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  It sure isn’t easy being a girl, but Caitlin Moran’s got some pointers in her book, How To Be A Woman. In this part-memoir, part-rant, the TV critic and columnist for The Times in London takes us on a journey from puberty to motherhood. With each chapter title, she exclaims like a little kid, “I start to bleed!” “I get furry!” But don’t be fooled, this book is about more than periods and pubic hair. Yes, Moran does her fair share of ... Read More
Whether you're planning to soak up the sun at the beach before it's too late or you're finally going to finish that latest best-selling novel you've been dying to read, August is the time to get your ass in gear and remind yourself to enjoy these last weeks of summer, damnit! But before you toss in any old swimsuit/novel combination into your getaway bag, check out the ingenious new Tumblr blog Matchbook.nu that is sure to change the way you pack for your ... Read More
Tara Hardy gives you her life’s thesis when she writes, “…my/blood does not make a pity trip.” Indeed, what grips about the poems in Bring Down The Chandeliers (Write Bloody Publishing) is not that she speaks so directly about incest, chronicling the sexual abuse from her father. (In fact, nowhere is the word “abuse” even used in these poems.) Hardy’s gift is her ability to take bravery where it’s never gone before. ... Read More
Sure, we’ve had our ups and downs, but I can honestly say that (for better or worse) Google may very well know me better than anyone else. It's been there for me through thick and thin, and even though it's not perfect, I have to admit that it still has a very special place in my heart. On the other hand, even though I can honestly count the number of times that I actually dusted off one of the old hard-copy Encyclopedias in my high school’s library on ... Read More
Have you been reading your favorite classic and realized that something was just… missing. Everyone was too polite? Too restricted? There just wasn’t enough bondage in Victorian Era England, was there? Well, e-publisher Clandestine Classics is prepared to fix all of that for you. Thank God (or whoever your sexy BDSM partner is). On July 30th they will release 5 sexed up versions of your tightly laced favorites. Clandestine Classics appreciates the ... Read More
Some novels are so enthralling you can become completely engrossed in the world the author has created, and for graphic designer and photographer Dinah Fried, this holds true right down to what the characters ate for dinner. In her series “Fictious Dishes,” Fried recreates iconic meals eaten by main characters from The Catcher in the Rye, Oliver Twist, The Girl With a Dragon Tattoo, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and Moby Dick. How many of them do ... Read More
What were you doing in the summer of your sixteenth year? Going swimming at your local pool? Serving up swirlies at the local ice cream shop? Chillin' at the mall? Publishing your first book of collected pieces from your highly successful online magazine? If you didn't answer 'yes' to that last question, that's probably because you aren't Tavi Gevinson, the 16-year-old fashion blogger who started her online magazine Rookie at age fifteen. (And who's on the cover of ... Read More
You run up the stairs before you go to bed instead of walking. You hear a creaking noise and you hold your breath. You spin around far too quickly when you're raiding the cabinets for a snack because you sense someone behind you. There's no one there. Why do you feel so creeped out in your own house? I don't know if you have ever felt this weird sense of fear in your own home, but I know that I have. I know that it's inexplicable, that there's no real reason to be ... Read More
Spoiler alert: if you have been living under a rock and have not yet read or watched Harry Potter, first of all, I don’t know what you’re waiting for, and second of all, you probably shouldn’t read this blog. It contains spoilers, and I wouldn’t want to ruin the amazing experience that you can have as soon as you’re done chillin’ with worms. Not that I’m judging. We ride-or-die Harry Potter fans know all about Lord ... Read More
  Have you ever read Retromania by Simon Reynolds? It’s this book that traces our society’s fixation on the past, and the concept of "retro." Sometimes, when I’m feeling really deep, I’ll ponder some of these questions for myself. Mostly, I wonder if holding onto nostalgia can ever truly be inhibiting like everybody makes it out to be.  Although I wasn't alive in the 60s, I have an intense emotional attachment to British Invasion ... Read More
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