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Rabbit kidneys, roasted marrowbones, and monkfish liver do not necessarily evoke the images of comfort food for many. But for some reason this term has always been used to describe the cuisine chef Gabrielle Hamilton prepares in her East Village restaurant, Prune. “They have to attach these words to anything that a woman is doing no matter how challenging,” she said in an interview on Makers, a video collection of women’s stories featured on PBS ... Read More
Serious coding and computer engineering isn't something just for the boys (duh!), but that is the message you would get if you picked up the kid's book "Barbie: I Can be a Computer Engineer." Although you might assume at first glance that it's a super empowering and inspiring tale about Barbie reaching her dream of becoming a computer engineer, you would be wrong. A more accurate description would be that Barbie designs the game she wants to make for her coding ... Read More
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. What ... Read More
There have been few events in my life that have been pivotal enough for me to remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when they happened. One of them is the first time I saw “Marcel the Shell with Shoes On." I was in the library at school, I was supposed to be studying, and I laughed loudly enough to irritate the people at the table next to me. Over the years, the short film has grown to mean so much to me that I even got a tattoo of Marcel. The ... Read More
All around badass music icon, Kim Gordon, has not let Sonic Youth’s break-up slow her down. When she’s not rocking out with Nirvana, making cameo appearances on Girls, or touring with her band Body/Head, Kim Gordon has been working on her upcoming memoir, Girl in a Band. The cover art is shown above and the release date is scheduled for February 24, 2015 through Harper Collins imprint Dey Street Books. The title comes from a lyric in “Sacred ... Read More
Think you know everything about roller derby? Some have the perception that it’s riot grrrls in fishnets, punching the shizz outta each other on skates. Well, did you know that it started in the 1930s, was rebooted in the early 2000’s, and has 1,500 leagues around the world today? Don’t worry, this isn’t a derby pop quiz, but here’s your opportunity to help learn about some famous jammers!  Margot Atwell, some might know her ... Read More
Scottish artist Katie Paterson is growing books starting with 1,000 saplings, as a part of a 100-year book-art project called “Future Library.” A piece of land in Oslo, Norway is being cleared out for the future-book trees, along with a space for the future manuscripts. Here is the catch though, every year, for the next 100 years, a new author will be chosen to contribute to this library, but these works cannot be read until 2114! So…basically, ... Read More
New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is accomplished, hard-working, and handles the idiocy she faces constantly with a grace that is unparalleled. She’s done so much to try and better our nation, and that is why we should care about her. Why, then, is “weight loss” the first suggestion that comes up when you type her name into Google?   In an excerpt from her upcoming memoir, Gillibrand goes into detail about the kind of sexist nonsense she ... Read More
I came across Roxane Gay’s literature while I was deep in the clutches of ADD. But when I found her short story “The Year I Learned Everything” while poking around the web, I could not stop reading it from start to finish. Gay was there for me when I needed a voice to shout without dominating; she had true grit, without embellishment or pageantry. When I finished, I couldn't believe that the story was classified as fiction—her ability to convey the full ... Read More
Ah, womanhood. It’s glorious, confusing and very, very messy. Thankfully, Christie Young has created the perfect illustrated guide to navigating the treacherous ocean that is the adult world. Girl Talk: Unsolicited Advice for Modern Ladies is overflowing with doodles, noodles and oodles of handy tips that cover how to survive everything from hangovers and holidays, to breakups and boob snax (“when you’re straight snacking at your desk and some ... Read More
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