Time Magazine

15 YA Writers on Their Favorite Book for Adults

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TIME magazine recently ran a big package on “young adult” novels, in an attempt to define the nascent genre, giving us both “The 100 Best Young-Adult Books of All Time” and “17 Famous Writers on Their Favorite Young Adult Books.” Unfortunately, the canonical list failed to reflect the range of stories covered in young adult literature, ignoring current YA literature and calling any work with a teen protagonist “young adult.”

The “17 Famous Writers” list also suffered from a disconnect between the content and the buzzword; despite the headline, it seemed clear that authors were asked about “the books they loved as a child.” As a result, current young adult literature was roundly ignored. With that in mind, Flavorwire wanted to flip the script on TIME‘s “Famous Writers” list by asking some of our favorite contemporary young adult authors about their favorite books for grown-ups. The results, which feature responses that are both sly and serious, range from coming-of-age stories to science fiction adventures.
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The Year’s Most Controversial Magazine Covers: 2014

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What did we learn from the controversial magazine covers this year? It was an complicated and tumultuous year politically, although this year that didn’t leave us with boundary-pushing, banned-in-Boston covers like Rolling Stone‘s notorious Boston bomber selfie. We had a lot of conversations about famous women on magazine covers and what it all meant. The themes that keep cropping up, repeatedly, is that controversy comes when issues of class, race, and size are in the picture. Here are some of the covers we couldn’t stop talking about this year.
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Beyoncé Doesn’t Need Sheryl Sandberg’s ‘Time’ 100 Co-sign

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This week, Beyoncé appears on the cover of Time‘s annual issue celebrating the 100 most influential people in the world. Besides Pharrell, she’s the only musician to make the “Titans” section of the list, alongside the likes of Fed leader Janet Yellen, Chinese tech mogul Pony Ma, and Hillary Clinton. As Bey herself says in a video from the cover shoot (below), it’s quite an honor “because it’s not about fashion, or beauty, or music — it’s about the influence I’ve had on culture.”
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The Year’s Most Controversial Magazine Covers [NSFW]

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Observation: Now that we’re all focused on the aggressive stupidity of say, the average Upworthy headline or the listicle about Syria presented entirely in Jurassic Park GIFs, the magazine cover is no longer such a great vehicle for shock delivery. That did not, however, keep some outlets from doing their level best to shock America out of (what they perceive to be) its bovine complacency. Here are 2013’s most memorable examples.
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