Books

Distracted Easily? These Books Will Hook You

You know the feeling: you sit down to read a new book in your most comfortable chair—and the next minute you're Facebook stalking your third grade teacher. Or playing with the cat. Or the character in your book passes a bakery, and suddenly you're mixing up cupcake batter for everyone on your block. You're not an anti-reading monster, you're just easily distracted. But that's OK, because here are a few books that just might hold your interest, in between reorganizing your spice rack and daydream…

By Charlotte Ahlin

'Between The World & Me' Is Coming To The Stage In NYC

All you consummate readers who insist that theater is "just not your thing," listen up: earlier today, the Apollo Theater announced that Ta-Nehisi Coates' Between The World and Me is coming to the stage in a multimedia production featuring projections, excerpted monologues, and an original score by jazz musician and composer Jason Moran (his recent credits include Ava DuVernay's films Selma and 13th). Kamilah Forbes, the newly appointed executive producer for the Apollo Theater, will be spearhea…

By Maddy Foley

The 9 Emotional Stages Of Reading Your Old Writing

Have you ever stumbled upon an forgotten journal or notebook and read through your old stuff? If so, than you know the many emotional stages you go through when you read your childhood writing. It's a roller coaster ride, to say the least. From the poetry of my childhood to the Harry Potter-inspired stories of my adolescence to the emotionally-charged journals of my teen years, I have been writing one thing or another for as long as I can remember. If I wasn't up late at night reading with a fla…

By Sadie L. Trombetta

What Happened In 'American Gods'? A Recap Of The Bestselling Novel

After years of hints, teasers, and mysterious omens appearing in the night sky, Neil Gaiman's American Gods is finally hitting the small screen with a premiere on Starz at the end of the month. If you're a huge fan like me, you're probably getting your rune stones and all-American beer in order to kick off Shadow Moon's story the right way. If you've never read American Gods before, you're probably wondering what all the fuss is about. And even if you have read and reread the book several times…

By Charlotte Ahlin

The Boston Public Library Now Has A Car Wash For Dusty Books

Okay, germaphobes, you may want to cover your ears for a moment, especially if you're also a book lover: my dudes, library books are dirty. Like, real dirty. Think about how many hands they've had on them! Okay actually maybe don't. Shhhh, no no, erase that thought. Germaphobes? You can start listening again, because the Boston Public Library now has a car wash for books. And it's exactly as cute as you think it is. In a recent Twitter post, the Boston Public Library let fans catch a glimpse of…

By Maddy Foley

Mindy Kaling Is Bringing A White House Memoir To TV

Hey man, I get it. There are like 10 planets in retrograde, the planet is on fire, and there's nothing good happening on cable, so here's some nice news: Mindy Kaling has optioned a White House staffer's memoir for TV. No, not this current White House. The recently former one. The one with an actual president living in it? You guys know the one. The one with a public visitor's log. And the rainbow lights that one time. The one with staffers you'd actually like to get a drink with, and not run sc…

By Maddy Foley

These Memoirs Would Make Amazing TV Shows

Memoirs are not always the first place we turn to for on-screen adaptations. We're so used to seeing big blockbusters being churned out from YA fantasy and adult romantic comedies, that we rarely think about the real life stories we might be missing. And sure, there are tons of biopics out there, but so many of them aren't taken directly from source material written by the subjects themselves. And, beyond that, even fewer memoirs are turned into television shows. But with the recent popularity …

By Kerri Jarema

7 Short Poems To Get You Inspired Today

It's always inspiring when you read an interview with an artist or writer who reminds you that you should be 150% passionate about your work, but, IMO, these sentiments get a little old. It's not always easy to stay motivated with a creative practice, especially when the thorniness of life starts finding ways to stick you all the time. You can read all writer interviews on The Paris Review that you want, of course, and you can console yourself with lots of great writers quasi-advice columns at B…

By JoAnna Novak

Shakespearean Couples, Ranked from Least To Most Toxic

As I’ve proven before, I get kind of weird about the love lives of Shakespeare’s characters. As in, I think entirely too much about them. In fact, I’m basically one step away from quitting my job and spending my days writing professional Shakespeare fanfiction. Which, when I think about it, sounds pretty great. For now, though, I’m stuck working by day and over-analyzing Shakespearean relationships by night. On today’s agenda is “ranking Shakespearean couples by how toxic their relationships are…

By Shaun Fitzpatrick

These #Girlboss Quotes Will Inspire You To Read The Book

When Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso released her first book #Girlboss in 2014, it became a pop culture phenomenon. It was talked about everywhere from women's websites to business magazines, and Amoruso was suddenly a household name. So much so, in fact, that Netflix has just released a new series based on her life, starring Britt Robertson as "Sophia Marlowe." The book on which it is based offers up career advice for young women tinged with a heavy dose Amoruso's take-no-sh*t attitude and a g…

By Kerri Jarema