Former Sex Columnist Raina McLeod on Her New Book & the Crazy Miami Party Scene

The US produces over 300,000 books yearly—but books written by black women, about black women, occupy just a slim margin of that, despite the demand for those voices and storytelling. Getting these stories published and reviewed by major publications is where the obstruction lies: the 2014 Women of Color VIDA Count,… »11/21/15 1:30pm11/21/15 1:30pm

These Early-'90s 'Futuristic' Romance Covers Are Stunning and Wondrous 

Historical romance covers of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s are instantly recognizable—a triumph of design, frankly. But equally striking are the covers for these science fiction romance stories from the period. In 3034, we won’t need spacesuits, just pants and rippling abs. The future looks bright! »11/20/15 3:40pm11/20/15 3:40pm

30,000-Word Love Letter Reveals Germaine Greer's Passionate Affair With Martin Amis 

In 1976, The Female Eunuch author Germaine Greer commenced an affair with novelist Martin Amis, at the time a dashing young scamp with literary heft and a Mick Jagger haircut. She found him so enchanting that one day in March of that year, midway through a lecture tour, the feminist author filled a notebook with a… »11/17/15 9:51am11/17/15 9:51am

Thanks to Copyright Bullshit, Anne Frank's Diary Now Has a Co-Author

It would seem counterintuitive for a book entitled The Diary of Anne Frank to have another author besides, well, Anne Frank. But strange things happen in the Year of Our Lord 2015 – and by “strange things,” I mean copyright gymnastics propelled by a yen for profit. In naming Anne’s father, Otto Frank, co-author of the »11/15/15 11:15pm11/15/15 11:15pm

Ben Carson Beats Donald Trump in Race to Top of New York Times Bestseller List

Presidential candidate and dusty barrel of fermented peepee Donald Trump is exclusively a Power Top in all aspects of life, which is why I’m sure he is devastated to learn that his prop book will debut below his opponent Ben Carson’s prop book on the New York Times bestseller list. »11/12/15 5:30pm11/12/15 5:30pm

Previously Unknown Edith Wharton Short Story Found--Where Else?--in a Library

Someone has found a previously unknown, never-published Edith Wharton short story about French society on the home front and female volunteer workers during World War I, knocking around Yale’s rare books and manuscripts library. Hey, while you’re back there, check for the Holy Grail and a recipe for turning lead into… »11/11/15 10:45am11/11/15 10:45am

8 Terrifying Books That Ruined Your Childhood


So often, when we look back on our formative years, the memories which scream loudest are the ones marked by fear, death, and adolescent angst. Some of these memories are grounded in reality while others, we’re told to believe, are pure fiction. Yet for many of us, the scary stories we encountered in the books of R.L.… »10/30/15 4:27pm10/30/15 4:27pm

Carrie Brownstein Finds the Home Within In Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl

Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl is a document of self-actualization. These days, most people likely know of author Carrie Brownstein from Portlandia, her creepily-accurate Portland parody sketch show, and might actually be taken aback by how seriously she takes her music criticism. After all, she maintained a music… »10/30/15 4:20pm10/30/15 4:20pm

What's the Ethical Limit of a Boundary-Pushing Haunted House? Ask Scare Expert Margee Kerr 

One of the first people you encounter upon entering The Basement is a girl in dirty pajamas with bloody bandages over her eyes. She paws at you, begs you to tell her a story, and demands comfort. Try to hug her and she will scream violently. She is allowed to touch you, but you are not allowed to touch her. »10/30/15 11:30am10/30/15 11:30am

A Chat With Amber Rose on Bad Bitch-isms, Life Tips & Why 'the Devil Made Instagram'

On page 19 of How to Be a Bad Bitch, there’s a photo of the author grinning in a sixth grade photo, eyes squinted, with chin-length dark brown hair that looks not quite dry. The laser stars in the background, familiar to anyone who went to middle school, makes the picture look extra cheesy. It’s part of an entire… »10/26/15 2:55pm10/26/15 2:55pm

"Say What You Will About Apocalypse, You Can Do Your Own Thing": A Conversation With Claire Vaye Watkins

Like real women, fictional women are often seen as wish-fulfillment. The “strength” that we look for in a female protagonist is often there for sentimental purposes, and rarely resembles the iron, irradiated accountability that matters in real life, a type of strength that’s like the desert—unsparing and mercurial.… »10/09/15 9:35am10/09/15 9:35am

A Chat With Sandra Cisneros, Beloved Author & Patron Saint of Chingonas

For Latinas of Mexican descent, a few women have reached saint-like status. There’s Selena, obviously, but for the bookish among us, Sandra Cisneros is the Patron Saint of Chingonas. Widely known as the author of The House on Mango Street, which tells the story of Esperanza Cordero, a young Mexican girl growing up in… »10/07/15 11:50am10/07/15 11:50am

Inside the World of the Black Elite: An Interview With Margo Jefferson

Upon the publication of Lawrence Otis Graham’s Our Kind of People in 1999, the New York Times asked, “Is There a Black Upper Class?” On the surface, it was a foolhardy question—of course there was, and is, a black upper class—but if you were to peel back its exterior, as Graham did in his book, underneath revealed a… »9/29/15 4:15pm9/29/15 4:15pm

A Safe Place and a Straitjacket: An Interview With Lauren Groff

I blew through the last quarter of Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies in the wee hours, gasping. Surprise is rare in literary fiction, which is snobbish with its pleasures, generally picking meditation over movement; surprise is even rarer in novels that run on language as flush, wild and glinting as Groff’s. “Goodness,… »9/23/15 1:05pm9/23/15 1:05pm