Books

Michelle Tea’s ‘How to Grow Up’ Is an Honest Memoir About the Writing Life

Michelle Tea has always been a fearless and honest writer with manifold talents — from gritty memoirs like The Chelsea Whistle to young adult books like Rose of No Man’s Land, her work has been characterized by its freedom and daring. It’s also characterized by its commitment to showing the reality of women’s lives in many forms, illuminating what the queer community in San Francisco is like for a young, passionate person. … Read More

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‘The Secret’ Is Becoming a Movie, Helmed by the Director of ‘Beverly Hills Chihuahua’

Where do we even begin here? I guess the appropriate place would be in jogging your memory on exactly… Read More

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Girl Canon: 50 Essential Books About the Female Experience

Everyone knows that, statistically at least, girls read more than boys. But the classic, canonical growing-up books, at least in American culture, tend to represent the male experience — I’m thinking On the Road, The Catcher in the Rye, everything ever written by Bret Easton Ellis or Michael Chabon — and while these are great books, suitable for boys or girls, the question remains: where are the books for girls to grow up on? Well, they’re definitely out there, if perhaps assigned less often in schools to readers of both genders. And so I propose a Girl Canon, populated by books not necessarily for girls but which investigate, address, or represent the female experience in some essential… Read More

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A ‘Bob’s Burgers’ Cookbook Is Imminent

Bob’s Burgers, which is an animated show about a man named Bob, his family, and their restaurant in which… Read More

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Hello, Cruel World: Silvina Ocampo Is Argentina’s Literary Middle Child

Overlooked, cruel, ruthlessly inventive: Silvina Ocampo is the forgotten middle child in the storied family of Argentine Writers. In reality, she was the youngest of six children born in Buenos Aires; one of her older sisters, Victoria, founded the legendary literary magazine Sur. Silvina was introduced to a world of intellectuals and artists at a young age. She studied painting in Paris under the artists Giorgio de Chirico, Ferdenand Léger and André Lhote (painters who inspired the surrealists) before giving it up to pursue literature. At the age of thirty, she took the nineteen-year-old Adolfo Bioy Casares, the novelist who would grow up to write The Invention of Morel, as her lover. They married seven years later. … Read More

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The Cat That Therefore I Am: On Robert Repino’s ‘Mort(e)’

Written in the third creature, Mort(e) by Robert Repino is an interspecies war novel that hews closely to the actions and thoughts of a cat named Mort(e). First known as Sebastian, Mort(e) is inspired to change his name after a singularity-event brought about by a race of intelligent ants. … Read More

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Jane Austen Zingers: The 15 Best Disses and One-Liners From ‘Pride and Prejudice’

Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, published on this day in 1813, is one of the most quotable novels in the English language, full of unforgettably witty repartee that signals attraction, revulsion, maneuvering for power, and more between her characters. To celebrate its birthday, here are 15 of our favorite one-liners from the book, illustrated by thematically (but not chronologically) appropriate GIFs.

Is Pemberley on fire, or did someone just get burned? … Read More

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Next Book in Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy Coming in August

When Stieg Larsson passed away in 2004, he left behind a final manuscript on his computer, the subject of much controversy… Read More

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Crotchety Roald Dahl Letter Rediscovered by British Journalist

We all know Roald Dahl as an unlikely giant of children’s literature, who wrote whimsically terrifying, age-inappropriate novels that probably haunted… Read More

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