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  Brooklyn mother Sonia is less than thrilled to learn she is unexpectedly pregnant with her third child. After having put her artistic aspirations aside to raise her first two kids, she was looking forward to finally having time to herself, and the baby will only put everything on hold once again. As her family demands more and more from her, and her humorously depicted pregnancy symptoms — including frequent flatulence and sensitivity to smell — escalate, she hits a breaking point. She worries that “there won’t be anything left of herself. Read More
Three members of Pussy Riot were convicted of hooliganism, but the movement continues – Feminist Press is making sure of that. Only a month after three members of feminist punk performance art collective Pussy Riot were sentenced to two years in a penal colony for staging a protest performance in a Moscow cathedral, Feminist Press is releasing an ebook about the trial. Pussy Riot! A Punk Prayer For Freedom collects previously unavailable Pussy Riot material, including letters from prison, courtroom statements, and poems. Read More
Want to feel even better about picking up the latest Zadie Smith, Junot Diaz, or J.K. Rowling novel? (Is this September the best month ever for book releases or what?) Check out these vintage ads in support of libraries and reading from brainpickings.org:       Reading isn't just a form of entertainment or a way to open your mind--apparently it can also solve problems like being thrown off a cruise ship, being perpetually single, or hating your family. Read More
BUST cover girl and all-around awesome lady Tavi Gevinson was on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night, and we just about plotzed. Jimmy even held up the Aug/Sept issue of BUST, featuring Tavi in all her glory.   We have such a lady crush on Tavi and her site Rookie. Both do an amazing job of starting conversations about what it's like to be a teenage girl, and about feminism. Tavi chatted with Fallon about her new book Rookie Yearbook One, her hilarious encounter with Björk, and even taught Jimmy how to several different versions of "bitch face." We were lovin' it. Read More
Have you been jonesing for more time with the complicated and fascinating Lisbeth Salander? If so, this is your lucky week-- we just got word that The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is being adapted into a graphic novel (to be published by DC Comics/Vertigo). Award-winning crime author Denise Mina will write The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Book One, with art by Lee Bermejo, Leonardo Manco, and Andrea Mutti. The novels are already plenty suspenseful and action-packed, so it’s a pretty natural step to turn them into awesomely artistic graphic novels. Read More
  For years, novelist Siri Hustvedt has been deeply entrenched in the study of neuroscience, so much so that she’s even been published in peer-reviewed journals. With Living, Thinking, Looking, she seems primed to become the next Oliver Sacks, who wrote a cover blurb for this collection of 32 essays written between 2006 and 2011. In each, Hustvedt turns dense scientific material into graceful, beautiful prose. In “Outside the Mirror,” a short piece about our ability to see ourselves, she writes, “the mirror is the only place where I am whole to myself. Read More
  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 reminiscing, but she’s really looking to start a larger conversation about womanhood. 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 summer vacation. Created by Kate Imbach, the site hand-matches swimsuit designs with book cover art. 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. Like with the admission that thinking of her father “Hardened my nipples with shame. 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 one hand, there’s something very sad about knowing that tangible print books are fast becoming obsolete for a lot of people. Read More