Captain Underpants Gets More Calls for Censorship Than Fifty Shades

The ALA revealed its top five most challenged books of 2013 and, somewhat surprisingly, lines like "suck me, baby" and "my inner goddess is doing the merengue with some salsa moves" weren't enough to nab "mommy porn" staple Fifty Shades of Grey the #1 spot. Instead, Anastasia and Christian are languishing down at #4… » 4/16/14 10:00am 4/16/14 10:00am

One Star Reviews of Classic Literature Are TOTALLY Insightful

Here is a very good Tumblr: One Star Book Reviews gathers together the collected knowledge some of the web's most discerning critics (namely, people who have given one-star Amazon reviews to classic books). And these illustrious Internet users are not afraid of voicing unpopular opinions, such as "I did not like [ » 4/07/14 7:20pm 4/07/14 7:20pm

​VIDA Count of Women in Literary Journals Shows Remarkable Improvement

The organization VIDA makes it their job to annually count the number of female bylines and books written by women in U.S. literary magazines. While last year's count was pretty depressing, they feel that this year, there's room for hope. » 2/24/14 10:10am 2/24/14 10:10am

Alice Munro Becomes 13th Woman to Win Nobel Prize in Literature

Brilliant badass Alice Munro has won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature, the Nobel Committee announced today. The 82-year-old Canadian short story virtuoso was incredibly Canadian about the honor, remarking that she hopes her win will draw attention to other talented Canadian writers. Classier than Lena Horne serving… » 10/10/13 9:30am 10/10/13 9:30am

That Time Ernest Hemingway Described His Ideal Bro Paradise

In between comparing dicks and boozing it up around Paris, Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald found time to write letters to each other (Hemingway’s letters were basically telegrams and Fitzgerald’s reeked of booze and cigarettes). Sometimes, they exchanged idle gossip, but other times, as is evident in a letter… » 10/06/13 3:45pm 10/06/13 3:45pm

Is Dave Eggers' New Novel a Ripoff of a Female Writer's Work?

Dave Eggers' new novel, The Circle, is about a young woman who lands a job at a massive Silicon Valley company clearly modeled after Facebook. Funny thing, though: early Facebook employee Kate Losse already wrote about her experience in a 2012 memoir, The Boy Kings. Based on the The Circle's introduction alone, it… » 9/30/13 5:40pm 9/30/13 5:40pm

Lit Professor Thinks Women and Queer Writers Suck, Sorry

If you're into books written by women (HAHAHAHAHAHAHA what's that) don't take University of Toronto professor David Gilmour's fiction class; he's "not interested" in teaching women authors (except Virginia Woolf, who somehow manages to entertain him). "What I teach is guys," he says. "Serious heterosexual guys." Got it. » 9/25/13 3:40pm 9/25/13 3:40pm

Battle of the J.V. Adaptation It Girls: Shailene Woodley & Emma Watson

Some actors are known for always playing villains or for choosing parts that involve standing at the end of really long piers. And then there are those who have a penchant for the page, opting for roles that originated in print. Lately we’ve noticed that Shailene Woodley, who rose to fame playing a teen mom on “The… » 7/31/13 9:00pm 7/31/13 9:00pm

Meet Your Next Bad Date: The Intellectual Man-Child

The intellectual Man-Child, a species all too familiar to those who work in publishing, study the humanities, or frequent literary panels and their (often more taxing) after parties, is that "nice guy from your grad-school program who tries to cover up his hurt feelings by concocting a general theory that explains why… » 7/10/13 5:15pm 7/10/13 5:15pm

Children's Books Are Still Really, Really White

When a biracial family simply eating Cheerios results in the psychotic break of legions of racists, it's hard to ignore the lack of diversity in all sorts of media. The near invisibility of anyone other than white people is pervasive, but let's start at the very beginning — children's books. » 6/26/13 1:20pm 6/26/13 1:20pm

How to Tell If a Lady Will Hump You, Based On the Book She's Reading

Listen up, traveling gentleman: there's a very scientific link between the books ladies read on vacation and their willingness to "put out," as explained in this "Summer Reading Guide for Single Men." If only Jack Kerouac and Ernest Hemingway had this gamechanging knowledge at their fingertips! Read on to determine whether … » 5/16/13 10:25am 5/16/13 10:25am

Writing The Next Great American Woman's Novel

A lot of women people (as opposed to men people, or just “people”) are upset that Wikipedia editors have created a subcategory for “American Women Novelists.” But I’m not. I’m stoked! This could be the best thing that’s ever happened to women novelists like me. » 5/08/13 7:00pm 5/08/13 7:00pm

100 Things a Teen Age Girl Wants to Know Is a Hilarious Artifact

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Forget Full Frontal Feminism, 100 Things a Teen Age Girl Wants to Know is the book to buy all the young ladies in your life immediately. Don't fill their pretty little heads with ideas of bodily autonomy and jobs outside the home — instead, let minister W. V. Grant, Sr. teach pesky teen girls about principles,… » 5/08/13 10:50am 5/08/13 10:50am

Wikipedia Is Quietly Moving Women Off Their American Novelist Page

If you go to Wikipedia's page for American Novelists, you might notice something strange: Of the first 100 authors listed, only a small handful of them are women. You could potentially blame this on the fact that there simply are more famous male authors than there are female (a-whole-nother can of worms), but the real … » 4/25/13 3:30pm 4/25/13 3:30pm