BY Evelyn Chapman
on Feb 20, 2015
Betty Friedan’s book The Feminine Mystique turned 52 this week. As controversial as it is—in turns called classist, racist, and homophobic—we would like to celebrate all the ways it inspired a movement during a time of housewives, Jell-o molds, and sedated contentment.
Friedan, known for sparking the beginning of second-wave feminism, was called “angry” and “hysterical,” insults we are quite familiar with even today, ... Read More
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 ... Read More
BY Julia Zdrojewski
on Nov 11, 2014
How to Build a Girl, Caitlin Moran's debut novel, which sold more than half a million copies in more than 16 countries worldwide, is being turned into a movie.
Cue the applause.
The story is centered on Johanna Morrigan, a young girl who dreams of leaving behind her hometown of Wolverhampton and ultimately ventures forth to reinvent herself (i.e. moves to London, becomes a music critic and calls herself Dolly Wilde).
"Caitlin Moran is the wittiest writer on the ... Read More
BY Maddie Maschger
on Oct 29, 2014
If you haven’t picked up on it already: We love Lena Dunham. Throughout her career, Lena has faced her mistakes, acknowledged her privilege, and grown from both. With every valid critique of her choices and actions, I see her seeking to learn from these criticisms and most importantly, to change accordingly and do the right thing.
Last week, I had the privilege of listening to Lena and our cover girl alumna Carrie Brownstein in conversation at the Not ... 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 ... Read More
Esquire just released a listicle enumerating the “80 Books Every Man Should Read.” That’s fine. This is a men’s magazine appealing to men so the creatures whom their list is intended for is every man. They even admitted that their list is “...unranked, incomplete, and utterly biased.” Supposedly, this list is culled from someone’s idea of the greatest literature available to readers.
But, goddamn, Esquire! Eighty books and ... Read More
BY Samantha Albala
on Sep 25, 2014
Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty by Christine Heppermann was just published this week so now I can hold it in my arms and sing and dance out of joy! Heppermann is no stranger to the book world, she is a long time reviewer and this is her second book, first of poetry. Although this YA poetry book is listed for ages 14 and up, it appeals to a greater mass of readers because it retells some of our favorite sexist and poorly cast fairytales, but also ... Read More
BY Samantha Albala
on Sep 23, 2014
Since 1982, the dedicated people in the literary community have brought awareness to the glorious books that parents and administrators tried to hide from curious youth. Banned Books week is not just about embracing those elementary school posters of authors and celebrities telling you to “READ” but also about fighting censorship, for the sake of diverse and vital literary content. The following authors created outstanding, controversial work ... Read More
BY Meg Zulch
on Sep 15, 2014
Lena Dunham shares a lot about herself with the world, both on TV and social media. Her revealing and candid essays, many of which have been published in The New Yorker, lay everything out on the table for the nation to scrutinize. And Dunham literally bares all in her hit HBO show Girls, which is going into its fourth season. Her candor makes some uncomfortable as her naked body makes many appearances.
But Dunham isn’t finished. Her upcoming book Not That Kind ... Read More
BY Sonia Edwards
on Jul 16, 2014
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