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“Women seem to have literary cooties,” novelist and badass Nicola Griffith writes in her study of women in the world of literary fiction prizes. The analysis examines the last fifteen years’ results for six book-length fiction awards: the Pulitzer, the Man Booker Prize, the National Book Award, the National Book Critics’ Circle Award, the Hugo Award, and the Newbery Medal. Griffith’s conclusion? “When women win literary awards for fiction it’s usually for writing from a male perspective and/or about men. Read More
Driving with the windows down on a road trip, feeling the wind flipping through your hair, or curled up in a ball on your bed after a terrible break-up... there is one thing that probably remains the same: a musical soundtrack. The musicians who affect us the most are the ones who get us out of dark times, see us through, and allow us celebrate our joy. It’s a beautiful feeling to find a female musician who can be your confidant and cheerleader; whose work mirrors you and teaches you.  But sometimes our favorite musicians stop making music to pursue other careers. Read More
We are super psyched for one of our favorite feminist-graphic-artist-memoirists, Alison Bechdel, who, we just found out, is a 2014 MacArthur Fellow. That means that Bechdel now has $625,000 to use for snacks while writing and drawing about the complexities of queer lifestyles and histories. We look forward to seeing what kind of creativity that amount of snacks can produce. If I only had that much money for cashews... Read More
  In the past year, Buzzfeed, that pinnacle of workplace distractions, has become something of a crystal ball for those searching for a deeper understanding of his or her inner psyche. I swear sometimes it's like a tiny internet paw is reaching through my computer screen and telling me, "It's okay if your sense of direction is akin to a drunken toddler. Everything is going to be okay once I tell you whether or not you win at eating." Well, that is a bad example because, duh, I freaking RULE at eating. My ability to smash a sushi boat cannot be rivaled. Read More
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
  Remember books?  Before I developed a crippling internet addiction, I was an avid book reader. My trips to Barnes and Nobles actually involved me purchasing something other than a Hazelnut macchiato. It was a magical time.  Most of all because with each page I'd find literary heroines to look up to, sisters that were bold and intriguing. They had their faults and flaws, but if it didn't make them more relatable, it at least made for good story-telling. Read More