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. 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sexist and poorly cast fairytales, but also because it adds modern perspectives that help to remove a lot of the outdated “Princess” tropes. 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. 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. 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 popcorn falls down your shirt into your bra and then you eat it”). Read More
BY Lex Ellenthal
on Jul 11, 2014
You may or may not be familiar with the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign. If you aren’t, it was a thing on Twitter recently where people tweeted pictures of themselves or their loved ones holding signs that said why we need diverse books. However, it’s sort of lost momentum, and I don’t know about you, but I haven’t noticed a change in the literary landscape as far as representation is concerned. In fact, other than Orange is the New Black, I haven’t seen much of any representation in any form of media recently. And as a consumer, that makes me livid. Read More
BY Brittany Allen
on May 08, 2014
Looking for a new Twitter-cause (read: actual cause) to rally around? The Internet, as usual, is here to provide an outlet for all your righteous indignation. A new viral campaign concerning the lack of diversity in American literature is out for blood; #WeNeedDiverseBooks aims to expand the frontier of all those cis-person, straight, white, male narratives that have filled our bookstores and libraries for, well, ever. So, who's got a big web presence? Better yet, who knows a writer?
A lot of publishing people with clout have already lent a Tweet or two to the cause. Read More
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“Scars, rolls, bones, big or small breasts, wrinkles all tell a story,” says the photographer Jade Beall. Last summer, we featured Ashlee Wells Jackson’s remarkable and powerful series of photographs celebrating the post-pregnancy bodies of a diverse group of women; Beall does something similar in her new book A Beautiful Body Project: The Bodies of Mothers. Read More
BY Abigail Nutter
on Apr 30, 2014
In case y'all missed it, Queen Diane Keaton appeared Tuesday on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to promote her new book (!!!) Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty, released this week.
Keaton, 68, was dressed in pure Annie Hall fab, and she gave a delightful, signature-Keaton-charm interview, hat and all. She talked about talk show nerves (it was her first interview with Fallon), her stick-on nails from Sally Hansen, and she also shared some beauty tips with Jimmy.
And then... the red wine pong showdown. Read More
BY Andrea Stopa
on Apr 22, 2014
Nathan W. Pyle is the author of NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette, a collection of illustrations that adorably and accurately depict the unwritten laws that will keep you outta trouble in good ol' New York. As the book description entails:
"Living in New York City for five years as a transplant from Ohio, illustrator and T-shirt designer Nathan Pyle was fascinated by the unique habits and unspoken customs New Yorkers follow to make life bearable in a city with 8 million people (and seemingly twice the number of tourists). Read More