BY Holly Trantham
on Dec 10, 2014
Last week, the winner of the most important accolade in the literary world was announced. I am, of course, talking about the Literary Review's Bad Sex in Fiction Award.
Forget the National Book Award. Back off, Pulitzer. Man Booker who? An Oprah’s Book Club Sticker has more influence than all those combined. The real prestige comes with winning a Bad Sex in Fiction award. It means your work was good enough that those other prizes could ignore your terrible sex writing (can we retire the word “womb” in a sexual context, please?). Read More
BY Madison N Nunes
on Dec 05, 2014
Miranda July has teamed up with BFF Carrie Brownstein to explain the update to Somebody (available for iPhone and Android), which ( in case you've been living under a rock ) is Miranda's app curated to connect strangers.
Ready for some cute? Click on down.
Somebody user Carrie Brownstein asks some questions you might have about the new version from Miranda July on Vimeo. Read More
BY Mariana Garces
on Nov 13, 2014
Throwing Shade is the kind of podcast you would make with your best friend. Just like how Broad City portrays Abbi and Ilana's friendship so perfectly that you feel like you and your friend ARE Abbi and Ilana, Throwing Shade is like you and your friend but even wittier, and with microphones. Self-described "feminasty" Erin Gibson and "homosensual" Bryan Safi met at UCB LA but really clicked when they were both writing for Current TV, where Erin hosted "Modern Lady" and where I first watched Bryan Safi hosting "That's Gay. Read More
BY Mariana Garces
on Nov 05, 2014
Have you ever wondered how texting might have changed the dialogue in Les Misérables? Mallory Ortberg, cofounder of The Toast (only the funniest website written by and for ladies) and all around reigning queen of Twitter, has taken this idea and ran with it. Texts from Jane Eyre (Henry Holt Nov. 4 2014) is the beautiful result: a collection of the best imagined conversations with all the characters from the literary classics. Read More
Halloween is two days away! Here is a list of adorable pet costumes and possible inspiration for all pet owners. But if your pet is anything like my dog, he’ll only wear the costume long enough to take one picture before shaking out of it. Happy Halloween!
(Above: 1. An Actual Chia Pet)
2. King Guinea Pig
3. The Little Mermaid
c/o: Getty Images
4. Hula Dancer
c/o: Getty Images
6. Scuba Cat
7. The Super Heroes We Need
9. Cat In The Hatc/o: i.imgur.com
10. Read More
BY Julia Zdrojewski
on Oct 22, 2014
Periods: Just when you think you’ve heard every witty remark that could possibly be made about your Aunt Flo/ riding the crimson wave/ your own personal Red Wedding (you get the idea), someone awesome comes along with 23 period-related truths that will make even your heaviest of days a little lighter.
Check out Distractify’s Averi Clements’ “23 Reasons Why Getting Your Period Is Worse Than The Apocalypse” for some good ol’ fashion lol-ing. We feel your pain, Averi.
Read it. You won’t regret it. Period.
Image Source: themetapicture. Read More
BY Mariana Garces
on Oct 21, 2014
Do you love Marcel the Shell, the adorable stop motion animated talking shell? Have you missed him since his last video? Good news! Our tiny friend is back with a new children's book The Most Surprised I've Ever Been, out today, October 21, on Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group.
"Marcel The Shell With Shoes On" first appeared in 2010 thanks to writer/comedian/actress Jenny Slate, who voiced the character, and her husband, writer/director Dean Fleischer-Camp. Their first video together went viral, and ever since then we've been impatiently waiting for another. Read More
Portland’s women in comedy showcase, All Jane, No Dick, does not aim to prove that women are funnier than men... but, if you need proof, have a gander at the seriously unfunny “men’s rights activists” who are protesting the festival.
The annual festival, coming up Oct. 15, was founded by Stacey Hallal three years ago. All Jane, No Dick provides an enthusiastic stage for a diverse group of girl goofballs to shine in a business that, like most other businesses, regularly excludes and obscures women. Read More
BY Samantha Albala
on Oct 06, 2014
Kirsten Dunst — whether you love her for her first kiss with Brad Pitt in Interview with a Vampire, or because she was the true hero of Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind — is breaking new ground with her social commentary of the selfie.
Published late September, the advertisement titled “Aspirational” proves how ridiculously annoying it is to steal pictures with celebrities. In partnership with her friend Matthew Frost, a satirical fashion photographer, and Vs. magazine, this short was created to highlight the priorities of the social media age. Read More
BY Audrey Cerchiara
on Oct 01, 2014
If you missed it last night, you missed out big time. Okay, well, I think ... I missed it, too! Luckily for us, MAKERS: Women in Comedy has a special online airing tonight at 8PM EST hosted by Kathy Griffin on makers.com.
This is the first episode in the fall documentary series that focuses on different fields and institutions where women have been building and innovating and making things happen. Read More