Fault In Our Stars by John Green and Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, both of which I have read and which are TOTALLY appropriate for 9th graders — the board is just not going to have 9th graders do summer reading. Sigh. These parents know that 14-year-olds (and their friends) use the Internet, right? And that there’s gay stuff all over it?! Oh well, at least with no summer reading list anymore, kids have more time to spend online! [Delaware Online, Cape GazetteBoing Boing]
  • Maryam Mirzakhani, a professor at Stanford, is the first-ever woman to win the Fields Medal, the highest prize in mathematics. [Guardian UK] Keep reading »

Kim Kardashian Is Publishing A Book Of Selfies

  • You know, I really don’t think there are enough photos of Kim Kardashian in the universe. Good thing she is releasing a book of selfies. (Yes, really.) Titled Kim Kardashian Selfish, the coffee table book from publisher Rizzoli comes out/the apocalypse is nigh in 2015. [US Weekly]
  • In other Kardashian news (isn’t it all Kardashian news, though?), NBA player Chandler Parsons reportedly pulled out of a dating reality show because he’s dating Kendall Jenner. Mama Kris set them up. [Daily Mail UK]
  • Shirley Manson is urging a Wisconsin church to cancel a pig wrestling event. [ONTD]
  • Girl group Danity Kane announced today they are are splitting up. [Daily Mail UK] Keep reading »

True Story: My Memoir Pissed Off A Male Book Reviewer

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When I started writing my memoir, Good Chinese Wife: A Love Affair With China Gone Wrong, I began networking with authors who wrote books set in Asia. I imagined developing solid friendships with a group of supportive authors. There’s a Chinese saying, huxiang bangzhu. It means “mutually helping one another.” That’s what I pictured.

Fast-forward six years. My memoir was being published and I arranged for review copies to be sent to authors I’ve gotten to know through social networking or in person. I knew I couldn’t expect rave reviews just because we have a connection or because I had given their books five stars on Amazon and Goodreads. But for the most part, I had been extremely pleased with the feedback.

Well, except for this one guy. Keep reading »

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