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The Long Con of Joan Didion

I first read Joan Didion as a senior in high school. When you’re a teen with literary ambitions, Didion is who you turn to for inspiration. My copy of Play It As It Lays is well thumbed and dog-eared. On the inside of the front cover, I wrote my name along with the date I purchased it—an affectation left over from… » 8/26/15 1:44pm Wednesday 1:44pm

I’m Tired of the Black Woman Problem: An Interview With Tamara Winfrey Harris

Black women are in trouble. Or at least, that’s the narrative. Headlines warn that they’re less likely to attain a college degree than their peers; that they pose a higher risk to various health afflictions like cervical cancer and hypertension; that they “experience unintended pregnancies” at three times the rate of… » 8/17/15 3:51pm 8/17/15 3:51pm

Married To Surfing: Talking to William Finnegan About His Barbarian Days 

I picked up William Finnegan’s surf memoir Barbarian Days on a beach this summer, and felt—I was stoned, the sky was astounding, the waves were delirious—that I’d fallen into an almost violent communion. As with the excerpts previously published in The New Yorker, where Finnegan’s been a staff writer since 1987… » 8/13/15 11:10am 8/13/15 11:10am

Write Your Very Own Hit YA Novel With Our John Green Book Generator

John Green, author of bestselling novels-turned-movies The Fault In Our Stars and Paper Towns, is a superstar. Teens love him. Adults love him. Taylor Swift loves him. The film adaptation of his first YA novel, Looking For Alaska, begins production soon in Michigan, and will almost certainly be his third box office… » 8/07/15 12:30pm 8/07/15 12:30pm

Nell Zink's Review of Franzen's Purity Mysteriously Vanishes From n+1

Early Wednesday, n+1, beloved magazine of the internet intelligentsia, published novelist Nell Zink’s mocking and joyful review of Jonathan Franzen’s upcoming novel, Purity. By mid-afternoon, the contents of the article were replaced by this note: “This page is temporarily unavailable. Return to the n+1 homepage or… » 7/15/15 5:00pm 7/15/15 5:00pm

Meet Julia Beverly, the Southern Rap Mogul Behind Pimp C's Biography

Julia Beverly is your favorite rapper’s favorite hustler. Her Agency Twelve books MCs, R&B stars and reality TV provocateurs all around the world, including a current 40-date mixtape tour for Lil Wayne. A thriving business, Agency Twelve grew out of an unexpected extension of casually making connections between… » 7/13/15 4:17pm 7/13/15 4:17pm

The Author of the Runaways Book, On Jackie Fox's Rape

The story of Kim Fowley sexually abusing a young, intoxicated woman in a hotel room after a Runaways show is grim and horrifying. I would like to say it has knocked many readers into a stunned silence–but in these days, it instead seems to have ignited a firestorm. I personally need more time with the story to say all… » 7/13/15 11:00am 7/13/15 11:00am

In Go Set a Watchman, Atticus Is a Racist Who's Gone to a Klan Meeting

Public anticipation for Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird precursor Go Set a Watchman has been high and widespread—the book set a pre-sale record for Harper Collins—as well as fraught with skepticism for many good reasons: the notoriously private Lee had hid the manuscript for decades, and it was only discovered after » 7/10/15 6:35pm 7/10/15 6:35pm

Author Helen Castor Talks Putting Joan of Arc Back Into Her Own World

Few historical figures are quite so famous as Joan of Arc, the teenage peasant girl who drove the English from Orleans and became a legend. What’s less widely known is the context that made her such a phenomenon—and that’s what Helen Castor tries to remedy with Joan of Arc: A History. » 7/01/15 4:40pm 7/01/15 4:40pm

Karolina Waclawiak on Disappearing Trophy Wives and Courtney Stodden

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Karolina Waclawiak’s new novel, The Invaders, focuses in on an aging trophy wife in a Connecticut beachside community who begins spiraling out of control alongside her drug-addled stepson, Teddy. While Waclawiak’s Cheryl escaped her working class life only to end up in a stifling community of wealth, Teddy, born into… » 6/24/15 6:10pm 6/24/15 6:10pm

Here's the Exclusive First Look at Carrie Brownstein's Memoir Cover

Back in mid March, Riverhead Books announced the upcoming release of Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl, a memoir by Sleater-Kinney guitarist and one half of Portlandia, Carrie Brownstein. Today, Jezebel is thrilled to give you an exclusive first look at book’s evocative cover. » 6/18/15 9:20am 6/18/15 9:20am

Watch The Slits' Viv Albertine Talk Feminism in Early Punk Rock

Viv Albertine, the charismatic guitarist for seminal London punk band The Slits, dropped a memoir last year entitled Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys. In it, she detailed her teenhood in London when punk was at its peak and the rise and decline of both that and The Slits. » 6/16/15 7:50pm 6/16/15 7:50pm

Yoko Ono on Peaches' Performances: She's the Future of Women Artists

The feminist musician and artist Peaches has just released a book entitled What Else Is In the Teaches of Peaches (Akashic), a collection of photographs chronicling her concerts and performances over the course of several years. What follows is Yoko Ono’s essay from the book, critiquing Peaches’ performance of Ono’s… » 6/09/15 4:10pm 6/09/15 4:10pm