Books

Bienvenido Okey-Panky, New Home for Short, Weird Lit

Today marks the launch of Electric Literature’s Okey-Panky, an online magazine of “short, darkly comic, ironic, and experimental fiction, essay,… Read More

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The 50 Sexiest Literary Villains

In The Wizard of Oz, when Dorothy, open-mouthed, says “I’ve never heard of a beautiful witch before,” Glinda famously quips that only bad witches are ugly. But ’tis not so — or at least, there are plenty of very bad witches who are the opposite of ugly: beautiful, sexy, charming, devastatingly intelligent, or all of the above. So, in honor of J.K. Rowling’s outrage that we all love Draco so much, here’s 50 villains that we wouldn’t kick out of… Read More

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10 Must-Read Academic Books for 2015

As readers, we too often take for granted that the best books of the year are released by the Big 5 publishers. But the truth is that great works of academic writing many times outlast non-academic works when it comes to shaping a given conversation. With this in mind, here are ten must-read academic books slated for 2015, on themes ranging from Islam and liberalism to veterans’ and migrants’ rights. … Read More

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‘I’ll Have What She’s Having’ Author Rebecca Harrington on Our Fascination With What Celebrities Eat

In Rebecca Harrington’s delicious, disgusting, and very funny new book, I’ll Have What She’s Having: My Adventures in Celebrity Dieting, an expansion of her wildly popular “celebrity diet column” for New York Magazine‘s The Cut, the intrepid journalist and the author of the novel Penelope tries some truly nasty-sounding foods — Greta Garbo’s celery loaf, Marilyn Monroe’s raw eggs in warm milk, Dolly Parton’s Cabbage Soup — all in the pursuit of perfection. What we learn is that that pursuit is all pretty silly, as to properly emulate a female celebrity’s aspirational lifestyle, you have to live a truly awful life. Harrington’s book has some sharp feminist commentary about our demented diet culture underneath its candy shell, and we talked to her about the horrors of eating like the stars.

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The 10 Most Anticipated Poetry Books of 2015

Although many books aren’t slated until later in the first quarter, 2015 is already shaping up to be a major year for American poetry, especially with the return of favorites like Mary Jo Bang, new collected works from masters like Jorie Garaham, and a book from perhaps our greatest living poet, John Ashbery. Add to this mix the rediscovery (or first translation) of forgotten yet undeniably major poets like Alejandra Pizarnik and the arrival of younger poets like Uljana Wolf, and it’s clear that poetry in America is firing on all cylinders. … Read More

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10 Nonfiction Books That Will Define the Conversation in 2015

With the advent of a new year, there’s a whole new fleet of books on deck that we’ll have the chance to read and argue about throughout 2015. Whether it’s history, biography, the endless parade of celebrity brand-extension books (we’ll learn what Aziz Ansari has found out about “modern romance” in the age of Tinder, and chuckle at Mindy Kaling’s Why Not Me? ), “diary” books by writers like Sarah Manguso and Heidi Julavits, Stacy Schiff’s long-in-the-works book about the Salem witch trials (October 2015), or memoir, there’s a book for every possible interest this year. Here’s are ten that people are sure to be talking about, on topics ranging from rock ‘n’ roll to American tragedies of the past and present. … Read More

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50 Books to Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year! Now get to work. Everyone loves a good resolution at this time of year, but in three weeks’ time? Whole different story. So what to do when your resolve is flagging and you need a little reminder of the shiny new self you promised past you? Well, you might try and take some inspiration from a good book. After all, the worst that can happen is that you’ll have gotten some quality literature under your belt, right? Here, you’ll find book prescriptions for ten worthy resolutions, from getting healthier to learning new skills to reading more poetry. Yes. You’re… Read More

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Joan Didion on Modeling For Céline

When an icon poses iconically for a storied fashion brand, breaking the internet and freaking out fashion girls in the process, then… Read More

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Michel Houellebecq and the Paris Shootings

At the center of Wednesday’s attack at the Paris headquarters of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo is a new novel by the deeply controversial author Michel Houellebecq. This week, the novelist was featured on the illustrated cover of the paper dressed as a wizard, smoking a cigarette, and predicting: “In 2022, I do Ramadan.” Today his novel, the provocatively titled Submission, was released. Already stirring outrage in the French media, it imagines a Muslim president in France during the year 2022. … Read More

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