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Scandalous Photos of Shameful Librarian Confessions

It’s easy for book nerds to hold librarians to some godly standard, but the truth is, the part-time superhumans of the literary universe are people just like us. Tumblr Librarian Shaming is an online confessional, which we learned about on Neatorama, that offers a safe space for library workers to dish their dirt. If you’ve always imagined that your local librarian read the classics by candlelight, then your fantasy is about to be shattered. It’s nothing but Doctor Who fanfic and vampire smut for these guilty parties. Prepare to avert your eyes from these shameful librarian confessions. … Read More

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The New Golden Age of Online Book Clubs

As publishing people never tire of repeating, Oprah is the most powerful person in the book world in terms of the sales numbers her endorsements generate. Of course, Oprah isn’t really an author, editor, or publisher, but she tells people to read books, and they listen — lots and lots of them listen. Just look at her two Oprah Book Club 2.0 picks: Cheryl Strayed’s Wild and The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis. Both books would have done well on their own, but here we are, well over a year after the release of Strayed’s memoir, and the paperback is still making bestseller lists. Mathis, who The New York Times called “just another promising writer” two weeks before Oprah came along and made her the book club pick, has had a similar experience thanks to the blessing of St. Oprah. … Read More

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10 Musicians You Should Be Following on Tumblr

There have been a gazillion things written about Daft Punk and Random Access Memories over the last week or so, but one of the best of them appeared this morning on the Tumblr of Montreal-based musician James Brooks, aka (formerly) as Elite Gymnastics. Brooks’ take on the record is well worth reading, and if you’re not already following him on Tumblr, you really should be. And he’s not the only musician who’s using his blog in a compelling way; here’s a selection of other music makers you should be following on Tumblr. Get to it! … Read More

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Celebrities as Media Critics: How Grimes and Jay-Z Are Dictating Their Own Mythology

If you’re a Grimes fan, you’ve probably already read her fantastic Tumblr post about how she’s tired of the way she’s portrayed in the media. If not, it’s definitely worth a look, because it’s basically everything we love about Claire Boucher — it’s articulate, intelligent, and heartfelt. Given her ambivalence about her Tumblr posts being reported as news, it’s not clear how she’ll feel about the response to the post, which is being reported everywhere. Still, it’s a pretty fine example of how today’s celebrities — for want of a better word — are using their Internet presences to push back in a meaningful manner at how they’re portrayed in the media. … Read More

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Living in a Teenage Dream: Kelley McNutt, Kitty Pryde, and Art’s New Teen-Girl Aesthetic

We are living in the era of the selfie: the average person is more aware of his or her self-presentation than ever before. Almost all of us carry around devices with cameras that will automatically flip to face us. We are constantly clicking through our photos on Facebook, deciding what to keep as part of our personal narrative and what to omit. Though the Internet and technology have made us all much more self-conscious (in the literal sense), they have probably had an even more dramatic effect on teenagers, who already feel like the world is watching their every move. Particularly for teenage girls, who are constantly being bombarded with an infinite set of ideals they are told to simultaneously achieve (be sexy but not too sexy, cool but not too cool, care but don’t care too much), the unblinking eye of the Internet must be a constant source of stress. But the effects of this aren’t all bad: a recent wave of artists, and regular girls online, are using this shift in self-awareness to take control of the narrative and expose the sometimes amazing and sometimes awful experience that is being a “teenage girl.” … Read More

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Funny, Glamorous Face Swaps of Old Hollywood Movie Stars

Even though the new year just kicked off, we’re ready to count Tumblr Old Hollywood Face Swap as one of our favorites of 2013. The website is basically what it sounds like: hilarious, nicely executed face swaps featuring the finest from Hollywood’s Golden Age in vintage, black-and-white loveliness. Once the initial laughter passes, the photos become an interesting lens to view the gender roles of the era. “I try to go for iconic pairings whether real-life, filmic, or in some cases both (Bogie/Bacall, Lucy/Desi, Powell/Loy), but I’m also interested in exploring the less expected. I think the biggest surprise was Rock Hudson and Doris Day. There are obviously many layers to that one in the first place, but I wasn’t prepared for how striking Doris Day’s face would look on his body,” the creator of OHFS tells us. We’d like to add that Marlene Dietrich makes a fabulous drag queen (duh), and Laurence Olivier looks surprisingly comfortable as a woman in his photo. See what we mean in our gallery, and visit Old Hollywood Face Swap for daily amusement. … Read More

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Adorable Cats That Look Like Pinup Girls

Artist Vlad Quigley turned us on to our new favorite single-serving Tumblr: Cats That Look like Pinup Girls. It’s exactly what it sounds like, and it’s great. The blog comes from Australian retro shop Hurly-Burly — a clothing, costumes, and kustom kulture company that specializes in pinup-style duds and sponsors Miss Pinup Australia. See some adorable kitties get languid and sassy past the break, because you aren’t doing anything else right now that deserves your attention more. … Read More

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Stylish Nail Art Inspired by Book Covers

One of the greatest pleasures of Tumblr — now officially one of America’s top ten most-trafficked websites — is the surprisingly frequent opportunity it offers to stumble upon a blog that seems to have been made just for you. Our latest such discovery, one of our all-time favorites, is Pages and Polish. Run by a literature lover named Jen, the Tumblr documents manicures inspired by the design of book covers. The source material ranges from classic novels to contemporary lit to cookbooks and art monographs. Click through to see some of the blog’s greatest hits so far — we’ve got our eye on those sparkly, Art Deco Blind Assassin nails for New Year’s z- and follow Pages and Polish to make sure you don’t miss a post. … Read More

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Witty David Lynch-Inspired Comics by a Precocious Teen Web Artist

What were you doing at age 17? We’re guessing the answer is not “gaining Tumblr-based stardom for your witty web comics whose subjects range from Twin Peaks to feminist theory.” But that’s what Canadian high schooler Séamus Gallagher — amajor7 on Tumblr — has been up to for the past year. If you use Tumblr, it’s very possible you’ve seen his drawings — many of them have racked up tens of thousands of notes on the platform. And for good reason — they’re infused with the humor and self-deprecation of a Smiths song, while addressing the cultural and social interests of young, arty internet-obsessed types. Nearly every drawing of his tickles a specific fancy of ours, or elicits a sigh of self-recognition (yes, we really are that mopey). Particularly, we have been struck by his ink portraits of David Lynch and interpretations of the filmmaker’s work (specifically the so-hip-right-now Twin Peaks). We spoke to Séamus about his Lynch obsession, how unrequited love inspires his art, and how to be famous on the internet without your parents catching on. … Read More

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