The not-for-profit Little Free Library Project (LFLP) is installing small, house-shaped wooden boxes outside the homes or businesses of volunteers who stock them with books. Local people can then help themselves to the titles, or donate their own volumes.
I have a front garden, LFLP! Pick me!
Hariku Murakami. Cool dude.
You know when writers say, “after a while I stop seeing typos”? Well, here’s the science behind it.
When I read fashion magazines, I pretend I am an alien trying to understand this planet. It’s delightful.
Roxane Gay live-tweets a fashion magazine. Every bit as great as it sounds.
What did Jane Austen use to edit her manuscripts? Dress pins. For real.
I was ready to hate the guy who wrote Stop Using Poet Voice, but the examples he cites? They really do need to stop.
This onslaught buries mainstream titles as well, which is something that should give the big five publishers pause. With so much choice, why would we pay $14.99 for a mainstream Kindle edition when we can experiment with a few 99 cent (or free) books.
A new title goes live on Amazon every. five. minutes. Terrifying stuff.
Tips on submitting to journals, from Ploughshares. (I agree. I so wish I’d kept rejection letters over the years.)
YA literature — especially YA literature — should be the opposite of superficial, because that’s what young people need, and many times what they look for in books. It’s why they don’t spend that time watching reality television instead. And hey, I’d love to see a teenager with a poster of a writer on their wall. But it’d be wonderful if that writer were Edith Wharton.
I’m not sure how I feel about this Flavorwire piece, not least because it carries on La Franzen’s gross sexism towards Edith Wharton for lulz. I think I prefer the Bookriot piece that inspired it. (“I dunno what the hell the book was about BUT DAT ASS THO.”)
airBNB allows you to sleep in the homes of literary legends.
Why storytelling is a useful skill in every aspect of life.
Ripperologists, and the media attention they attract, reinforce the crude taxonomy of “good” and “bad” women that runs like a thread through the murders themselves and their contemporary press reception.
Blah blah blah Jack the Ripper. What about the women he killed?
John Waters’ idea of richness is basically the same as my own.
Do you know what your Actual Priority is? (I totally approve this message. I feel like in the last year I have both found and embraced my Actual Priority and it really has made everything better.)
They taste like misery and waste. I hate them until, a month or so into the diet, I suddenly love them. I need to eat them all the time. I’m supposed to be allowed one a day, but I burn through two boxes in a week. I hate myself and yet I can’t stop; I am barely eating anything else, thinking, in my perverted mind, that this would make it okay.
Lesley Kinzel is always great and Diet Foods I Have Known was particularly great.
This is a short but stunning animated video about how languages evolve. I loved it, and learned lots!
Fascinating. At the risk of sounding like Upworthy — watch to the end!
I want to see this movie.
Here is a baby seal surfing. You’re welcome.
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